Conservative groups are gearing up for a fight over the Export-Import Bank, weeks ahead of a deadline to pass a bill to keep the government funded and operating. The heads of two prominent groups — Heritage Action and the Club for Growth — wrote a letter to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California) on Monday urging him to let the bank's charter expire Sept. 30.
Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry on Friday urged Congress to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank's charter, marking a break from many congressional Republican leaders and top Republicans from his own state.
UPDATE: *HOUSE HAS VOTES FOR U.S. AID TO SYRIAN REBELS; VOTE CONTINUING Those sneaky politicians... The House has just begun voting on whether to amend the US Spending Bill to enable funding for Obama's grand strategy of training "moderate Syrian rebels.
WASHINGTON — After years of bitter friction within Republican circles, House Speaker John Boehner is lashing out against hard-line conservative and tea party groups — the latest GOP establishment figure to join the increasingly public battle roiling the party.
There won't be any direct order found telling the IRS to go hassle Conservative groups. That's not the way it works. Obama's style is to "other" groups he does not like, to impugn their motives, and to cast them as pariahs beyond the bounds of civil society. Such and such group, he will say, opposes me not because they have reasonable differences of opinion but because they have nefarious motives. Once a group is labelled and accepted (at least by your political followers) as such, you don't have to order people to harass them.
In one of many pieces of psychoanalysis that have come out this week (because what other way is there to understand House Republicans?), Ross Douthat tries to explain Why The Right Fights. He says they hate the New Deal and the Great Society but are at a total loss for how to roll them back:
Tea Party leaders in Congress are trying to kill the Export-Import Bank of the United States by deceptively depicting it as a taxpayer subsidy. The Ex-Im Bank provides financing for U.S. companies, mostly small businesses, to sell products and services to foreign customers, but doesn’t end up costing taxpayers anything. There are no subsidies, no tax breaks, no financial aid of any sort, and no risk to taxpayers at all. In fact, the Ex-Im pays billions into the U.S. Treasury's general fund every year. There has never before been any opposition to the Ex-Im. Until now.