Will the Blue Dogs keep Iran from getting American cash?

posted at 2:45 pm on June 15, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Erick Erickson has kept Red State readers abreast of the battle over a $100 billion proposal to bail out the IMF.  The vote on this package got pushed into this week, and the unrest in Iran has given the debate a lot more relevance than just an economic policy.  Erick points out that the IMF and World Bank loans money to Tehran, and a bailout would effectively send American money into the pockets of the mullahs and the Revolutionary Guard:

On March 31, 2009, Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade sent Barack Obama a letter regarding their conversation on “the need to prevent funding from the G-20 package from going to Iran.”

According to Sherman’s letter, “the World Bank has been providing assistance to Iran throughout this decade, and continues to do so as we speak. From 2000-2005, some $1.35 billion was approved for Iran in nine separate loan packages.” Further, Sherman insisted, “Iran should not receive any benefits from any of the institutions – World Bank, IMF or any other multilateral institution – that will be utilized by the G-20 to assist with the global recovery while Tehran insists on violating United Nations Security Council Resolutions concerning its nuclear program.”

You can read Brad Sherman’s letter here (PDF).

Despite the Blue Dogs uniting in 2007 to try to defund Iran and despite the Blue Dogs, via Brad Sherman (one of their own) [see update below -- Ed], expressing concerns over the IMF funding Iran as recently as March 31, 2009, some of them are even still considering voting for H.R. 2346, the 2009 Supplemental Appropriations Act.

With the Iranian regime apparently shooting protesters in the street, approving funding that will wind up in the regime’s pockets is exactly the wrong action to take — even if it made sense otherwise, which it doesn’t.  For this reason, as well as common sense in a period in which we are running up huge deficits and borrowing trillions, we need to stop the IMF bailout.

Erick has a list of contacts for the vote.  Be sure to let your Representative (and Senators) know how you feel — in fact, call them all, Republican or Democrat.

Update: Brad Sherman’s office e-mails us to let us know that Rep. Sherman is not a Blue Dog.  The listing of Blue Dogs can be found here.


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Like the Pumas and the ‘Independents that would help mccain’, the blue dogs are a figment of our imagination. They called Claire McCaskill a blue dog and she is now in lock step with Nan/Harry/obama, licking the democratic boots, not fighting for the people of MO.
I hope we have some democrats that can still think for themselves in the congress, but hope in one hand and sh*t in the other gets you the same thing. A mess.

HornetSting on June 15, 2009 at 2:50 PM

If the Bluedogs do end up helping to pass the funding while the Iranian government are shooting people in the streets, I do hope that the Republicans will try to bring the issue up on the Sunday shows. Or write op-eds about it.

Or, I don’t know, just be vocal about how wrong it is. I’m sure that is too much to expect, but it would be nice.

myrenovations on June 15, 2009 at 2:51 PM

HornetSting on June 15, 2009 at 2:50 PM

Well said.

ladyingray on June 15, 2009 at 2:51 PM

HornetSting on June 15, 2009 at 2:50 PM
Well said.

ladyingray on June 15, 2009 at 2:51 PM

Thank you, my FB friend.

HornetSting on June 15, 2009 at 2:52 PM

Could that IMF cash have been one of Obama’s carrots to the mullahs before his Iran policy imploded on Friday?

elduende on June 15, 2009 at 2:52 PM

HornetSting on June 15, 2009 at 2:50 PM

That isn’t “hope” in that other hand either.

upinak on June 15, 2009 at 2:57 PM

To a certain extent, Iran is a red herring in this debate. The larger more relevant question is why should the US be providing bailout money overseas when we are so far in debt it will be a burden on our great grandkids. This is not a good return on investment for American taxpayer and should be stopped no matter what is going on in Iran.

highhopes on June 15, 2009 at 2:57 PM

HornetSting on June 15, 2009 at 2:50 PM
That isn’t “hope” in that other hand either.

upinak on June 15, 2009 at 2:57 PM

Smells like moonbat. :)

HornetSting on June 15, 2009 at 2:58 PM

Brilliant. Impose sanctions and then provide the IMF money to bail them out. Of course, with French and Chinese petroleum contracts, the sanctions are a joke anyway but still…

ProfessorMiao on June 15, 2009 at 2:58 PM

Smells like moonbat. :)

HornetSting on June 15, 2009 at 2:58 PM

So THAT is what poo smells like!

upinak on June 15, 2009 at 2:59 PM

To a certain extent, Iran is a red herring in this debate. The larger more relevant question is why should the US be providing bailout money overseas when we are so far in debt it will be a burden on our great grandkids. This is not a good return on investment for American taxpayer and should be stopped no matter what is going on in Iran.

highhopes on June 15, 2009 at 2:57 PM

+Infinity!

