In September, the Export-Import Bank is slated to expire and a bipartisan coalition is already beginning to advocate for its renewal. The debate is likely to be contentious throughout, with a number of conservative policymakers calling for its expiration while a string of big-money interests, throttled by corporate horsepower, campaign for its survival.
Ex-Im loans have inspired a lot of loyalty over the years, and many billion-dollar companies have come to take great comfort from receiving taxpayer backing. Ex-Im’s process of determining which industries are worthy of taxpayer-backed support is not only notoriously subjective, but prone to manipulation and corporate favoritism. Well-connected special interests and campaign allies line up to petition Ex-Im’s assistance, rendering the loaning process a breeding ground for corruption.
The House Committee on Ways and Means voted today to refer former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) official Lois Lerner to the Department of Justice for criminal prosecution. Lerner has been at the center of the IRS controversy
of targeting conservative groups for their political beliefs. Politico PRO reports (sub. req’d):
In an extremely rare, closed-door Ways and Means markup, the panel voted along party lines to send a letter to Justice, requesting it take the former head of the IRS tax-exempt division to court — though the Department already has an ongoing investigation on the matter.
Cellulosic ethanol, a form of non-food based fuel produced from sources such as algae, wood chips, and corn stover, is not a likely topic of dinner table discussion. But as taxpayers, whether we were aware of it or not, we have been involved in attempts to produce it for many years.
Why? The Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Debbie StabenowSenate Democrat Average0% is convinced it’s a central part of becoming energy independent and lowering our gas prices at the pump.
As conservatives, we obviously support equal pay for men and women. The Heritage Foundation explains
the so-called Paycheck Fairness Act, which the Senate is set to vote on today, could harm women and all workers:
It Could Hurt Women’s Employment Prospects. What those who support the act don’t tell you is how it would burden employers with additional liability and regulations. Such increased regulation, in turn, could reduce the number of jobs available for women.
Sometimes politicians use people as props. President Obama has done it before, and he did it again tonight on Twitter. The White House Twitter account tweeted out a picture of Mr. Obama with his daughters, Sasha and Malia, along with a quote from Mr. Obama saying, “I’ve got two daughters and I expect them to be treated like anybody’s sons.” He was speaking in reference to equal pay for women.