This is getting ridiculous.
On top of all the disingenuous thumb-twiddling that the Bush administration has done over their complete and utter disregard for our southern border’s security they have decided, in their politically correct wisdom, to allow Mexican trucks to haul products deep into our country, starting in about 60 days.
What’s wrong with that, you ask?
Aside from the fact that many of the Mexican trucks are well below American safety standards, that there’s no way to determine how many hours the drivers have put on the road, that there’s no way to check the backgrounds of the drivers thus inviting, well, anyone to cross our borders without us knowing who they really are, that drivers in Mexico aren’t subjected to even the flimsy standards of the U.S. when it comes to obtaining a driver’s license, aside from all this and more there’s nothing wrong with it.
Bush has a puzzling case of tunnel vision when it comes to our borders. How is it that the man who preaches that the security of this nation is his responsibilty will all but ignore the tens of thousands who stream across our borders unchecked, swamping our law enforcement, hospital, and school systems with non-taxpaying people? Why is his Administration, more specifically the Department of Transportion Secretary Mary Peters, agreeing to let 100 Mexican trucking companies cross the border?
Of course the geniuses behind this plan are all reassurance, saying that every one of those trucks will be checked at the border to make sure that they all meet U.S. safety standards.
Yeah, right. We can’t hire enough Border Patrol and Customs Agents now to get the job done down there. Where are they going to find the additional personnel to make this whack-job of a plan work? If you cut the agents we have now in half they die. So that won’t work, either.
To be fair, Canadian and U.S. trucks cross our northern border back and forth with regularity. But that being said, Canada’s trucks are on a par with their U.S. counterparts. I’m not convinced that the Mexicans are as conscientious about their quality control. I could be wrong.
Another thing. Mexican trucks. Mexican insurance (if they have any at all, even though they’re supposed to be insured by U.S. companies.) Have an accident on a U.S. road with one of these trucks and try to collect your just desserts across an international border. Good luck with that one. How many reputable U.S. insurance companies are going to be eager to write policies for Mexican trucking companies?
Oh, yeah, one other thing…..those non-existent inspectors I mentioned above, the ones who are supposed to check all those trucks? They’re also supposed to interview the drivers to make sure they speak English. That’s almost funny in dark comedy sort of way. You decide if you think that’s gonna happen.
I may becoming cynical but I’m just not convinced that Bush – or any other politician – is going to do anything about our border, and this is just one more example of the situation getting so far out of hand that we may never get it back. Our elected cockroaches care more about votes and their own political survival than they do about the long term welfare of this country. Let’s not risk the ire of the politically correct crowd. We’ll lose votes.
Political correctness is fast becoming a suicide pact for this country and so is the total lack of spine on the part of the people we elect to lead us.