April 3 Morning Edition

— Deerfield Village Board unanimously votes to ban some semi-automatic weapons – Eric Horng
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Opponents of the ban said it makes Deerfield less safe. “You are the bureaucrats that Thomas Jefferson warned us about,” said Deerfield resident Dan Cox. The new law goes into effect on June 13. Residents who do not remove the banned weapons from their homes by that date face a fine of $1,000 per day.)
— After Easter shooting, Hyde Park neighbors say violent crime is on the rise – Cate Cauguiran
— Feds charge 3 as rat poison-laced drugs take toll in Chicago – Chuck Goudie and Christine Tressel and Barb Markoff


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: In a front page editorial with a big color picture unethically made to look like a news article, Democrats promote LGBTQ activity, that is, Democrats promote the destruction of the traditional family.
— Illinois lawmakers to discuss sports betting today – Bill Lukitsch (DIERSEN: Gambling is a vice. If you promote gambling, you promote destruction.)
— Trump heats up rhetoric on border, immigration as some supporters grow impatient – David Nakamura
— Pentagon can’t transfer funding to Trump’s border wall, Democratic senators say – Seung Min Kim (DIERSEN: The military’s highest priority is to stop invasion. For many decades, treasonous Democrats and treasonous RINOs have successfully encouraged Mexico and other foreign countries to invade America. Trump was elected to stop that invasion.)
— Synthetic pot leaves 2 dead, dozens hospitalized in Illinois; 3 arrested in Chicago – Elvia Malagon and Tony Briscoe
— Main bank for Illinois’ medical marijuana industry is pulling out, leaving some operators to deal in cash – Ally Marotti (DIERSEN: If you promote pot, you promote destruction.)
— Maine Township attorney resigns, citing ‘disagreement and controversy’ on divided board – Jennifer Johnson
— The nation’s biggest conservative broadcaster is putting words in its anchors’ mouths. Critics blame the FCC. – Brian Fung (DIERSEN: He who pays the piper calls the tunes. No one pays me, so no one calls my tunes. No one puts words in my mouth.)


— Hold fast against the assault on Dr. King’s legacy – Jesse Jackson (DIERSEN: Because I have always supported the equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving) plank in the Republican Party platform, my Democrat superiors in the federal government blamed me for the problems that they had hiring, retaining, and promoting young Democrat minorities and young Democrat females.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats make it clear that they want to abolish the Second Amendment.
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps blame fake news for Trump’s winning the 2016 election. According to my critics/opponents, all news is fake except for news that they put out or bless.


— The Midwest loses if immigrants are too scared to complete the census – ROB PARAL AND SARA MCELMURRY (DIERSEN: What percent of “immigrants” who live in the Midwest are in America illegally? The percentage must be extremely high.)


— Who will pay for paid family leave? – George Will (DIERSEN: Of course, the answer is those who do not have children. I should write book about those who have demonized, denigrated, and condemned me the most because my wife and I gave up trying to have children, because we did not adopt, and because we did not become foster parents. Of course, they not only want Roskam to keep the marriage penalty for those who itemize, they want Roskam to increase the marriage penalty.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The recent bipartisan budget agreement, which indicates that 10-digit deficits are acceptable to both parties even when the economy is robust, indicates government’s future. So does government’s pregnancy, which was announced nine months ago by this tweet from Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.: “In America, no family should be forced to put off having children due to economic insecurity.” The phrase “due to economic insecurity” is a way to avoid saying “until they can afford them.” Evidently it is now retrograde to expect family planning to involve families making plans that fit their resources. Which brings us to the approaching birth of a new entitlement: paid family leave after the birth or adoption of a child. This arrival will coincide with gargantuan deficits produced primarily by existing entitlements.)


