Mexicans Banned from the NAFTA Superhighway?

Remember the whole NAFTA superhighway conspiracy theory? The giant highway that was going to rip apart North America, 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"? Die hard believers still fear it, but they can take cold comfort in this: When it does come, there won't be any Mexicans driving on it:

Buried in the $410 billion catch-all appropriations bill now before the U.S. Senate is a provision that would end a program that has allowed Mexican truck drivers to deliver goods to destinations inside the United States.

A provision in the original North American Free Trade Agreement of 1994 was supposed to allow U.S. and Mexican trucking companies to deliver goods in each other’s country. But opposition from the Teamsters union and old-fashioned prejudice against Mexicans has derailed implementation of the provision.

Maybe there's are safety justification for the ban. Perhaps we just don't want those crazy Mexicans going all loco ¡Ándale! ¡Ándale! ¡Arriba! ¡Arriba! on our roads, right? Nope, Cato's Daniel Griswold writes that Mexican drivers on a pilot program in the U.S. actually have better safety records than American drivers.

Ah well, it won't matter anyway when we're all paid in Ameros.

More on the mythical superhighway here and here.

More on hilarious Mexicans in the American imagination here:

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  • SIV||

    FUCK!

    I have been a firm supporter of Mexican trucks.
    I figured they would bring more lower-priced contraband products into the country fostering free trade and property rights

  • Orange Line Special||

    Here's an interesting article from way back in 1993 about the "Kochtopus" pushing NAFTA. Interesting, and oh so relevant.

    As for the "conspiracy theory", the intellectually honest reader will note that Katherine Mangu-Ward is engaging in the standard trick of trying to claim that if it isn't four football fields wide, it isn't being planned. What the intellectually honest reader should note is that it doesn't have to be four football fields wide in order to fulfill its purpose of allowing China to "mainline" cheap goods into the central U.S., bypassing U.S. (i.e., union) ports along the way.

    Not only that, but the NAFTA Superhighway has been confirmed, and by Reason's choice to be president no less.

    Fail.

  • SIV||

    Not only that, but the NAFTA Superhighway has been confirmed, and by Reason's choice to be president no less.

    Obama confirmed the NAFTA superhighway chris?

  • Warty||

    Shut the fuck up, Lonewacko.

  • ||

    I'm reposting my comment from one of the links.

    We're calling it a Superhighway. Eight lanes of shimmering cement running from Mexico to Canada. Smooth, safe, fast. Border traffic jams will be a thing of the past.

    I see a place where people get on and off the highway. On and off, off and on, all day, all night! Soon there will be a string of gas stations, inexpensive motels, restaurants that serve rapidly prepared food! Tire salons, automobile dealerships, and wonderful wonderful billboards reaching as far as the eye can see! My God... It'll be beautiful.

  • ||

    What Warty said.
    _____________________

    It's not that we're against Free Trade. We're for Fair Trade.

    Fuck the Teamsters. Fuck them very much.

  • ..||

    Shut the fuck up, Lonewacko.

    That's muy original.

  • Kyle Jordan||

    Warren,

    I just watched that movie the other day. Forgot how awesome it was.

  • Kyle Jordan||

    Which gives me an idea actually. I should make "Dip" for politicians.

  • Warty||

    Yo, fuck 2/3 ellipsis.

  • ..||

    Fuck the Teamsters. Fuck them very much.

    If only libertarians will say "fuck" enough times, people will start to take them seriously.

  • ||

    Nope, Cato's Daniel Griswold writes that Mexican drivers on a pilot program in the U.S. actually have better safety records than American drivers.


    That's because anybody that has driven through Mexico's highways and survives after a couple of years becomes an expert. American highways are just too easy. Also, Mexican drivers require very little in the way of amenities - just a good lunch, a few Cokes, an overweight prostitute with dyed hair, and they're all set!

    But opposition from the Teamsters union and old-fashioned prejudice against Mexicans has derailed implementation of the provision.

    It's mainly the Democrats. And Republicans. But mostly, the Democrats. Well, sometimes more the Republicans than the Democrats . . . Ok, ok, it's Michael Savage's fault.

    Perhaps we just don't want those crazy Mexicans going all loco ¡Ándale! ¡Ándale! ¡Arriba! ¡Arriba!

    Actually, no Mexican speaks like that.

  • ||

    >Shut the fuck up, Lonewacko.

    That's muy original.


    Running jokes are funny because they are unoriginal.

    "Would you believe" your criticism "missed it by that much"?

  • ||

    Fuck the Teamsters. Fuck them very much.

