Our parents taught us to live by our principles. They also intended us to practice good common sense, something learned slowly over time. If politics is the art of compromise, then it is unsurprising that politics is where compromise — and conflicts — between principles and common sense most often occur.
Critics of the Ex-Im Bank insist they have principles on their side in their argument to eliminate this tiny but significant U.S. government agency. I wish they were using common sense instead.