Omaha Senator Ashford Seeks NU Accountability; Like that’s going to Happen; Gnarls Barkley to Ashford et al: “Bless Your Soul, You Really Think You’re in Control.”

September 12, 2012

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (exclusive) by Ivy Harper

Deena Winter of Nebraska Watchdog posted a well-done story today on Senator Ashford’s request of NU to explain their UNMC Cancer Center funding shortfall.

Winter reports that Ashford said  “during the recession—unlike plenty of state programs and agencies— the Legislature did not cut NU’s budget.”

Winter went on to write that “Ashford ads that tax dollars, such as the cigarette tax, should only be used as a last resort and not without a full explanation from Milliken as to why private funding has come up short.”

Below is my Comment to Winter’s top-notch reporting:

Truth be told, during this Great Recession – while the American middle class disappears, the poverty rate escalates, and hard-working students are saddled with usurious, life-altering predatory student loan debt [see the NU/NELNET “Partnership”] public University Presidents/Chancellors/Vice-Chancellors/Deans & Provost salaries have skyrocketed. Plus, Higher Ed’s undeserved- perk demand list gets longer every semester.

Ivory Tower Heists now resemble Wall Street who they’ve been emulating for years what with their oft-quoted but patently laughable, self-serving “compensation experts” who continue to tell the Academic Emperors what they want to hear even as they’re standing naked among the Peasants who happen to be hungry.

@ Senator Ashford et al: Don’t ya know that NU President Milliken is way too busy to appear before the lowly Council as he’s preparing his lavish home (soon to be paid for by Joe Q. Cornhusker), prepping his servants, ordering new china and crystal goblets, purchasing massive tents, installing wool carpet, and selecting some swans for the lawn, all in the name of “Keeping up with the Kardashians,” I mean,  “Keeping up with their ‘Peers’ in the Big 10.”

NU President Milliken – and the Corporate Clique that really runs Nebraska – are just so totally excited about entertaining the nation’s number 1 “Predatory” College President, Ohio State’s Gordon Gee, who receives his Buckeye guests in a two million dollar penthouse courtesy of the suffering taxpayer even as Ohio has one of the highest rates of home foreclosures and student loan defaults in the entire country.

Oh, and NELNET purchased a bunch of those Ohio home liens recently, FYI, to make even more money on the backs of the struggling American family, also known as the Joads, (my bad).

As I wrote yesterday on this blog, i*harper*se, NU President Milliken is the Leona Helmsley of Nebraska in that he – and the rubber-stamping Regents – obviously believe this: “Buying one’s own home is for the little people.”

Meanwhile, President Abraham Lincoln weeps in his grave that Profiteers have replaced Public Servants as Presidents of the Universities he expected – via the visionary federall/Morrill Land Grant Act that he signed into law in 1862 –  to remain in perpetuity Egalitarian Education Nation Institutions.

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