by George Leef
In his latest column, Timothy Carney looks at the growing debate over the Ex-Im Bank, the means by which the government subsidizes exporters. What is particularly interesting is how so many Democrats are coming to the defense of this crony capitalist institution. Some Republicans are defending it too, but quite a lot of opposition is coming from the small-government wing of the GOP. Carney suggests that the GOP take advantage of this to portray (in perfect truth) the Democrats as the party of big government, big institutions, and corporatism.