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Welp, if you wanted a subject to calm the country down after a week of horrible news, from ISIS to Ferguson, Missouri, I doubt you could pick a more national nap-inducing topic than President Obama did for this morning's weekly address: the Export-Import Bank. Still, if you care about jobs, it matters, according to Obama:
Its sole mission is to create American jobs. That’s it. It helps many American entrepreneurs take that next step and take their small business global. But next month, its charter will expire – unless Members of Congress do their job and reauthorize it.  

Now, past Congresses have done this 16 times, always with support from both parties. Republican and Democratic Presidents have supported the bank, too. This time around shouldn’t be any different. Because the bank works. It’s independent. It pays for itself.  But if Congress fails to act, thousands of businesses, large and small, that sell their products abroad will take a completely unnecessary hit.

As is often the case in his weekly addresses, Obama calls for citizens to let their congressional reps know that they want this authorization passed.
If you’re a small business owner or employee of a large business that depends on financing to tackle new markets and create new jobs, tell them to quit treating your business like it’s expendable, and start treating it for what it is: vital to America’s success. Tell them to do their jobs – keep America’s exports growing, and keep America’s recovery going.
To read the transcript in full, check below the fold or visit the White House website.

Video Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
The White House
Saturday, August 23, 2014

Hi, everybody. Nearly six years after the worst financial crisis of our lifetimes, our businesses have added nearly 10 million new jobs over the past 53 months. That’s the longest streak of private-sector job creation in our history. And we’re in a six-month streak with our economy creating at least 200,000 new jobs each month – the first time that’s happened since 1997.

Thanks to the decisions we made to rescue and rebuild our economy, and your hard work and resilience, America is leading again. Areas like manufacturing, energy, technology, and autos are all booming. And here’s the thing: we’re selling more goods Made in America to the rest of the world than ever before. American exports are at an all-time high.

Over the past five years, we’ve worked hard to open new markets for our businesses, and to help them compete on a level playing field in those markets. And we’ve broken records for exports four years running. Last year, our exports supported more than 11 million American jåobs – about 1.6 million more than when I took office. They’re good jobs that typically pay about 15% more than the national average. And more small businesses are selling their goods abroad than ever before – nearly 300,000 last year alone.

We should be doing everything we can to accelerate this progress, not stall it.

One place to start is by supporting something called the U.S. Export-Import Bank. Its sole mission is to create American jobs. That’s it. It helps many American entrepreneurs take that next step and take their small business global. But next month, its charter will expire – unless Members of Congress do their job and reauthorize it.  

Now, past Congresses have done this 16 times, always with support from both parties. Republican and Democratic Presidents have supported the bank, too. This time around shouldn’t be any different. Because the bank works. It’s independent. It pays for itself.  But if Congress fails to act, thousands of businesses, large and small, that sell their products abroad will take a completely unnecessary hit.

Small business owners have had to overcome a lot these past several years. We all saw local businesses close their doors during the crisis. And in the past few years, we’ve seen more and more open their doors and do their part to help lead America’s comeback. At the very least, they deserve a Congress that doesn’t stand in the way of their success.

Your members of Congress are home this month. If you’re a small business owner or employee of a large business that depends on financing to tackle new markets and create new jobs, tell them to quit treating your business like it’s expendable, and start treating it for what it is: vital to America’s success. Tell them to do their jobs – keep America’s exports growing, and keep America’s recovery going.

Thanks, and have a great weekend.

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Originally posted to Daily Kos on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 07:00 AM PDT.

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  •  They will not approve it (5+ / 0-)

    They will do absolutely nothing that may help the economy and make Obama look good.

    OTOH, I take it that Obama had to say this because they word was out that they wanted to scuttle the Ex-Im Bank.  So bye-ye Ex-Im.

    Their record is scratched and it keeps saying "lower the deficit".

