posted on Jun, 13 2004 @ 10:56 PM
I have been in the Trucking Industry for over 31 years, so I feel slightly qualified to comment on this one.
Since NAFTA and GHATT, I have watched the Textile industry in North Carolina and surrounding states close their doors at an alarming rate, the jobs
going overseas. The Textile companies left have either automated to the point a plant who would have employed 800 people 20 years ago may have 100
working now. The others have gotten rid of the white folks and black folks and have hired immigrants, usually Mexican, to take their places because
they will work cheaper.
To add insult to injury, many supervisors and/or personnel directiors have told me they don't even have to provide health insurance for their foreign
laborers. Why you may ask? The bureaucrats from Social Services in North Carolina (probably all other states also) tell the immigrants not to bother
with getting health insurence at work and to ask for more money instead because they can get free medical care through the state.....DUH!
Now to the Mexican trucks. As has been established in previous messages, the Mexican trucks aren't as safe as ours. The trucks they use are in many
cases vehicles we wore out, couldn't sell to American buyers, and sold in Mexico. An American driver would not drive the sorry, unsafe equipment
they do and our companys would never put such vehicles on the road because of the liability. They don't run as good a tires as we do, the tractors
and trailers are not maintained as well as Americas trucks and belive me, the Imperial Federal Government forces us to have safe vehicles.
You will be on the highways with drivers who probably can't read English very well, if at all, in equipment American companies and drivers would and
could never use, maybe no liability insurance, no hour of service rules, and no strict standards against drug and alcohol usage like we are subject
After enough accidents where Americans are killed, guess what, the Feds will of course pass laws...Only it will only further hurt American drivers and
companies and do nothing to protect us against the Mexican Killer Trucks.
On the other hand if you remember the truck strike of the early 70's, you will know truckers can be a hostile bunch if sorely provoked. When it
comes to their jobs and feeding their families they can be down right nasty. All I can say is it will be hard for the Mexican drivers to do much
driving with 18 shot out tires, or sugar in the fuel tanks, or no windshield, and on and on and on, you get the picture.
If you think the neocon Bush Light Vultures or Scary Kerrys bunch of loosers care about American workers, think again. All they care about are their
big business, big bankster butt buddies. We are watching America being destroyed from within. When Middle Class ceases to exist, America will cease