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And thanks for making us one of the most talked about shows on cable in just its first few weeks.
Okay the election is almost here and I think it's true that all of us -- -- be glad when the endless political commercials are over.
-- One commercial that you've seen doesn't tell you how to vote it just urges you to vote.
And some of the faces and voices you probably know.
Big bowl game -- not to do any.
Look for yourself and go for your future engine.
It's your responsibility.
Get involved Megan difference yeah yeah.
Of one of those faces is out of Tim Daly who -- the star of the television hit.
Private practice he's also the president of the Creative Coalition and he's gonna join us a little later as well Janine Turner -- Friday Night Lights.
You'll also meet some of the folks behind the highly successful film fireproof.
As well as country legend Ricky Skaggs who will be joining the little rockers today.
Well last week if you were with this you know that our special guest was Joe The Plumber.
We had him first in prime time on our show you just were sort of a home and sit around and you -- Obama was -- opinion neighborhood -- what happened there.
No actually my son -- our yourself mystery to us in football you know the Bengals weren't doing very good and so.
But I do -- -- still that being so we're just -- -- football.
You know he was gonna ask questions I thought were little simple.
And you know and who who doesn't want -- -- -- you know a politician a question now you know because they all we always figure they kept its -- the minutes said nationwide.
So I think -- here's my chance the most I don't want to do and it didn't and you know now I can't work now I can do a lot of different things.
Well -- continues to dominate the political discussion as well as the late night shows.
It's hurting the love to all the middle class.
Secondary roads teacher Phil the bricklayer.
Jane the engineer and Molly the dental hi -- Teacher and I believe they went on to single out Bob the Builder.
Well the punch lines are funny enough but there are real people.
And their lives are really being affected by the economy.
When -- on the highway you see them everywhere.
And you try to get out of -- way.
They're the lifeline of American business delivering the goods and products that make the economy's wheels turn.
But these tough Financial Times are having a ripple effect.
As some of the very people who -- needed to keep the country moving are having trouble staying on their own feet.
We've got four truckers joining us today please welcome Thomas -- Larry and Linda.
So very glad to have you guys here with us and I talk to truckers all across the country.
And one other common concerns is that when fuel prices get this -- two things happen it makes it tough for you just to meet your obligations because of the fuel prices that you pay.
But it also means other people start shipping less because it costs more Thomas.
You have a remarkable story sixteen years ago you were living under a bridge now you're driving over bridges you drive as a contract driver for FedEx.
First of all what a remarkable story of working for yourself and building.
An income tell me about.
And just what it means to get to the place where your on your feet and now this economy threatens that.
My dad was a Baptist minister and I had.
A base and roots.
In in the church but I veered away from that.
And sixteen years ago I found myself homeless living under a bridge I now own a home.
I own -- business.
And it's part of the American dream.
Even though the this country was was founded.
An -- our currency says in god we trust so I had to put my faith.
Back where it was supposed to be in got.
And he has made away from me to experience.
The American dream -- owning a home having a family and owning a business.
You know you want to talk about that business is threatened because of a very high fuel prices on a -- you also work with.
FedEx and and tell me what does it mean in terms of per package per mile.
When -- fuel prices go this -- -- well again it's a chain reaction that fuel prices going up.
-- -- -- -- From.
Pretty much took fifty packages a day we dropped down from 5400 patents and they we would -- down probably 10050.
It affects a lot of 40%.
The 3040% off of the number -- and you get paid to the package we get paid -- -- package will be -- on the stuff.
So and if you have fewer stops your packages you start making less money it means that that's you you really struggle that's right.
And also we have Larry and Linda who work from Arkansas my home state.
And you guys -- husband wife independent truckers one of what's happening with your world right now because of the economy.
Well you know look like they're taught about the price slowed down you know an XP -- -- profit.
And now to feel prizes they don't pay -- always make your goalie that's include non fuel surcharges and -- together.
He just at least -- And everything goes that the tires -- -- old to change all in the trophy goes I mean it's it's doubled in the last what 23 years.
And -- and in London as a rippling effect here I mean it if you can't.
Make as much money than even things I think you said where you used to eat out now you just.
Buy some food and -- along which means that rule waitresses aren't getting as much money in the restaurants so that there is an impact in.
-- -- it's an impact.
He can't afford to aid in restaurants and round and -- start -- -- last -- down today in a restaurant.
You know -- -- -- 300 dollars or -- or wait just eat on the run and ACC because on the weekends when I'm home taking it.
When -- -- away wanted it.
He hands and have kept alive didn't have that much with -- -- and things -- -- so much in the grocery stores.
From you know the transportation -- well I hope that the economy improves because it means that folks like you.
Depend upon -- strong economy to be able to survive thank you for being with us today it's a pleasure -- free coffee.
Your story -- a woman -- Okay.
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