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    by Shockwave on Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 03:00:59 PM PDT

  •  I can't see Export-Import without thinking of this (0+ / 0-)

  •  Republicans; "SURE we'll re-authorize it... " (1+ / 0-)
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    BelgianBastard

    "If you agree to REPEAL OBAMACARE!!"

    "Or a few other despicable poison pills we decide to attach to it. And if it's not passed - it's OBAMA'S FAULT!!"

    The DKOS oath; The cake is a lie, there is only Pie. Through Pie I gain calories. Through calories I gain fat. Through fat I gain a belly. Through my belly, my belt is broken. Sweatpants shall free me!

    by Fordmandalay on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 07:05:29 AM PDT

  •  This is a much bigger deal than it looks (5+ / 0-)

    Not only organized (and unorganized) labor is concerned about it.  This is considered a big, big deal by the US Chamber of Commerce and the Business Roundtable.  And the Republican revolt against it is simply unprecedented.  The sense of shock on the part of big business appears to be palpable on this one; they really didn't think Republican conservatives would get this fundamentalist and this nihilist.  The rodeo tiger has bucked its rider, so to speak.

    Quite possibly it marks the beginning of a potentially dangerous moment for progressives -- the point at which big business pivots from Republican to Democrat.  While it's good to see this turkey of a Republican Party self-immolating, we need to make sure that the Dems don't become more corporately inclined than they already are.  Chicago mayors Harold Washington or Richard J. Daley would be a useful model -- in other words, co-opt the business community, don't be like too many of today's Dems (e.g two other Chicago mayors, Richard M. Daley in every respect and Rahm Emanuel to an extreme on education policy) and be co-opted by it.

    •  That would be a good thing. (2+ / 0-)
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      If the Dems picked up more pro-business backing, that could so severely damage the GOP that it would make it a tiny opposition party. In which case the Democratic Party would have great divisions, but at least we would have a functioning government capable of doing things. Business interests are always going to have a seat at the table, so it might as well be as part of the Democratic Party. From an economic performance perspective, the Dems are already distancing themselves from the GOP, and the Tea Party movement is scaring the crap out of business. The two main points of conflict that remain between the Dems and business are taxes and regulation. But tax rates are not that important if you don't make any profits.

  •  Should it be reauthorized? (4+ / 0-)
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    hmi, eyo, Sparhawk, Liberal Thinking

    II don't know anything about theblaze, but I suspect this headline is correct:

    Obama Wanted to End This ‘Corporate Welfare’ Program When He Campaigned. Now He Wants Congress to Reauthorize It.
    Or this from newamerican:
    Crony Capitalists Rally for ExImBank Subsidies to Mega-Corporations
    I'm suspicious of the bank, especially when I see Obama using words and phrases like "entrepreneurs" and "small business".  Small business?  I doubt it.

    It does seem odd, however, that the Repubs, including its Tea Party core, would latch onto this, as they've long been big fans of corporate welfare.

    I am become Man, the destroyer of worlds

    by tle on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 07:11:41 AM PDT

    •  If it has the word "Bank" in it, (0+ / 0-)

      a certain proportion of people on the left and on the right are going to be against it, whatever "it" is.

      •  With good reason. (1+ / 0-)
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        hmi

        In this case, I found a brief item on wiki:

        The Bank has come under criticism for favoring special interests ahead of those of the U.S. taxpayer. These interests include that of heavily subsidized corporations such as Boeing or Enron as well as those of well-connected foreign governments and nationals (such as a 1996 $120 million low-interest loan to the China National Nuclear Power Corporation (CNNP)).   65% of loan guarantees over 2007 and 2008 went to companies purchasing Boeing aircraft.  In 2012, the Bank's loan guarantees became even more skewed, with 82 percent of them going to Boeing customers.
        Boeing is certainly no "small business", nor, I expect, are most of its customers.  As for Enron, we all know what what thieving bastards they were.  Also not a small business.

