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The North American IdeaA Vision of a Continental Future$
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Robert A. Pastor

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199782413

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199782413.001.0001

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Speed Bumps, Potholes, and Roadblocks on the North American Superhighway

Speed Bumps, Potholes, and Roadblocks on the North American Superhighway

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(p.111) 5 Speed Bumps, Potholes, and Roadblocks on the North American Superhighway
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The North American Idea
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Robert A. Pastor

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199782413.003.0005

This chapter discusses how North America's problems are speed bumps (new 9/11 restrictions); potholes (the failure to maintain or build roads and infrastructure); roadblocks (policies that prevent trucks from transiting the border or picking up return shipments); and hidden tolls (concealed taxes, including divergent regulations, that encourage inefficiency). These problems have hobbled North America, insulted its neighbors, and been so costly as to have turned the North American advantage into a disadvantage.

Keywords:   NAFTA, North American Free Trade Agreement, 9/11, roads, infrastructure, border crossing, taxes

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