President Obama on Wednesday signed a reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank that would raise its lending authority 40 percent to $140 billion by 2014 and pressed Congress to pass a list of other top White House priorities aimed at creating jobs and boosting the economy.I guess he decided he'd rather have them on his side after all...
Enough Republicans came to the 78-year-old bank’s aid to move the bill to the president’s desk earlier this month after conservatives in Congress assailed it for meddling in the free market.
Increasing the bank’s lending power ensures “that we’re not just known as a nation that consumes,” the president said Wednesday at a signing ceremony. “We’ve got to be a nation that produces.”
Republicans quickly accused the president of hypocrisy, pointing out that he had called the bank “little more than a fund for corporate welfare” during the 2008 campaign and promised to eliminate it.
They also reminded voters that despite Mr. Obama’s longtime disdain for corporate jets and corporate jet owners, the bill includes $1 billion in subsidies for corporate jet manufacturers, which have experienced a steep decline in demand for the jets in recent years.
“I’m sure you all remember the good old corporate jets the president used to rail against on the stump — he must have forgotten about that bright shiny object already because the reauthorization includes $1 billion for corporate jet manufacturers,” a Republican National Committee spokeswoman said in a release. “Goes to show you it’s more rhetoric and less principle when Obama is on the stump.”
As part of his jobs proposal last year, Mr. Obama wanted to raise taxes on corporate jets by shortening the number of years their owners could depreciate their cost from seven to five years, a plan the White House estimated would have raised $3 billion in revenue.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
President Obama, friend of corporations: