Truckers should thank Sherrod Brown, not encourage Ted Cruz

Driving in Washington, DC isn’t just a traffic jam; it’s a contact sport.

Truckers are currently participating in a “people’s convoy” he clearly didn’t get the memo there, as evidenced by their futile attempts to cause a gridlock in the nation’s capital over mask and vaccine mandates, which were all but scrapped.

Instead, it seems to have turned into a general, all-purpose tantrum about the revival, Nancy Pelosi, the Deep State, and conspiracies about the Rothschilds and the 2020 election.

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It was supposed to be the American version of the February truckers’ protest in Ottawa, Canada, which did little more than get some people towed away and caused ordinarily civilian Canadians to curse protesters from their balcony.

One problem with the convoy protest is that traffic on the Beltway is always horrendous, which is why the effort hasn’t attracted much attention other than some local drivers giving the middle fingers to lost truckers.

Plus, it’s hard to compete for public attention when the world is on the brink of World War III.

If we didn’t know it before, recent events have made it clear that patriotism is not found in slogans and horns. Alexander Hamilton warned us that “there are seasons in every country when noise and impudence pass for valor; and in popular agitations especially, the clamors of self-interested and factious men are often mistaken for patriotism. “.

Hunting rifle

Going around in circles with no apparent end is not patriotism – it’s a nervous breakdown.

Never one to miss a photo op, R-Culture Wars Texas Sen. Ted Cruz hitched a ride last week with a protesting trucker — all on video, of course.

But the wrong guy was driving a shotgun.

If anyone in Washington should be praised by truckers, it’s Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, who more than anyone else is responsible for the pension relief provided. by Butch Lewis Law, which was signed into law last May by President Joe Biden as part of the $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package.

The deed is named after the late Butch Lewis, an Ohio truck driver and former president of Teamsters Local 100 in southwestern Ohio.

When Lewis died, Brown and Lewis’ widow, Rita, took up the cause.

Prior to its passage, Brown had been fighting since 2015 for legislation to protect and stabilize the pension funds of more than one million drivers, who often work for more than one employer.

Sen. Sherrod Brown and Sen. Rob Portman listen to witness testimony about retirement costs during a court hearing at the Ohio Statehouse on July 13, 2018. [Eric Albrecht/Dispatch]

The law:

• Maintains solvency and well-funded multi-employer pension plans for 30 years — with no reduction in vested benefits for members and beneficiaries.

• Restores full benefits for retirees in plans that were previously subject to cuts and increases the maximum amount of insurance from the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation (PBGC).

• Requires every plan that receives assistance to file regular status reports with the PBGC and congressional committees to prevent recurrences and protect retiree benefits.

New roads and bridges

The Pensions Act and Relief Package, which includes money for 65,000 miles of highway repairs and 1,500 bridge improvements, passed the Senate 51-49.

Guess who didn’t vote for?

The same hitchhiker who tried to escape Cancun when parts of Texas were plagued by a deadly ice storm last winter.

The same person who voted against disaster relief for the victims of Hurricane Sandy in 2013.

The same perpetual presidential hopeful who wouldn’t fight for the honor of his own wife and father, let alone on behalf of a group of truckers.

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As has all too often been the case, American seniors who worked hard, did everything right, and trusted others to do the right thing, found themselves on the brink of poverty in retirement due to their incompetence. and their mismanagement.

In 2018, Brown and Senator Rob Portman of Ohio co-chaired a congressional committee to investigate the precarious state of pension funds. However, in another instance of his disappointing habit of getting along, Portman, who is retiring this year, voted against the US bailout, which included retirement aid.

It would have been interesting to see what might have happened if more protesting truckers had known about Cruz’s “no” vote. Instead, they gave him a platform to tell them what they wanted to hear – and he took them for a ride.

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