April 9 Morning Edition

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrat and RINO governors side with foreign countries against America.


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats crow about their success in getting high school students and others to serve as their operatives and as their dupes.


— Rauner says he reached out to Ives after the election; she says he hasn’t – Rick Pearson (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Rauner makes it clear that he wants “Ives and other conservatives out of the party.” Conservatives support the traditional family, right to life, immigration, and the rest of the planks in the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) platform. On April 18, 2018, at 102 IRP county conventions, will elected Republican Precinct Committeemen, Cook County township committeemen, and Chicago ward committeemen a) vote in IRP State Central Committee (SCC) candidates who will do what Rauner wants and purge conservatives, that is, destroy the IRP or b) vote for IRP SCC candidates who can and will defend and advance the IRP platform?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “As usual, Gov. Rauner is not telling the truth. What he is saying happened did not happen,” Ives spokeswoman Kathleen Murphy said in email. “But that’s fine. Rauner’s surrogates have made and continue to make it clear that they want Ives and other conservatives out of the party so there’s no need for perfunctory and disingenuous outreach,” she said. “He and his surrogates are who Republicans chose to lead them. He is the nominee. And Ives wishes him good luck in the general.”)
— Under fire from Trump, Sessions taps U.S. attorney in Chicago to oversee production of documents to Congress – Matt Zapotosky
— Durkin says don’t do a six-month budget
— Should you help your kid buy a home? – Anya Kamenetz (DIERSEN: Were your parents wealthy enough that they could/did help you buy a home? My outstanding parents were not. My father died suddenly in 1969 when he was 47 and I was 21. My mother never attended high school. I bought a new town home in University Park in 1972. The down payment came from money that I had earned working for IRS since 1971 (in today’s dollars, my salary was $55,905/year), working for Firestone Stores part-time since 1971, and working for Firestone Stores full-time 1970-1971.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: George Will promotes criminal rights.
— Teens who vape: Will a new craze invite a health crisis? – Editorial (DIERSEN: One should anticipate that if pot is legalized, teens who vape will smoke pot and destroy their brains.)
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats encourage children to engage in LGBTQ activity.


— U.S. Attorney John Lauschto speed Republican document demands – Jon Seidel
— Stormy Daniels again seeks Trump’s answers under oath – AP
— Trump once fought measure requiring sprinklers in buildings – AP


— FRONT PAGE: Tollway: Politically-connected PR firm that got $6.6 million contract was hired on merits – Marni Pyke (DIERSEN: What is your position on “merits?” Of course, my Democrat superiors say that all the decisions that they made to retain and promote their Democrat employees instead of me were based on “merit.” Assessing “merit” is extremely subjective. 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.)
— Postcard on prepayments was misleading – Reinhard Metz, Wheaton (DIERSEN: It would be great if Roskam would increase the $10,000 SALT cap to $20,000 for married filing jointly. Government should encourage marriage and homeownership.)
— Early tax payment not entirely ‘welcome’ – Kevin Brewner, St. Charles (DIERSEN: It would be great if Roskam would increase the $10,000 SALT cap to $20,000 for married filing jointly. Government should encourage marriage and homeownership.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Crain’s Chicago Business a) sides with its advertisers who want cheap labor and b) sides with Democrats who want future Democrats. Overwhelmingly, immigrants have made it clear that if/when they become citizens, they will help the Democrats get rid of Republicans, and especially Republicans who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.
— In Illinois, we need all the watchdogs we can get – ANDY SHAW (DIERSEN: GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails draw attention to the work that watchdogs do. I worked for a watchdog, that is, for GAO, for almost 18 years, the last 11 years of which at the GS-13 Step 1-10 levels, currently $96,403-$125,325. Of course, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes dismiss, belittle, badmouth, demonize, denigrate, and condemn that. I should write a book about my nasty, troubled, failed, vicious critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes who have a) little or no government or political experience, b) little or no relevant education, and/or c) few or no relevant professional certifications or licenses.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Illinois has more separate units of government than any other state, and too many, like Riverdale’s library, have overseers who would rather hunker down in their bunkers than embrace tax-saving mergers. 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—i.e., Tribune cutbacks—public officials face less and less scrutiny, emboldening them to misbehave with impunity, laws and taxpayers be damned. Riverdale is in a “news desert,” an out-of-the-way place that gets little or no attention from mainstream media unless a murder or riot attracts TV trucks. Wonky issues like a library controversy? Fuggedaboutit! The BGA’s not insulated from these forces. We have limited resources and tend to deploy them on investigations with broad scope and impact. It took Riverdale activists three tries over several months to get us to realize they, too, suffered from government abuse with implications far beyond their town. It’s good they persisted, and the Riverdale library’s transgressions should be investigated by the Illinois attorney general. But sadly, 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.)


— Are Illinois Congressmen safe in wake of Donald Trump? – ED KOMENDA (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps want candidates to run as anti-Trumps, that is, to be 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.)


— Not voting for Tirio or supporting Provenzano – Tim Keough, Crystal Lake (DIERSEN: Hultgren and Roskam both endorsed me when I first ran for Republican Precinct Committeeman in 2000. What do I say to my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes who stress that Hultgren protected Provenzano for many years, and that if Hultgren had protected me, I would still be a TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member, Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster, Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member, American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board member, etc.? My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes stress to Hultgren a) that I am not the member of a church like they are, b) that I do not attend church services like they do, c) that I do not give money to a church like they do, d) that I oppose the promotion of LGBTQ activity, and e) that while 105 cast Republican primary ballots in my precinct, I got only 77 votes.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Congratulations to the McHenry County Republican Party. On the same day that the Northwest Herald reported that Nick Provenzano was fired from his government job for having a sexual encounter with a teen boy, he received 100 votes and won his election as a Nunda Republican Precinct Committeeman.)


