April 14 Evening Edition

— So-called ‘migrant caravan’ of asylum-seekers departs Mexico City for U.S. – Danny Clemens (DIERSEN: How soon will Mexico officially declare war on America? Mexico has unofficially declared war on America by its illegally sending many millions of its citizens into America illegally, by its illegally keeping many millions of its citizens in America illegally, and by its illegally sending mountains of illegal drugs into America illegally.)
— Public officials facing less scrutiny by journalists – BGA (DIERSEN: Similarly, those who run the federal government face less scrutiny because Republican U.S. Senators and Republican U.S. Representatives  a) successfully led the effort to gut GAO during the 1980s and 1990s and b) continue to keep GAO a shell of what it once was.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: There is a lack of transparency, efficiency, service or accountability. The job of journalists and watchdogs is to hold government officials and politicians accountable. But with fewer and fewer professional reporters on the case, as print and broadcast media keep shedding staff to cut costs, such as the Chicago Tribune cutbacks last month, public officials face less scrutiny. The BGA believes that the Riverdale library’s transgressions should be investigated by the Illinois attorney general. However, there aren’t enough watchdogs left to shine a light on every Riverdale and hold all their officials accountable, and that should alarm every taxpayer in Illinois. You can read the full Better Government Association story online at www.bettergov.org.)


— Controversial Robocall Targets Emanuel – Mary Ann Ahern


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Those who want to abolish the Second Amendment promote those who want to abolish the Second Amendment.


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Those who to want abolish the Second Amendment promote those who want to abolish the Second Amendment.


— FBI raid of Trump lawyer’s office sought info on ties to Chicago cab operators – Mitchell Armentrout and Tim Novak
— GOP devotes $250M to midterm strategy: Keep House majority – AP
— Trump-supporting boxer wearing ‘America 1st’ trunks beaten by Mexican fighter


— Lead or get out of the way – Rich Miller


— County clerks hope election funds will support new equipment – Matt Hopf


— Durbin critical of Trump’s airstrikes in Syria
— Gun rights advocates rally at state capitols across U.S. – AP


— If Illinois legalizes marijuana, what happens to pot-sniffing dogs? The answer is unclear. – RYAN VOYLES (DIERSEN: If Illinois legalizes marijuana, the need for pot-sniffing dogs will increase dramatically because more and more and more pot will be illegally pushed on children.)


— More cash for struggling schools – David Giuliani (DIERSEN: When you were in high school, did it have lots of cash? Since 1966, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have hinted/implied/argued/shouted that Crete-Monee High School had lots of cash when I attended it 1962-1966 and that is why I was able a) to pass the Post Office employment test, b) to graduate in the top 20% of my class, c) to get an ACT score of 24, d) to get accepted by UIC, and e) to get a student draft deferment.)
— Illinois political parties morally bankrupt – Jim Nowlan


— Sources confirm McCann to enter gubernatorial race as independent – Glenn Minnis




— LGBT courses will be added to Illinois public schools’ curriculum if lawmakers approve pending bill – Teri Webster (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, those who run Illinois make it clear that if you do not promote LGBTQ activity, they want you to leave Illinois, like the Nazis made it increasingly clear that they wanted Jews to leave Germany.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: What have opponents said? But this is different, opponents said, because it goes against the religious beliefs of other students. Adding LGBT beliefs to public school curriculums would force some students to hear about personal values counter to what they believe, said Ralph Rivera, a lobbyist with the conservative Illinois Family Institute. “Where’s the protection for students and parents who have a religious belief?” Rivera told the Chicago Tribune. “Which has always been the case, this is not a new, avant-garde thing that they find this behavior to be against their religious beliefs and their churches’ or synagogues’ beliefs. No one seems to be mindful of that. They don’t care.” The Illinois Association of School Boards is also leery of the proposal. The board typically opposes most state requirements for schools because they believe districts, not lawmakers, should make such decisions, the Chicago Tribune reported. . .Illinois has a history of supporting LGBT issues. For example: The state approved same-sex marriage before the U.S. Supreme Court allowed it nationwide. Last year, lawmakers approved a measure to allow transgenders in the state to change the sex listed on their birth certificates. A new law plans the “gay panic defense,” which allowed criminals charged with first degree murder to maintain they “acted out of passion after learning their victim was gay or transgender.”)


— Hispanic Caucus vows to stop Census citizenship question ‘at all costs’ (DIERSEN: What percent of those living in your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, in Illinois, and in America are illegals?)
— Leftists exchange school discipline for peace circles, burning sage and talking sticks


— Is Paul Ryan the latest sign of crumbling Republican Party? – LLOYD GREEN (DIERSEN: I should write a book about what discourages people from a) voting for Republican candidates, b) helping elect Republican candidates, c) becoming/staying a Republican Precinct Committeeman/Captain, d) becoming a committee chairman or officer of a Republican organization, e) running for a government office as a Republican, f) etc.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats crow about their success in making women anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders, and anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.


— Sure, McCabe and Comey made mistakes. But that’s not why they were fired. – Max Boot (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes, my Democrat superiors in the federal government took adverse actions against me because I was a BAD employee, and a) NOT because I complained to them about political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation; b) NOT because in 1988 when I was 40 years old, I became an active member in a class action lawsuit that charged them with reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation; c) NOT because I filed a lawsuit against them in 1998 that charged them with political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation; d) NOT because I have always been a Republican, e) NOT because many of them disapproved of my demographics, including my national origin and religion, f) NOT because many of them disapproved of my conservatism, and g) NOT because many of them disapproved of my avoiding the draft. I should write a book about those in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who a) state that they are religious, conservative, and/or Republican but who b) side with my Democrat superiors against me. They reject the equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving) plank in the Republican Party platform, b) they promote patronage and political affiliation discrimination, c) they promote age discrimination, d) they promote retaliation, e) they disapprove of my demographics, including my national origin and religion, f) they disapprove of my conservatism, and/or g) they disapprove of my avoiding the draft.)


— $16.78/hour starting pay: Milwaukee Post Office hiring city carrier assistants (DIERSEN: This is similar to the part-time job that I got working for the Park Forest Post Office 1966-1969. My Democrat superiors could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job.)


— President Trump aiming to cut down on government aid abuse – Travis Robinson (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who hint/imply/argue/shout that government employees, and especially federal employees, are not contributing members of society.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: According to the order, in 2017, the federal government spent over $700 billion on low-income assistance. The goal of the order is to make sure everyone receiving that money is actually trying to be a contributing member of society.)


— You’re losing a major tax deduction this year. Stop complaining about it. – Dalton Conley (DIERSEN: Roskam should increase the $10,000 SALT cap to $20,000 for married filing jointly.)


— Equal earnings help couples say ‘I do’ and stay together (DIERSEN: The more equal that the salaries are that married couples have, the more marriage penalty that they pay. My wife and I have paid the marriage penalty big time since we got married in 1978. Roskam should increase the $10,000 SALT cap to $20,000 for married filing jointly.)


— Trump administration outlines roadmap to modernizing federal workforce – Nicole Ogrysko (DIERSEN: Have you reskilled yourself? In 1990, my Democrat GAO superiors assigned me to audits of federal financial institution regulators. In 1992, I started taking graduate finance courses at IIT, and in 1997, I earned a master’s degree in financial markets and trading from IIT.)

(FROM THE ARTICLE: “Reskilling” is becoming an increasingly popular buzz word from OPM this year, and it’s a key component of the administration’s workforce priorities.)

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.