        I am become Man, the destroyer of worlds

        by tle on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 09:05:43 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Honestly, it seems to me that (1+ / 0-)
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          your total knowledge of the Ex-Im bank and all that it does is limited. These are complex things and require that we send people to Washington who truly understand their nature. If Barack Obama thinks it is important, and the Tea Party wants to kill it, I think those of us with little actual knowledge should probably go with Obama and the Democrats over Sarah Palin and the Tea Party.

          •  True, my knowledge is limited. (1+ / 0-)
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            So what?  I'm not going to give Obama a pass just because a powerful gang of psychos happen to oppose this particular action.  For all I know, the Repubs are opposed because Boeing is now based in Chicago.   ( Obamaland!)

            If I get around to grading a vote on reauthorization, I'll dig deeper.  For now, I just know that I'm not about to base my evaluation solely on who supports or opposes it.

            I am become Man, the destroyer of worlds

            by tle on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 10:04:50 AM PDT

            [ Parent ]

  •  If he wants... (3+ / 0-)
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    eyo, gramofsam1, birdboy2000

    [republicans] in Congress to re-authorize the I-E B, perhaps the President should have suggested that they oppose its re-authorization.

    "These 'Yet To Be' United States" --James Baldwin-- -6.75, -5.78

    by kevinbr38 on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 07:12:58 AM PDT

  •  Ooops, Glenn Beck Has Killed The IEB (1+ / 0-)
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    CJB2012

    The IEB has some mystical importance to them.  Also its what they are refering to when they say Obama gave money to Brazilian oil companies!  Glenn Beck says it's China and George Soros!  I guess there's a global China-Jew conspiracy

    There is also an obscure line in the continuity of government plans that in case the federal government is literally nuked, the IEB takes on the function of the Federal Reserve.

    http://www.snopes.com/...

    This is a perfect example why many refrain from watching the news on ABC, NBC, CBS, or MSNBC.

    Today on a segment of the "Glen Beck Show" on FOX (Fox Cable News) was the following:

    "Today, even though President Obama is against off shore drilling for our country, he signed an executive order to loan 2 Billion of our taxpayers dollars to a Brazilian Oil Exploration Company (which is the 8th largest company in the entire world) to drill for oil off the coast of Brazil!

    The oil that comes from this operation is for the sole purpose and use of China and NOT THE USA! Now here's the real clincher... the Chinese

    government is under contract to purchase all the oil that this oil field will produce, which is hundreds of millions of barrels of oil". We have absolutely no gain from this transaction whatsoever!

    Wait, it gets more interesting. Guess who is the largest individual stockholder of this Brazilian Oil Company and who would benefit most from this? It is American BILLIONAIRE, George Soros, who was one of President Obama's most generous financial supporter during his campaign.

    If you are able to connect the dots and follow the money, you are probably as upset as I am. Not a word of this transaction was broadcast on any of the other news networks!

    Forward this factual e-mail to others who care about this country and where it is going. Also, let all of your Government representatives know how you feel about this. Is this the kind of "transparency" you want from your government?
    Read more at http://www.snopes.com/...

    Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness. -Pascal

    by bernardpliers on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 07:22:19 AM PDT

  •  they McConnell hijacked Senate... (1+ / 0-)
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    ....wouldn't approve anything our president proposes, even if it was about spending $100 million to build "a bridge to nowhere" in his home state of Kentucky with his name inscribed in gold bullion. The visceral hatred this man has boiling in his belly for Obama is as plain as a bowl of cold three days old oatmeal. And just as rancid.

