We are much more important to each other than we realize: pivoting to North America can be the way to ensure that in a turbulent 21st century, our three countries are partners in success rather than accomplices in failure.
Conservatives in Congress can find other ways to express their ideology. Their opposition to the Ex-Im bank is irrational and contrary to our national interests. If Congress dumps the bank, it will be a major blow to manufacturing and to our economy.
Out of the top 100 metros, 76 registered record volumes in export. Interestingly, 28 percent of total U.S. exports was attributed to the top ten metropolitan areas in 2012 -- Los Angeles, New York and Houston being the top three respectively.
Government support for globally engaged American businesses is required now, not sometime in the future. The reality of our times is that all exporting countries are targeting the same faster-growing markets and an emerging middle class today, not in the future.
During my extensive travels abroad, it has become abundantly clear to me that "Made in America" means something special. American companies sell innovative, high-quality goods and services that are highly valued around the globe.
While America does not have a royal family to promote its brand, people and products around the world, it does have an untapped resource with its own brand of royal magic: former presidents and first ladies.
The U.S. Export-Import Bank, which helps finance the export of U.S. goods and services that support jobs here at home, is bumping up against its borrowing capacity, which will expire on May 31 unless renewed by Congress.
Exporting is simply not in the American DNA. We need a massive culture shift. While President Obama's national export challenge has garnered much support and attention, the results remain sobering on the ground.