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Obama managed to get the ban on Mexican Trucks travelling more than 20-25 miles INTO the US lifted.  Yes, we can all rest in peace because we know there are NO crime problems on the Mexican border.  Of course all the trucks will be in perfect working order.  Also reassuring is the fact that people will be uber inspecting the trucks, and we know people can never be compromised under threat of death by criminals.  Thankfully, there is ZERO tolerance in Mexico for drug trafficking, so we won't have to worry about any drugs being snuck into our neighborhoods.  It is also reassuring that there is no history of GUN trafficking between Mexico and the US.  And possibly the biggest boon will be to the Federal Budget.  Perhaps Homeland Security and ICE can save a fortune and load all those undocumented workers onto the trucks headed back to Mexico instead of expensive jets.

So, let's celebrate the latest President and Congressional Bi-Partisan Success on behalf of We the People.  To be fair and balanced, here are two story versions:

Obama’s Plan to Admit Mexican Trucks

First Mexican Truck to Enter US Within Days

Thom Hartman & James Hoffa chat about this breakthrough in US and Mexico relations:

Of course Mexican trucks and drivers have been allowed to penetrate the US for 20-25 miles for quite a while, so we do have some background story:

Border crossing: 1 million violations cited in Mexican trucks

And peaceful Mexico won't cause any more crime in the United States.  They have a handle on that in Mexico, thank heavens:

Nope, no controversy to be found regarding the new program:  Hundreds of Mexican trucks and hopefully Mexican truck drivers enjoying the open roads of the entire United States of America.

Except

We do treat Canadian trucking differently.  Canadian trucks are allowed to drive our open roads and drop off their goods, no problem.

So, what's the difference?

1.  Canada's wages don't undercut US wages.
2.  Canada uses same safety standards, drug tests, etc.
3.  THERE ISN'T A FREAKING, WIDE SCALE DRUG WAR IN CANADA

So, once again, we can go to our quiet place and ponder

What the hell are we doing?

We can add this to the list with this disturbing news.  Gun "walking" not running, began under George W. Bush it seems.  Sorry Issa.  

The Associated Press is reporting on a second Bush administration investigation that involved so-called "gun walking" of weapons to Mexico, the same tactic for which the Obama administration is facing scrutiny from the Justice Department and Congress.  

E-mails pertaining to a 2007 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives operation out of Phoenix show that agents allowed illegal shipments of guns across the border into Mexico in a failed effort to identify higher-ups in smuggling networks. Earlier this month, the bureau's new director, B. Todd Jones, acknowledged ATF agents launched a similar operation in a 2006 called "Operation Wide Receiver.''  

You know, knock me down and call me stupid, but it appears that we have provided a lot of weapons that have fueled the KILLING SPREEs in Mexico.

ATF's "letting guns walk" was inspired during the Bush Administration:

Ok, maybe rambling.

So, watch for Mexican license plates on cargo trucks on your highways and, maybe, give them space.

Welcome to What the F*$$ America.

Originally posted to War on Error on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 09:28 AM PDT.

Also republished by Baja Arizona Kossacks.

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  •  Tip Jar (11+ / 0-)

    It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

    by War on Error on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 09:28:27 AM PDT

  •  This was a part of NAFTA. (5+ / 0-)

    Domestic truckers managed to delay implementation for years, but it's finally happening. It's more internal outsourcing. Mexican drivers will work longer for less, US drivers will be SOL.

    •  The Mexican truckers still have to abide by (1+ / 0-)
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      NTSA regulations while in the United States.

      As long as we're trading with Mexico, there's no earthly reason why the goods should be re-loaded onto a different truck.  And why shouldn't Mexican truckers be allowed to earn more money?  Greater opportunity to earn a legitimate living in the United States reduces the need to participate in illegal activity to do the same.

      "This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind[.]" -- Robert F. Kennedy

      by Loge on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 10:33:13 AM PDT

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      •  It's a Labor issue. (1+ / 0-)
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        Ask the Teamsters or the Owner-Operators. The Mexican oligarchs should be pressured to give their citizens  greater a opportunity to earn a legitimate living in Mexico.

        ¡Viva Baja Libre!

        by Azazello on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 10:40:29 AM PDT

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        •  from those links, (0+ / 0-)

          they're selling it as a safety issue, which seems unfair and stereotypical.  As long as the same NTSA regulations are in force, i don't know if union/non-union creates a safety disparity.  Obviously, there's a wage issue, but i don't see an indication Mexican truckers will be allowed to compete for purely domestic routes, and the teamsters will keep leverage on the customers, therefore.  If anything, it creates a pressure point for further unionization of Mexican truckers (we, teamsters, won't carry your goods from Denver to St. Louis unless you deal with unionized trucks carrying goods in from Monterrey).  Truckers like the reloading points, I'm sure, but that artificially raises prices and the retaliatory tariffs Mexico has imposed probably increase the trade deficit.

