April 10 Morning Edition

— Fate of Gun Reform Bill Unclear as Legislature Convenes – Mary Ann Ahern (DIERSEN: Are you a conservative, that is, are you part of the “they” that Bill Brady talks about? Since at least the 1970s, those who dominate the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) have wanted to banish conservatives from the IRP.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Ives has returned to Springfield, and she isn’t sure how the governor will achieve his stated goals of a balanced budget and pension reform. “People are very skeptical on the budget,” she said. “First of all, politically speaking I think House Speaker Mike Madigan wants to make sure Rauner doesn’t have any success, but Rauner needs success if he’s going to do anything in November to get elected.” Even though Ives has been publicly critical of the governor, GOP Leader Bill Brady believes the representative and her supporters will be in Rauner’s corner by the time the election rolls around. “They know. They’re smart. They’re activists,” he said. “They know staying home is a vote for JB Pritzker and Mike Madigan and I believe they’re smart enough to know that.”)


— Rauner calls on General Assembly to pass balanced budget without raising taxes – Rachel Droze


— Keep women in the workforce and men win too – EMILIA DIMENCO (DIERSEN: Dimenco should write an article about the preference that the federal government gives its female employees who are Democrats, and especially the preference it gives those who are minority and/or younger. To give them preference, the federal government wastes the careers of and gets rid of its employees who are Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who do not make GS-13 (currently $96,403) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $113,920) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $134,000) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $164,200) by age 40.)


— OUTSTANDING: Effingham County considers opposition to state gun legislation Resolution would make county a ‘sanctuary’ for gun owners – Graham Milldrum (DIERSEN: In your county, in your township/ward, and in your municipality, who is leading similar efforts? The many adverse actions that Democrats and RINOs have taken in Illinois ever-increasingly make it clear that sanctuaries are needed for those who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, non-poor, gun owners, German American, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The Effingham County Board is considering a resolution opposing recent proposals in the state legislature for gun control measures. The resolution started as a suggestion by local firearms owners and the businesses that cater to them, said Effingham County Board member David Campbell. He modeled the legislation on a similar resolution passed by the Iroquois County Board on March 13. Campbell consulted with Effingham County State’s Attorney Bryan Kibler, who added a “sanctuary county” section, which attracted the most attention during legislative committee meeting on Monday. Kibler explained the goal is to protect those people affected by future state legislation by prohibiting the county from enforcing “unconstitutional actions.” He drew a parallel with actions in other fields. “If you can be a sanctuary county for undocumented immigrants, why can’t you be one for firearms?” Kibler said. He explained that the section, like the rest of the resolution, is largely symbolic.)


— Mendoza leaves Rauner with few good options – Jon Alexander


— McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks nominates Shannon Teresi as auditor


— UI student ends bid to challenge Rose for state Senate seat in November – Tom Kacich


— Tammy Duckworth Just Gave Birth, But She Can’t Take Maternity Leave She also can’t bring her newborn onto the floor of the Senate to breastfeed. She and other female lawmakers are fighting to change the rules for moms here and abroad. – AMY MERRICK (DIERSEN: Merrick should write an article about the preference that the federal government gives its female employees who are Democrats, and especially the preference it gives those who are minority and/or younger. To give them preference, the federal government wastes the careers of and gets rid of its employees who are Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who do not make GS-13 (currently $96,403) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $113,920) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $134,000) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $164,200) by age 40.)


— Rauner, Trump have one thing in common, both play scapegoat game – Gregory Tejeda (DIERSEN: What do you think of scapegoaters? My critics/opponents are scapegoaters supreme. They blame me for their problems, for your problems, for my problems, and for everyone’s problems. They blame me for all the losses that Republicans have suffered in Illinois since 2000. They blame me for all the problems that my Democrat superiors have had hiring and retaining young Democrat minorities and young Democrat females a) at GAO since 1980, b) at IRS since 1971, and c) at USPS since 1966. Of course, all the defendants in all the lawsuits that I have filed have blamed me for all their problems ever since I sued them.)


— ROSKAM MONEY — He’s been under almost constant attack over the last year, but U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam is still raising some serious cash. We have a first look at the numbers. Roskam spokeswoman Veronica Vera: “We had an incredibly strong first quarter fundraising, raising almost a million dollars. Our total first quarter fundraising was $966,000. Right now we have $2.24 million cash on hand.” Roskam faces Democrat Sean Casten in the general election. – Natasha Korecki


— Franks Nominates Shannon Teresi To Fill County Auditor Vacancy
(FROM THE ANNOUNCEMENT: Teresi is a certified public accountant, a certified internal auditor, and a certified fraud examiner. She started her career in the Auditor’s Office in 2010 as an internal auditor, and was promoted in 2016 to financial reporting manager and chief deputy auditor. Teresi received her master’s degree in accounting in 2007 from Northern Illinois University. A lifelong McHenry County resident, Teresi grew up in Marengo and lives in Crystal Lake with her husband and two children.)


