Saturday, September 09, 2006

Subj:Transportation Secretary Nominee is a Toll Proponent
Date:9/6/06 1:08:55 PM Central Daylight Time

The following column appears today on the Citizens for a Better Waller County website It is written by Alice Sorsby McGuffie

Permission to duplicate granted
September 6, 2006

On Tuesday, September 5, 2006 President Bush indicated he would nominate Mary Peters to be the next transportation secretary. Ms. Peters has been a vocal advocate for toll roads, for privatizing our highway system, and for the Trans Texas Corridor.

Ms. Peters is currently the Sr. Vice President of HDR, Inc., an engineering firm that is currently doing work on the Trans Texas Corridor-35 project. She is a member of an advisory board for the Reason Foundation, a think tank that has actively supported the Trans Texas Corridor concept.

Ms. Peters was also very recently the Federal Highway Administrator and in that role helped push through federal legislation (SAFETEA-LU) that allows public highways to be turned over to private companies.

On March 11, 2005 Mary Peters joined Gov. Rick Perry and Ric Williamson, chairman of the Texas Transportation Commission for the contract signing between TxDOT and the private consortium, Cintra-Zachry, to develop the first leg of the Trans Texas Corridor, TTC-35.

"We are experiencing increasing congestion on our nation's highways, railways, airports and seaports," Mary Peters has said. "... we're robbing our nation of productivity and our citizens of quality time with their families." "Public-private partnerships in transportation hold great promise in cutting the congestion that's choking our economy and keeping families apart from one another."

Interesting words Ms. Peters uses "robbing our nation of productivity and our citizens of quality... choking our economy and keeping families apart from one another." It is the very cure she proposes for traffic congestion, Public Private Parnerships, that will be doing the robbing, choking, and keeping families apart.

Mary Peters faces Senate confirmation before she can step into the role of Transportation Secretary.

Texas Senator, Kay Bailey Hutchison, serves on the Senate COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE, SCIENCE, AND TRANSPORTATION. Senator Hutchison can and should oppose the confirmation of Mary Peters. Senator Hutchison can be contacted at
284 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-4304
202-224-0776 (FAX)
202-224-5903 (TDD)

961 Federal Building
300 East 8th Street
Austin, Texas 78701
512-916-5839 (FAX)

By Alice Sorsby McGuffie

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Follow-up to the last article.

Bush's new Transportation Secretary and the Trans Texas Corridor
By Wayne Madsen
Friday, September 8, 2006

In Mexico they call it Plan Puebla Panama.

Sept. 8/9/10, 2006 -- George W. Bush's pick for Transportation Secretary represents a major conflict-of-interest designed to spur the construction of the Trans-Texas Corridor -- a project in which Bush and his cronies are heavily invested. Last week, Bush nominated Mary Peters to replace Norman Mineta as Secretary of Transportation. Unlike Mineta, a former congressman who then became a Vice President fo the aerospace defense giant Lockheed Martin, Peters comes out of the surface transportation industry. She is a vice president for the engineering firm HDR and co-vice chairman of the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission. From 2001 to 2005, Peters was the head of the Federal Highway Administration. Peters is also a former head of the Arizona Department of Transportation. Peters worked in the administration of disgraced GOP Governor Fife Symington, who was convicted of bank fraud and resigned from office. (Symington was later pardoned by his college friend, President Bill Clinton). Peters' commitment to major "infrastructure development" of the nation's highways centers on the development of the North American SuperCorridor (NASCO) highway, of which the Tran-Texas Corridor will be a major component. Already, Bush crime syndicate cronies, including interests tied to Texas Governor Rick Perry, are purchasing property along the proposed Texas highway route at cut-rate prices, using "eminent domain" statutes to pay less than what private and commercial property is worth. The money for the massive land grab is coming from Saudi and Chinese sources, according to knowledgeable sources in Texas. The NASCO highway will cross 11 states: Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois. It will also connect proposed Mexican super ports in Manzanillo, Mazatlan, and Lazaro Cardenas to various United States trucking and distribution super-hubs in San Antonio, Dallas, Kansas City, as well as one in Winnipeg in Canada. The Mexican ports will be receiving points for manufactured products from China. The theft of the Mexican presidency by conservative Felipe Calderon at the expense of populist leader Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was engineered to protect the sizeable investments the Bush crime cartel, including The Carlyle Group, and their Saudi and Chinese financiers have already sunk into the project.

New Transportation Secretary Mary Peters to ensure Bush crime family super-highway projects proceed unimpeded.

Eventually, NASCO will be expanded as far south as Argentina by linking North America to Central America (Mexico-Central American Corridor and an improved Pan American Highway). The expensive tolls charged throughout the 10-lane super-highway system will be used to line the pockets of the Bush family well into the middle of the 21st century. Peters, as a highway and trucking industry shill, has been entrusted by the Bush crime cartel to ensure that the plans for NASCO and the Pan American Super Corridor proceed unimpeded. It is estimated that as many as 1 million Texans alone, many in rural and poor urban areas, could be displaced by the Trans-Texas Corridor.

Mary Peters at Transportation: Major responsibility is to ensure roadblocks to North American SuperCorridor are eliminated.

By Wayne Madsen

George Eliot


Blogger Sal Costello said..., Vote Strayhorn!

The Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC) project championed by Gov. Rick Perry will bring about mass evictions of Texans from their homes, farms, and ranches.

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