The Government is hell-bent on killing the trucking industry

The corporatization of America is happening and it is killing small business. Patrick J. Buchanan has talked about it; and it sadly is happening.

I give you a prime example of this, in an industry that I know very much about —- trucking.

The story via National Review:

John Benning painstakingly saved for 15 years to launch his business, a small Reno-based firm that connected manufacturers with truckers who could move their goods. But a big change to an obscure bonding requirement, tucked into Congress’s 2012 transportation bill, “just completely drove me out of business,” Benning says. “I’m back at a job, and my American dream got squashed. I just don’t know what else to say. It’s just really, really, really disappointing.”

Benning isn’t alone; in the past six months, the new bonding requirement has forced the closure of more than 8,000 similar small-scale independent freight brokers and forwarders, according to the Association of Independent Property Brokers and Agents (AIPBA), a trade group that represents small and midsized brokers.

Before Congress rushed through the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), independent freight brokers and forwarders were required to have available at least $10,000, money that was used as a guarantee for both the manufacturers and truckers. The new legislation raised that bonding requirement to a steep $75,000 — more than many businesses could possibly raise. But without that capital available, they lost their licenses beginning December 1.

James Lamb, president of AIPBA, estimates 38 percent of small-scale brokers and 73 percent of small-scale freight forwarders “were knocked out.” Furthermore, he says, “We believe there was collusion by the other trade groups to eliminate competition,” adding that trade groups representing bigger companies performing the same services lobbied hard to raise the bonding requirement.

“The Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) purports this would fight fraud, but in essence, this was an attempt to remove the small players from the industry,” Lamb says. “And they’ve accomplished what we believe they set out to do.”

Of course, the do-gooder statists say:

Robert A. Voltmann, the president of TIA, tells National Review Online by e-mail that his trade group “pushed for a comprehensive set of reforms designed to combat fraud,” working alongside the American Trucking Associations (ATA) and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA).

“The only entities being harmed are would-be scammers and those too undercapitalized to qualify for the bond,” Voltmann says. “An entrepreneur needs to be properly capitalized to start any business, but one that handles other people’s money needs to be even more prepared for the [rigors] of the market.”

The result:

By AIPBA’s estimates, as many as 17,000 small businesses could end up going under because of the new bonding requirement. A December 2013 news release claimed that “consumer prices will likely rise as competition is diminished and a few large companies dictate the cost of moving goods.”

AIPBA has applied to the Department of Transportation for an exemption, which would allow some small businesses to keep their licenses despite failure to meet the $75,000 bond.

The group has also filed suit, claiming that although Congress required the Department of Transportation to set a minimum bond at $75,000, the agency failed to follow proper rulemaking procedures. If the correct process had been followed, Lamb says, the agency could have explicitly stated that the $75,000 minimum was sufficient. “That’s important to us because we’ve heard there are future attempts to increase the bond amount,” Lamb says.

However, for one man — it is all too little, too late:

For former entrepreneurs like Benning, such efforts come too late, though.

“You can’t be a small-business man anymore and do brokerage,” Benning says. “The economy was already tanked, and it was really, really, really difficult. [The new requirement] just put the knife all the way in.”

This is what happens when corporate special interest and Government work hand in hand. You get fascism, you crony capitalism, and you get honest small time businessmen being run out of business. This is what Pat Buchanan and myself are always talking about, when it comes to stuff like this here.

If Republicans don’t stop acting like Democrats; this one fine industry, might actually find itself snuffed out. What with immigration at the levels that it is at, you get these immigrants who will work for nothing and getting a CDL with green card is easy. Real Americans cannot even get jobs anymore. At least not any the pay any sort of a living wage. Between that, and the situation quoted above, it is a wonder anyone is even involved in the industry anymore.

I would like to share a video with you all; actually, it is a movie. It is about the trucking world and the industry. Much has been made about the truck industry. It is been romanticized, made fun of and downright misrepresented in Hollywood. This movie tells the real story. This is “Big Rig” from 2007:

Enjoy.

 

That’s because they’re neoconservatives and not true conservatives

 observes the following:

Some “conservative” bloggers have been sanctimoniously asserting that Putin should “renounce his association with the KGB,” the “former” Russian domestic spying agency, if he wants “the world” to take him seriously.  At the same time, these “conservatives” publicly support NSA spying on every single American, the PATRIOT Act, warrantless wiretapping and eavesdropping, etc.,  and they are not demanding that any American politicians “renounce” their association with the CIA, the KGB’s counterpart.  These are the some of the same individuals who supported President George H.W. Bush, a former head of the CIA.   Further proof that politics makes people either stupid, evil, or both.

via Blinded by the Myth of “American Exceptionalism” – LewRockwell.com.

This is because the neoconservatives are not true conservatives; but rather big government statists, who are perfectly fine with big Government — as long as they control it. However, the minute that they lose control of that Government, they decry it from the high heavens. It is textbook hypocrisy of the highest order.

These are the one’s who say that we must cut spending and remove entitlement programs; but, yet, they want to increase Military spending and defend Israel at all costs. It is a bi-polar way of conducting politics. Now, I am not saying that we should not be ready to defend our Country; but it is an entirely different thing to be playing the World’s police officer and defending a Country that looks at the United States as useful idiots.

This is the exact reason I distinguish myself from them and identify myself as a Paleoconservative or a Pat Buchanan-type conservative. Yes, there is a very big difference and yes, it is a great one. Anyone that says that this is not true; is either unlearned about politics and willfully misleading people.

BREAKING NEWS: Another shooting at Fort Hood in Texas

For all the of details, please check out this posting at HotAir.com.

Live Video from media in the area:

kcentv.com – KCEN HD – Waco, Temple, and Killeen

UPDATE: Now a Memeorandum topic.

