GOP: The Nattering Nabobs of Negativism

The G.O.P. is rapidly devolving into the Debbie Downer of America. The current circus that is the Republican Presidential Candidate field has earned a reputation for negative campaigning on everything, including each other. To listen to the likes of Santorum, Gingrich, Romney and Paul one would think that America is on the verge of disappearing from the face of the Earth! They offer no positive solutions to any of the numerous problems they constantly complain about. Some of the problems that worry them don’t even exist. You can’t get more negative than that!

Republican Congressmen are no better. Osama bin Laden is finally brought to justice and they say the threat of terrorism is worse now because al-Qaida is non-centralized. The unemployment rate has been dropping steadily and non-government jobs are growing at a rate faster than the last 3 years, but they say the Country is on the verge of becoming another Greece.

So the question to consider is this: is the G.O.P. simply out of touch with reality or have they become the manifestation of Spiro Agnew’s “nattering nabobs of negativism”?

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17 Responses to GOP: The Nattering Nabobs of Negativism

  1. I don’t see the Dems stepping up and doing anything. They are taking money from the Suprer PACS, taking a 9 month vacation to campaign and letting the economy drift Here is what needs to be done.

    1. Prohibit Corporations and Unions From Financing Political Campaigns by Amending The Constitution
    2. Enforce Anti-Trust Laws against Oligopolies & Monopolies!
    3. Bring Our Deficit Under Control and amend tax code!

    The above are long term goals that will eventually bring more equally to the economy. The above goals will not be accomplished overnight and we need to do something that will bring the unemployment rate down now. A good start is President Obama’s jobs bill with some modifications brought about by sound ideas brought about by members of Congress and the Senate.

    The purpose of a jobs bill, or any stimulus package, is not to directly create jobs that will be long lasting. Instead, its purpose is to create temporary jobs that will increase demand for goods and services. This in turn will create an atmosphere where the private sector will create jobs to meet the new demand created by the stimulus. Businesses will add to their work force because their profits will increase because they can sell more products. More: http://goo.gl/yFYDb

  2. InYourFaceNewYorker says:

    My favorite is Newt Gingrich’s claim that if he becomes president he’ll make the moon the 51st state. And yet he wants to cut spending? Idiot.

  3. Mindy Sue Long says:

    I totally agree w/ you Mr. Fieger. I feel like I am costantlyq1iu getting sucked into this right-wing crazy crap. Their are some people who can’t take their blinders off , and listen or read w/ an open mind. But what is the most amazing thing , they are wolves, in sheeps clothe. Just waiting to rip out my throat or anyone else who doesn’t agree, with their negative love. One more thing God rest Jack K. I truely had so much respect for him and still do. I had a special name for him Jack Black. And when people would get to be to much in my hair salon, I would comment someone please call Jack. Thank-you for the listening ear, Mindy Sue Long. Oh yea the majority of time I truely feel like I need an attorney, but I don’t even know how to begin.

  4. Mr. Figer,

    I recently contacted your offices tonight to inquire about representation prior to reading your blog. I must admit that being a Republican I’m somewhat curious if you separate your political beliefs from your work as an attorney. I too use my blog to talk on issues related to politics and I never quite thought about what it meant to have Democrat customers read my Republican rants. I must admit I learned something tonight.

    While I feel that my business services are non-partisan I can’t help but to express myself and even though I may be the best auto mechanic in the state, plus a business owner, I still feel that shouldn’t prevent me from having an opinion.

    I must admit that your views run contrary to my own, and that for the very first time I got some insight into what my Democrat customers might think when they stumble upon my political thoughts.

    I am hoping that just like my concerned Democrat customers this Republican can take comfort in knowing your “The Best” and that regardless the political orientation “The Best” never let something like politics stand in the way of being “The Best”. Would that be a correct assumption on my part?

    All the Best,
    Rex Allen Umney

    P.S. – I called your firm at 11:00’ish on a Sunday night and was totally surprised that a live person answered the phone. I could not believe it! I was actually stumbling for words as I thought for sure I would be leaving a message. Pretty impressive, for a Democrat anyway 😉

  5. “P.S. – I called your firm at 11:00’ish on a Sunday night and was totally surprised that a live person answered the phone.”

    What, you thought that just because he defended Dr. Jack Kevorkian that he had dead people at his firm answering the phone?

    Couldn’t resist… 🙂

  6. InYourFaceNewYorker says:

    Well, some of these Republicans on the far right (not necessarily implying you) seem to labor under the delusion that dead people are simply “living impaired.” No, I’m not talking about people in irreversible coma or PVS who are not technically dead but for all intents and purposes might as well be… no, I’m talking about the loonies in Georgia who want to make woman carry dead fetuses until they naturally go into labor. Seriously? Fucking seriously? What are they thinking? That the dead fetus might come back to life? Why are these people allowed to leave their homes and operate heavy machinery, let alone anything else???

