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04.17.2012 0

End the Corporate Welfare of the Export-Import Bank

Anti Ecport-Import BankMEMO FOR THE MOVEMENT

RE: The reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank of the United States before the Bank’s current authority expires at the end of May. The Obama administration aided by politically connected corporations is seeking an extension of the Ex-Im Bank’s reauthorization and a major expansion of its borrowing capacity.

ACTION: With the Federal government saddled with trillion dollars in deficits and debt the Export-Import Bank should be neither expanded nor reauthorized. We urge all organizations and individuals concerned about the size of the federal government to issue op-eds, alerts, blog posts, releases, and other communications warning about the implications of reauthorizing of the Export-Import Bank.  Time is short, therefore please do not delay.

ISSUE-IN-BRIEF:  The EX-IM was a “New Deal” program created during the Roosevelt administration for the purpose of making loans to the Soviet Union. It became an independent agency in 1945 expanding its reach and since then has doled out hundreds of billions of dollars with very little accountability.

  • The free-market objection to this government entity is that the Ex-Im Bank is a government subsidy to certain companies with influential friends favored by the federal government—picking private-sector winners and losers.
  • While it has allegedly been self-financing for a number of years—much like Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac—taxpayers remain exposed to tens of billions of dollars of loans and guarantees.  (FYI…the Bank sought a $3 billion bailout in 1987 because of mismanagement of funds)
  •  In fiscal year 2009, Ex-Im guaranteed $8.4 billion of loans to a single company—Boeing—an astounding 90% of Ex-Im’s entire loan guarantees that year.
  •  In fiscal year 2010 Boeing was awarded $6.4 billion in loan guarantees—63% of the total of Ex-Im loan guarantees for that year.
  • The bankrupt company Solyndra benefited from a $10.3 million loan guarantee from Ex-Im’s “Renewable Express” program, which was created to specifically aid the renewable energy industry

For Additional Information on the Export-Import Bank please click on the links below:

U.S. Government’s Ex-Im Bank Gave 44% of Its Financing to Just 3 Companies:

VIDEO: Export-Import Bank Linked to Mexican Drug Cartels – WFAA-TV Channel 8 (Source)

VIDEO: Fraud and Losses at the Ex-Im Bank – WFAA-TV Channel 8 (Source)

VIDEO: Senator Obama Was Correct – The Ex-Im Bank Is Corporate Welfare – Brian Darling, (Source)


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