    If only libertarians will say "fuck" enough times, people will start to take them seriously.



    Golly gee, Beaver -
    You ain't seen nothin' yet.

  • ..||

    Running jokes are funny

    Only to adolescents. What, no puns?

  • fyodor||

    Running jokes deserve running jokes.

  • ||

    Not a surprise, since the Democrats and President Obama vowed to end this. Obama previously introduced a bill to do this when a Senator. (He sponsored a bill to block funding for the pilot program, and for the program in general.)

    Of course, there were lots of people who were hoping that he was lying, I guess.

  • Xander Crews||

    We're calling it a Superhighway. Eight lanes of shimmering cement running from Mexico to Canada. Smooth, safe, fast. Border traffic jams will be a thing of the past.

    A pedestrian overpass to Canada? That was my idea! I was gonna call it the spic span.

  • ¢||

    The post's insistence that this has anything to do with the crap LoneWhacko goes on and on about has made the ensuing discussion very fruitful.

    Heckuva job, hypheny.

  • ..||

    Come on. One of you bathrobe intellectuals must have a good pun.
    Bring it. If it's good, it might get repeated here for years!
    Who's up to the task?

  • ||

    But, but, NAFTA was a Democratic president's success story! I'm so confused.

  • Urkobold™||

    CHURLS JUST WANT TO HAVE PUN.

  • ||

    The video reminds me of an old joke:

    A Mexican and an Irishman are having a conversation, and the Mexican describes the sentiment behind the world "mañana". He asks the Irishman if there's a similar word in Irish, and the Irishman says "to be sure, we haven't any word to convey such a sense of urgency."

    -jcr

  • Windypundit||

    Shhh. Don't anybody tell Lonewacko that there are already several highway routes from Mexico to Canada, which those bastards in D.C. have hidden from us by giving them deceptive names like "Interstate 15". Some of the routes even change numbers on the way from Mexico to Canada!

  • Running Joke||

    "...I don't have to outrun the bear, I have to outrun *you*!"

  • David Rocco||

    "Ok, I'll have a coke"

  • ||

    Just the other day I was listening to a 1991 speech by Hans Hermann Hoppe when he said that a North American union was imminent. It's eighteen years later, where is it?

    At the beginning of the Paul campaign, some Troofers invaded our meetup and screamed (literally) that the Amero would be rolled out December 2007. It's two years later, where is it?

  • EJM||

    Also, Mexican drivers require very little in the way of amenities - just a good lunch, a few Cokes, an overweight prostitute with dyed hair, and they're all set!

    But, only if their Cokes aren't sweetened with corn syrup!

    (Does the whole sugar-vs.-corn-syrup thing now qualify as a Reason running joke?)

  • Gimme Back My Dog||

    Actually, no Mexican speaks like that.

    No shit? Wow, next thing you are going to tell me is that Mexican mice aren't any faster than American mice.

  • Vive La France!||

    God Save the Queen!


    ....




    Remember the Alamo!

  • ||

    A Mexican walks into a restroom and sees and Irishman staring down into a toilet. His curiosity gets the better of him, so he walks over and looks down into the toilet too. At the bottom of the bowl is a nickel. As they both stare down at the nickel, the Irishmen reaches into his pocket, pulls out a quarter, and drops it in the toilet too.

    "What did you do that for?" asks the Mexican.

    The Irishman says, "You don't think I'm going to reach in there for just five cents do you?!?!"

  • Kolohe||

    its purpose of allowing China to "mainline" cheap goods into the central U.S., bypassing U.S. (i.e., union) ports along the way.

    If Mexico could get its act together enough for its west coast ports to be a viable alternative to Long Beach, it would be a sign that its most intractable problems are on a path to being solved.

  • Paul||

    China to "mainline" cheap goods into the central U.S., bypassing U.S. (i.e., union) ports along the way.

    AKA sell superior stuff to U.S. consumers without the sinister Unions getting their grubby mitts all over it and jacking the price up.

  • Warty||

    A skeleton walks into a bar. He says to the bartender, "Give me a beer and a mop."

  • ||

    No shit? Wow, next thing you are going to tell me is that Mexican mice aren't any faster than American mice.

    They should be faster than the American mice, if you take into account the fact that American mice are overweight . . .

  • ||

    Just the other day I was listening to a 1991 speech by Hans Hermann Hoppe when he said that a North American union was imminent. It's eighteen years later, where is it?

    Hey, I just stepped out my house in Mexico to go to work and I ended up in Santa Cruz, CA. So the union MUST be here - you just have not seen it yet.

