Wednesday, June 20, 2007

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Remember that Partnership for Peace and Protection? It’s not gone away.
It’s just gone underground.

And it seems that the government’s strategy is simply to ignore the will of the people. push through its features one at a time.

If you don’t believe it, consider what’s happened with Mexican trucking…

As far as the Executive is concerned, Congress’ oversight or input is superfluous. Time and time again, this government has chosen to ignore Congress’s wishes but not until today has the Executive’s arrogance been quite so blatant, quite so in your face..

As it turns out, while Congress thought it had sidetracked the plans of the Executive to approve Mexican trucking on US highways, it has learned today that the president has simply ignored their wishes.

In fact, DOT is planning to move forward with plans to allow Mexican truckers on US highways after a twenty day period allowing feedback from the public. Our representatives really need to get on this and we have to let them know how we feel.

According to Congress, there were some twenty two conditions that had to be met before the official test of Mexican truckers on US highways.

Now, the head of DOT simply announces that Mexico has already satisfied this requirement and that there is no need to go through that process.

Meanwhile, DOT has not done anything to assure that all Mexican drivers are fully tested to drive on US highways or drug-tested to meet US Standards. There is not even an apparatus in Mexico for conducting legitimate drug tests….and that is only the tip of the iceberg.

But DOT’s irresponsibility doesn’t end there; they don’t even have a database of Mexican drivers.

This doesn’t seem to bother the totally arbitrary White House in its decision to plunge wildly and precipitously into a program that could have dangerous implications for American drivers on US highways, almost daring us to stop him from doing whatever he likes. But the historical perspective suggests that anyone who pretends to play the monarch role, should not lose their heads over their own excesses.

Les Aaron
The Armchair Curmudgeon


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