The NAFTA Superhighway
October 30, 2006
now many Texans have heard about the proposed “NAFTA Superhighway,” which is
also referred to as the trans-Texas corridor.
What you may not know is the extent to which plans for such a
superhighway are moving forward without congressional oversight or media
superhighway would connect Mexico, the United States, and Canada, cutting a wide
swath through the middle of Texas and up through Kansas City.
Offshoots would connect the main artery to the west coast, Florida, and
northeast. Proponents envision a ten-lane
colossus the width of several football fields, with freight and rail lines,
fiber-optic cable lines, and oil and natural gas pipelines running alongside.
will require coordinated federal and state eminent domain actions on an
unprecedented scale, as literally millions of people and businesses could be
displaced. The loss of whole
communities is almost certain, as planners cannot wind the highway around every
quaint town, historic building, or senior citizen apartment for thousands of
Perry is a supporter of the superhighway project, and Congress has provided
small amounts of money to study the proposal.
Since this money was just one item in an enormous transportation
appropriations bill, however, most members of Congress were not aware of it.
proposed highway is part of a broader plan advanced by a quasi-government
organization called the “Security
and Prosperity Partnership of North America,” or SPP.
SPP was first launched in 2005
by the heads of state of Canada, Mexico, and the United States at a summit in
SPP was not created by a treaty between the nations involved, nor was Congress
involved in any way. Instead, the
SPP is an unholy alliance of foreign consortiums and officials from several
governments. One principal player
is a Spanish construction company, which plans to build the highway and operate
it as a toll road. But don’t be
fooled: the superhighway proposal is not the result of free market demand, but
rather an extension of government-managed trade schemes like NAFTA that benefit
The real issue is national sovereignty. Once again, decisions that affect millions of Americans are not being made by those Americans themselves, or even by their elected representatives in Congress. Instead, a handful of elites use their government connections to bypass national legislatures and ignore our Constitution-- which expressly grants Congress the sole authority to regulate international trade.
ultimate goal is not simply a superhighway, but an integrated North
American Union--complete with a currency, a cross-national bureaucracy, and
virtually borderless travel within the Union.
Like the European Union, a North American Union would represent another
step toward the abolition of national sovereignty altogether.
new resolution, introduced by Representative Virgil Goode of Virginia, expresses
the sense of Congress that the United States should not engage in the
construction of a NAFTA superhighway, or enter into any agreement that advances
the concept of a North American Union. I
wholeheartedly support this legislation, and predict that the superhighway will
become a sleeper issue in the 2008 election.