The Honorable Adrian Smith, Boys’ State Alumnus and House Representative of Nebraska’s 3rd Congressional District, took a moment out of his busy schedule today in Washington, D.C. to answer delegates’ questions. While Mr. Smith could not get time away from his busy job to join us in Lincoln, through audiovisual technology and the internet, he and the delegates were able to discuss numerous issues from halfway across the country. Mr. Smith answered tough questions on various topics, ranging from the Humane Society of the Unites States (HSUS) to the debt crisis.
A delegate from Yorktown asks Mr. Smith a question via the internet.
Mr. Smith answers and interacts with delegates through audiovisual technology.
Dr. Sara Imhof of The Concord Coalition visited Boys’ State this afternoon, delivering a presentation on the deficit crisis. According to Dr. Imhof and the organization’s website,
The Concord Coalition is a non-partisan, grassroots organization dedicated to educating the public about the causes and consequences of federal budget deficits, the long-term challenges facing America’s unsustainable entitlement programs, and how to build a sound foundation for economic growth.
Her presentation did just the above by, for example, looking at the deficit, not in terms of dollars, but in terms of percentage of the United States’ Gross Domestic Product (GDP). She also put the deficit into historical perspective, how it has grown in the last few decades and how it is projected to grow in the next few. Interestingly, she pointed-out that it was actually during the Second World War that the U.S. deficit reached its highest ever proportion of the GDP: 109%, though we rapidly repaid this debt after the war. After the numerous political opinions and possible solutions offered by both delegates and guests this week, Dr. Imhof’s presentation provided valuable perspective.
On Thursday morning, Shelby, Nebraska native Curt Tomasevicz addressed a joint session of Cornhusker Boys’ State and Girls’ State. In 2010, Tomasevicz won Olympic Gold in Vancouver on the United States four-man bobsled team. In his address, he told stories from his experiences and explained what he has learned from those experiences, the most important of which was character.
Earlier this morning, the delegation of Cornhusker Boys’ State took to the polls again, this time to elect state and county officials and advance gubernatorial candidates to tomorrow’s general election. Results will be forthcoming, so be sure to check back soon for the results!
On Thursday morning, Cornhusker Boys’ State delegates voted in the gubernatorial primary. The general election ballot is listed below.
Governor of Cornhusker Boys’ State:
Carrick Perlinger (N)
Brent M. Comstock (F)
These two candidates will discuss current political issues in tonight’s town hall debate as well as in tomorrow morning’s gubernatorial debate before an audience of the entire delegation. Delegates will vote immediately afterward, and we expect to have the results tomorrow afternoon.
Gubernatorial Candidates: Carrick Perlinger (left) and Brent Comstock (right)