Saturday, May 10, 2008

OKLAHOMA CLOSE TO APPROVING NAFTA HIGHWAY

TOM DEWEESE, CANADA FREE PRESS Despite massive public opposition, the Oklahoma state legislature approved a bill to allow creation of "Smart Ports" and continuation of the NAFTA Superhighway system in Oklahoma. The bill is on Governor Brad Henry’s desk. . . . The road will be regulated under international law, and the bill waives the State’s 11th Amendment protection from being sued in federal court. . .

There is significant support for NAFTA superhighways in Oklahoma’s public sector. Oklahoma Senator Debbe Leftwich serves as NASCO’s Secretary, and Dawn Sullivan, a planning and research division engineer for Oklahoma’s Department of Transportation, is a member of NASCO. . . . Another major supporter has been Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett.

Mayor Cornett signed the "Kansas City Declaration” in 2004 at the North American Trade Corridor Partnership in Kansas City. . . . This document recorded participants’ "shared vision of future cooperation for communities along the NAFTA Trade Corridor in Canada, the United States and Mexico (concluding the) economic vitality and social integration of our communities demand open, dynamic and secure borders.” Mayor Cornett also called for the economic integration of North America in a video interview at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in June of 2004.

In a June 25, 2007, interview with Dr. Jerome Corsi, Mayor Cornett repudiated his signing "The Declaration of North American Integration,” saying "It was a pretty stupid thing to get involved with.” He further stated, "I am opposed to the extension of the Trans-Texas Corridor into Oklahoma if the whole point is to make it cheaper to transport containers from China coming through Mexican ports.”

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