Category: Opinions

In the minds of wingnut Conservative, President Obama is….

The wrong color coupled with the wrong tribe. If he were more in the Stepin Fetchit School of Black Republicans (Clarence Thomas, Ben Carson, Herman Cain, Allen West), there wouldn’t be an issue. Otherwise, he’s the permanent “other”, a cosmopolitan who is sophisticated, rational, and skeptical. Race, of course, interweaves with America’s original sin, which

CANACAR prepares to demand compensation for US Non-Compliance with NAFTA Trucking Provisions

Interesting, but not unsurprising news coming out of Mexico this week as T21mx, an industry trade magazine is reporting that CANACAR is vigorously pursuing ratification of it’s 2009 arbitration action against the United States for it’s willful non compliance with the trucking provisions of NAFTA. The lawsuit seeks compensation for all Mexican carriers who have

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

OOIDA – Truck safety ratings system unfair to small businesses

This is the claim made today by the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) in a just released “presser”. This is one of the things that Mexico Trucker Online and OOIDA are in agreement on. The press release states in part, Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) acknowledged the contribution of small businesses to the trucking

Mexico’s President Elect Enrique Pena Nieto speaks on Mexico’s next chapter

More political rhetoric? Pandering to his detractors or simply an honest assessment of his goals as Mexico’s next President? Mexico’s President elect, Enrique Pena Nieto submitted this op-ed piece to the New York Times this morning. On Sunday, Mexicans turned out in large numbers to vote for change — a change in priorities and approach,

As Trade Between U.S., Mexico Tops $500 Billion, FMCSA official’s reckless comment could have unintended consequences

Trade between the United States and Mexico reached half a trillion dollars in 2011 and cross-border commerce continues to grow despite the drug violence in Mexico. The final tally came out to $500 billion in goods and services traded between the two countries, according to a paper by the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center for

Supporters of US Trucker Jabin Bogan ignore the facts, to try case in court of public opinion

Supporters of US trucker Jabin Bogan, imprisoned in Mexico and charged with illegally introducing prohibited ammunition into the country continue to ignore the facts surrounding the case while spinning a story they hope will hit home in the court of public opinion. Most of us who are real professional truckers, cannot comprehend how Bogan, a

Editorial – Roadblock to free trade – It’s time to comply with NAFTA and open U.S. highways to Mexican trucks

Nearly 20 years after President Clinton signed the North American Free Trade Agreement, a key provision that grants Mexican trucks access to U.S. highways remains stalled. Staunch opposition from unions and consumer groups in this country, which argue that unsafe foreign trucks and inexperienced drivers put U.S. jobs and lives at risk, have successfully shut

OOIDA asks “Is it racist to oppose the Mexican cross-border program?”

That’s the question being posed on the Landline Now Media blog by Sandi Soendker, and it’s a valid question. The obvious answer to the question is of course, no. However, in their absence of a credible argument opposing the cross border trucking program with Mexico, OOIDA and other opponents are knowingly and willfully preying on

Stop the Madness: A Public Thank You For Correcting a Broken Trucking Promise

By Cheryl Koompin – American Falls, Idaho Amid all the partisan fights in Washington over budgets and debt ceilings, the Obama administration quietly solved a $2-billion problem earlier this month. On July 6, the United States signed an agreement with Mexico that ends a vexing dispute over trade and trucks. It wipes out Mexican tariffs

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

Teamsters President James P. Hoffa releases self serving and totally inaccurate statement on Cross Border Trucking with Mexico

Teamsters President James P. Hoffa, himself in hot water after caught using his position to offer union jobs, salaries, and pensions to bribe people for political support, released a “presser” giving his totally irrelevant and patently untrue rant in opposition to the upcoming cross border pilot program with Mexico. THE PUBLIC OPPOSES ILLEGAL, UNSAFE MEXICAN

TEAMSTERS & OOIDA comments will fail to stop proposed cross border pilot program with Mexico

The deadline for comments on FMCSA’s Proposed Cross Border Pilot Program ended Friday night at 23:59 with results being about as we suspected. 1,580 comments were submitted compared with 2,359 submitted in 2007. Very few of them provided salient objections as to why FMCSA should not proceed with the proposal. According to FMCSA, the purpose

FMCSA denies TEAMSTERS request for comment period extension on Cross Border Trucking proposal

Taking a page from his 2007 playbook, to delay and further mislead the public, James P. Hoffa on asked FMCSA head Ann Ferro to extend the comment period for FMCSA-2007-0097 another 30 days, citing 30 days to comment just isn’t enough time. Ferro denied the request, sending Hoffa into another juvenile temper tantrum. “Thirty days

Opposing Mexican Trucking program with lies is irresponsible

Todd Spencer, Executive Vice President of OOIDA preaches that complying with our NAFTA obligations is "irresponsible and reckless". What is more "irresponsible and reckless" is the opposition attempting to inflame the publics passions and prejudices with lies and misinformation about Mexico and it's trucking industry.

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

Mexican Trucks Issue – When the truth runs counter to your agenda

It’s only a concept document at this point, but it has opponents of Mexico and Mexican trucking in full propaganda mode. The results of the former Cross Border Pilot Program proved that that the claims of the Teamsters, OOIDA and public safety groups were baseless and utterly false, but with this new round, that’s not

OOIDA first out of the gate responding to proposed Mexican Truck Agreement with the same old BULLSHIT

As expected, Todd Spencer and OOIDA quickly released a statement opposing any effort by the FMCSA and the Obama administration to comply with out obligation under NAFTA. Our non compliance having cost us hundreds of thousands of jobs and a significant amount of market share due to the perfectly legal retaliatory tariffs Mexico imposed for

Concept document released for Mexican truck access

The Commercial Carrier Journal released today what is says is the concept document that will permit the United States to fulfill it’s obligations under NAFTA to allow Mexican carriers equal access to US highways. The Department of Transportation says this initial concept document, is a starting point in the renewed negotiations with Mexico, addresses concerns

112th Congress will be best shot at getting Cross Border Trucking up and running

Two key Republican House members are calling on the Obama administration to end an impasse with Mexico over cross-border trucking. Ways and Means Ranking Member Dave Camp (R-MI) and Trade Subcommittee Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-TX) issued the following statements today regarding the Mexican trucking dispute as the NAFTA Commission meetings commence in Mexico: