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Truckers are still at it. More power to them. It’s unclear to me, however, why they believe government is the solution. If I recall, many truckers were leery of the government telling them how many hours they could drive in a row. Why do they think the government should tell oil companies what they should charge for diesel fuel? Or do they want something else?

One man’s unnecessary regulation is another man’s relief from unnecessary pain and suffering.

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The idea of a truck stoppage isn’t going away. But as great as it would be, I question what difference it’ll make and whether truckers can pull it off — they have to eat and they probably don’t have money in the bank to ride out the sort of prolonged shutdown that would actually make a difference. That and they wouldn’t want any bad publicity from hospital patients not being able to breathe.

The idea is inspiring. But if you look at the truckers’ language cited in this post, particularly this:

“Our government officials are eating good dinners, are living in beautiful homes, are driving brand new vehicles and are collecting large salaries…on the American Citizen’s dollar. It’s time to take our country back.”

you’ll recognize one of the oldest notions of a capitalist economy: that some idle leeches are unfairly sucking the blood put of us honest hardworking Americans. The notion dates back to the 18th century and has only been marginally successful at prompting a more egalitarian society, or even one that values work more than other avenues to wealth, eg inheritance or investment or drilling for oil.

Good luck, truckers. In the 1980s, Arlo Guthrie and Pete Seeger sang about changing their names to Chrysler and getting a good ole government handout. This sample from the lyrics seems eerily up-to-date:

O the price of gold is rising out of sight
And the dollar is in sorry shape tonight
What a dollar used to get us now won’t get a head of lettuce
No the economic forecast isn’t bright
But amidst the clouds I spot a shining ray
I begin to glimpse a new and better way
I’ve devised a plan of action, worked it down to the last fraction
And I’m going into action here today

Today Arlo and Pete would change their names to JP Morgan and get a line of credit from the Fed.

The presidential primary on the Lincoln Highway is frozen in place. Barack Obama still counts one lone supporter and Hillary Clinton has none. Except for that one Obama sign, every single yard sign touts one or another Republican candidate for the PA Legislature.

The best sign on Route 30 right now is in front of a trucking company. It states that, if trucks stop, hospitals will run out of oxygen in one week. Now that’s the kind of message that gets your attention.  This particular company regularly changes its sign to warn of the dire consequences of a truck stoppage, but this one just takes your breath away. Imagine. Life without oxygen.

The presidential campaigns and their supporters could learn a thing or two about messaging from whoever runs that company. I can’t get that sign out of my head, but I’ve almost completely forgotten about the will.i.am video.

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