— A booming market can’t save Illinois pensions – John Klingner


— Khouri making lower taxes a key part of her platform – Glenn Minnis


— Voters need to ‘do a little digging’ after Rauner ads linking Ives to Madigan, Morrison says – W.J. Kennedy (DIERSEN: Who do your critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes link you to?)


— Donald Trump proclaims ‘Second Chance Month’ for prisoners to ‘reach God-given potential’ – Rachel Cruz (DIERSEN: What chances have you been given? My Democrat superiors at USPS 1966-1969, IRS 1971-1980, and GAO 1980-1997 gave me many chances to become a Democrat. My critics/opponents in TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, Milton Township Republican Central Committee, Illinois Center Right Coalition, American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter, etc. gave me many chances to become one of their operatives or one of their dupes.)


— Students Pursuing Risky Degrees Draw More Than $25 Billion In Yearly Federal Loans – ANDREW KERR (DIERSEN: Did you pursue degrees that were risky, that is, degrees that do not qualify you for good-paying jobs? I earned a bachelor’s degree in management from NIU in 1970 when I was 21, an MBA from Loyola in 1976, a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980, and a master’s degree in financial markets and trading from IIT in 1997.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Noël Flynn is spending more than 80 percent of her income to pay back tens of thousands of dollars in debt for her Art Therapy degree. In 2016 alone, the Department of Education loaned $25.9 billion to students who, like Flynn, chose degrees under the umbrella of the liberal arts and humanities, an analysis by The Daily Caller News Foundation found. A significant portion of those students are unlikely to have the means to pay back their debt after graduating. “I find myself struggling financially, and the biggest reason why is student loans,” said Flynn, 23, who says she was told the loans “wouldn’t be overwhelming” once she graduated. Most federal student loan programs do not require a credit check, nor do they require a cosigner. Rather, the loans are backed by nothing more than the borrower’s future earnings with a college degree, but the kind of degree isn’t a consideration in the loan process.)


— Illinois ERA Vote Expected This Week; It Must Be Defeated


— GOP looks to reduce spending after hearing criticism back home – MELANIE ZANONA


— Lilly Ledbetter: My #MeToo Moment (DIERSEN: Ledbetter should write an article about the preference that the federal government gives its female employees who are Democrats, and especially the preference it gives those who are minority and/or younger. To give them preference, the federal government wastes the careers of and gets rid of its employees who are Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who do not make GS-13 (currently $96,403) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $113,920) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $134,000) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $164,200) by age 40.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps promote anti-Trumps.
— Syrian Forces Aimed to Kill Journalists, U.S. Court Is Told – Anne Barnard


— The GOP Needs a Free Facebook Regulation would turn the social-media giant into just another media filter—with the usual bias. – Chris Wilson (DIERSEN: Sooner or later, if not already, Zukerberg will say that Facebook’s “mistakes” elected Trump.)
— Forget Snow and Rain, Washington Can Stop the Postal Service USPS’s governing board sits empty as agency’s problems pile up – Heidi Vogt (DIERSEN: If my Democrat USPS superiors had not succeeded in forcing me to resign in 1969 when I was 20 years old, I might still be a USPS employee.)