    Who knows, maybe they think Mr. Fieger has living impaired people working at his firm. 😉

    Julie

  7. signs that our current administration is making us stronger, rather it seems like quite the opposite.

    When our nation ceases to operate on the level how can we the people know our government won’t turn on us? All this propping up of the economy and massive government debt being accumulated by the current administration is a serious concern. To just act like everything is just fine would be a big mistake because just as quickly as things may “seem” like they have turned around (DUH! It’s an election year idiots!), they can also violently go the other way. If this was to happen the US could end up like Greece, or even worse! I guess no one on this forum has taken notice of the credit downgrade our nation suffered under the current administration. Meanwhile the stock market gets propped up by this thing called quantitive easing making everything seem like all is well, but it’s not! It’s artificial.

    We have RECORD numbers of people receiving food-stamps. We have a record defect where as the current administration has spent more in 3 years than Bush did in 8 years! To me it seems like the approach of kicking in the back door has cost us more! No longer do we have a strong hold in Iraq, Pakistan or Afghanistan and given the instability of the middle east we are going to find ourselves unable to navigate the region in the future because we have either abandon or been kicked out of the neighboring countries, thus making it much more expensive both in dollars and lives to address issues that arise in the middle east. No doubt something is brewing between Iran and Israel. I have to wonder if maybe Obama made a similar deal with Israel that he made with the Russians.

    I also wonder about the current cost of Gasoline. People were up in arms when gas hit $3 a gallon during the Bush administration, now gas is slowly creeping towards $5 a gallon! Where is the outrage? Don’t you think $5 a gallon gasoline will effect the economy? SURE IT WILL! When people drive less they spend less. They stay home!

    Now I think it’s quite clear that Democrats are the party of hand-outs, feeding on the soft underbelly of this nation. Their unions stifle any chance of businesses wanting to open up shop here, their entitlements make hard working people want to become underachievers if only to spite the folks who would want to re-distribute their hard earned wealth. Perhaps Mr. Feiger should have turned in his Volvo on the Cash for Clunker program and while he was at it maybe his firm should have re-distributed their wealth to some people who felt it was much easier to apply for a bridge card than get off their ass and work?

    Is this forum’s sole purpose to pander to the kind of people who typically file ridiculously large lawsuit against otherwise wealthy companies or hard working wealthy individuals? Wouldn’t this be considered a form of “ambulance chasing”?

    Hey… They are all honest questions!

    Oh but I digress, this must all be the Nattering Nabobs of Negativism since I align myself with the views of the GOP.

    Keep the “Change” you filthy animals!

  8. Getting back to the original topic of this thread I think it’s quite clear Democrats have a hard time with the truth.

    The TRUTH is that the unemployment rate has not been dropping steadily over the past 3 years, rather the “formula” used to determine the unemployment rate is what makes it appear that unemployment is down. There should never be a “formula” for determining these sorts of things. Either people are working, or they are not. It has been said that the real unemployment rate is in the double digits.

    With regards to Osama Bin Laden… Is it good that he is gone? Sure! But the way it was executed leaves America with blood on its hands. Now when Bush declared war on Iraq and we captured Sadam Hussein he was handed over to the courts, who then found him guilty and executed him by way of hanging. To me this was a much more noble and “American” way of dealing with a problem. Sure it’s much easier to just kick in the door without a declaration of war like we did in Pakistan and then again in Libya, but the point that completely flew over Feigers head is that by doing it this way it has harbored hatred on a much greater level. Pakistan no longer wants anything to do with the US, and Libya is slowly turning to a form of government that will never entertain American influence. Who will be there to fill the vacuum? Countries like China and Russia, that’s who! After all it was rumored that the Chinese got an opportunity to view one of our top secret helicopters that was downed in the extraction of Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan, and now the President has been caught on a hot microphone making concessions with the Russians on a missile defense system if they “back off until after Obama’s re-election”. To me these are not signs that our current administration is making us stronger, rather it seems like quite the opposite.

    When our nation ceases to operate on the level how can we the people know our government won’t turn on us? All this propping up of the economy and massive government debt being accumulated by the current administration is a serious concern. To just act like everything is just fine would be a big mistake because just as quickly as things may “seem” like they have turned around (DUH! It’s an election year idiots!), they can also violently go the other way. If this was to happen the US could end up like Greece, or even worse! I guess no one on this forum has taken notice of the credit downgrade our nation suffered under the current administration. Meanwhile the stock market gets propped up by this thing called quantitive easing making everything seem like all is well, but it’s not! It’s artificial.

