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Yes To Reauthorizing The Export-Import Bank

Monday, April 27, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

I am in D.C. for two weeks on a variety of tasks on the Hill having to do with getting ready for the 2016 news cycle and presidential campaign.  Along with catching up with D.C. friends from left to right –with many of them in the studio next week–  I will be able to nag every Republican Member of the House and Senate I see on the need to re-authorize the Export Import Bank.

I am not now, nor have I ever been a lobbyist, but “Ex Im” is very much a part of the nation’s soft-power arsenal, and it helps American manufacturing enter and stay in emerging markets while assisting American companies from large ones like Boeing to very small ones compete on a level playing field with heavily subsidized foreign entities, including some from our near-peer adversaries in the world.  As a matter of national security, Ex Im should be reauthorized. (I have been writing and speaking about this for a long time –here’s a column on the subject from 2012.)

Some conservatives think Ex Im is “crony capitalism,” the all purpose term for government spending, but from Hamilton to Lincoln to Reagan, Republicans who support U.S. manufacturing, exports, and global leadership support the programs like Ex Im which make it possible.

One of my law partners, Dan Renberg, was on the Board of Ex Im from 1999-2003 and he joined me in studio Monday to review the issue and I’ll return to it often before the deadline for re-authorization of Ex Im approaches by the end of June.  In the meantime, get on the horn to your congressmen and senators and urge them to support another tool in the box needed to rebuild American leadership in ther world.

Here’s my interview with Dan Renberg:

Audio:

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Transcript:

HH: One of the guys I was in Dallas with is Dan Renberg, who is in the studio with me here in Washington, D.C. And in casual conversation, he says to me he was on the board of directors of the Export-Import Bank. And I dragged him over the studio today, because one of the things I’m here to do is to nag every Republican I find to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank. And I did not know Dan, who is the co-leader of the Arent Fox government relations department, I had no idea he did this. Dan Renberg, welcome to the Hugh Hewitt Show.

DR: Thank you so much, Hugh. I appreciate the opportunity.

HH: Well, it’s great. Now first of all, tell people your experience on the Hill and how you came to end up running Ex-Im from, I think, what, 1999-2003 you were on the board?

DR: I was on the board, yes. Thank you, Hugh. First of all, let me just say that I was not running it. We had a president and vice president and all that, but I was a member of the board of directors, appointed by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. It was a wonderful opportunity to do public service. And I came there from, almost straight from the Hill. Continue Reading

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Jake Tapper On His New Duties At “State of the Union,” Nepal, Baltimore, and WHCA

Monday, April 27, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Jake Tapper joined me to start today’s program.

Audio:

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Transcript:

HH: I am joined as we begin this week in D.C. and next week in D.C. by Jake Tapper of CNN. Jake, great to have you and what a news day. Let me run down these stories, but first, congratulations, I think, on taking over State of the Union. I guess you’re going to be working 24/7 now.

JT: Yeah, it’s going to be a lot of work, but I’m looking for it. It’s going to be, I mean, look, you know this, it’s, this is going to be a really exciting presidential election ever…it already is. And when the candidacies get up and running, and the campaigns are up and running, it’s going to be even more fun. And to have a role like this, to have a perch like State of the Union. I’m sure it’s much like you feel about your show. It’s an honor, and I’m really looking forward to it. It’s going to be fun. Continue Reading

The 16 For ’16

Monday, April 27, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

I have interviewed 16 different individuals since the start of 2015 who are considering running for the GOP nomination in 2016, and give you an early take on the field in today’s Washington Examiner column.

 

One Reason Christianity Wins

Monday, April 27, 2015  |  posted by John Schroeder

Writing in “The Week,” Damon Linker tells the story of the shunning on a very accomplished young man because he *shudder* supports traditional marriage.  Hardly the first story of its kind (“shunning” is what everyone from photographers to pizza shops have suffered) but Linker points out this  is a bit different:

It’s important to be clear about what’s at stake here. This isn’t about politics or the law. Unlike the recent RFRA disputes in Indiana and Arkansas, it has nothing to do with religious freedom or state power. Anderson has no right to be celebrated on the website of his alma mater. The Friends School of Baltimore can likewise link to or remove a link to anyone it wants for whatever reason.

The controversy is nonetheless important because of what it tells us about the cultural endgame of the gay-rights movement. The reaction of those who raised objections to the link as well as the decision of the head of school to remove the link and offer an abject apology for posting it — both of these are depressing signs that liberal public opinion is evolving in the direction of theological certainties and illiberal forms of intolerance. These so-called liberals want Anderson to be shunned. Expelled from the community. Excommunicated from civilized life. Ostracized from the ranks of the decent.

Linker, a proponent of same-sex marriage, then goes on to argue quite convincingly about why this sort of thing must be stopped.  Read the piece for yourself.  I cannot improve on his argument.  But I do think this story speaks to the cultural superiority of Christianity. Continue Reading

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