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Ear to the Ground

Bill Puts Brakes on Mexican Trucks

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Posted on Mar 11, 2009
Mexican Truckz
washingtontimes.com

Under the spending bill approved by Congress, Mexican trucks won’t be allowed in the U.S., which could spark retaliatory action by Mexico.

President Obama’s $410 billion spending bill may paradoxically end funding for a cross-border trucking program between Mexico and the U.S. Critics of the program cite safety issues around Mexican trucks, while Mexican officials decry protectionism as policies surrounding the NAFTA trade agreement continue to fall apart.

The L.A. Times:

Congress has hit the brakes on a Bush administration program to give Mexican trucks wider access to U.S. roads, putting President Obama in the middle of a politically sensitive trade dispute.

A $410-billion spending bill that passed the Senate on a voice vote Tuesday would end funding for the cross-border trucking program, one of the most contentious issues to arise out of the 1993 North American Free Trade Agreement.

Critics of the cross-border program—including the Teamsters and lawmakers from both parties—have expressed concern about the safety of Mexican trucks.

Before 2007, Mexican trucks had been limited to a narrow zone north of the border, where they transferred their cargo to American big rigs.

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By Bart Roberts, March 12, 2009 at 2:04 pm Link to this comment
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Opening our roads to Mexican truckers was just another of The Texas half-wit’s attempt to pauperize what used to be the American middle class by suppressing wages, and as a drunk driver for many years he surely had not the slightest of understanding of the importance of safety to his fellow drivers

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By coloradokarl, March 12, 2009 at 6:58 am Link to this comment

I used to get mexican Marijuana in 1 Lb. “Peach cans” though unlabeled, A slick operation, none the less. 99% of our Meth comes from Mexico today. I am sure most crosses as a liquid. See where I’m going with this? Let’s put the brakes on this “Free trade” before it’s too late. The only thing ‘Free” are corporate profits !!

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By mike112769, March 12, 2009 at 6:00 am Link to this comment

These Mexican truckers should NEVER have been allowed here in the first place. Get rid of them and good riddance.

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By Outraged, March 11, 2009 at 10:03 pm Link to this comment

Quote: “But Teamsters spokesman Bret Caldwell said, “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 certainly have via the maquiladoras.  From Wikipedia:

Mexico has a 48 hour work week, with employees receiving a full day of pay on Sunday. Additionally, Mexico has a socialized medical system which every employer must pay into, social security, severance pay, paid holidays, mandatory bonuses and child care. The fully loaded wage rate for a new unskilled laborer working in a maquiladora is $2.30 an hour, taking into consideration all of the cash and non cash fringe benefits.”

Wonder what the take-home pay is….10 cents?......4cents!?  Slave labor pure and simple.  But some have definitely benefited, like multinational corporations, the Wiki article continues:

“Corporate Income Tax - Companies operating under the Maquila program can choose to pay their corporate income tax in one of three ways, 6.9% of the total value of all assets that the company possesses in Mexico, 6.5% of the operating cost and expenses for that year or arrange to have a transfer pricing agreement approved by the appropriate US and Mexican tax authorities. In all cases, the tax is deductible from US corporate income tax.”

A sweetheart deal, low taxes in Mexico but even that is “deductible from US corporate income tax”.  Additionally the article states:

“However, profits generated from maquiladoras are typically sent back to the United States, or other investor-based countries, and therefore, maquiladoras do not promote direct economic development within Mexico.”

Unreal.  In Mexico it’s the maquiladoras, in America the prison-industrial complex, same shit…different pile.

Article quote: “A $410-billion spending bill that passed the Senate on a voice vote Tuesday would end funding for the cross-border trucking program, one of the most contentious issues to arise out of the 1993 North American Free Trade Agreement.

These things never cease to amaze me…. am I reading this correctly?  Taxpayers were “funding” this “program”......in ADDITION to the sweetheart deal…...am I understanding this correctly….?  And was this “program” paying the shipping costs for the very same multinationals who exploit this slave labor and have profited via extortion of taxpayers….., isn’t that a fascist business and industry model?

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By purplewolf, March 11, 2009 at 9:22 pm Link to this comment

John, having traveled in many states as a vendor, the worse drivers of the big rigs I had the unfortunate experience of sharing the x-ways with were always Canadian truckers.

Now to this article. I hope they keep the Mexican truckers in their own country. My son-in-law just was let go as a trucker as they claim work is down. While he was on the road out west this year for his company, they had a Mexican trucker pick up the Michigan load to take to Mexico and was supposed to return back with another load to be driven back to Michigan. The Mexican trucker never returned, after the company had him wait 5 days, with no pay for his time waiting for this Mexican trucker to return, the company decided to have him return without the scheduled load as no one knew who it went and what became of the trucker.

The year before President Bush authorized extended travel for Mexican truckers-more than the the 25 mile limit- they were driving big rigs in Michigan, heading south and out of the state with the name MEX-AM-CAN all over the back and sides of it.

We need to keep our truckers working here and not import more people to take our jobs from us. American truckers know our roads, someone coming into the country who does not speak or read the language is not the best candidate for this type of employment. And with all the illegal drugs and the other problems going on in Mexico currently, is it in the best interest of “homeland security” to have all these semis coming in, we know that inspections are lax.

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By optipessi mist, March 11, 2009 at 5:15 pm Link to this comment

The Northwesten Economic Region(Canada,USA and Mexico)is coming.  The details will be as always.  If it is profitable it will prosper.  Congress and Wall Street want it that way.

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By John F. Butterfield, March 11, 2009 at 1:24 pm Link to this comment

I commuted between Burlington, Vermont and Swanton, Vermont for 6 years. I could always tell a Canadian truck from a U.S. truck by sound alone. Long before I could read the truck’s plates. The Canadian trucks didn’t sound safe and I doubt that they were safe.

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