The President has nominated former New Jersey congressman Scott Garrett to lead the Export-Import Bank. Garrett has long been a critic of the bank, claiming it fosters crony capitalism. And it does. The institution has gotten corrupt over the years and has frequently structured sweetheart deals that put American industries in disadvantageous positions against foreign competitors.
CNBC is noting that “no one is happy” about this, but that simply is not true. If the President is not going to kill off the Ex-Im Bank, which he should do, the next best thing is to put people in charge of it who are skeptical of it and willing to reform it.
There is no question the Ex-Im Bank needs reform and there is no better person to do it than Scott Garrett. He is, without a doubt, a strong conservative who is unwilling to sell out his principles just to save himself. He will be a leader.
Gorsuch on the Court and Garrett at the Ex-Im Bank are two very, very worthy appointments. Ajit Pai at the FCC is another. These appointees are making incursions into the permanent bureaucratic state and fighting necessary fights or us.