The function of Ex-Im is to subsidize businesses that export American products. The major problem with this agency comes from the fact that a big bulk of Ex-Im funds go to huge, wealthy companies, such as the Ex-Im's largest beneficiary Boeing, which in 2013 received 30 percent of its loans and guarantees.
Once there was a far away garden which yielded little joy. Predator plants thrived and crowded out and extinguished any notion of flowering beauty and hope. All of its seasons were as if winter followed winter, and it seemed that little resembling beauty would ever bloom.
I want to buy a house. Would you be willing to loan me $250,000 for 30 years at 4.25 percent? Your answer is crucially important. Before you answer, keep in mind that you will be taxed on the interest you receive.
Fall, school and back to work. This includes Congress, whose members are set to return to the nation's business next week. Although there are many issues that will compete for their attention, there is one that lays in wait for consideration that simply can't be put off any longer, one that affects every American -- fixing America's broken mental health system.
The changing climate is forcing species into tough choices: adapt at record speeds to warming temperatures, die off, or invade new territory.
Confidence in institutions, particularly government, is dipping dangerously low. If it goes much further we may end up in an unbreakable spiral whereby America becomes a helpless, passive entity in the world. Rather than wallow in our pessimism or aim for small, incremental solutions, we need to do things that captivate people's minds.
Indeed, it has long been U.S. government policy to encourage home buying among young adults, especially by providing favorable tax subsidies for homebuyers in the form of the famous mortgage interest deduction.
Despite the success of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, America is not benefiting from its full potential. The law allows for $900 million to be used each year. Only rarely have annual funding levels approached that amount despite it being only a fraction of the billions oil companies pay in in royalties.
There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart, a poet wrote, and as this year's summer winds toward its end and elections approach, gratitude is indeed what our politicians have flowing from that space where their hearts should be.
I hope that all of this suggests that we are arriving at a tipping point and are ready to do the hard work necessary to take back our democracy and our government.
Too many children and families live in fear of losing their loved ones because of our broken immigration system.
This past Labor Day, President Barack Obama once again reminded us why Congress must increase the federal minimum wage. In America, the land of opportunity, no one who works 40 hours per week should be struggling to raise a family. Yet that is exactly what is happening.
Politicians like data. But trends are a different story -- harder to confuse and more difficult to misapply, trends can spell out dire predictions for even the most data-toting politicians. And today's trends reveal a most moribund frontier in congressional deal-making: the end of moderate politics.
We can let politics, pundits and ambivalence on strategy rule us, or we can live by our words and our moral conviction to do right by those who depend on us.