Where are we going

A young man named Austin Smith with a small trucking business in PNW posted a Tik Tok video about the plight of trucking companies that haul everything that keeps you alive…food, clothes, medicine, etc. and really helps us understand the plight not only they find themselves in, but also in our country. My son Austin, who sells farm equipment, also commented on how fearful farmers are even getting diesel for this harvest season, not just how they would pay for it. As journalists, you are on the front line, your programs create awareness and educated people can influence government for change. The story must be told.

I need to get something out of my chest… I generally refrain from talking about politics, and especially from making political messages, but I have to say it.

What I am about to post is real, not someone a friend, cousin, sister, neighbor happened to them…

I own a small trucking business, and that’s what the fuel crisis is doing to our country… so it directly affects me, you, our children, our country.

Today I filled my truck to deliver products that help feed our country. When I filled up my truck, it cost me $1,149.50. It’s ONE truck, for ONE day’s worth of fuel. I own three. So for a day of operation, it costs me $3,448.50. (Yes, we use a full tank of fuel every day, sometimes more than one tank a day)

My trucks typically run 5-6 days a week, so we’ll just estimate the low side and say 5. That’s $17,242.50. Last week it was over $20,000 for ONE week, which I have to pay out of pocket to try to feed not only my children, but those of my employees and our country.

Believe me, we are on a downward slope towards the worst recession our country has ever seen. If you don’t believe me, I implore you to do your research.

Trucking companies are going bankrupt left and right. (Literally hundreds a week) If you are unaware, what you wear, what you eat, what you live in, what you drive, what you read this about, was delivered by truck .

If something drastic doesn’t change in the next few weeks/months, I promise you’ll see empty shelves everywhere you look.


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