UPDATE #2: Rusty at The Jawa Report says

Given yesterday’s alert about a “Ft. Hood style attack” on military bases, then an actual attack at Ft. Hood you can see why terrorism was the first thing to suspect.

But if this turns out to be anything but terrorism? You can expect in the next few hours that the narrative will turn to PTSD. And
then the talking heads will begin to blame Bush.

Mark. My. Words.

Very true. I know, I know… I am a Paleocon; and I should be saying, “And they should too!” Well, surprise! I think Bush is about as responsible for this, as Obama was responsible for the major melt down of the economy. Now, his party’s polices, yes. But, Obama? Himself? Not hardly. :D

@MichelleMalkin whines again

It seems that Michelle Malkin is still whining about being mocked by Steven Colbert.

michellemalkinracecardI’m just going to write here on my blog, what I wrote at several places in the comment sections.

The only reason Malkin is who she is, is because her Neocon friends made her who she is. She’s been bought and paid for by those people for years. She’s nothing but a damned puppet and an hypocritical one at that.

As for her whining about being harassed, she sure wasn’t thinking about all that, when she was on the warpath against Graeme Frost and his family. Google it. What she did was vomit provoking. She gets what’s coming to her.

No wonder Bill O’Reilly dropped her and then Fox News let her go. She’s nothing but a shill and a terrible one at that. Not only that, she is a nothing more than a plagiarist; google “debbie schlussel michelle malkin” and you will see for yourself just what kind of person Michelle Malkin *really* is.

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Just doing what the progressive protected minorities do…..

Malkin loves to drone on about how blacks like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton play the “race card”. But, yet, she does the same very thing. She’s a hypocrite of the highest order. She needs to get over it or go back to the Philippines. This is America and we mock people. Get over it, suck it up or get lost.

Taking a page from the playbook of Al-Qaeda when it comes to freedom of speech is not a conservative way of doing things. Proving my point about that Femi-Nazi witch. She’s not a Conservative; but rather a progressive-lite. Like most neocons. .

B.S. ALERT!: ADP employment report says 191,000 jobs added in March

Signs on a economic recovery? Not so fast….

First the ADP Report:

Private sector employment increased by 191,000 jobs from February to March according to the March ADP National Employment Report®.  Broadly distributed to the public each month, free of charge, the ADP National Employment Report is produced by ADP®, a leading global provider of Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions, in collaboration with Moody’s Analytics. The report, which is derived from ADP’s actual payroll data, measures the change in total nonfarm private employment each month on a seasonally-adjusted basis. …

Goods-producing employment rose by 28,000 jobs in March, slightly faster than an upwardly revised pace of 25,000 in February. Most of the gains came from the construction industry which added 20,000 jobs over the month; compared to an average of 16,000 during the prior three months. Manufacturers added 5,000 jobs in March, the same as February.

Service-providing employment rose by 164,000 jobs in March, up from the upwardly revised 153,000 in February. The ADP National Employment Report indicates that professional/ business services contributed the most to growth in service-providing industries, adding 53,000 jobs, slightly more than the 49,000 in February. Expansion in trade/transportation/utilities grew by 36,000, about equal to the 37,000 jobs added in February. The 5,000 new jobs in financial activities mark the strongest pace of growth in the industry since November 2013.

“The 191,000 U.S. private sector jobs added in March is slightly above the twelve-month average,” said Carlos Rodriguez, president and chief executive officer of ADP.  “Hopefully, this could be a sign there is more growth to come.”

CNN Money pours cold water on the parade:

The job market is slowly perking up after a winter lull.

Private sector employers added 191,000 jobs in March, according to payroll processing firm ADP (ADPFortune 500). While it was the strongest job growth in three months, it’s not much to write home about.

After a slowdown in hiring, job growth is merely back to where it was prior to the winter. …

The report was slightly disappointing to other economists, who had anticipated an even bigger bounce back after the weak winter. Those surveyed by Briefing.com expected the report to show companies added 215,000 jobs in March.

HotAir’s Ed Morrissey offers a hot cup of sobering coffee:

Even 215,000 would not be cause for breaking open the bubbly. These are stagnation numbers, not any indication of explosive growth. The US economy needs to add 150,000 jobs each month just to keep pace with population growth at current workforce-participation levels (which are at generational lows anyway). Adding 191,000 barely puts a dent in the unemployment crisis, and it’s doubtful that the final BLS number will be even that high.

For the last five years, the media has calculated their reaction to these numbers by comparing it to their low expectations. No one’s talking about the kind of growth that’s needed to put the millions sidelined in the stagnant economy back to work. That doesn’t make the problem go away, however, and it won’t until we put pro-growth policies in place in the tax and regulatory spheres that unlock capital and create work.

Which brings me to my question about this piece of Government paid propaganda so-called “Report.” Does this report take into the people, like myself; who are long-term unemployed? I very might highly doubt that. I believe if the Government actually stopped hiring people to produce propaganda like this and started actually counting the ENTIRE number of people unemployed; the number that would come up, would most like send the stock market in an utter panic and there would be a massive crash. You think things are bad now? You let that happen and things are going to get really bad.

Ed’s right though, about the pro-growth polices; now, the Democrats method of dealing with an economic downturn, of their own creating, is to tax the very people who create the jobs. It is an idiotic method of crisis management. Some would argue that it is the very thing that the socialists want; cut the number of people actually working, to have a society dependant on Government.

The problem with that simple-minded utopian vision is that sooner or later, the bank runs dry and the system itself crashes. It happened in Greece, it happened in ancient Rome and sooner or later; it will happen in America — sooner or later. This is, of course, if we Americans wake up out of our lazy stupor and actually elect people who will uphold the intent of our founding fathers.