          "This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind[.]" -- Robert F. Kennedy

          by Loge on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 10:48:56 AM PDT

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          •  Free-Market, Anti-Labor. (3+ / 0-)
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            It's about lowering the US standard-of-living; wage equilibrium with Mexico. They've got it all planned out. Large container ports are being built in Mexico. Cheap crap made in China by low-wage labor will be shipped to Mexico to be unloaded by low-wage labor and delivered to WalMart by low-wage truckers. American dockworkers and American truckers will be bypassed; too expensive.

            ¡Viva Baja Libre!

            by Azazello on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 11:01:06 AM PDT

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            •  Spot On. (1+ / 0-)
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              American trucking companies will open up Mexican subsidiaries, which will, among other nafarious things, hire all the drivers for the company -- Mexican. Mexican drivers will do all the driving, both for the US and the Mexican subsidiary, both in the US and in Mexico.

              Not a matter of using only one instead of two trucks, but rather a matter of using only one, instead of two drivers -- a Mexican driver.

              Good by US trucking jobs.

              "I never met a man I didn't like." Will Rogers - American Redneck

              by chuco35 on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 02:13:11 PM PDT

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      •  Really? You are stepping over a Drug War (0+ / 0-)

        big difference between Mexico and Canada, sadly.

        It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

        by War on Error on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 10:51:01 AM PDT

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        •  I don't know if I'm stepping over it (0+ / 0-)

          i just don't necessarily assume drug traffickers use commercial trucks.  In any event, the drug war is a function of demand, and has already been used to justify any number of stretches and bends if not outright violations of law, and what's another treaty?

          "This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind[.]" -- Robert F. Kennedy

          by Loge on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 10:57:22 AM PDT

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          •  "i just don't necessarily assume drug traffickers (0+ / 0-)

            use commercial trucks"

            Really? How else do you move that much shit?

            Scroll down a little to the yellow box on this site:

            http://www.justice.gov/...

            And, it includes the fact that, YES, DRUGS ALSO COME FROM CANADA into the U.S.  Only a tiny fraction compared to the Southwest border, but it is done.

            Asian traffickers, OMGs, and Indo-Canadian drug traffickers transport significant quantities of high-potency marijuana and MDMA into the United States across the U.S.-Canada border. They use commercial trucks and private and rental vehicles to transport these drugs through more than 100 land POEs.

            But, "drug traffickers don't use commercial trucks"?

            Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

            by tom 47 on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 01:26:24 PM PDT

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            •  then (a) the system already isn't working, and (0+ / 0-)

              (b) nobody's still going to import more drugs than they can sell profitably.

              if the DOJ were really concerned about drugs, wouldn't that have been the easiest way to kill the whole thing?  seems like a red herring.  if you want to argue the economic impact, do that, and do it openly.  

              "This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind[.]" -- Robert F. Kennedy

              by Loge on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 01:47:53 PM PDT

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            •  US Drivers Are Smugglers Too. (1+ / 0-)
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              This is not a drug issue, IMHO, or really a safety one -- it is a labor issue. It means the death of trucking jobs in America. The last refuge of the American cowboy.

              "I never met a man I didn't like." Will Rogers - American Redneck

              by chuco35 on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 02:15:10 PM PDT

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      •  It's the U.S. drivers and the indisputable facts (1+ / 0-)
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        regarding day to day practices of Mexican trucking companies and their equipment.

        They may be required, technically, to adhere to U.S. regulation but the facts on the ground clearly show that the Mexican companies universally ignore the rules and, when caught, ignore the penalties imposed.

        Consider this one example; 1998, years before they were allowed to legally drive on our highways, a Mexican truck hauling propane on the 110 freeway through Long Beach, CA. crashes into a line of cars stopped in a jam and explodes, killing several (including the driver) and injuring dozens. The freeway was closed both directions for hours and the truck was found to lack the most rudimentary safety equipment. The truck had severely worn tires and brakes were non-operational on 8 wheels as were the emergency brakes.

        In the end, the company was assessed a fine which it never paid and the families and survivors of their negligence have still not, and likely never will, see a dime of compensation.

        And this is what our President believes to be in the interests of the people?

        "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." - Voltaire

        by Greyhound on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 05:37:54 PM PDT

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  •  I Give You NAFTA (4+ / 0-)

    The gift that keeps on giving.

    I won't be coming home tonight, my generation will put it right - Genesis 9:3

    by superscalar on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 09:44:33 AM PDT

  •  May as well hold up signs: Welcome smugglers, (3+ / 0-)
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    gun runners and drug traffickers.

    "No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar." Abraham Lincoln

    by appledown on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 09:45:53 AM PDT

    •  You forgot Coyotes, human traffickers (2+ / 0-)
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      The U.S./Mexican Border Has Become a Sieve of Death

      Over a decade ago, SOF rode with Border Patrol Agents in Arizona when the situation already seemed out of hand. One of those agents, now retired, recently contacted SOF with a disturbing and frustrated update, reflecting the deterioration of the Mexico-United States border.

