Wednesday, May 19, 2010

How Republicans Can Blow the Coming Election

There was an article in 2006 by Ron Paul describing a NAFTA Superhighway through North America, Mexico, US, and Canada. At the time there were denials that this was being considered, but it appears this is a step in that direction. With all the drugs coming across our southern border, this is not the time to allow the Mexican truckers access to our country. Let's seal the borders, reduce the illegal alien problem, cut down the drug use and hope Mexico can get control of the country out of the hands of the drug dealers.

In the meantime, Republicans should get on the right side of this issue.

What could be the magic bullet with the potential to discredit the Republican Party as a vehicle for Americans opposed to Barack Obama's radical changes? The answer is Mexican trucks, a foolish idea left over from the George W. Bush era, and some Republicans are on the verge of drinking the Kool-Aid.

This month, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, the former Republican congressman from Peoria, Ill., told a Senate subcommittee that he would soon announce a plan to allow Mexican trucks to drive their loads on U.S. roads. He said the timing of this decision is "closer than soon."

he campaign to invade America with Mexican trucks relies on misrepresentations and falsehoods, mostly designed to mislead Republicans. Among these is the claim that the Mexican truck ban is a payoff to James Hoffa's Teamsters Union, which helped elect Obama in 2008.

Most Republicans instinctively oppose anything supported by the Teamsters. But the exact same position against Mexican trucks is held by the Teamsters' chief rivals, the non-union independent drivers and owner-operators, who mostly vote Republican.

On March 1, 56 members of Congress (including 29 Republicans) signed a letter asking the Obama administration to reopen our borders to Mexican trucks.

In response, opponents gathered the signatures of 78 members of Congress on an April 14 letter calling on Congress to permanently ban cross-border trucking. That letter included only six Republicans.

A Rasmussen poll, taken last August when Obama flew to Guadalajara, found that "just 19 percent of Americans say the U.S. Congress should let trucks from Mexico cross the border and carry their loads on American highways.

Of the 72 Democrats who signed the letter opposing Mexican trucks, many represent swing districts that Republicans expect to win on Nov. 2. A strong position against admitting Mexican trucks could be the secret weapon that enables dozens of vulnerable Democrats to save their seats.

Republicans better act fast to get on the right side of this issue, or they will risk losing the opportunity of a century to win a majority in Congress.
Read article here.

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