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Old 04-15-2009, 06:56 PM
 
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Obama Reverses Opposition to Mexican Trucks

One day after signing the $410 billion omnibus funding bill into law, along with provisions ending the Department of Transportation's Mexican truck demonstration project, the Obama administration has announced intentions to restart the program as soon as possible.

Debbie Mesloh, a spokeswoman for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, told the Associated Press Obama has asked the office to work with Congress, the DOT, the State Department and Mexican officials to come up with legislation to create "a new trucking project that will meet the legitimate concerns" of Congress and the U.S. under the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA.

The Obama administration's determination to see Mexican long-haul rigs roll throughout the U.S. is a setback for labor unions, including the Teamsters, who supported Obama in the 2008 presidential election, in part on his promise to renegotiate NAFTA to preserve U.S. jobs.

The sharp policy reversal will also be a blow to many Democrats in Congress, including Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., and Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., who fought hard for the past two years to stop the project out of concerns that Mexican trucks do not conform with U.S. safety regulations.

hasn't our president learned that NAFTA HAS NOT WORKED FOR THE UNITED STATES? we cannot compete on labor costs when the rest of the world is overpopulated with a lower standard of living. obama continues to apologize for our country and sells our workers down the river. to paraphrase from a previous election, "it's the jobs, stupid"!
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Old 04-15-2009, 07:30 PM
 
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How can you call yourself a conservative and be against free trade?
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Old 04-15-2009, 08:39 PM
 
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i am a fiscal conservative and care about american jobs and the running of the american economy. i am not personally concerned with the state of mexico's economy nor should i be when we are in a fiscal crisis. it is our job as americans to encourage employment first and foremost in our own country!
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Old 04-15-2009, 08:54 PM
 
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Another campaign promise broken. Looks like that report that he told the canadian government not to pay attention to what he said campaignng on NAFTA ;as that was just rethoric; was true.What doies being for the mexican truck having to meet the same safety requirements as US trucks have to do with being against free trade? You apparently don't know what the truck exception was about. He basically continue the so called experiment to allow mexican trucks that did not meet US safety standards to be driven in the USA.
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Old 04-15-2009, 09:21 PM
 
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Obama Reverses Opposition to Mexican Trucks

One day after signing the $410 billion omnibus funding bill into law, along with provisions ending the Department of Transportation's Mexican truck demonstration project, the Obama administration has announced intentions to restart the program as soon as possible.

Debbie Mesloh, a spokeswoman for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, told the Associated Press Obama has asked the office to work with Congress, the DOT, the State Department and Mexican officials to come up with legislation to create "a new trucking project that will meet the legitimate concerns" of Congress and the U.S. under the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA.

The Obama administration's determination to see Mexican long-haul rigs roll throughout the U.S. is a setback for labor unions, including the Teamsters, who supported Obama in the 2008 presidential election, in part on his promise to renegotiate NAFTA to preserve U.S. jobs.

The sharp policy reversal will also be a blow to many Democrats in Congress, including Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., and Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., who fought hard for the past two years to stop the project out of concerns that Mexican trucks do not conform with U.S. safety regulations.

hasn't our president learned that NAFTA HAS NOT WORKED FOR THE UNITED STATES? we cannot compete on labor costs when the rest of the world is overpopulated with a lower standard of living. obama continues to apologize for our country and sells our workers down the river. to paraphrase from a previous election, "it's the jobs, stupid"!
Should probably link to the original, no?

By Jerome Corsi, author of 'obama nation' and 'Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry'
Obama reverses opposition to Mexican trucks
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Old 04-15-2009, 09:29 PM
 
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NAFTA has decimated the small Mexican farm, as well, which cannot compete with subsidized American agribusiness. Entire farming villages have completely emptied out and shut down. Guess where the population went?

People have got to stop focusing all the blame on the illegal immigrants, and get serious about protesting against NAFTA if they really want change to happen. We can't keep the same trade policies in effect and expect illegal immigration to stop. It won't.
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Old 04-15-2009, 09:55 PM
 
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i am a fiscal conservative and care about american jobs and the running of the american economy. i am not personally concerned with the state of mexico's economy nor should i be when we are in a fiscal crisis. it is our job as americans to encourage employment first and foremost in our own country!
Are you really a fiscal conservative? Your position sounds like protectionism, which is not fiscally conservative. What other countries can do cheaper should be done in other countries. Why support inefficiencies and prop up failed industries?
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Old 04-16-2009, 03:00 AM
 
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This is BS on Obama's part. I will try to let his office know somehow, even though it won't really matter.
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Old 04-16-2009, 03:17 AM
 
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One of the biggest aruments against the Mexican trucks is public safety. These trucks do not meet US safety and emissions standards and so they are a hazard to our lives.
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Old 04-16-2009, 03:36 AM
 
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This is BS on Obama's part. I will try to let his office know somehow, even though it won't really matter.
Might want to corroborate this story elsewhere.
The author is not known for integrity.
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