Category: Guest Bloggers

U.S. should keep Mexican tomato agreement and ignore election year demands from Florida growers

Some groups never tire of seeking protection. One special interest with its hand perpetually out is the group led by Florida tomato growers. For decades they have been trying to stop tomatoes from Mexico from competing with them in the U.S. market. Never mind that Mexican tomatoes, because they are ripened in the field or

An Inconvenient Truth – Blame the GOP, not Obama for $4.00 a gallon gas

Listening to the callers to the Steve Sommers show last night on ATN (America’s Trucking Network) railing against President Obama, accusing him of everything from being an “illegitimate President” to being singularly responsible for the high cost of gas and diesel (some nefarious conspiracy to wean Americans off of fossil fuels), I found an interesting

Is Racism at work in Border Trucking debate?

That’s the question posed on the blog “ALL THAT’S TRUCKING” as she writes about the many nasty, racially tinged comments being thrown about as the red hot debate over Mexican cross border trucking heats up once again, and the usual actors, OOIDA, TEAMSTERS and their allies in talk radio fan the flames of their listeners

CATO Institute – The Pilot Program on NAFTA Long-Haul Trucking Provisions

Comments for the Federal Register FMCSA–2011–0097 by Daniel Griswold These comments were submitted on May 4, 2011. Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the proposed restoration of long-haul cross-border trucking with Mexico in compliance with our commitments under the North American Free Trade Agreement. My name is Daniel Griswold. I’m director of the

Guest Editorial – Mexico trucking issue hits home for U.S. agriculture

By Nelson Balido President Border Trade Alliance The Border Trade Alliance earlier this month expressed its optimism that a framework announced by President Barack Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderón for setting the trucking issue was a real step in the right direction. If all this sounds familiar, it’s because the dispute over trucking dates back to

SA Express News Editorial – Take action on truck program – End a self-defeating trade war with Mexico over NAFTA provision

Let’s see if I’ve got this right. James P. Hoffa of the Teamsters and Todd Spencer of OOIDA are correct in their opinions of Mexican trucks and 1400 plus trade associations, newspaper editors and business groups are wrong? And the aforementioned duo “speak” for the “majority” of Americans? I think not. The San Antonio Express

NAFTA compliance, finally / Obama will end 17-year ban on Mexican trucks

BY UNION-TRIBUNE EDITORIAL BOARD The North American Free Trade Agreement was ratified by Congress almost 17 years ago. It’s about time the United States began honoring a key part of it. A sticking point in the treaty has been the provision allowing truckers from Mexico, Canada and the United States cross-border access to each nation’s

Surviving Mexico’s highways and byways

Maribeth Mellin, in a special to SFGate.com confirms what I’ve been preaching for years. That Mexico’s roads and rules are nothing like Trucking Bozo and others describe them. Here’s her article. I never wanted to be a road warrior in Mexico. For the first 10 years of my adult life, traveling south of the border

OIG Report – Political aims keep a deal idling slowly

The federal government has prompted yet another delay in the implementation of a NAFTA provision that allows Mexican truckers to bring cargo from that country to U.S. markets. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement, that provision should have gone into effect on Jan. 1, 1995 — more than 14½ years ago. The U.S. Transportation