Pop quiz time, kids.
Question 1: Which one of the following statements is true?
a) Nebraska is so flush with money that on Monday the Lege gave $15 million to the University of Nebraska to build a new building and another $10 million to fix up a nice cushy conference room in another building.
b) Money is so tight in Nebraska that the Lege cut $400 million from the K-12 budget for the next two years.
If you answered “both” you are correct!
Question 2: Which one of the following statements is true?
a) The Lege consistently opposes expanded gambling in Nebraska because the senators say gambling is bad and gambling money is “dirty money.”
b) The Lege loves gambling money derived from Keno. On Tuesday the senators allocated $27,000 from their gambling cash cow to help military kids transition from one school to another.
“Both” again? Yes!
Question 3: Which one of the following statements is true?
a) Children cannot vote.
b) The senators always talk about how much they love children right before they cut off money for children’s services.
“Both?” Yes! And if you see a correlation between 3a and 3b, you get five bonus points!
Question 4: Which one of the following statements is true?
a) The University of Nebraska wants that $25 million for buildings (question 1) so they can conduct research on food, fuel, and water.
b) A twenty-five million dollar investment in a building-and-a-half is a fantastic idea because nobody else in the entire world is doing research on food, fuel and water; therefore oceanographers and other brilliant and wealthy taxpayers will flock to Nebraska to partake in food, fuel and water research.
If you answered “both,” because you were seeing a pattern here, hah! Teacher tricked you! The correct answer is “a.” There are a few bazillion institutions across the globe doing research on food, fuel and water. But hey, Nebraska is flush with money so why not spend a few mill to build a building and see if they will come?