— Union pay ruling could cost taxpayers $400 million – Cole Lauterbach (DIERSEN: I got many step increases while I worked for the federal government 1966-1969 and 1971-1997. Step increases recognize the work experience that you gain. My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always viciously demonized, viciously denigrated, and viciously condemned the work experience that I gained working for the Post Office 1966-1969, for IRS 1971-1980, the last 5 1/2 years of which at the GS-12 Step 1-5 levels, currently $81,071-$91,880, and for GAO 1980-1997, the last 11 years of which at the GS-13 Step 1-10 levels, currently $96,403-$125,325. What opinion does Rauner and his supporters have of the work experience that you have? Based on their words and their actions, Rauner and his supporters have an extremely low opinion of the work experience that I have.)


— Rauner’s office launches email newsletter (DIERSEN: I should write a book about the many newsletters that have come and gone since I started sending out GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails in 2000.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Gov. Bruce Rauner’s campaign team has blanketed the airwaves with ads since announcing his re-election bid in October. But on the government operations side, Rauner’s team is looking to reach Illinois residents in a different way: through their email inbox. Rauner’s office on Friday announced the launch of a new email newsletter billed as a way for state residents to stay up to date on Illinois news, issues and events.)


— Algonquin Township Highway Department proposes $250,000 budget for legal fees


— Grant blames Madigan for dysfunction in Springfield – Glenn Minnis
— Khouri making property taxes, pension reform key issues in 49th District race – Glenn Minnis
— Smith vows to fix broken state in campaign to unseat Kifowit – Glenn Minnis


— When it comes to Illinois’ deficit, how bad is bad? – Kiannah Sepeda-Miller


— On DACA, Trump shifts from dealing with Democrats to damning them – W. James Antle III


— U.S. TAXPAYERS GIVE PLANNED PARENTHOOD CASH TO FUND ALL ABORTIONS GAO report cites hundreds of millions received by branches now under investigation – BOB UNRUH


— Fox News Stands By Ingraham, Slams ‘Agenda-Driven Intimidation Efforts’ – Peter Hasson
— DNC Official Tweets ‘Repeal The Second Amendment’ – Amber Athey


— Trump Doesn’t Have to Wait for Congress to Stop the Illegal Alien Caravan – Chris Reeves


— GOP Sen. Scott: Trump ‘Not a Racist’ but is ‘Racially Insensitive’ – BRIDGET JOHNSON


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats crow about their success in using teens as their operatives and as their dupes.


— Republican Women Running For Office Find Politics Is All About Trump – Lisa Belkin (DIERSEN: What if Trump had campaigned for Ives?)


— As Malaysia Moves to Ban ‘Fake News,’ Worries About Who Decides the Truth – Hannah Beech (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, all news is fake except for the news that they put out or bless. Should I write a book about my critics/opponents who have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois?)?
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats demonize, denigrate, and condemn Republicans as being racists.
— ‘A Bit of Divine Justice’: Trump Vowed to Change Libel Law. But Not Like This. – Adam Liptak (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes hint/imply/argue/shout a) that I am a “public figure” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_figure) and b) that therefore, they can slander and libel me without worrying that I might sue them for slander or libel. But wait, those same critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes hint/imply/argue/shout a) that no one knowns who I am, b) that no one knows what I have done, c) that no one knows what I do, and d) that no one reads GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails.)
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Trump Returns to a Hard Line on Immigrants – Julie Hirschfeld Davis
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats promote Democrats.