HornetSting on June 15, 2009 at 2:59 PM

Well, seeing as how the infamous Blue Dogs did’t lift a finger to stop Obama from releasing terrorists from Gitmo, I doubt they’ll give a crap about looting the treasury again to donate to terrorists.

jeff_from_mpls on June 15, 2009 at 2:59 PM

Attention banks of the World! Line up to be bailed out with useless U.S. currency!

I might just be misunderstanding what’s going on.

shick on June 15, 2009 at 3:02 PM

With the amount of oil Iran has, why is anyone sending them aid money.

MarkTheGreat on June 15, 2009 at 3:02 PM

Global bankruptcies smells like an opportunity for a global takeover.

shick on June 15, 2009 at 3:04 PM

Lip Service before elections.

LSUMama on June 15, 2009 at 3:04 PM

Line up to be bailed out with useless U.S. currency!

shick on June 15, 2009 at 3:02 PM

Who said anything about currency? We should pay out in Chevy and other Government Motors related products.

highhopes on June 15, 2009 at 3:06 PM

Who said anything about currency? We should pay out in Chevy and other Government Motors related products.

highhopes on June 15, 2009 at 3:06 PM

Let them eat Chevette?

shick on June 15, 2009 at 3:08 PM

Let ‘em eat oil.

GarandFan on June 15, 2009 at 3:08 PM

Who said anything about currency? We should pay out in Chevy and other Government Motors related products.

highhopes on June 15, 2009 at 3:06 PM

I meant. Let them eat Vega.

shick on June 15, 2009 at 3:09 PM

Could that IMF cash have been one of Obama’s carrots to the mullahs before his Iran policy imploded on Friday?

elduende on June 15, 2009 at 2:52 PM

That wouldn’t surprise me. Liberals always believe that throwing money at people will solve the problem.

As far as Barry’s stance toward Iran is concerned I don’t see why anyone is surprised. After attending the TUCC for 20 years it makes sense that any regime which instigates its citizens to chant, “Death to America!” would be much to his liking.

Cody1991 on June 15, 2009 at 3:13 PM

Why are conservative democrats still called Blue Dogs, even tho Russert arbitrarily changed the blue/red dynamic that has represented conservative/liberal affiliation for hundreds of years?

Beoir on June 15, 2009 at 3:17 PM

Global bankruptcies smells like an opportunity for a global takeover.

shick on June 15, 2009 at 3:04 PM

I just got a flashback of Leo Decrapio on the front of the Titanic yelling “I’m the king of the world!!!!”. Kind of fitting, our inept president, the Titanic.

*Vomits a little in mouth*

HornetSting on June 15, 2009 at 3:17 PM

Iran is a cavity that just keeps getting deeper and wider. A car crash in slow motion since the Seventies, that nobody is doing anything about. Iran will lead to a world war, and if anyone is left to write about it, the story will be about how the world watched for decades and did zero. Moments keeping presenting themselves where action can be applied and missed. Now that we have the worse elected leadership in our history, Iran once again grows stronger and more determined in our weakness.

Hening on June 15, 2009 at 3:27 PM

If the Bluedogs do end up helping to pass the funding while the Iranian government are shooting people in the streets, I do hope that the Republicans will try to bring the issue up on the Sunday shows. Or write op-eds about it.

Or, I don’t know, just be vocal about how wrong it is. I’m sure that is too much to expect, but it would be nice.

myrenovations on June 15, 2009 at 2:51 PM

I don’t think the Republicans are being nearly vocal enough on any subject. I’ve concluded (out of desperation) that they’re holding back while certain things unfold – things they didn’t have the power to stop regardless – and will follow up a something VERY major that will point out Obama’s failures one after another…after another…after another.

