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Rick Perry tied to Agenda 21, Globalist Policies

Written by Terri Hall

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Terri Hall, Examiner  

Rick Perry may be good at invoking states rights and prop­erty rights, while dis­avowing ‘for­eign cred­i­tors,’ but his actions as Texas’ longest serving gov­ernor tell a dif­ferent story. Public pri­vate part­ner­ships (or P3s) are part and parcel of the United Nations’ Agenda 21. Two of the pur­poses of Agenda 21 are to abolish pri­vate prop­erty and restrict mobility and P3s act as the vehicle to do it. Perry made P3s a cen­ter­piece of his trans­porta­tion policy since he stepped in as governor.

It started with the Trans Texas Cor­ridor, known at the fed­eral level as high pri­ority cor­ri­dors, cor­ri­dors of the future, or the NAFTA super­high­ways. Just in Texas, it was to be a 4,000 mile multi-modal net­work of toll roads, rail lines, power trans­mis­sion lines, pipelines, telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions lines and more. It was going to be financed, oper­ated, and con­trolled by a for­eign com­pany granted mas­sive swaths of land 1,200 feet (4 foot­ball fields) wide taken forcibly through emi­nent domain.

Called the biggest land grab in Texas his­tory, it was going to gobble up 580,000 acres of pri­vate Texas land (the first cor­ridor alone was to dis­place 1 mil­lion Texans) and hand it over to well-connected global players using P3s, who would gain exclu­sive rights to deter­mine the route and what hotels, restau­rants, and gas sta­tions were along the cor­ridor in a government-sanctioned monopoly for a half cen­tury. It was the worst case of emi­nent domain for pri­vate gain ever conceived.

Prop­erty rights shredded

The Trans Texas Cor­ridor, and P3s in gen­eral, rep­re­sent an immi­nent threat to pri­vate prop­erty rights. While law­makers repealed the Trans Texas Cor­ridor from state statute only months ago due to the public back­lash, the re-named cor­ridor (‘Inno­v­a­tive Con­nec­tivity Plan’) and its threat to prop­erty rights lives on through P3s. Two such projects underway by a Spanish devel­oper, Cintra, will charge Texans 75 cents per mile in tolls (nearly $13 a day while Perry claims he hasn’t raised taxes or indebted Texans to for­eign cred­i­tors) to access lanes on two public inter­states — I-635 and I-820. A third project being devel­oped by the same com­pany for two seg­ments on SH 130 is, per­haps, the only leg of the Trans Texas Cor­ridor TTC-35 project that will ever be built.

While Perry dis­tracted Texans and tea partiers with ‘emer­gency’ res­o­lu­tions on state sov­er­eignty during the 82nd leg­is­la­ture, P3s spread from trans­porta­tion projects to vir­tu­ally every other type of public infra­struc­ture in a bill, SB 1048, passed by the Texas leg­is­la­ture which he signed into law June 17. Now all public infra­struc­ture, including public build­ings, schools, nursing homes, ports, mass transit, etc. can be auctioned-off to pri­vate inter­ests in long-term sweet­heart deals with tax­payer sub­si­dies and profit guar­an­tees using P3s.

P3s give a pri­vate cor­po­ra­tion the power to tax the public, whether through charging tolls or other so-called ‘user fees,’ to access their own public infra­struc­ture, and, per­haps more insid­ious,  allowing well-connected pri­vate enti­ties to profit from con­ces­sions on land taken through emi­nent domain.

Why shouldn’t the orig­inal landowner be able to profit from devel­oping his/her land instead of having the gov­ern­ment take it in the name of a “public use” and give it to another devel­oper, one with gov­ern­ment con­nec­tions? Perry’s admin­is­tra­tion of P3s is like his admin­is­tra­tion of his Emerging Tech­nology Fund that’s been highly crit­i­cized for steering tax­payer money to Perry’s cam­paign donors — a case in point, Dan Shelley.

Shelley worked for Cintra, who had its sites set on devel­oping the Trans Texas Cor­ridor. Shelley lands a job as Perry’s aide, steers the $7 bil­lion cor­ridor P3 to his former employer Cintra, then goes back to work for Cintra. That’s how Perry does busi­ness — pay to play.

Texas “Open for Business”

While Perry is staking his cam­paign on Texas being the top net jobs cre­ator, Perry’s ver­sion of Texas being “Open for Busi­ness” isn’t about low taxes and less reg­u­la­tion as much as it is about doing busi­ness with for­eign com­pa­nies, including selling off Texas’ sov­er­eign land and public assets to for­eign cred­i­tors, an issue which Perry’s first tele­vi­sion ad uses to take aim at Pres­i­dent Obama.

Aside from the P3s, Texas has 20 active deals going with the Chi­nese and has 32 for­eign trade zones (FTZs), a vehicle to ease the flow of for­eign goods into the United States that are chalk full of tax breaks for importers. Perry’s office pro­moted these FTZs in a doc­u­ment enti­tled For­eign Trade Zones: Texas Wide Open for Busi­ness and even ded­i­cates a web site for Texas FTZs, www.TexasWideOpenForBusiness.com.

A recent Wash­ington Post article doc­u­ments Perry’s work to get Chi­nese government-owned telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions com­pany Huawei, to base its U.S. oper­a­tions in Texas, a com­pany that the U.S. gov­ern­ment has deemed a threat to national secu­rity noting that “three times since 2008, a U.S. gov­ern­ment secu­rity panel has blocked Huawei from acquiring or part­nering with U.S. com­pa­nies because of con­cerns that secrets could be leaked to China’s gov­ern­ment or military.”

Perry’s cozi­ness with the Chi­nese and for­eign investors exposes a huge weak­ness in his right flank — illegal immi­gra­tion and open bor­ders. The Trans Texas Cor­ridor has been linked to the global plan to eco­nom­i­cally inte­grate North America, with the even­tual goal of a common secu­rity perimeter mod­eled after the Euro­pean Union. Perry ush­ered in in-state tuition for ille­gals and has long been an obstacle to immi­gra­tion reform or any Arizona-style immi­gra­tion law.

Perry’s record paints a much dif­ferent pic­ture than what can­di­date Perry would have us believe — that he’s a states rights, Con­sti­tu­tion­ally lim­ited gov­ern­ment con­ser­v­a­tive that’s respon­sible for the “Texas mir­acle.” In reality, he’s more like an Agenda 21 glob­alist willing to sell America to the highest bidder.

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Terri Hall is a home­school mother of eight chil­dren and the Founder of Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom or TURF. TURF is a non-partisan, grass­roots, all-volunteer group defending cit­i­zens’ con­cerns with Agenda 21, toll road policy, public pri­vate part­ner­ships, and emi­nent domain abuses. TURF pro­motes non-toll trans­porta­tion solutions.

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