    "I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast, for I intend to go in harm's way." John Paul Jones

    by ImpeachKingBushII on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 07:24:21 AM PDT

  •  Setting up a shutdown fight. (0+ / 0-)

    "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 07:25:06 AM PDT

    •  I don't think the Im/Ex Bank fight will directly (0+ / 0-)

      lead to a shutdown fight but given Boehner's complete lack of control of his Caucus, I won't be surprised if Cruz spearheads another shutdown attempt next month. Pragmatic Republicans know a shutdown a month before the elections would completely change the dynamics, taking the Senate out of play for the GOP and giving Democrats a chance in the House but Cruz and the other hardliners that blew up Boehner's border bill could care less about being pragmatic. The bottem line for them is that in order to keep the government running, they'll have to vote for something Obama will actually sign right before an election. If the majority of House Republicans side with the extremists, I doubt Boehner will pass a funding bill using Democratic support since he is obviously only concerned with keeping his Speakership.

      Let's not let 2014 be anything like 2010. Republicans only win when we stay home!

      by Tim D M on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 07:53:50 AM PDT

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  •  Incredibly tone deaf (4+ / 0-)
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    After the events of the past few weeks, this is what he broke his golf vacation to tell us needs to happen ASAP? Running out the clock...

    And no, this isn't identical to some comment you thought you heard someone tell you they think they heard someone might have posted on RedState, and enough with the He's Doing His Best Just Leave Obama Alone idiocy.

    The country and world have got some really serious problems, some of which it's his job to at least TRY to make better, and he's out playing golf for weeks on end and talking about bread and butter issues.

    And to the extent that he is doing his best, he's doing an AWFUL job of communicating that to a public that's largely given up on him.

    But hey, his handicap is much improved so there's that.

    "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

    by kovie on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 07:54:19 AM PDT

    •  I guess you missed (7+ / 0-)

      his return to DC in the middle of his vacation (which you appear to think he shouldn't take) to address the issues of ISIS and Ferguson.

      When did a two week vacation with his family become "weeks on end"?

      •  He's always playing golf, not just on vacation (3+ / 0-)
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        limpidglass, hmi, snoopydawg

        I think he decided to give up on an active presidency sometime after the 2010 election, when he finally got how hard it is no matter how likeable you are. Adversity is not something he handles well, and he tends to sidestep it. He's way in over his head for this job, one he was never really suited for.

        A more competent and decent version of Bush, IMO, tempermentally.

        "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

        by kovie on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 08:11:14 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  According to the NY Post, (5+ / 0-)

          he's played 81 rounds of golf since re-election. That's less than once a week, and since the average round of golf takes about four hours, that hardly qualifies as "always".

          I don't play golf, but people who do tell me that it's a great stress reliever, especially for people in high-stress jobs.

        •  Golf is practically a requisite for the job, (6+ / 0-)

          apparently you hadn't noticed.

          It's not even Obama's "roundball" game of choice.

          You seem every bit as preoccupied with Obama's vacation behavior as our msm, & I'm curious...what's your second-favorite game of choice?

          "Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. And don't be attached to the results." -- Angeles Arrien

          by Sybil Liberty on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 08:43:36 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

        •  Puzzling comment: "He's way in over his head for (2+ / 0-)
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          this job, one he was never really suited for"?

          Well, let me see, he only gave tens of millions of people access to healthcare after a century of President's tried, which includes giving women contraceptive care. Which other President did this again???  

          He's way over his head? Well of course, he only turned around a spiraling into a second Great Depression economy that was shedding 800, 000 jobs a month on average after the last President wrecked it, and helped to save the US car industry.

          Barack Obama has only helped to eradicate DADT and stopped Bin Laden from plotting to blow up American cities and is on course to ending the war in Afghanistan.

          Sure..."he's way over his head." A more than very suspicious comment I have to say.

          •  Your thinly veiled implications are wasted on me (2+ / 0-)
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            snoopydawg, DeadHead

            If you have proof of what you're suggesting, then offer it, or else give it a rest with the canned talking points and referring to Obama like he's some comical superhero akin to Lincoln, Washington and FDR combined already.

            "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

            by kovie on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 10:40:11 AM PDT

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            •  My implications aren't veiled, they are stated (2+ / 0-)
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              anshmishra, gramofsam1

              clearly.... Your statement that this President, who has done more than most Presidents in the history of this nation, is WAY OVER HIS HEAD smacks of idiocy, and, in light of the President's accomplishments, so without merit it is not even laughable.

