We all know we’re not supposed to talk at the water cooler at work about which candidate we plan to vote for in the upcoming presidential election, but this is the auto transport industry and we don’t all stand around in an office all day talking to each other – eating up time until we can punch our time cards out. Quite the opposite, actually. A great majority of auto transporters are family-owned businesses consumed by additional expenses and overwhelmed by sudden and new problems to solve. So as the presidential election race comes to a close, we’re not only collectively dying for it to get over with, but it’s finally time to publicly say who we’re voting for. For many voters, choosing a president in 2016 is ultimately a choice of lesser evils; or for that matter, which presidential candidate will prioritize with strength the core issues that affect us personally – and financially. Let’s get real; no matter who you are, this presidential election matters to you, too. Having said that, let’s take a look at the top five key political issues in the 2016 presidential election that may affect how your car hauling business operates in the near future.
Every day, thousands of Americans continue to see their insurance premiums go up – while their provider options and amount of coverage goes down.
If nothing else, you can vote down the party line for the next Supreme Court judge, because this affects the future of your personal civil liberties and how you live your life. Since a Supreme Court justice serves for life, it’s hard to predict when the president will have to vet a replacement – but chances are always good that sometime during the next four to eight years, a new one will need to step in. So if you care about liberal leaning agendas like “Pro-Choice,” then you vote for Hillary. If you treasure the Second Amendment and the Right to Bear Arms, you’ll vote for Trump. Since a lot of drivers choose to protect themselves by carrying a firearm in their truck out on the road, there tends to be a lot of conservative voters in the car hauling business.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, there should be no question about how Donald Trump feels about “Illegal Immigration.”
Thousands of Americans in the U.S. auto transport industry know there are already too many tax burdens placed upon the shoulders of owner-operators, fleet managers, and independent business owners. At tax time, it’s easy to get the feeling that the tax structure of this nation favors corporate ownership, top-down management and the hierarchy thereof. That’s why the side of the aisle you favor in a presidential election will likely have an effect on the total annual tax expense of operating your car hauling business. Democrats historically increase taxes, while Republicans have historically decreased them. Your vote could certainly be the tipping point that determines the well-being of your bank account balance.
The reason for the enactment of the Affordable Care Act was to make health insurance available (and more affordable) to everyone. Yet every day, thousands of Americans continue to see their insurance premiums go up – while their provider options and amount of coverage goes down. Unfortunately, no matter what industry you are in, this is a hot button issue; but for independent owner-operators (most of whom pay for insurance out of their own pocket), this is an out-of-control problem. The reality is: a vote for Hillary is a vote for Obamacare – and a vote for Trump is not.
Your vote could be the tipping point that determines the well-being of your bank account balance.
Every car hauler on the planet thinks about the current price of diesel at some point in the day. (Click here to read my recent blog about saving money on diesel with a “Fleet Fuel Card”). There has long been a debate of whether we should rely on foreign oil in the Middle East or whether we should focus on tapping into local crude oil reserves with pipelines from Alaska. Trump is in favor of “local drilling,” while Hillary leans more toward the argument of “phasing out fossil fuels on local land.” The crux of the argument is this: if you rely on other countries for your resources, you become beholden to their terms of demand and subject to their levels of supply. That’s a position of unpredictable vulnerability – especially with such a precious commodity as the fuel used to maintain the circulation of one’s infrastructure.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, there should be no question about how Donald Trump feels about “Illegal Immigration.” There is also little debate about how illegal immigration has affected the U.S. trucking and car hauling industry. On any trucking forum you can find American drivers opining how they feel defeated by an ever-growing and fierce competition for lower paying loads because of a giant influx of cheaper labor flowing in from beyond our sovereign borders. (Click here to read my recent blog post about hiring a cheaper carrier for a “VIP Car Transport”). Trump says, “A nation without borders is not a nation.” While it is unclear where Hillary stands in this presidential election on this issue, the prevailing wisdom is that there will be no discernible changes to our immigration policies and enforcement under a Clinton administration.
The purpose of this article is not to start a war – but to find out what you really think. With whatever words you choose, we (and all the other truckers out there) really appreciate your comments and feedback. Please forward this article to anyone out there that might have something to add. Thanks for reading, and keep on trucking.
— Super JayPublished on September 3, 2016
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