Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale welcomes delegates
Earlier this afternoon, young men from across the state of Nebraska arrived at Harper Hall on the University of Nebraska Lincoln campus to participate in the 73rd annual session of Cornhusker Boys’ State. These delegates bring their diverse backgrounds and interests to the table in hopes of creating a stable state government and having rewarding personal experiences. Upon arrival, delegates were ushered to the opening ceremonies held at Kimball Hall on the UNL campus.
The opening ceremonies consisted of several brief speeches, but began with the ceremonial bell that opens and closes each session of Cornhusker Boys’ State. Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale delivered the Welcome Message, followed by the swearing in of Cornhusker Boys’ State Governor Carrick Perlinger and his address to new delegates. Afterward, Robert Leddy presented his experiences at the American Legion’s 2012 Boys’ Nation in Washington D.C. to the delegates who are all candidates for the same honor this year.
Counselor Jacob Spangler greets delegates
Manila Bay attire
Saying goodbye to family
Dave Salak addresses delegates
Governor Carrick Perlinger delivers inaugural address
On Thursday afternoon, the justices of the Supreme Court of Cornhusker Boys’ State met to review and decide which cases they would hear in the evening. Meanwhile, attorneys were hard at work preparing cases for the Supreme Court or District Court of Cornhusker Boys’ State. More information will be forthcoming regarding the cases heard and the verdicts reached.
This afternoon, Deb Fischer, the Republican candidate for the Senate seat to be vacated by the retiring Ben Nelson, stopped by the Harper Dining Hall to shake hands and chat with the delegates. While Ms. Fischer could not stay long, the delegates appreciate the chance to meet and speak with her.
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.