              This is a characterization that is frequently used by individuals on the Right as a way of glancing derisively at this President as one who is inferior.  Sarah Palin has been using this argument to dismiss Barack Obama ever since he first entered office. Here she is in 2010.

              “I think he’s quite complacent, and I think he’s in over his head, and he has poor advisers around him. And I think he’s really in flux when it comes to what his governing philosophy really is,” she said.

              “Some of this, though, is a result of him not having much experience,” added Palin, who left the governor’s office halfway through her first term.

              Palin blamed a “complicit media” and voters who did not demand that Obama be fully “vetted” during the presidential campaign.

              Now, I can actually give Sarah Palin a pass considering she made her idiotic statement a year into the President's term and did not have the beneficial view of the future to weigh her instinctively condescending comments against this President's record of giving millions of individuals healthcare, saving the economy that her "superior" Republican president  wrecked, or helping to dismantle a law that oppressed gay Americans in the military that a Democratic president, supposedly not over his head, codified, or even saving the U.S. car industry that was about to be eradicated, or the passing of Wall Street reform which Elizabeth Warren called:
              the strongest set of Wall Street reforms in three generations.
              Rachel Maddow addressed Wall Street Reform and the President's record in one of her earlier episodes:
              It turns out that a lot of things that have happened in the less than two years of this administration are the biggest or first or most important in generations. On the occasion of the Wall Street reform announcement today, Taegan Goddard at 'CQ Politics' wrote, 'Not since FDR has a president done so much to transform this country.'
              She continued:
              Even before today`s historic Wall Street reform agreement, President Obama, of course, did what politicians have been trying to do for more than 60 years. He passed health reform, which, for the first time, establishes government responsibility for the health care of American citizens.

              Consider also the stimulus bill. It didn`t just throw a lasso around our entire economy and yank and yank it back from the brink. It also pumped about $100 billion into the crumbling embarrassment of our national infrastructure and transportation system.

              And:
              The list of legislative accomplishments of this president in half a term even before energy reform which he`s probably going to get to is, to quote the vice president, 'a big freaking deal.' Love this administration or hate it, this president is getting a lot done. The last time any president did this much in office, booze was illegal. If you believe in policy, if you believe in government that addresses problems, cheers to that. Good night.
              You are quite different than Sarah Palin, in that you stared into the face of the President's record of accomplishments to opine condescendingly that:
              He's way in over his head for this job, one he was never really suited for
              Your ridiculously false and condescending statement has no integrity whatsoever. Still, it is to be expected, Obama hatred has never adhered to truth or logic.
              •  There is only one idiot in this "discussion" (0+ / 0-)

                You disgust me, in ways you'll never be able to comprehend, being, well, you.

                I also pity you, also in ways you can never comprehend. You are so much more like the sycophants on the other side you pretend to loath than, well, you can ever comprehend. And, again, your nonsense is wasted on me.

                Now go to Starbucks.

                "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

                by kovie on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 08:42:43 PM PDT

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                •  You have nothing do you? Absolutely nothing. You (0+ / 0-)

                  want to know what's disgusting? This:

                  He's way in over his head for this job, one he was never really suited for
                  That's disgusting. You know how much denial of reality and how much hate it takes for someone to look at a President who passed a healthcare law which is now benefiting at least a hundred million people, and saved the U.S economy from a second Great Depression and claim such a President is "Way over his head" and in a job "he was never really suited for"?

                   I know what it took for Sarah Palin, a woman who couldn't even finish her term in office, to say it. What does it take for you?

                  You don't even know what disgust is. Let me show you....

                  Read your words....

        •  Load of nonsense (1+ / 0-)
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          First off, averaging a game of golf a week is hardly "always playing golf" -- this just seems like a parroting of the nonsense coming from the right, without any actual basis in reality.

