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Pollsters have convinced Democrats that they'll win the government shutdown fight, so President Obama is doing all he can to create the impression that the republic is in peril because 800,000 nonessential federal employees won't come to the office today. This insults the intelligence of ordinary Americans who are more concerned that the private economy has been shut down for the past four years.
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If the Republicans don't stop concentrating their energies and salvos on a lame-duck president, as well as feudin', fussin' and fightin' among themselves, they may wish, at a minimum, to review the history of the Whigs, their predecessor party.
Ordinarily, a question of whether to reauthorize the U.S. Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) and increase its loan limit would be about as uncontroversial a proposition as one could find on Capitol Hill. Ex-Im Bank provides an important counterpart to the government-guaranteed loans our international competitors use to encourage their industries' exports. And it makes money for the Treasury.