      "In my career, spanning three decades, many of my friends and partners were killed on duty, enforcing immigration laws, and are listed on our honor rolls. Their deaths, and devotion to duty, are beyond politicians' ability to understand, it seems, and are without meaning. This past year the Patrol has arrested a million illegals, with twelve to fourteen million in country, home free. Mexican military incursions, escorting narcotics, are commonplace. Rival alien smuggling organizations thrive in Arizona, and politicians pander, and grovel to Mexico's demands, in a time of war."

      Vulture-like smugglers, drug gangs, entrepreneurs, and corrupt officials cash in on human smuggling into the United States, which has become a multi-billion dollar business.

      And kidnapping.  

      It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

      by War on Error on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 09:54:15 AM PDT

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    •  as if American-registered trucks (0+ / 0-)

      couldn't already go into Mexico and back into the U.S. without stopping.

      "This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind[.]" -- Robert F. Kennedy

      by Loge on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 10:33:48 AM PDT

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  •  Erm...on the plus side, increasing U.S. (7+ / 0-)

    jobless rate = higher number of protests at local Occupy events?

    U.S. truckers are pissed about this. Boy do I hear it day in and day out. I'm going to start suggesting they take part in Occupy.

    "This is about the human heart, and if that sounds corny, so be it." -- Keith Olbermann

    by allergywoman on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 09:52:38 AM PDT

    •  A true Progressive. We will find the bright side (1+ / 0-)
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      Meanwhile, is Obama thinking clearly?

      It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

      by War on Error on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 09:55:42 AM PDT

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      •  I think we've gotta stay positive. (1+ / 0-)
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        We see enough negative efforts to get us to give up in despair. We have to take action.

        I don't know if the President's thinking clearly. However, I gotta tell you if I had most of the country's rich elites in the media gunning for me specifically, no matter what I did, I sure as hell wouldn't be thinking clearly...

        "This is about the human heart, and if that sounds corny, so be it." -- Keith Olbermann

        by allergywoman on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 10:01:59 AM PDT

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  •  You do realize, don't you, that we were OBLIGATED (4+ / 0-)

    ... to do this under NAFTA, and that because we were violating our obligations under NAFTA, Mexico was imposing a retaliatory tariff on many American goods that will now be lifted?

    PROUD to be a Democrat!

    by leevank on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 10:04:04 AM PDT

    •  yeah, (2+ / 0-)
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      but what about some of mexico's obligations that they've been shirking?  namely the item in NAFTA about the mexican government creating working incentives within mexico to keep people from traveling away to find work.

      if the US is being held responsible for holding up its end of the agreement, then it's only fair that the US hold mexico responsible to hold up its part of the agreement.

      hope springs eternal and DAMN is she getting tired!

      by alguien on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 10:14:52 AM PDT

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  •  Once again, (3+ / 0-)
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    regulations are a totally bad idea. Who needs an assurance that trucks are maintained properly and are in good condition to drive on our roads and highways? So what if these trucks endanger people's lives?

    Who do the American people think they are to deserve safer roads? What kind of entitlement is that? What a bunch of wimps, we should be psyched to go to work every morning with the prospect of running the gauntlet with our car. I mean come on....we could dispense with drinking coffee. Just get your heart racing on the highways./snark

  •  I'm pretty sure you can make your case about this (1+ / 0-)
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    ...without using every stupid trope in the book.  Stick to the truck-safety (rather than trucker-safety) and wage-busting aspects and you'll have more than enough.

    But nobody's buying flowers from the flower lady.

    by Rich in PA on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 10:36:11 AM PDT

    •  No You Won't Have Enough (1+ / 0-)
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      Stick to the [ ... ] wage-busting aspects

      Because if this were the case Bill Clinton would not have sign MFN with China, signed NAFTA, Barack Obama wouldn't be such a fan of so-called 'free trade', the latest so-called 'free trade' agreements wouldn't have sailed through the House and Senate without so much as a whimper (and this was of course because the President was leading the charge), and many in the Democratic Party would stop supporting neo-liberal trade policies to begin with.

      There is a large portion the of Democratic Party who is more than willing to throw the American worker under the bus in order to try out the latest 'great idea' in neo-liberal policy. They've been doing it for more than two decades now.

      I won't be coming home tonight, my generation will put it right - Genesis 9:3

      by superscalar on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 11:24:06 AM PDT

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      •  Well, if that's the case... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...than veering-towards-racist nonsense about Mexicans as thieves and murderers probably won't help either.  It's not like Lou Dobbs has changed anything.

        But nobody's buying flowers from the flower lady.

        by Rich in PA on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 11:41:08 AM PDT

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      •  We didn't put 2 and 2 together (0+ / 0-)

        University of Chicago Professor, Barack Obama.

        University of Chicago - birthplace of neo-liberal economics

        My dah!

        It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

        by War on Error on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 12:48:25 PM PDT

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