          Second, the idea that he gave up on "an active presidency" is also nonsense -- he's accomplished plenty in that time since you say he gave up, including staring down the Republicans on their government shutdown over the ACA last fall, a very successful reelection effort, and a fair amount of activity on executive orders.

          While he's not perfect (there are certainly times I wish he were more aggressive, and I think he is not all that good at working with the congress -- he's perhaps a bit of an introvert compared to what is ideal in a president), I'd certainly not say he is "in over his head".

          If Democrats proclaim the the Earth is round and Republicans insist it is flat, we will shortly see a column in the Washington Post claiming the the earth is really a semi-circle.

          by TexasTom on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 12:05:23 PM PDT

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  •  What does this bank do? (3+ / 0-)
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    Why is it "necessary"?

    (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
    Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

    by Sparhawk on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 08:05:36 AM PDT

    •  Here You Go (0+ / 0-)

      Usually, I expect Wikipedia to answer these kinds of questions, so here is their article on it.

      The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) is the official export credit agency of the United States federal government. It was established in 1934 by an executive order, and made an independent agency in the Executive branch by Congress in 1945, for the purposes of financing and insuring foreign purchases of United States goods for customers unable or unwilling to accept credit risk.
      My problem isn't with the Ex-Im Bank. My problem is that our trade policy is designed to ship jobs out of the country. So, what I want to see, if they are going to reauthorize it, is something that makes it feasible for them to (in Obama's words) "create American jobs".

      That would be an international minimum wage that is sufficient to start bringing jobs back to the U.S. It would also help to raise tariffs (and implement a uniform tariff), although that's not the major problem.

      Right now it is our national policy to hold down wages and move jobs out of the country. That's the effect of our trade policies. The way to reverse that is to concentrate on jobs, and demanding an international minimum wage as a condition of all trade agreements is the primary way to do that.

      •  Re (0+ / 0-)
        the purposes of financing and insuring foreign purchases of United States goods for customers unable or unwilling to accept credit risk.
        What possible business is it of the government's about this matter? If people can't get credit from private banks, why is the USG involved exactly?

        (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
        Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

        by Sparhawk on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 01:42:02 PM PDT

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        •  I Don't Think It's Hard (0+ / 0-)

          If you were selling in a country that didn't have very good financial institutions it might be hard to get financing to cover the import of American goods. Presumably, Em-Im provides the financing, thus making it possible for companies in the U.S. to sell in that country.

          I'm not passing (much) judgment on this. To the degree it helps people retain their jobs here, it's probably worth something. In a lot of cases, I suspect we have this institution so that large companies can sell equipment in places like Iraq. I suspect it's as much political as it is economic, and the largest beneficiary is (as usual) someone who already has a lot of money. But, I suggest researching if you feel you need this answered.

          What would be much more important to me would be to get an international minimum wage out of it, so that we quit leaking jobs all over the world.

  •  It's comical (0+ / 0-)

    With a good chunk of these, whatever the big pressing issue of the week was you can bet this address will be on a totally different topic.

    He was so good being on eves sage when campaigning, but it's almost like his governing message is a little ADHD.

  •  Washington [state of] (2+ / 0-)
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    We export a lot of apples! Our economy depends on trade, exporting and importing through huge port operations, not just in Seattle and Tacoma. Trade is our life's blood.

    When you think Import-Export Bank,think credit union, co-op, community bank; don't think Wall Street. Small businesses need loans to survive & thrive, and to try their hand at exporting their product.

    Washington is the fourth largest exporting state in the United States, after New York, California, and Texas.

    WA Gov. Jay Inslee imposed a moratorium on the death penalty.“Equal justice under the law is the state’s primary responsibility."

    by mrobinson on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 08:38:11 AM PDT

  •  Obama, the comedian (2+ / 0-)
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    CJB2012, anshmishra
    unless Members of Congress do their job and reauthorize it

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