Been getting e-mails about this all day, some from the NAU freaks who think it’s the “next step” in the Master Plan and some from sober folks like See-Dubya who say, quite rightly, that cargo shipments across the border without inspection are an invitation to disaster.

Supporters of the plan say letting more Mexican trucks on U.S. highways will save American consumers hundreds of millions of dollars.

Labor and driver-owner groups have been fighting the measure — part of the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement — since it was first proposed, saying the program will erode highway safety and eliminate U.S. jobs.

A one-year demonstration project would allow 100 Mexican motor carriers full access to U.S. roads. It can begin as soon as the inspector general certifies that safety and inspection plans and facilities are sufficient to ensure the Mexican trucks are as safe as U.S. trucks.

Since 1982, Mexican trucks have had to stop within a buffer border zone and transfer their loads to U.S. trucks.

The Teamsters have gone to court to stop them, as has the Owner-Operator Independent Driver Association. Exit question: Benign capitalist venture or a case for Sir Tancelot?