Saturday, September 01, 2007

It's Only A Carrot

In an effort to appease the Mexican government for the financial devastation wrought by sending their illegals home, the US trucking industry will be the first to suffer as nationwide Mexican trucks will roll down US highways.

We just thought we were rolling up the welcome mat...

From Colorado a lament from the trucking industry describes how deploying a carrot can undermine faith in our system:
“I don’t get what the politicians are trying to do here.”
Does anybody? At a time when US citizens are trying desperately to get our southern borders closed, we instead find ourselves faced with sharing the roads with second-hand cast-offs by the American trucking industry that have been sold in Mexico. Not only has the price of fuel affected the cost of doing business for the US trucking industry, now they are faced with competing for business with someone driving their old trucks!

Pleas before court made by the Teamsters Union and other concerned parties fell on deaf ears...
Current rules require freight from Mexico to be transferred to U.S. trucks and drivers in the U.S. Under a one-year U.S. pilot program, Mexican trucking companies could move shipments around the U.S. themselves, saving time and money. The program was supposed to start as soon as Thursday.

The Teamsters union, representing 100,000 long-haul truckers, and the Sierra Club and other public advocacy groups asked the court Wednesday to put the plan on hold until they receive more assurances that the vehicles comply with U.S. environmental, security and safety regulations and that U.S. truckers would get reciprocal rights to travel in Mexico.

The U.S. Transportation Department said in a Thursday court filing that Mexican trucks will be pre-screened and inspected for safety before being allowed to travel in the U.S. Mexico promised to reciprocate for U.S. trucks, the agency said.
As if the promise by Mexico that US truckers could wander about Mexico on substandard road systems with nearly non-existent protection from a vastly corrupt Mexican law-enforcement to deliver goods to a poverty stricken nation should more than compensate for the US truckers economic disparity in this deal.

Not much of a carrot to give the US trucking industry or the US economy that will be impacted by this move. But hey, who said life was fair?

Thanks to: Stop The ACLU
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posted by Is It Just Me? at 6:52 AM