As for there being no jobs. For truck drivers. Please. PLEASE!!! No local company I know can hire enough drivers, even with the companies in a snit about the "unstoppable" depression that some business writers want to happen. You just hire on as an employee instead of as an IC.
SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS make $11/hr locally. Other bus companies start at $13/hr plus benefits. My company starts bus drivers at $16/hr plus benefits, and I cannot get enough drivers! Granted, they have to know how to wash, shave and dress themselves... my drivers are more like Limo Driverrs than Ralph Cramden, but the money out there, folks. Jeez. "No jobs in trucking!"
Being an Independant is really tough now due to Diesel prices, but until the Democrats (and some republicans like the Bush's) stop blocking drilling off the coast, they can just shut up.