— Trump said Sinclair ‘is far superior to CNN.’ What we know about the conservative media giant. – Eli Rosenberg (DIERSEN: What do the Republicans who represent you in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, and in Illinois say about GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails?)
— Trump said ‘DACA is dead’ but his administration approved 55,000 applications just this year – Samantha Schmidt
— The hidden crisis on college campuses: 36 percent of students don’t have enough to eat – Caitlin Dewey (DIERSEN: Did you have enough to eat while you were a full-time college student? I had enough money not only to eat, a) but to buy a new 1968 Oldsmobile 442 in 1967, b) but to buy a new 1969 Dodge Charger SE in 1968, c) but to live in the University Plaza for three semesters 1969-1970, d) to live in Lincolnshire Apartments for the summer session in 1970, and e) but to graduate from NIU in August of 1970 debt-free and owning that 1969 Dodge Charger SE. I had enough money to do the aforesaid a) because my outstanding parents provided me with room and board while I attended UIC 1966-1968, weekends during my first semester at NIU in 1969, and the summer of 1969 and b) because I earned and saved money doing yard work and delivered newspapers 1962-1964; washing dishes 1964-1966; cleaning golf shoes, chipping slag, and pumping gasoline in 1966; delivering mail 1966-1969; and working on an automobile assembly line and as a security guard in 1970. My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes hint/imply/argue/shout that I was able to do the aforesaid solely because I avoided the draft.)


— Jesse Jackson calls on big tech to redouble diversity efforts — and figure out what’s not working (DIERSEN: Should big tech bring in Charles Bowsher? During the 1980s and 1990s, Bowsher had great success in promoting diversity at GAO, that is, Bowsher had great success in getting rid of GAO employees who were Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who GAO had not promoted to 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.)


— New Quotas for Immigration Judges as Trump Administration Seeks Faster Deportations Rules were laid out in a message sent Friday to immigration judges – Laura Meckler (DIERSEN: Were quotas imposed on your superiors? All during the almost 30 years that I worked for the federal government, Democrat politicians imposed quotas, goals, and targets on my superiors a) to hire, to retain, and to promote young Democrat minorities and young Democrat females and b) to make way for them by wasting the careers of and by getting rid of their employees who were Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)
— Degree Inflation and Discrimination Could civil-rights laws and ‘disparate impact’ protect job applicants who haven’t finished college? – Frederick M. Hess and Grant Addison (DIERSEN: My Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates in the federal government always hinted/implied/argued/shouted that I had an unfair advantage over Democrats who were minority, female, younger than me, and/or veteran because I earned a) a job-related bachelor’s degree when I was 21 in 1970 and job-related master’s degrees when I was 27, 31, and 48, b) job-related professional certifications when I was 30, 32, 41, 45, 47, and 48, and c) a job-related professional license when I was 32.)


— AS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY’S STRANGLEHOLD ON ILLINOIS TIGHTENS: Western Illinois University Opens Food Bank for Students Western Illinois University has opened a food pantry after a student survey showed a large number of students skipping meals or going hungry. – AP




— Oversight and Accountability (DIERSEN: On what do you base your knowledge of IRS? I worked for IRS for almost 9 years, the last 5 1/2 years of which at the GS-12 Step 1-5 levels, currently $81,071-$91,880. I worked for GAO on audits of IRS for 3 years at the GS-13 Step 1-3 levels, currently $96,403-$102,830. I should write a book about those who have done the most to waste my knowledge of IRS.)

(FROM THE ARTICLE: As Chairman of the Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee, Peter has been leading the fight to reform the IRS and root out the mismanagement and abuse the troubled agency has inflicted upon hardworking taxpayers. When the IRS got caught abusing its power and unfairly targeting conservatives, Peter led the charge to investigate and hold the guilty parties accountable. When the agency tried to use gift taxes to target and diminish charitable donations to conservative groups, Peter passed a law to stop it – scoring a major legislative victory. He will continue to hold the IRS accountable and make sure these abuses never happen again. Peter has been a leading voice fighting to change the culture at the IRS. He wrote and passed into law the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, which protects taxpayers and their private information from IRS abuse. He forced the IRS to re-train every one of its employees and hang a copy in every one of its facilities. Through his oversight and accountability work, Peter exposed major abuses of power by the IRS. The agency used strong-arm tactics to seize the assets of law-abiding citizens and small businesses. He is now forcing the IRS to repay every dollar they took and is changing the rules so that it can’t happen again.)

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.