In politics there is a saying, forget about the voters and eventually the voters will forget about you. I think the voters of northern New Hampshire need to do some forgetting.
In early August I went to Washington, D.C. via the high-speed Amtrak Acela train to the offices of Senator John E. Sununu. My reason for going to the capital on this hot summer day was to gain some insight into legislation such as H.R.1740 and a related capital project known as the NAFTA Superhighway; a project which I understand involves the construction of twelve interstate highway lanes and two railroad lines stretching from the Port of Lazaro Carderas, Mexico to Kansas City, Kansas and then up to Toronto, Canada.
If the NAFTA Superhighway is built it will impact the direction of commerce and the lives of thousands of people in the United States some of which might be from northern New Hampshire. Also termed the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) I also learned that the NAFTA Superhighway has also attracted some strong critics including Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and CNN Commentator Lou Dobbs who have stated that this superhighway is intended to substantially increase the flow of asian imported goods into the economies of the United States, Canada and Mexico. "This 12 lane highway, which is already under construction in Texas, will fast-track thousands of cargo containers across the U.S. without adequate security. These containers will move from Mexico, a country with a record of corruption and involvement in the drug trade, across a border that is already porous and insufficiently protected." said Congressman Hunter in a July press release. Congressman Hunter has successfully amended legislation (H.R. 1740) preventing the use of funds for "working groups related to the SPP."
My specific questions for Senator Sununu are if he supports the NAFTA Superhighway and what this massive transportation project means for New Hampshire? And more specifically, how will the economy of northern New Hampshire be impacted by the NAFTA Superhighway. And it definitely will be impacted. I’m confident this massive trade route will serve to intensify the closures of the papermills, supporting industries and create yet more downward economic pressure on the remaining taxbase and families in northern New Hampshire. Without answering my questions in late August Senator Sununu responded to me with a form letter "As you may know, Canada and Mexico are strong U.S. trading partners and these markets represent significant opportunities for U.S. exporters. Then he went on to say "As relevant issues proceed you should know that I do not support the unification of the United States, Mexico and Canada, the creation of a common government or currency, or the elimination of U.S. borders."
As relevant issues proceed. Does Senator Sununu even care?
Steven J. Connolly