Now truckers convoy to D.C.

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Bikers from across America roared into Washington Sept. 11 to get the attention of the White House and Congress with the message they’re really not fans of the “change America” themes pursued of late.

Organized through a loose coalition of Facebook pages and a contingent of volunteers who each took care of their own state, it resulted in official estimates of about a million motorcycles descending on Washington.

Now, the big boys want Washington’s attention, too. And they’ll be coming in 18 wheels at a time, instead of two.

Once again, the plans are appearing on a number of Facebook pages, where truckers say they are fed up with the changes in America and the administration’s failure to address adequately a number of economic issues that hit consumers hard. And they want something done.

One page, called Truckers to Shut Down America, calls for a three-day general strike by truckers Oct. 11-13.

It declares: “The American people are sick and tired of the corruption that is destroying America!”

Truckers are pledging not to haul freight on those days and say consumers can join in with truck drivers by staying home and not making any purchases.

Another page, called “1 Million Trucks to DC,” pledges to get as many truck drivers to converge on Washington, D.C., on Oct. 11 as possible.

The primary focus of the protest will be the price of fuel since Barack Obama has occupied the Oval Office.

Statistics show the average price of unleaded gasoline in the U.S. was $1.84 on Jan. 19, 2009, the day before Obama took office.

A recent survey found that figure was at $3.61 per gallon, up more than 90 percent. And that wasn’t even the highest price for fuel under Obama. In 2011 in reached just a few pennies short of $4 a gallon.

According to a blog that was promoting the strike and rally in Washington,, the grass roots action is intended to bring into the discussion issues of significance.

“Last year the American Truckers Association prepared a report for Congress highlighting the susceptibility of the nation’s just-in-time delivery system, the majority of which is made possible by the transport and delivery of freight. In the event of a catastrophic disaster such as a war that drives fuel prices through the roof or even a natural disaster such as a solar flare that renders electronic trucks inoperable, there would be a ‘swift and devastating impact on the food, healthcare, transportation, waste removal, retail, manufacturing, and financial sectors.

“The backbone of commerce in the United States are the truck drivers who spend long hours on the road ensuring our very survival as a modern society,” the report said. “But with fuel prices continuing to rise, wages dropping, jobs becoming harder to find, and rampant corruption in Washington, D.C., furthering the country’s economic death spiral, America’s truck drivers, like the majority of our fellow citizens, are fed up.”

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