Archive: 02/2017

Lincoln on Education: Choosing Nebraska Values

by Sally Herrin

I'm not from here. People used to say, when I expressed certain strongly held opinions, She's not from here. I come from the South where we say, Bless her heart. Both comments mean the same thing: They know not what they do.

I am Nebraskan by choice. I came to attend UNL in 1976 and fell in love with this place. I have made Nebraska my home these forty years. I raised a child here, and I own one home in South Lincoln for now and another in Wyuka Cemetery for later. You could say I'm all in.

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What Happens When All We Have Left Is The Pentagon?

Trump’s Vision of a Militarized America
By William D. Hartung
tomdispatch.com

At over $600 billion a year and counting, the Pentagon already receives significantly more than its fair share of federal funds. If President Donald Trump has his way, though, that will prove a sum for pikers and misers. He and his team are now promising that spending on defense and homeland security will increase dramatically in the years to come, even as domestic programs are slashed and entire civilian agencies shuttered.

The new administration is reportedly considering a plan -- modeled on proposals from the military-industrial-complex-backed Heritage Foundation -- that would cut a staggering $10.5 trillion in federal spending over the next decade. The Departments of Energy, Commerce, Transportation, and State might see their budgets slashed to the bone; the Corporation for Public Broadcasting would be privatized; and (though the money involved would amount to chicken feed) the National Endowments for the Arts and for the Humanities would be eliminated altogether. In the meantime, the ranks of the Army and Marines would be expanded, a huge naval buildup would be launched, and a new Star Wars-style missile defense system would be developed -- all at a combined cost of up to $1 trillion beyond the already munificent current Pentagon plans for that same decade.

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