  • ||

    What the intellectually honest reader should note is that it doesn't have to be four football fields wide in order to fulfill its purpose of allowing China to "mainline" cheap goods into the central U.S., bypassing U.S. (i.e., union) ports along the way.


    So that's why my family has not starved - because cheap goods bypass union-controlled ports.

    It's a good thing, too, because if goods do not flow, armies will . . . armies of union goons.

  • The Bearded Hobbit||

    Two guys walk into a bar. The third one ducks.

    .. Hobbit

  • ||

    Running jokes are funny

    "That's a myth! A myth!"

    "Yeah, well, she's my 'myth'!"

    "Yeth?"

    "Good grief it's a running gag."

  • ||

    Let me, like Warren, also repost my comment from one of the links...

    Given that the free trade strategy Mexico is using to capture automobile assembly factories works best only if the US maintains trade barriers with other nations, I expect that agents of the Mexican government have infiltrated the US in order to keep those barriers going.

    Even Lou Dobbs and his anti-trade tirade might be in the employ of the Mexican government. Look for him to expand on his "War on the Middle Class" theme by calling the NAFTA Superhighway "Bypass of the Middle Class".

  • Orange Line Special||

    What's hilarious about this is the Trans-Texas Corridor angle (use the third search box for much more). It was a huge example of corrupt politicians attempting to fool people and take their land while helping major companies get a huge subsidy. For an example see how it was sold.

    It's hardly a libertarian idea in either implementation or spirit, yet here we find the "libertarians" at Reason mocking all those Texans - including those on the libertarian side of things - who opposed it. At the same time, they're parroting those on the far-left who also mocked those Texans.

    Maybe Reason could make the circle complete and bring in Dave Weigel to see if the TTC was mentioned in any of RonPaul's newsletters.

  • Orange Line Special||

    I'm extremely angry because my girlfriend recently dumped me for an IllegalMexican. She claimed he had a BiggerCock, but I know this is only due to BHO.

    Maybe Reason could ask ToughQuestions about why this happened, and place them on YouTube.

  • Orange Line Special||

    The comment at 8:44 is not me and potentially libelous.

    By the way I have a very SmallDick. About ThreeInches when hard.

  • ||

    What's scarier: Canada or Mexico?

  • Orange Line Special||

    Canada is a bigger threat.

    FrenchCanadians and PissBear may pose a MinorThreat to our AngloSaxon women.

    But SwarthyLatinos are a MajorThreat.

  • ||

    Oh, okay.

    What about Puerto Rico and Cuba, not to mention Greenland?

  • Orange Line Special||

    Who would my current CheapDate be more likely to dump me for?

    A BlondeNord or a SwarthyLatino?

  • ||

    Well, now, that's a toughie. I know that Icelandic women are very attractive, but I'm not sure that extends to Greenland. Which, after all, is populated by Danes and Inuits.

    On the other hand, my wife is half-Colombian, and she's babe-a-licious.

  • Orangle Line Special||

    "Pro Liberate" doesn't realize he is committing RacialSuicide.

  • ||

    I know, it's bad. In fact, it's worse because I'm pretty much all Northern European.

    Sob--I've betrayed the race! Again! I'm so ashamed.

  • 7||

    "A provision in the original North American Free Trade Agreement of 1994 was supposed to allow U.S. and Mexican trucking companies to deliver goods in each other's country."



    Are Mexican trucking companies disallowed from delivering products in the US? Or visa-versa?


    "But opposition from the Teamsters union and old-fashioned prejudice against Mexicans has derailed implementation of the provision."



    Please, explain in detail, how Teamster Unions prevented Mexican trucking companies from entering the US.

    You can do that, right?

  • Orangle Line Special||

    Come on "Pro Liberate".

    You must understand your wife is corrupting your AngloSaxon blood through MongrelMiscegenation.

  • ||

    Is it okay if her Colombian family is really all Spanish? That's Europeany enough, right? Oh, please absolve me!

  • Orange Line Special||

    ProLiberate, you should understand that in the TropicalSouth they all committed MongrelMiscegenation with BrownNatives at some point.

    Therefore, your children will not be TrueAmericans, aka, they will always be "illegals" to me!

    What do you have to say for yourself?

  • ||

    You're right. I'll gather the Libertate clan and move to a villa in Tuscany.

    Sorry for all the trouble.

  • Dennis Hopper||

    Wouldn't you feel more at home in Sicily?

  • ||

    Go ProL!

  • Kolohe||

    For an example see how it was sold.

    What's ironic about this is the entire point of being against 'the NAFTA superhighway' is because on how it's sold.