— National Guard needed at border: Arizona governor – Doug Ducey, Governor, Arizona
— Taxpayer-funded ads on Facebook for House offices topped $340,000 last year – Herb Jackson
— How I kicked my news addiction – Jeff Stibel (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois. They want to be everyone’s one and only source for government and political news and commentary. That is why they, their operatives, and their dupes work so hard to destroy me and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: My thinking was pretty simple: News is inherently temporary and seems like it is becoming increasingly hollow. Between print, radio, television and digital, news is now recycled repeatedly. A breaking story can be noteworthy, but by the end of a news cycle, you can’t help but feel overwhelmed by meaningless dribble. I figured there was a better use of my time. And if something important happened, I figured the news would find me. Since Thanksgiving, all of my news has come from friends, colleagues and family. My wife, Cheryl, told me about fires and mudslides in Los Angeles, my neighbor Howard told me about political misdeeds, my chief financial officer informed me of stock market ups and downs, my friend Pete alerted me to a TMZ segment that featured me as the reincarnation of an arguably better-looking dead serial killer.)
— Equal Pay Day: How does your state stack up on pay equity for women? – Charisse Jones (DIERSEN: Jones should write an article about the preference that the federal government gives its female employees who are Democrats, and especially the preference it gives those who are minority and/or younger. To give them preference, the federal government wastes the careers of and gets rid of its employees who are Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who do not make GS-13 (currently $96,403) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $113,920) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $134,000) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $164,200) by age 40.)
— Retirement obstacles to overcome? Here’s how to live comfortably later in life – Robert Powell (DIERSEN: Sadly, virtually all the operatives and all the dupes who work for my critics/opponents have financial problems. I doubt that my critics/opponents pay them more than $15/hour to demonize me, to denigrate me, and to condemn me. They hint/imply/argue/shout that I “live comfortably later in life” a) because I was born with a silver spoon in my mouth and I have always been privileged, b) because I have had good health, c) because I avoided the draft, d) because the federal government grossly overpaid me, e) because I married someone who had income and savings, f) because we gave up trying to have children, we did not adopt, and we did not become foster parents, g) because my federal pension and retirement benefits are much too generous, h) because I do not give money to a church, i) etc.) https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/columnist/powell/2018/04/04/retirement-obstacles-heres-how-live-comfortably-later-life/454201002/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Spend less. . .Save more. . .Pay down debt. . .Delay Social Security. . .Keep working. . .Find meaning)


— Court: Women can’t be paid less than men based on past wages – AP (DIERSEN: If I had not been denied my 7th Amendment rights in Diersen v. GAO, I would have provided a jury with many examples in which GAO paid its employees who were minority and/or female not only more for the same work, but more for lesser work, including one example in which GAO paid one of my subordinates who was a minority, a female, and a veteran more than it paid me. She had less job-related work experience, less job-related education, no professional certifications, and no professional licenses. I had almost 18 years experience working for GAO, the last 11 years of which at the GS-13 Step 1-10 levels, currently $96,403-$125,325; almost 9 years experience working for IRS, the last 5 1/2 years of which at the GS-12 Step 1-5 levels, currently $81,071-$91,880; three job-related master’s degrees; six job-related professional certifications, and a job-related professional license.)


— Are Professional Certifications Worth Your Time and Money? – KATIE MORITZ (DIERSEN: Of course, overwhelmingly, according to my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes, the answer is NO! My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes were beyond furious a) in 1979, when I was 30 years old, when I passed the CPA examination on my first attempt, b) in 1981, when I passed the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt, c) in 1981, when I became a licensed CPA, d) in 1990, when I became a Certified Fraud Examiner, e) in 1994, when I became a Certified Government Financial Manager, f) in 1996, when I became a Certified Financial Services Auditor, and g) in 1997, when I became a Forensic Accountant. The aforesaid frustrates efforts by my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes to demonize me, to denigrate me, and to condemn me as being stupid, lazy, and even worse things.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Older, white, educated Trump voters trending toward Democrats bigly.”

Author: David Diersen

The opinions that I express in GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails are based on experience that I have gained doing many things since 1948. I base my opinions on what I learned a) working for the federal government for almost 30 years -- Post Office 1966-1969, IRS 1971-1980, and GAO 1980-1997, serving on the Executive Committee of the Association of Government Accountants Chicago Chapter 1983-1996, and being a union member while I worked for the Post Office and IRS; b) earning an MBA from Loyola in 1976, a masters degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980, and a masters degree in financial markets and trading from IIT in 1997; c) passing the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979 and passing the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt in 1981; c) serving as a Republican Precinct Committeeman since 1999, the GOPUSA Illinois Editor since 2000, the TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois Chairman 2005-2012, a member of the 2008 Illinois Republican Party (IRP) Platform and Resolutions Committee, a Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member 2003-2011, the Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster 2008-2010 and 2000-2004, an Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member 2003-2007, and an American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board member 2001-2004; d) attending the 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 IRP State Conventions as a delegate; e) being the subject of a nasty 4-page article in the February 1978 issue of Money Magazine; f) pursing litigation including Diersen v. GAO and Diersen v. Chicago Car Exchange; g) being married since 1978; h) living in Crete 1948-1972, in University Park 1972-1976, in Chicago 1976-1978, and in DuPage County, Milton Township, and Wheaton since 1978; and i) being baptized, raised, and confirmed as a Missouri Synod Lutheran.