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Hoffa Says U.S. Drivers at Risk to Unsafe Trucks From Mexico
http://www.borderfirereport.net/latest/hoffa-says-u.s.-drivers-at-risk-to-unsafe-trucks-from-mexico.html ^ | 03/11/08

Posted on 03/11/2008 11:30:03 AM PDT by Sammy67

Teamsters General President Says U.S. Drivers at Risk to Unsafe Trucks From Mexico Washington, D.C. – Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa blasted the Bush administration today for its reckless indifference to the economic struggles of working Americans who are suffering under the North American Free Trade Agreement with more than a million lost jobs and billions of dollars in lost wages.

“No matter how many jobs we lose, no matter how many foreclosures, no matter how many people die on the highways, the Bush administration just doesn’t care about the safety and security of American workers,” Hoffa said. Hoffa’s comments followed a news conference by Transportation Secretary Mary Peters, who extolled the so-called benefits of NAFTA. Peters claimed that closing the border to unsafe Mexican trucks would hurt American businesses that want to sell to Mexico.

Hoffa said he doubted that because of the crime problem in Mexico. “I mean, hello, do you really want to take a load of Cadillacs down there and park? I don’t think so.”

Peters also claimed that Mexico will retaliate against the United States if it closes the southern border.

Hoffa pointed out that the United States buys $70 billion more goods from Mexico than it sells to that country.

“I don’t buy it,” Hoffa said in a conference call with reporters. “They’ve got a $70 billion trade surplus. They’d be foolish to do it.”

He cited a long list of companies that have moved their operations to Mexico, including Teamster employers such as Swingline

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: border; dot; georgebush; homelandsecurity; illegalaliens; immigration; mexico; nafta; nationalsecurity; teamstersunion; truckers

1 posted on 03/11/2008 11:30:06 AM PDT by Sammy67
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To: Sammy67
NAFTA plus Illegal Immigration equals Chaos

Teamsters along with every other Union seeing their jobs take flight South of the Border unless they are replaced right here.

2 posted on 03/11/2008 11:34:04 AM PDT by TCats (The Clintons Are Not Just Wrong - They Are Certifiable AND Dangerous! See my Page)
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To: Sammy67

OK, where’s the Captain Obvious photo when we need it?


3 posted on 03/11/2008 11:41:34 AM PDT by Hoffer Rand
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To: Sammy67
Speedlimit Tailgating, Part 2

Check out the link. Then tell me Hoffa is remotely interested in safety or whatnot.

Every day one of those safe, well trained, English speaking Teamster-represented slugs maims or kills or otherwise endangers more Americans than any group of Mexican truckers have or will.

After your family is wiped out by an overpaid Teamster slug - the guy in the clip tossed away $100,000+/yr with that stunt - the IBT will be right there to try their best to get him reinstated with back pay. That's how committed to your safety they are.

If you're interested in safety a good first step is removing Teamsters from the roadway. And, as an *admitted* criminal enterprise, they should be removed from society. Hoffa (and those that pander to him) would be a good starting point.

4 posted on 03/11/2008 11:45:36 AM PDT by Who dat?
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To: Who dat?

Mexican drivers will make teamsters look like...the best. Did you see the school bus accident where four children were killed. While driving in GA, I have seen any number of cars with bumper stickers that read as follows ‘my (insert name) was killed by an illegal alien’. NAFTA wasn’t unwise; it was a disaster. In America the drivers of big rigs must pass a difficult test. What kind of standards do you suppose they have in Mexico-of course with the graft they can probably buy licenses.


5 posted on 03/11/2008 11:50:13 AM PDT by nyconse
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To: Sammy67

If this is Jimmy Hoffa, who is the guy they don’t know where he is?


6 posted on 03/11/2008 11:55:20 AM PDT by Southerngl
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To: Southerngl

Naw, that’s his dad.


7 posted on 03/11/2008 12:05:22 PM PDT by Yo-Yo (USAF, TAC, 12th AF, 366 TFW, 366 MG, 366 CRS, Mtn Home AFB, 1978-81)
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To: Sammy67
Hoffa Says U.S. Drivers at Risk to Unsafe Trucks From Mexico

Perhaps, but there is money to be made.

8 posted on 03/11/2008 12:09:38 PM PDT by RobinOfKingston (Man, that's stupid ... even by congressional standards.)
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To: Sammy67; gubamyster; HiJinx; AuntB
...NAFTA cost 1 million jobs in the United States during its first 10 years of implementation. Without NAFTA, U.S. workers would have earned $7.6 billion more in wages in 2004 alone.

~snip~
Hoffa said Peters should close the border to Mexico because that country doesn’t have the same safety standards for truck drivers that the U.S. does. In Mexico there is no drug testing, criminal background checks, a complete database with driving records or enforcement of log maintenance.
“We do not need unsafe Mexican trucks on our highways,” Hoffa said.
Congress passed a law cutting off funding for the program that opens the border to unsafe trucks from Mexico. The law took effect on December 26, but Peters has chosen to ignore it and is keeping the border open.

I can't understand for the life of me where the outrage is over this stuff. US truckers certainly don't have the same privliged access into Mexico. And, those drivers on US soil... how is this not endangering US citizens?

9 posted on 03/11/2008 2:19:18 PM PDT by exhaustedmomma (McCain: You don't have to love him, you just have to fall in line)
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To: exhaustedmomma

“I can’t understand for the life of me where the outrage is over this stuff. “

Most people have no idea this is going on. The news hasn’t time for such coverage, they’re busy with Brittney and Paris.


10 posted on 03/11/2008 3:20:15 PM PDT by AuntB ('If there must be trouble let it be in my day, that my child may have peace." T. Paine)
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To: nyconse

>>What kind of standards do you suppose they have in Mexico-of course with the graft they can probably buy licenses.<<

It’s worse than that. If the open borders crowd here bothered to learn Spanish and actually talked to Mexicans, they would discover the truth.

I have talked to Mexican 18-wheeler drivers who say they don’t have insurance because, if they had it, the insurance companies never pay claims.

No real driver records. Since they don’t pay cops anything, when you get stopped for a traffic violation (alleged or real), a phenomenon occurs called “la mordida.” You pay the cop, problem solved. No records of the offense, why bother?

It’s getting worse because of the drug wars. And do you think letting these truckers have free access to our roads and the 80MPH, 1200 foot wide Trans Texas Corridor is going to make this country safe from drugs and terrorists?


11 posted on 03/11/2008 9:11:23 PM PDT by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (I want to "Buy American" but the only things for sale made in the USA are politicians)
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