    Being against a 'Trans Texas Cooridor' is fine; if texans don't want to pave over their state, more power to them. The problem was painting this project as some sort of NefariousPlot.

  • Orange Line Special||

    Kolohoe obviously doesn't understand the issues invovled. It goes well beyond Texas.

    Also a question I asked GovernorPerry can be viewed

  • Orange Line Special||

    Can be viewed here.

    Now Jessie Walker can't use his LogialFallacies.

    I asked an extremely difficult question in that link and put it on YouTube.

  • roystgnr||

    Ha, ha, those wacky conspiracy theorists! With their obscure mailing lists, their fantasies about ten-lane supercorridors, their Texas Government Press Releases about ten-lane supercorridors...

    Wait, what?

    Oh, yeah, that's right, the plain facts didn't get turned into "conspiracy theories" until CNN needed something with which to smear Ron Paul. "Figment of his imagination", my ass.

    I'm not expecting to see any retractions from CNN; but I am curious to find out if Mangu-Ward and Reason are any better. Well?

    I'm not a fan of Paul's protectionist leanings, but the right thing to do there is to argue philosophy, not to laugh at "mythical" facts that anyone competent can check out with five minutes on Google. You're just embarrassing yourself.

  • ||

    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


    To be honest this sounds pretty cool.

  • ||

    OK, OLS, it's all a conspiracy.

    Go ahead. Tear up NAFTA.

    The next morning, Canada and Mexico will turn off the oil and natural gas pipelines and the electric power lines.

  • ||

    It's pruf! Pruf I tell you! Pruf that Mexican Canadians have an anti-sovereignty pact to assimilate us! There's a highway going through Texas! Texas! What more pruf do you need? A freeway from one end of Texas to the other is unassaulted pruf that the CFR and Bilderbergers are going to build a special ten lane road without stopsigns from Mexico to Canada so the Chinese can drown us in cheap kitsch!

    And all those state quarters we have been seeing? They're really Ameros! Ameroooooooos!

  • ||

    Actually valid reasons that can be constructed to argue against a NAFTA Superhighway in its many hydra headed manifestations:

    1. If it really is so useful, it can be paid for by its beneficiaries. It should be a pure toll road requiring precious little use of eminent domain. There should be no need to use public funds or force to supply the private good of transport.

    2. Having politically connected businesses use the power of the state to collect taxes and acquire land to provide them a free road in order to break longshoreman unions is pitting the state against the populace in a most unpleasant way.

    Reasons actually chosen to argue against a NAFTA Superhighway in its many hydra headed manifestations:

    1. Teh Mexican drivers.

    2. Teh Mexican trucks.

    3. Teh Sovereignty.

    4. Teh North American Union.

  • ||

    their Texas Government Press Releases about ten-lane supercorridors...



    Ten, six, who's counting?

    "The corridors will consist of six highway vehicle lanes - three in each direction - and six rail lines - three in each direction. One rail line will be dedicated to high speed commuter rail, one to high speed freight rail and one dedicated to short haul regional rail, which could serve as the backbone of a local commuter rail system serving all Texans."



    Does Canada border Texas? When did this happen?

  • ||

    Are Mexican trucking companies disallowed from delivering products in the US? Or visa-versa?



    Yes, both are disallowed. We have an agreement with the Mexican government to allow US trucking companies to deliver in Mexico, so long as there is reciprocity. Now that we're not letting Mexican trucking companies in, US trucking companies will be banned from Mexico.

    Please, explain in detail, how Teamster Unions prevented Mexican trucking companies from entering the US.



    They politically opposed it and have lobbied to prevent Mexican trucking companies from entering the US. Eg, "Hoffa praises proposal to ban unsafe Mexican trucks.

    Of course, it's not just the Teamsters. Obama wanted to do this for a long time.

  • ||

    1. Teh Mexican drivers.
    2. Teh Mexican trucks.
    3. Teh Sovereignty.
    4. Teh North American Union.



    Yup. Many conspiracists call themselves "libertarians", but they do significant harm to the movement. In their own words they have no problem with big government, only with the "conspirators" behind government. Obama is bad not because of any of his policies, but because he's a Kenyan citizen. The Fed is bad not because it's a central bank monopoly, but because of Jekyll island. Bush and Cheney weren't evil because of the war and occupation and torture and the destruction of civil rights, but because they masterminded 9/11. In the words of one famous tax denier, "I would gladly pay my taxes if it could be demonstrated that they were legal." Someone who calls himself a libertarian says he would gladly pay taxes!

