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Globalism’s toll mounting for U.S. citizens
By Phyllis Schlafly
Monday, August 21, 2006
It’s not just U.S. ports that are fast slipping into foreign ownership; it’s highways, too. A Spanish company, Cintra Concesiones de Infraestructuras de Transporte, S.A., has bought the right to operate a toll road through Texas and collect tolls for the next 50 years.
Hearings held by the Texas Department of Transportation this summer attracted hundreds (actually thousands) of angry Texans.
Called the Trans-Texas Corridor, TTC, on which construction is planned to begin next year, this highway would bisect Texas from Oklahoma to its border with Mexico. Plans call for a 10-lane limited-access highway to parallel Interstate 35. It would have three lanes each way for passenger cars, two express lanes each way for trucks, rail lines both ways for people and freight, plus a utility corridor for oil and natural gas pipelines, electric towers, cables for communication, and telephone lines.
Central to this plan is a massive taking of 584,000 acres of farm and ranch land at an estimated cost of $11 billion to $30 billion – property then lost from the tax rolls of counties and school districts. After the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Kelo v. City of New London, Conn., no one need wonder about the power of eminent domain to take private property.
The Trans-Texas Corridor will be the first leg of what has been dubbed the NAFTA Super Highway to go through heartland America all the way to Canada. This would be a major lifeline of the plan to merge the United States into a North American Community.
Plans are already locked in for Kansas City Southern de Mexico Railroad to bring Chinese goods in sealed cargo containers from the southern Mexican port of Lazaro Cardinas direct to Kansas City, Mo. (and the Port of San Antonio) Mexican trucks will be able to drive more sealed containers up the fast lanes of the NAFTA Super Highway, inspected only electronically if at all, and making their first customs stop in Kansas City.
In response to recent articles in conservative publications about the sovereignty, freedom and economic dangers that will result from President George W. Bush’s creating the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America in Waco, Texas, in March 2005, the partnership has issued an unconvincing rebuttal.
This Security and Prosperity Partnership document starts by declaring, “Our three great nations share a belief in freedom, economic opportunity, and strong democratic institutions.” That’s false; Mexico is a corrupt country where a few families control all the wealth while the rest of the people are kept in abject poverty with no hope of economic opportunity.
The rebuttal states that partnership’s mission is to make “our businesses more competitive in the global marketplace.” That’s globalist doubletalk that means producing U.S. goods with cheap foreign labor, thereby destroying the U.S. middle class.
The rebuttal states that the project wasn’t “signed” by Bush at Waco. But when Bush went to Cancun, Mexico, in March 2006, he proclaimed the first anniversary of whatever he had agreed to in Waco in 2005, and he sent Michael Chertoff to Ottawa to take “an important first step” toward whatever Bush did or didn’t sign in Waco.
The rebuttal denies that the partnership’s working groups are secret, but the Security and Prosperity Partnership won’t release the names of who is serving on them. The rebuttal denies that the partnership will “cost U.S. taxpayer money” because it is using “existing budget resources” (no doubt coming from the fairy godmother.
Thanks to the Internet, we can often find out more about the doings of the Bush administration from the foreign press than from U.S. media. A Spanish-language article written from a Mexican perspective one year ago fully described the plan for the “deep integration” of the three North American countries.
Economist and researcher Miguel Pickard explained that although the plan is sometimes called NAFTA Plus, there will be no single treaty text and nothing will be submitted to the legislatures of the three countries. The elites plan to implement their shared vision of “a merged future” through “the signing of ‘regulations’ free of citizen review.” Pickard revealed a series of three meetings of a new entity called the Independent Task Force on the Future of North America. After secretly conniving in Toronto, New York and Monterrey, Mexico, the task force called for a unified North American Border Action Plan (i.e., open borders among the three countries), and the three countries then signed “close to 300 regulations.”
The United States was represented at the meeting by Robert Pastor, who has been working for years to promote North American integration. Pickard revealed that Pastor is in “constant dialogue” with Jorge G. Castaneda, Vicente Fox’s foreign relations adviser. Pickard is convinced that George W. Bush is “vigorously pushing” the idea of a “North American community.” Pickard concluded that the schedule calls for beginning with a customs union, then a common market, then a monetary and economic union, and finally the adoption of a single currency (already baptized as the “amero” by Pastor).