Are winds of change blowing in Washington?

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Editor’s note: This post is part of a six-piece story on the U.S. economy, the upcoming presidential election, regulatory drag and all the impact all three are having on the trucking industry. Click here to read from the beginning.

“There is yearning in the Democratic Party for someone with some spunk and some spirit,” Glassman says.

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Click the links below to read more on the discussions of the U.S. economy’s health that took place at TRALA this week:

Are we slowing our own economic growth? 

How long will sub-$100 per barrel oil last?

Are winds of change blowing in Washington? 

What can and should get done before the next election?

There is good news.


On the Republican side of the aisle, another member of the Bush family has been presented as a possible presidential candidate. But Glassman says Jeb Bush makes for a unique political candidate “because he is very cerebral and quiet. Not much at all like his brother.”

With Hillary Clinton shaping up to be a Democratic presidential force to reckon with, we could be only 19 months from another Bush/Clinton clash at the polls.

“I have no idea if America is ready for the third Bush or the second Clinton,” Glassman says. “Will Americans feel that they want something new and different rather than the extension of two dynasties?”

What Americans have clearly shown is they want is more options. Glassman says 80-plus percent of voters want an alternative to choosing between a Democrat and Republicans.

“Right now, it’s virtually impossible for an independent third-party to get elected president or even influence a presidential election,” he says, noting there is a push to get third-party candidates involved in presidential debates.

“I would not bet against of the idea of an independent candidate emerging, if not winning, or certainly having some kind of affect (on the election).”

Jason Cannon has written about trucking and transportation for more than a decade and serves as Chief Editor of Commercial Carrier Journal. A Class A CDL holder, Jason is a graduate of the Porsche Sport Driving School, an honorary Duckmaster at The Peabody in Memphis, Tennessee, and a purple belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu. Reach him at [email protected]