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Trucking industry leader: Tea party a 'corrosive' force (RINO former KS Gov. Bill Graves)
The Politico ^ | October 21, 2013 | Kevin Robillard

Posted on 10/22/2013 12:04:11 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

So much for the great trucker-tea party alliance.

Barely a week after conservative activists were counting on a massive protest by truck drivers to snarl the Beltway and bring President Barack Obama to heel, the head of the nation’s largest trucking industry organization denounced the right-wing movement Monday as a “corrosive” force that threatens the business community’s ties to the GOP.

“What’s most alarming is the collapse of the Republican Party and the emergence of the conservative wing of the party, most often referred to as the Tea Party, and its emergence as a very corrosive force,” American Trucking Associations President Bill Graves — a former Republican governor of Kansas — said at a group conference in Orlando, Fla.

His words are the latest example of the business community’s growing frustration with tea party Republicans in Congress. The government shutdown knocked an estimated $24 billion off the nation’s gross domestic product, and the willingness of some Republicans to default on the nation’s debt alarmed business leaders.

“Don’t get me wrong,” Graves said, “while it’s appropriate, and there is certainly merit in advocating for reduced government spending, smaller government, reducing our debt, limiting regulations and controlling the reach and intrusive nature of the federal government — insisting on having things their way, without a hint of willingness to compromise and threatening to ‘burn the house down’ otherwise, is a combination of foolish, ill-advised, reckless and detrimental actions to the future of this country.”(continued)

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: Kansas; Issues; Parties
KEYWORDS: kansas; teaparty; truckers; trucking

Yeah, I'm sure this guy speaks for all the drivers out there. [snort]

1 posted on 10/22/2013 12:04:11 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The government shutdown knocked an estimated $24 billion off the nation’s gross domestic product...

That is such crap.

2 posted on 10/22/2013 12:12:36 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Oh, I just bet he speaks for everyone. What a hack. Also, Tea Partiers DID negotiate. Did this idiot pass grade school? I doubt it. Obama was the one who said over and over again “I will not negotiate”.

Clearly stuck on stupid. Graves handed the governorship to Scabelius, so I put about as much stock in him as Krispy Kreme.


3 posted on 10/22/2013 12:15:30 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Cowboy Bob
Bammy and his minions likely hit the US GDP up for >$1T/yr.

GMAFB.

4 posted on 10/22/2013 12:15:55 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Tea Party will eventually shine a bright light on the corruption in DC and all those who own and operate the political establishment.


5 posted on 10/22/2013 12:18:03 PM PDT by drypowder
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Actually if you seek an Org that represents drivers it is probably OOIDA. They lobby on behalf of truck drivers and operate on donations.

http://ooida.com/


6 posted on 10/22/2013 12:18:32 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

ATA supports the union side of trucking. They love the new regs. Don’t put much stock in them. OOIDA (Owner Operator and Independent Driver’s Assoc) is the grass roots organization.


7 posted on 10/22/2013 12:20:34 PM PDT by cork (Remember Bengazi!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"So much for the great trucker-tea party alliance."

Does this dummy Kevin realize there's a big difference between Corporate Trucking and the guy yanking on that Road-Ranger?

My guess is that most of them are on our side.

8 posted on 10/22/2013 12:21:43 PM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This Bill Graves fool.....I guess no one told him that during the weekend before the partial shutdown, the Republicans were on Capitol Hill burning the midnight oil trying to avert a “shutdown,” while Harry Reid and the rest of the rats didn’t even bother to show up. And then there’s Obama with his “we will not negotiate” BS.

The “shutdown” cost the economy $24 billion? More like it saved the taxpayers $24 billion.

How about the many TRILLIONS of dollars the economy has lost in the five years since Obama has been president?

Also, what gives with Kansas? Kathleen Sebelius and this flake Bill Graves were both elected governor?


9 posted on 10/22/2013 12:33:16 PM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (The Second Amendment makes all the other amendments possible)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Willingness to compromise”?

Where was that on Obamacare? These massive deficits? Social Security/Medicare? Food stamps?

You dumbass, no one on the other side bothers to “compromise” It’s there way or highway, but a different highway than your trucker use

Get a real job


10 posted on 10/22/2013 12:34:03 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat ("Shut the Mother down")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The weakling wing of the republican party still thinks they can play nice and negotiate with the obama regime. Look at how far that strategy has gotten us so far. The no balls approach favored by Mcconnel and Boner has brought us obamacare, $17 trillion in debt and put the moslum brotherhood in charge of our government. By the time these wimps find a spine there won't be anything left to fight for.
11 posted on 10/22/2013 12:38:50 PM PDT by peeps36 (I'm Not A Racist, I Hate Douchebags of All Colors)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sounds like another fake republican, oh wait the republican isn’t fake they are all democRAT lite. They are letting their true colors show. Sounds like it is RINO season. Let’s go hunting.