Oink on June 15, 2009 at 3:34 PM

HornetSting on June 15, 2009 at 2:50 PM

We aren’t going to agree with Blue Dogs on much, and there may be only very few principled ones (as opposed to the ones that turn Blue Dog in tight elections), but there are a few we can work with on certain issues, e.g. Joe Lieberman and health care reform and the Iran crisis.

As Obama’s chickens come home to roost, there will be more finger-in-the-wind Blue Dogs moving our way for cover in 2010. I think we should be very wary of those, even if we choose to ally with them on this or that. However, let’s not kick all Blue Dogs because even just a few might come in very handy to restrain the Obamanation. And he needs to be restrained as much as possible.

Keep your eyes on the prize!

Loxodonta on June 15, 2009 at 3:37 PM

Sizable majorities of Democrats (65 percent), Republicans (78 percent) and independents (61 percent) agree Obama should be tougher on North Korea. Among those voters who backed Obama in the 2008 presidential election, 59 percent say he has not been tough enough.

Claude Rains is getting a lot of work these days.

Did anybody really believe BHO was gonna be “tough” on anybody?

mankai on June 15, 2009 at 3:39 PM

Did anybody really believe BHO was gonna be “tough” on anybody?

mankai on June 15, 2009 at 3:39 PM

Some of the mods and R’s he fooled into voting for him.

artist on June 15, 2009 at 3:42 PM

Did anybody really believe BHO was gonna be “tough” on anybody?

Only our allies and conservatives.

He does definitely have it in him. He just plays for the other team or at the very least does not play for the USA team.

jukin on June 15, 2009 at 3:47 PM

Why does the IMF need a bailout? Secondly, we have no money.

darwin on June 15, 2009 at 4:08 PM

Bluedogs are like “moderates”…misnomers.

SouthernGent on June 15, 2009 at 4:11 PM

Why does the IMF need a bailout? Secondly, we have no money.

darwin on June 15, 2009 at 4:08 PM

Oh, there you go trying to make sense.

/sarc

Oink on June 15, 2009 at 4:44 PM

We are broke and borrowing from China, et al, while lending money to left wing international agencies to give to Iran, sending money to China to fight global warming and more money to China to pay for forced abortions.

Makes no sense to me…

Laurence on June 15, 2009 at 4:50 PM

It is very clear just about everywhere in the world and throughout history, that economic development and growth leads to democracy and freedoms. The people leading the effort to liberalize Iran are the affluent, educated people. Those supporting the Mullahs and the hardline element tend to be the poorer, uneducated people from the countryside. One of the reasons why the Arab world and the Middle East generally is so full of autocratic and outright dictatorships you need look no further than the lack of economic development. Take out oil and the region is worse than Africa.

If you think that making the population of Iran poorer or keeping the poor in Iran poor will help the cause of democracy and liberalize Iran you are wrong. It serves to hinder growth, democracy, and basic freedoms.

lexhamfox on June 15, 2009 at 5:26 PM

Tomorrow, the phone calls begin! What in Gods name, is the sense in this? We’re essentially funding their nuke program, so they can turn around, and aim one at Israel, or us? That’s insane!!!

capejasmine on June 15, 2009 at 6:07 PM

Will the Blue Dogs keep Iran from getting American cash?

No

JeffinSac on June 15, 2009 at 7:55 PM

The turbans are wrapped way to tight, cutting off the blood supply to the brain. This is the only reason I could come up with for their actions of late.

MSGTAS on June 16, 2009 at 10:25 AM

If the Bluedogs do end up helping to pass the funding while the Iranian government are shooting people in the streets, I do hope that the Republicans will try to bring the issue up on the Sunday shows. Or write op-eds about it.

Or, I don’t know, just be vocal about how wrong it is. I’m sure that is too much to expect, but it would be nice.

myrenovations on June 15, 2009 at 2:51 PM

Sorry,but it won’t happen. The D.C. Republicans are getting ready for the Country Club Summer Cotillion Dance.
Invitations, party favors, buffet menu, the band, and of course, picking out one’s wardrobe for the event.
So many things to do. (For the people of course.)

Jeff from WI on June 16, 2009 at 10:33 AM