Author Archive for Brian Nygaard

Mr. Nygaard is a Managing Director with Atticus Advisers, a marketing consulting firm in Atlanta, Georgia.

Fighting Indignity

Harry ReidThis week, Harry Reid came out with another appeal for Mitt Romney to release ten more years of his family’s personal tax returns. As to whether the release of that additional information is a good idea, or propitious in any kind of moral or political sense, is beside the point. Of significantly greater importance is the guise under which our Senate Majority Leader offered his gentle admonition. He quotes an “extremely credible source” who had directly told him that Mitt Romney had not paid income taxes over an extended period of time. Presumably, we are just to take him at his word that this source actually exists (outside Harry’s imagination), and that the source would actually have an ounce of insight into the actual claim.…


Gaffe on Gaffe?

bad idea, mistake, gaffeEzra Klein of the Washington Post recognized very quickly that Barack Obama’s comment “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” was a real problem. In an article in the Post called “Mitt Romney’s Misleading Attack Ad,” Klein indicates “So, in Romney’s ad, ‘that’ refers to building a business. In Obama’s remarks, ‘that’ refers to the roads and bridges.” I really wonder how long it took for Mr. Klein to come up with that one? Highly imaginative.

The greater text from Obama’s speech, which Klein quotes, is as follows: “If you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be ‘cause …


2011 – The Year of Rabid Tribalism

The following comes from the ESPN college football website:

“Florida defensive coordinator Dan Quinn knew the Gators’ locker room wouldn’t be the same as an NFL locker room, because the roster is twice as big — too many people for the same kind of togetherness seen in the NFL. But he wasn’t expecting so much division. ‘The amount of selfishness and separation between different classes was startling. It seemed like we had a fractured bunch at times, for whatever reason,’ said Quinn, who had spent the past 10 years as an assistant coach with four NFL teams. ‘Not a close-knit team.’”

The Florida Gators had another poor season on the college gridiron in 2011. This exceptionally proud football program finished with a six win/six loss …


Robert Reich Strikes Again

That Robert Reich, the esteemed Chancellors Professor of Public Policy at Cal Berkeley, who consistently represents the thinking of the Liberal Left should make comments that are beyond the boundaries of even the most basic notions of established reality is not a surprise. The “causality problem” of Liberal Lefties (the inability to intellectually link – even remotely – any observable effect with its actual root cause) was on special display, however, by Professor Reich in a recent San Francisco Chronicle editorial.  Out of a very large and condensed pile of blundering lunacies embedded in his article, the three that are examined below are representative of some of the most choice.

Reich Comment #1) “For most of the last century, the basic bargain at the heart …


A Visit from the One Percent Demon

As I drove into the local high school parking lot on Thanksgiving Day, I found myself the only car in the parking lot. The school is normally a very busy place, so it felt a bit odd to be the only person there. I had a little window of time to burn off a few of the calories I was going to consume later that day, and was taking advantage of the opportunity. It was my same usual work-out routine. I run the bleachers, do a bunch of lunge-walk steps, I run 6-8 200s, and then finish with a couple of miles. Not bad for an old dude, if I do say so myself!

As I was just finishing my 200s and was walking around …


Harry and the Super Committee

As the vaunted Super Committee grinds to a standstill, we need look no further than an unrelated comment from Prince Harry Reid to understand the reason why labeling something “super” does not necessarily make it so. While it is a significant leap to say that anything that spews from the mouth of the Senate Majority Leader is surprising, Harry attempted to outdo himself last week when he said, “While it’s proper to guard against and remove onerous regulations, and we need to do that, my Republican friends have yet to produce a single shred of evidence that the regulations they hate so much do the broad economic harms they claim.  That’s because there aren’t any.”

The intellectual class strikes again. Wow.

To those of …


The Universality of Greed

A fine line exists between the seemingly simple notions of greed and self-interest. It might be concluded that greed is a subset of the broader concept of self-interest. Alternatively, some may say that there is no difference between the two. Irrespective of the choice of definition, it is universally observable that human beings are driven by WIIFM (“What’s in it for me?”). With a very few noteworthy exceptions, we all seek, as the Austrian School economist Ludwig Von Mises summarized, the “elimination of personal discomfort.”

At a recent trip to the local high school track, I had occasion to observe an interesting set of father and son scenes. Both dads were teaching their sons to hit a baseball. The differences in the results could not …


Herman Cain’s “Big Lie”

“If we had been under Obamacare and a bureaucrat was trying to tell me when I could get that CAT scan that would have delayed my treatment. My surgeons and doctors have told me that because I was able get the treatment as fast as I could, based upon my timetable and not the government’s timetable that’s what saved my life.” This was Herman Cain’s response to a question asked regarding his survival of Stage Four cancer during the recent GOP debate. Mr. Cain demonstrated in his comments that he is clearly not a fan of the federal government managing health care for himself, or anyone else for that matter. It was a touching commentary on the spirit of human survival, and not a person …


Florida GOP Debate Recap and Breakdown: Nine Candidates…Three Categories

This piece was written by Art Smith- Publisher of The Conservative Reader, Justin Arnold-Editor of The Conservative Reader: Iowa, and Brian Nygaard-Senior Contributor at The Conservative Reader.

The lead up to every Presidential Primary debate is accompanied by media hype and pundit proclamations that this or that candidate has to “do well” or they are doomed going forward.  Often times the hype out measures the eventual importance of the proceedings and the proclamations prove to be mere misguided conventional wisdom.

Since last cycles debut of the “interactive” debate (CNN’s YouTube offering) saw ridiculous questions from a melting snowman (on global warming) and a citizen holding an assault rifle (on the 2nd Amendment), one sure would have been justified in being skeptical.  That said, for …


A Half-Truth is (still) a Whole-Lie

“We’re going to work with federal housing agencies to help more people refinance their mortgages at interest rates that are now near 4 percent,” Obama said in his speech last week to announce the $450 billion jobs package. The plan would put “more than $2,000 a year in a family’s pocket and give a lift to an economy still burdened by the drop in housing prices.” Mark Zandi, the chief economist at Moody’s (and a self described liberal), immediately announced that the new jobs program would add two percent to GDP and 1.9 million jobs to the economy next year. Kevin Ungar of Mother Jones piled on with: “Currently, the federal government can borrow at an astonishingly low 2 percent interest rate. If we can …


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