12 posted on 10/22/2013 12:39:25 PM PDT by WilliamRobert (Rafael Cruz is an American hero, and he makes me proud to be Texan.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
CORRECTION:
There, fixed it!
13 posted on 10/22/2013 12:45:49 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I stand with Ted Cruz and the TEA party.

Union thugs can FOAD.

14 posted on 10/22/2013 12:48:57 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Tea party a 'corrosive' force

Sometimes you need a strong corrosive to clean the sludge from the pipes.

15 posted on 10/22/2013 12:54:39 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Everyone get online for Obamacare on 10/1. Overload the system and crash it hard!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“Don’t get me wrong,” Graves said, “while it’s appropriate, and there is certainly merit in advocating for reduced government spending, smaller government, reducing our debt, limiting regulations and controlling the reach and intrusive nature of the federal government — insisting on having things their way, without a hint of willingness to compromise and threatening to ‘burn the house down’ otherwise, is a combination of foolish, ill-advised, reckless and detrimental actions to the future of this country

Ummm, dumb@ss, who was it that insisting on having things their way? Who rebuffed each and every proposal put forth by the Congressional Republicans. You are what is wrong with the Republican Part, not the Tea Party factiony.

16 posted on 10/22/2013 1:17:37 PM PDT by Robert DeLong (u)
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To: Robert DeLong
Should say:

Ummm, dumb@ss, who was it that was insisting on having things their way? Who rebuffed each and every proposal put forth by the Congressional Republicans. You are what is wrong with the Republican Part, not the Tea Party faction.

17 posted on 10/22/2013 1:18:49 PM PDT by Robert DeLong (u)
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To: cork; cripplecreek

California Trucking Assn. is the same. They didn’t do chit to oppose our diesel emission regulations.
In the next 14 months, the owner/op will be virtually nonexistent in California.


18 posted on 10/22/2013 1:25:14 PM PDT by twistedwrench
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To: SnuffaBolshevik

I read the reference article this morning, and promptly told the ATA to revoke my membership since the organization had merely become a mouthpiece for the communist in chief.

OOIDA is the only organization that truly represents truckers, but even there the big trucking companies carry more weight than owner operators like myself. (Electronic logs for example.)

This Graves guy is a real piece of work - to be polite.


19 posted on 10/22/2013 1:32:08 PM PDT by datura (Molon Labe)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The EPA is feeling the heat, the push back.

Once the EPA is gone so is Ethanol. No more burning food for fuel.

No more $8 a bushel corn.


20 posted on 10/22/2013 1:33:36 PM PDT by hadaclueonce (dont worry about Mexico, put the fence around kalifornia.)
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To: twistedwrench

Dropped Cali from my operating authority. Years ago.


21 posted on 10/22/2013 1:34:23 PM PDT by datura (Molon Labe)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He doesn’t speak for the drivers. When are the country club Republicans going to realize that they could benefit from the Tea Party folks? Instead of fighting, we should be working together.


22 posted on 10/22/2013 1:34:30 PM PDT by popdonnelly (The right to self-defense is older than the Constitution.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Put a lid on it. Ted Cruz and the conservatives won this fight. And we all knew it wasn’t going to take more than a week to prove them right. The website is the first big mess. Wait until the wave of new open enrollment forms washes across the country over the next few weeks. Employees from coast to coast will be hit with new plans, more expensive plans, plans without their doctors, increased premiums, higher deductibles, or they will be sent to the exchanges. It won’t be pretty.


23 posted on 10/22/2013 1:38:04 PM PDT by jersey117
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

http://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2013/10/21/what-if-they-gave-a-shutdown-and-no-one-cared-n1726448/page/full


24 posted on 10/22/2013 11:03:33 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
What's the matter with Kansas?

Well, from Salina (Graves’ home) East, it is going demo-commie. We conservatives out here in western Kansas are losing the population battle.

Probably will become a blue state when I check out. Not claiming I am keeping it red, but I will turn a bad color when Kansas goes blue.

25 posted on 10/23/2013 2:22:18 AM PDT by tdscpa
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