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Rick Perry, The Trans Texas Corridor & NAFTA Superhighway & Mexico

15 September 2011 at 2:04:51 PM

It's almost unbelieveable to me how much some people try to lie in this day and age of the internet and being able to fact check people immediately. Plus, as readers know, we here at Somervell County Salon KNOW about the Trans Texas Corridor, attended and video recorded 7 different public hearings and cannot be bullchitted about it. But Rick Perry is trying to bullchit the national audience

From Politico last month

On the supposed Nafta superhighway, Perry called it “an interesting myth that has been out there a long time.” He joked, “There is a corridor from Mexico to Canada. It’s called I-35. It’s been there a long time.”

Perry went on to defend his failed bid to build a trans-Texas highway and his support for toll roads, saying the alternatives would be to raise taxes, ask Washington for money or wait for “the asphalt fairy” to get needed roads built.

As we've pointed out before, Rick Perry used to believe in that *myth*. -look at the info about NASCO on this link.

In case you haven't seen this video that I recorded in about 2006 or 2007 about the NAFTA Superhighway, as talked about Marcy Kaptur. Her district has FORD and after that Ford moved a bunch of their op to ... Mexico.

I noticed that Rick Perry has moved the Trans Texas Corridor from his list of accomplishments on his governor website. I think I looked at that last month there, but it's all still there, you just have to search for it.

Gov. Perry Signs Joint Declaration To Plan Extension of Trans Texas Corridor Into Nuevo Leon

Tuesday, March 12, 2002  •  Press Release

NUEVO LEON, COLOMBIA, MEXICO - Texas Governor Rick Perry and Nuevo Leon Governor Fernando Canales today signed an historic joint declaration to plan the extension of the Trans Texas Corridor into Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

The signing of the declaration marks the first time a Texas governor and a governor of Mexico have agreed to coordinate transportation efforts to ease the movement of people and products between Texas ports and Mexico’s heartland.

Launched by Gov. Perry, the Trans Texas Corridor is a fiscally responsible and innovative transportation blueprint that improves the state’s transportation needs, moves the transport of hazardous materials out of urban population centers, reduces air pollution and significantly improves opportunities for economic development and job creation in Texas.

“The Trans Texas Corridor is a transportation system for the 21st Century that can ultimately benefit both Texas and Mexico,” Perry said. “By working together, we can connect Monterrey, Nuevo Leon - the industrial heartland of Mexico - to our Texas ports of entry all along the border. With new trade opportunities created by new trade corridors, we can continue to create good jobs and raise the standard of living for both our peoples.”

“A more prosperous Mexico and a more prosperous border region mean a more prosperous Texas,” Perry added.

Since the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), U.S.-Mexican trade has grown from $81 billion in 1993 to $247 billion in 2000. Perry noted that continued trade growth between the United States and Mexico is dependent on a reliable transportation system, such as the Trans Texas Corridor.

The Trans Texas Corridor incorporates toll and non-toll roads, high-speed freight and commuter rail, water lines, oil and gas pipelines, electric transmission lines, broadband and other telecommunications infrastructure in the same corridors.

In addition, an economic analysis shows that in the first year of construction, the Trans Texas Corridor will create 72,000 jobs. When completed, the Trans Texas Corridor will lead to 2.6 million permanent jobs and will expand opportunities in just about every job sector in Texas.

Governor Perry and Governor Canales signed the joint declaration following ceremonies dedicating the Ribereña Highway. The Ribereña Highway connects the Colombia International Bridge with the Monterrey-Nuevo Laredo Highway in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, just outside Laredo, Texas.

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1 - humanbeing   15 Sep 2011 @ 10:40:05 PM 

What I couldn't stomach about all this was the secret way in which all these negotiations were conducted. Such a massive project with no citizen participation (and no referendum) until it was time for the 'environmental' impact hearings when notices started appearing in the newspaper. Absolutely no reportage in the news, local or national.  I'd wager that today you still couldn't find many citizens who could tell you much about it. A shocking abuse of power.

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2 - pstern   16 Sep 2011 @ 1:02:35 AM 

Here in Texas we've been told by Governor Rick Perry, various legislators and several TxDOT heads that the Trans-Texas Corridor is dead.  I don't believe it and neither should Texans.  There is a ton of money to be made from it on many levels and with a monster like the TTC, it continues to hide in the shadows, waiting to jump out at the first opportunity.

In addition, a lot of the groundwork for the project has already been researched and accepted by those who supported the various plans.  Many already made a fortune on it without it having been started or completed.  An example is that the Spanish road consortium CINTRA paid Texas $1 million to be considered for the TTC project and CINTRA already partners with American companies Bechtel, Fluor, Kiewit, Parsons Corp., Parsons Brinckerhoff, Shirley Construction, Washington Group International, and Zachry Construction.

In 2008 I wrote a lengthy article on the TTC and toll roads in Texas and throughout the U.S. that I titled, "American Transportation: do we really need toll roads" and it was picked up by several mainstream news media, including Global Research.

I pretty much documented what had been going on up to that time with the under-handed methods being used to perpetrate toll roads against the American public.

If interested, you may read the entire article at:


There's a lot of research that went into that article and a who's who list of all those involved in the manipulation of toll roads and the millions made at the expense of taxpayers and those who use and don't use the roads.

Please feel free to comment on anything in the article.  Contact me if you have any questions or even if you want to tell me the article is full of crap.  I can handle it if you do, but I would like you to cite examples of what you don't agree with.

If you don't want to comment here on Salon, feel free to contact me via email at:


Thank you.  I appreciate any and all feedback as long as it is in good taste with some positive criticism.

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