Saturday, January 8, 2011

Long-haul trucking from Mexico offers job growth in the U.S.

President Obama, who promised voters he would bring change, continues to work hard to transform America.

His newest plan is to allow Mexican truck drivers to provide long-haul services in the United States.

Ozarks truckers are not happy about it. Here's an excerpt from the report:

The Obama Administration is raising the ire of trucker drivers across the country, by proposing opening U.S. roads to Mexican trucking companies. The proposal would allow long-haul Mexican trucks to move cargo into the United States. It's something for which Mexico has been pushing but local American truckers strongly oppose.
Right now, Mexican trucks travel a very limited distance across the border.
"I see them all the time when you go down to Laredo and get close to the border. They come over. They pick up our loads. They bring them back across," said truck driver Dustin Walensky of Aurora.
A new proposal by the U.S.Department of Transportation would allow long-haul trucking by Mexican companies.

Another issue is safety. The proposal calls for safety audits, emissions standards and driver background checks, but those in the U.S. trucking industry say the trucks that they've seen could not be safe.

"Their trucks are barely held together. They're older; a lot of the old cab-overs they take over and they fix up, but they're not fixed up; they're dangerous," said Walensky.

The proposal comes after legislation signed in 2009 ended a pilot program begun in 2007 that allowed a limited number of Mexican companies to haul freight beyond a 25-mile zone. Mexico has protested the lack of access as a violation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce applauds the proposal.

I see three economic sectors profiting greatly from this move by President Obama.

One is the Drug Trade Sector. We've already got a lot of Mexican drug trade up and down Interstate 44 through Rolla, and putting Mexican trucks on the highway is bound to increase the volume of dope moving through Missouri. That will mean more employment for drug dealers, and it could trickle through the Mexican economy as they order more trucks to put on U.S. highways.

Another is the Law Enforcement Sector. If we're going to allow more Mexican trucks on the road and they're going to carry drugs, we're going to need to increase our law enforcement on the highways to try and stop this drug trade. We'll need more police, more bailiffs, more jailers, to take care of the spurt in crime.

Finally, and this, too, is related, is the Shyster Lawyer Sector. Those Mexican drug couriers will need to be represented in U.S. courts. Moreover, there is an opportunity here for more lawsuits due to so-called "racial profiling." Anytime someone in the Law Enforcement Sector stops someone in the Drug Trade Sector, someone in the Shyster Lawyer Sector needs to be there to hand out business cards and promise to sue the local government, state government and federal government for gazillions of dollars.

I see lots of business opportunity here; no wonder the U.S. Chamber is supporting it.

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