|Selling out America
By Alan Caruba
On August 20-21, in Montebello, Quebec, secure behind a cordon of fifteen miles maintained by the Canadian Mounted Police, Security Quebec, and reportedly even the U.S. Army, the leaders of America, Mexico, and Canada will meet to further discuss the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) and, no doubt, the Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC).
Whatever media coverage might occur will be tightly controlled by SPP spin doctors and whatever public statements the presidents and prime minister make will have been carefully vetted to insure they arouse no concern among the citizens of the three nations. Instead, the meeting will be described as "a dialogue" and that all they're doing is discussing the further "harmonizing" the laws of the three nations so they can improve trade and other mutual concerns.
It is so much worse than that. You can be sure to read pieces such as the apologia published in the July 13 edition of The Washington Post. Marcela Sanchez warned of "those merchants of fear and exaggeration" such as CNN's Lou Dobbs who are informing Americans, Canadians, and Mexicans that their nations are in the process of being merged into a North American Union.
No, Ms. Sanchez, assured us, the only things on the agenda involve health concerns such as how to "combat pandemics." There will be "no mention of erasing borders…a single currency…or creating a secret police." Of course there will be no mention! She provided an excellent description of the likely real agenda!
The odds are you have not heard much about either the SPP or the TTC, though both have their own websites filled with the usual reassurances that they do not represent treaties or that the TTC will prove to be a great economic boon for all three nations. Do not believe a word you read.
The SPP and TCC are both of the same whole cloth woven by men who are gripped by a grand scheme to do to North America what was slowly and incrementally done to Europe. Bit by bit, trade agreement-by-agreement, treaty-by-treaty, Europeans woke up one day with an unelected bureaucracy called the European Union whose powers supercede their own national sovereignty. The only good news is that the effort to create a EU constitution was defeated by the French and the Dutch.
Try to imagine, for example, a NAFTA superhighway, four football fields wide, from the Mexican border at Laredo, Texas, to the Canadian border north of Duluth, Minnesota. As Jerome R. Corsi points out in his book, The Late, Great U.S.A., "the first customs stop in the United States will be a Mexican customs office in the Kansas City SmartPort complex, a facility being built for Mexico at the cost of $3 million to the U.S. taxpayer." That's right, we are going to pay for it and, when finished, it is likely to be declared Mexican territory, owned and operated by Mexicans, not Americans. In Kansas!
Texans hate the TCC and with good reason. It will bifurcate the State and its construction will wreak havoc on ranchers and farmers whose lands will be seized, along with countless others, by right of eminent domain. When the Texas legislature proposed a two-year moratorium on construction, begun in November 2006, the Governor vetoed the notion. All three of his opponents had campaigned against the TCC, splitting the vote to reelect Perry with less than 40 percent of the total.
Why, in fact, is the TCC needed? Well, if you are a major trading partner with the United States like China and you can by-pass the costs of unloading goods at unionized West Coast ports, and having to trans-ship them over the Rockies, you are going to save a bundle. If you can ship the containers to Mexico where wages are far below U.S. requirements, then ship them direct to the heartland on Mexican trucks that are then permitted to move them anywhere in the U.S. and up to Canada, you save even more.
This is exactly the system of open movement that exists within Europe. An organization called the "North American Super Corridor Coalition, Inc" (NASCO) exists to advance the process of integrating trade within North America. It received $2.5 million in Congressional earmarks from the Department of Transportation for the development of technology to track containers moving along the NASCO super corridor. So the process behind the integration of the three nations is already underway, in part paid for with taxpayer dollars. The beneficiaries will ultimately be multinational corporations.
Just about everything in America is ultimately delivered by trucks. If the SPP and the TCC become the reality the presidents of America and Mexico, and the prime minister of Canada want, then Americans will be purchasing cheap goods made with what amounts to slave labor in China and the Far East, shipped to Mexico, and then nationwide. Who suffers? Among the losses will be the manufacturing jobs that will leave America. In addition, there will be job losses at the ports on America's West Coast. American truckers will also be among the losers. The goods received may include food grown with health standards well below our own. Some like a recent batch of toothpaste from China will contain poisons.
The security of the nation will be at even further risk from those with bad intentions who want to enter. Why sneak in across a desert area bordering Mexico when false papers will put you on the superhighway to Kansas City?
Connect the dots between SPP and TCC and what you get are Americans expected to buy cheap goods while their own economic structure and security disappears along with their borders with Mexico and Canada.
Alan Caruba writes a weekly column, "Warning Signs", posted on the Internet site of The National Anxiety Center. His book, "Right Answers: Separating Fact from Fantasy", is published by Merril Press. © Alan Caruba, August 2007