    We have RECORD numbers of people receiving food-stamps. We have a record defect where as the current administration has spent more in 3 years than Bush did in 8 years! To me it seems like the approach of kicking in the back door has cost us more! No longer do we have a strong hold in Iraq, Pakistan or Afghanistan and given the instability of the middle east we are going to find ourselves unable to navigate the region in the future because we have either abandon or been kicked out of the neighboring countries, thus making it much more expensive both in dollars and lives to address issues that arise in the middle east. No doubt something is brewing between Iran and Israel. I have to wonder if maybe Obama made a similar deal with Israel that he made with the Russians.

    I also wonder about the current cost of Gasoline. People were up in arms when gas hit $3 a gallon during the Bush administration, now gas is slowly creeping towards $5 a gallon! Where is the outrage? Don’t you think $5 a gallon gasoline will effect the economy? SURE IT WILL! When people drive less they spend less. They stay home!

    Now I think it’s quite clear that Democrats are the party of hand-outs, feeding on the soft underbelly of this nation. Their unions stifle any chance of businesses wanting to open up shop here, their entitlements make hard working people want to become underachievers if only to spite the folks who would want to re-distribute their hard earned wealth. Perhaps Mr. Feiger should have turned in his Volvo on the Cash for Clunker program and while he was at it maybe his firm should have re-distributed their wealth to some people who felt it was much easier to apply for a bridge card than get off their ass and work?

    Is this forum’s sole purpose to pander to the kind of people who typically file ridiculously large lawsuit against otherwise wealthy companies or hard working wealthy individuals? Wouldn’t this be considered a form of “ambulance chasing”?

    Hey… They are all honest questions!

    Oh but I digress, this must all be the Nattering Nabobs of Negativism since I align myself with the views of the GOP.

    Keep the “Change” you filthy animals!

  9. InYourFaceNewYorker says:

    “…their entitlements make hard working people want to become underachievers if only to spite the folks who would want to re-distribute their hard earned wealth.”

    Yeah, because people who are on welfare and food stamps live in the lap of luxury in penthouse apartments on Central Park West and not buildings that look like minimum-security prisons and smell like pee.

  10. So what? Time for them to get off the drugs, quit having kids they cant afford and start making a turn for the better!

    Maybe YOU should give ALL your money to these people so they can live better! That way they can live in a nice area while YOU live in the ghetto. Sounds like a good plan to me!

    Or how about you move them into your home? I think you will find that your house smells like pee soon enough, maybe it already does? You can be like two peas in a pod (no pun intended).

  11. InYourFaceNewYorker says:

    Seriously? You think that all people on welfare are on drugs? And also, maybe they wouldn’t have so many babies they can’t afford if the welfare package came with birth control… And, of course not all people on welfare have kids! The causes of poverty are complicated, much more complicated than being lazy. It’s tempting to want to have simplistic explanations for problems in the world, but it’s rarely possible to do so.

    Also, I’m not exactly living in the lap of luxury myself. I’m two months away from getting a Master’s Degree, and guess what? I’m living in a ONE ROOM STUDIO apartment in Brooklyn. 12×17. And the only reason I’m there and not living with my parents is because they’re helping me. If they were dead, I would have to live in the “pee” buildings and go on welfare until I got a job. Get a job? WHERE?? I’m trying! I’ve gone from one dead end job after another over the past nine years (I’ve been living in this tiny apartment for eight years) and finally I went back to school. Guess what? There’s nothing out there for my profession of choice! I actually found a government job to keep my head about the water, but they cut funds and laid off all recent hires! So here I am again! I’m applying nationwide for jobs related to my major and very rarely do I get called for an interview. There’s a very good chance I will have to move back to my parents’ in the beginning of June. And I remind you, if my parents were dead I would be living in “pee” buildings myself!

    Put yourself in someone else’s shoes for just five minutes and you’ll see how desperate many situations are and how they aren’t always related to drugs and carelessly having babies. I have no kids and I’ve never even smoked weed. Hell, I’ve never even smoked a cigarette. I’ve been banging my head against the wall for almost a decade in this lousy economy. Nobody deserves to live on the streets. Nobody. I have no problem with some of my taxes going towards helping people who have been dealt a lousy hand in life.

    Julie

  12. jlgies says:

    A few things here…

    “Their unions stifle any chance of businesses wanting to open up shop here, their entitlements make hard working people want to become underachievers if only to spite the folks who would want to re-distribute their hard earned wealth.”

