Further signs of the deterioration of America’s society and values were evident Tuesday night with the passage of the pork laden FY09 Omnibus Appropriations Bill that funds the government through September 09.
Based on lies and misrepresentations by insignificant little men such as Teamsters President James Hoffa and OOIDA’s Todd Spencer, Section 136 pulling funding for the successful Mexican Cross Border Demonstration Program remained intact. The final vote was 62 to 35 with 2 abstaining.
A Congressionally mandated Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General Final Report released last Tuesday, appears to expose the lies of these organizations who have opposed this program. The program revealed in the 18 months the program has been in operation, there have been ZERO accidents, and ZERO major safety violations. With one exception, all participants operated in complete compliance with our rules and regs. In other words, there was no logical reason, other than the xenophobic, protectionist obsession of one mean little man, to put a stop to this successful program.
Transportation Department spokesman Bill Adams said the administration recognized congressional concerns about the program and would work “to propose legislation creating a new trucking project that will meet the legitimate concerns of Congress and our NAFTA commitments.”
The may try but until James Hoffa meets the same fate as his late father, we’ll never see anything come of it. The best thing that could be done is for Obama to repeal Reagan’s 1982 moratorium on foreign trucks.
But the U.S. Chamber of Commerce warned in a letter to lawmakers that ending the program “would likely prompt costly retaliation” from Mexico.
Ricardo Alday, a spokesman for the Mexican Embassy in the U.S., assailed the congressional action Tuesday as “protectionism, plain and simple.”
“Mexico would expect that at a time of global recession and economic distress, the U.S. would play by the rules, fulfill its international treaty obligations and ensure that bilateral trade is a level playing field, rather than erect trade barriers that undermine much needed incentives to foster growth,” he said, predicting the action would increase consumer costs.
He said the decision has never been about safety. “During the cross-border trucking demonstration program’s 18 months of operation, 26 carriers from Mexico, with 103 trucks, and 10 from the U.S., with 61 trucks, crossed the border over 45,000 times without a significant incident.”
Sean Spicer, assistant U.S. trade representative in the Bush administration, also predicted that the congressional action would have consequences.
“If we’re not going to fulfill our obligations, I think the Mexican government will look for opportunities to take back some of their obligations under the treaty. At the end of the day, this could easily affect jobs.”
Teamsters spokesman Bret Caldwell continued his bosses pattern of lies saying: “Look, we’ve lost the trade war with Mexico. We sent 1 million jobs to Mexico. There’s nothing that Mexico could do to us that is worse than what they’ve already done.”
We didn’t send 1 million jobs to Mexico. Many went to the southern states where the atmosphere is business friendly. with tax abatements for business, right to work laws, a willing and trained labor force and an intolerance for union bullshit.
More jobs went to China and were outsourced to India and Pakistan. Will the lies from Hoffa’s thugs never cease.
When do Mexican trucks disappear from our highways?
The short answer, they don’t! Cross border drayage rigs will continue to travel within the commercial zones, generally 25 miles from the border, 75 miles in Arizona. This means these trucks can conceivably travel US highways from Brownsville to Del Rio Texas as they have done for years.
Trucks originating in Mexico with a Canadian consignee will continue to be permitted to cross the US to their Canadian destination without interruption and without the extremely thorough PASA required of the program participants.
Many of the participants in the Cross Border Program have established US domiciled subsidiaries and thus, their operations will not be interrupted. The only difference will be they will not be inspected every time they cross the border.
Any Mexican carrier can apply for and generally receive special authority to service a specific destination in the US. Canceling the Cross Border Program will not change that in the least.
Remember the 350+ Mexican carriers “grandfathered and certified” under the 1982 Moratorium? They’ll continue to operate without restriction as they have been for the past 25 years. They will continue to provide statistics that prove without a doubt that Mexican carriers have a better safety record than US carriers.
Ironically, had this program been allowed to continue, leading to the eventual opening of the border (which will happen anyway) the G&C carriers would have been required to undergo the same strict and thorough PASA as the program trucks did in order to continue operations. All trucks applying for US authority would have been required to pass the PASA.
So when Obama signs this pork filled atrocity, the only celebrations will be in the offices of Jimmy Hoffa who will be celebrating his victory brought on by his manic obsession against Mexican trucks, a victory he achieved by lies and deciet and utilizing the stupidity of his membership.
The same can be said for the likes of Todd Spencer and his paid mouthpieces such as little Stevie Sommers and his brain damaged daddy Dale Sommers,
They have nothing to celebrate.
On the other hand. The two years we have been advocating our position on this program, we have relied on research, documented with photos and links to the information supporting our position. We have been correct in our assessments, assumptions, presumptions, predictions and analysis and we’ve done it very simply. WITH THE TRUTH. There’s no shame in that.
Our next issue we will tackle is opposition to Jimmy Hoffa’s pet project CARD CHECK otherwise known as the Employee Free Choice Act. This is the unions idea of a wet dream whereas the bedrock of American democracy, the secret ballot, is thrown out and union thugs can coerce, intimidate and threaten employees in agreeing to join a union.
But for now, I have comments to write in a dozen Mexican newspapers urging the citizens of Mexico to demand their government to go forward with the tariff’s and other retaliatory measures against the US for this egregious breach of our legal and moral obligations under NAFTA.
I believe I will be as successful doing that as I have been with this site.
35 years in the trucking business and living in Mexico for the past 15 years, make me uniquely qualified to offer my insight and opinion into the Mexican trucking industry and other border issues. A contributor to SiriuxXM Road Dog Channel 106 and to the award winning Lockridge Report, Mexico Trucker Online continues to publish the unvarnished truth about the subjects we cover.