    If the Trans-Texas Corridor didn't go all the way to Oklahoma, most NAUfers wouldn't be able find one thing wrong with it...

  • Texan farmer||

    "If the Trans-Texas Corridor didn't go all the way to Oklahoma, most NAUfers wouldn't be able find one thing wrong with it..."


    Personally don't give a shit about how long the road is, if it reaches to Canada, Atlantis or the Moon... however i do care about eminent domain quite a bit...

  • ||

    Aresen,

    William Shatner as Prime Minister? Does it get any better than that?

  • ||

    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"?

    Sounds good to me.

    J sub D, it is a contradiction to say both:

    It's not that we're against Free Trade.

    and

    We're for Fair Trade.

    The "Fair Trade" requirements being regulations and limits on trade, it is indeed antithetical to Free Trade.

  • ||

    I'm for Flair Trade. Free trade with a certain panache.

  • Orange Line Special||

    Needless to say, only this and the first two comments on this thread are ones I posted; the others posted using the same name are yet another example of "libertarians" being unable to counter my arguments and instead resorting to sub-kindergarten games.

    Also, I have a question for "Pro Libertate", who appears to be J. Keith Harmon, Esq. Were you having a conversation with yourself above? Do you still work for the Ohio Supercomputer Center? Who do you work for now?

  • ||

    I was just the Pro Libertate side of the conversation, thank you very much.

  • roystgnr||

    Six rail lanes plus six highway lanes equals twelve lanes, which is larger than ten. I know, math is harder than snarking on the internet; that may just mean you need to practice the former more and the latter less. If doing math that someone else has walked you through works out for you, it's just the first step towards Thinking For Yourself, which in this case would have enabled you to not only count all twelve lanes in the plan I linked you, but all sixteen lanes (six car, four truck, six rail) in the original plans. http://ttc69.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/ttc_report_full.pdf

  • oat willie||

    "I'm for Flair Trade. Free trade with a certain panache."

    PL

    Perhaps it is because you've chosen to wear only 15 pieces of flair. If you don't want to express yourself more, then I'm afraid we're going to have to talk about this, incessantly and in shifts, for eternity...

  • ||

    It's true [sobs].

  • ||

    Six rail lanes plus six highway lanes equals twelve lanes, which is larger than ten. I know, math is harder than snarking on the internet; that may just mean you need to practice the former more and the latter less.



    Rail lanes? Who calls them "rail lanes?" Who refers to a six lane highway with rail lines running parallel as a "ten lane highway" anyway? If I asked you how many lanes there were on the corridor from Washington to Richmond, would you add three extra lanes for the triple-tracked rail lines that parallel it?

    And who counts rail lines dedicated to short-range commuter rail as somehow bringing Mexicans in?

    Math is indeed hard; for you, logic and reason is even harder.

    There are plenty of reasons to oppose the proposal; you've just centered on untrue and ridiculous ones.

  • roystgnr||

    So suppose I stipulate, for the sake of argument, that a rail line is less significant than a car lane, presumably because in your head trains are tiny and cars are huge, or some such. Why didn't you comment on the original proposal I went to the trouble of linking for you, the one with ten traffic lanes plus additional rail lines? Didn't read it? Illiteracy on top of innumeracy?
    And like I said: I'm not even talking about the philosophy of the proposal! Eminent domain is often bad, but for transportation often necessary, and free trade is usually good. So pick either side of that debate. But whichever you pick, is it too much to ask that you not deride your opponents for being more aware of the basic facts under discussion?

  • Editor in chief||

    But XXXXXXXXXX XXXX XXX Teamsters union XXX old-fashioned prejudice against Mexicans has derailed implementation of the provision.

  • Gary||

    Ummm...I've got some news for you. The first Mexican trucks began rolling deep into the U.S. on I-35 (the principle trunk of the NAFTA Superhighway) in 2007. They're already doing it, using existing roads. Similarly, the North American Union already exists, administratively and has been already merged with the European Union, in 2008 (by Bush and the EU's president). The Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP), created by Bush, Vincente Fox and Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin in 2005 is the bedrock of the NAU. It is comprised of hundreds of bureaucrats, formed into "working groups" to re-write U.S. laws and regulations in order to "harmonize" them with those of Canada and Mexico. Meanwhile, in 2008, NORTCHOM signed illegal agreements with Canadian military forces to provide mutual support during martial law. You guys call yourselves "libertarians?" You really need to wake up and smell the coffee.

  • ||

    "COSPIRACY" What the largest trade block in the world,More affordable goods in north america. ect

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