    The right wing has been using this trope and its cousins for decades now, and it’s as stale as Pompeian bread. Unionism in this country is weak, very weak, and this is largely thanks to decades of anti-labor rhetoric that has succeeded in permeating our political soil right down to the bedrock. Gone are the realities of what organized labor stands for, what it rose from, and what it protects the entire country from, and in its place is an absurd caricature comprised of “union thugs” (a favorite word pairing), economic sabotage, and corruption. Nothing else. Personally I view unions as a necessary evil. Those who believe they are unnecessary or an outdated concept (ROTFL) are either disingenuous or flat out delousional.

    The whole “wealth redistribution” trope touches on another favorite piece of nonsense—-the assertion that how much money you make is proportional to how hard you work. Anyone who thinks this over for two seconds knows this is absurd on its face. Many of those at the bottom of the economic ladder bust their ass every day just as hard as people at the top, and in many cases, much much harder—–working their chapped fingers to the bone in ways an investment banker can’t even begin to dream of. Yet they will never, ever become rich doing what they’re doing, and increasingly, they stand little chance of ever reaching the middle class, either. All the shallow (and blatently dishonest) “bootstraps” rhetoric in the world isn’t going to change that. So to listen to snivelling, entitled whining of the “job creators” who bitch and complain about nonexistent “wealth distribution” policies of this administration is, to put it kindly, insufferable.

    “Now when Bush declared war on Iraq and we captured Sadam Hussein he was handed over to the courts, who then found him guilty and executed him by way of hanging. To me this was a much more noble and “American” way of dealing with a problem.”

    I don’t understand how anyone could possibly look at what happened to Hussein and come away with the word “noble.” There was nothing noble about it. After rushing through a trial and cutting it off before it could get embarrassing for us (as any deeper discussion of Hussein’s many crimes against his people would inevitably have to come back to the issue of just who supplied him with many of the nasty toys he used on them), we handed him over to a group of masked thugs who executed him like a animal in the dead of night.

    We handed Saddam Hussein to a lynch mob.

    “Noble” is not a word I’d use. Not at all.

  13. Julie, your efforts are Noble. I am sure as a single person you will manage. Be thankful you have family. Stop banging you head against the wall and start using it to make some money. Your profession of choice is what’s holding you back. Do what you are good at, not what you “think” you’re good at.

    Jlgies, I have little hope for you. You sound bitter and even worse you sympathize with a man who tried to have our President killed. It’s no secret we supply the enemies of our enemies weapons, how do you think they caught Gadaffi? But that’s okay right? Because it was under a Democrat administration? It wasn’t a war, we just blew the hell out of Libya and armed ordinary people. When we got who we were after, we just left. Democrats figured “Let the Republicans clean up the mess in a few years when we get voted out”. Typical.

  14. InYourFaceNewYorker says:

    “Start using it to make some money…” Seriously? You don’t think I’ve gone down a million paths? In this economy, the only people who are employable are those who have studied computer science. That’s the only job that is in constant, constant demand, no matter what the economy.

    Jlgies sounds bitter? What? He doesn’t sympathize with Saddam Hussein! His point was that it’s not noble to execute somebody by hanging them!

  15. jlgies says:

    Sigh. This is why people can’t talk to each other in this country.
    You read what I wrote and came away with the idea that I had “sympathy’ for Hussein. That’s a dishonest misreading.

    The fact is, how we treat even our worst enemies is just as important as how we treat our friends. This is as true at the international level as it is at the personal, everyday life level. After all, anyone can be nice to their friends. It says far more about who you are when you are magnaminious toward your enemies, especially your defeated ones. Besides, it’s simply a smart way to conduct yourself in the public stage. Doing otherwise can easily come back to haunt you.

    I did however feel sympathy on a human level for Khadaffi, who was slaughtered in the street like an animal while he begged for mercy. I would not wish that kind of death on anyone, even those who deserve it, and I make no bones about this.

    “It’s no secret we supply the enemies of our enemies weapons, how do you think they caught Gadaffi? But that’s okay right? Because it was under a Democrat administration?”

    Stop with the projection. The only person who indicated how they feel about Libya in this thread is you, and your feelings on it seem to be as mixed as mine are. So come off it.

    (You should know that support for Libya was quite low among liberals, who are rarely talked about by anyone in the media.)

    At this point in our history, I will say I’m surprised how sanguine you seem to be about arming the enemies of our enemies willy nilly. We’ve seen many times what a disaster that can turn out to be.

  16. Hey Jlgies, did you catch the latest news about Hillary Clinton wanting to arm the Syrians?

    Round and round we go! But it’s okay because she’s a Democrat, right?

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