— Justice taps Chicago’s U.S. attorney John Lausch to speed Republican document demands – AP


— Glen Ellyn town hall meeting tackles gun violence


— Illinois Republican candidates prepare for Illinois General Election – Mariana Domingues (DIERSEN: What is the last event that your Republican county party organization hosted? What is the next event that your Republican county party organization will host?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Republican candidates are getting ready for this year’s Illinois general election in November. Several candidates met with other party leaders at today’s Lincoln Day Dinner sponsored by the Henry County Republicans. Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner addressed many GOP supporters at the event. As he runs for re-election, he says he will continue to stand by education reform. . .On Saturday, newly-minted competitor, Democrat Sean Casten, benefited from the lengthy exposure in front of a captivated crowd. When Casten was introduced, he got a standing ovation. “It’s too bad that Peter Roskam is not here today,” Casten said at the forum. “Because I would defy anyone to stand in this room and not be inspired by all of these impassioned young people, their families, and their supporters.” Why wasn’t he there? “Unfortunately Representative Roskam had previous commitments, which we communicated to the student who extended the invitation on the day that he emailed our office,” Roskam spokeswoman Veronica Vera said in an emailed response. “Representative Roskam believes this is an important issue and our office is looking at alternatives to have students from the district meet with the Representative for a productive conversation on this issue.” Roskam’s office said he met with Glenbard North High School students after the Parkland shooting for about an hour.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats crow about their success in making NIU students 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, and anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trunp says “Eulogy for a fake populist presidency.”


— City hires chief diversity officer; and Glen Tullman’s nod to ‘Hamilton’ (DIERSEN: Will Tullman emulate Charles Bowsher? During the 1980s and 1990s, Bowsher had great success getting rid of GAO’s 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.)


— Has Governor Rauner already lost to Democrat JB Pritzker in the Governor’s race? – Jeff Berkowitz (DIERSEN: To get reelected, would Rauner promise to defend and advance all the planks in the Illinois Republican Party platform, including the traditional family, right to life, and immigration planks?)


— CASTEN basks in, ROSKAM skips, packed gun TOWN HALL – Natasha Korecki
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Another weekend in the Illinois 6th congressional district, where U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) is fighting to keep his seat, meant another packed town hall. This time, school violence was the issue at the forum organized by high school students. Inside of a Glen Ellyn church with a capacity to hold 600, it was standing room only, according to organizers. The large turnout isn’t new for this district. And like so many other town halls held in the 6th over the past year, one thing remained consistent: Roskam was a no-show. Since President Donald Trump’s 2016 election, the congressman has been dogged by activists to meet at a town hall-style setting to take questions.)


— Mendoza’s reduced bill backlog claim is ‘nonsense,’ expert says – W.J. Kennedy


— JAMES O’KEEFE EVENT: American Pravda: My Fight For Truth in the Era of Fake News – April 18 (DIERSEN: Why was this event scheduled in direct conflict with Illinois Republican Party county conventions?)


— FLYING BLIND: ILLINOIS’ REVENUE ESTIMATES AND THE BASICS OF BAD BUDGETING Lawmakers can’t balance the budget if they don’t know how much they have to spend. – Adam Schuster


— Leftist Public School Indoctrination Bill Moving Forward in Springfield – Laurie Higgins




— Pritzker hit again on taxes
— State’s election infrastructure is deteriorating at a crucial moment


— Rage against the social media machine (DIERSEN: What information do you use against others? What information does Facebook have about you that your critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes can/do use against you? Facebook has the following information about me that my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes use against me: Trump supporter, Protestant (baptized, raised, and confirmed as a Missouri Synod Lutheran), conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, old (born in 1948), non-poor, gun owner, draft avoider, 100% German American, my ancestors have been in America since 1844, BMI is 30, federal retiree, former union member, American nameplate car owner, childless, pet-less, I am demonized, denigrated, and condemned by lots of people who say that they are religious, conservative, and/or Republican, and even worse things.)


— Washington Post: ‘White evangelicals’ blindly defend Trump and pastors accused of sexual misconduct – Teri Webster (DIERSEN: Do you blindly defend Trump or anyone else? I do not.)


— Progressive Illinois Rep. Bill Foster Declares Constitution Means Nothing – Dean Weingarten


— Trump administration seeks to open Harvard admissions files – MICHAEL STRATFORD (DIERSEN: What colleges admitted you? My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always hinted/implied/argued/shouted that instead of me, UIC, NIU, Loyola, DePaul, Roosevelt, and IIT should have admitted minorities, females, and veterans in 1966, 1969, 1972, 1976, 1980, and 1992 respectively.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “As elections near, many older, educated, white voters shift away from Trump’s party.” To “shift away from Trump’s party” is to promote dependency on government, dependency on charity, LGBTQ activity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, further erosion of the Second Amendment, booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and even worse things.
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Nationwide, whites over the age of 60 with college degrees now favor Democrats over Republicans for Congress by a 2-point margin, according to Reuters/Ipsos opinion polling during the first three months of the year. During the same period in 2016, that same group favored Republicans for Congress by 10 percentage points. The 12-point swing is one of the largest shifts in support toward Democrats that the Reuters/Ipsos poll has measured over the past two years. If that trend continues, Republicans will struggle to keep control of the House of Representatives, and possibly the Senate, in the November elections, potentially dooming President Trump’s legislative agenda. The real core for the Republicans is white, older white, and if they’re losing ground there, they’re going to have a tsunami, said Larry Sabato, a University of Virginia political scientist who closely tracks political races. If that continues to November, they’re toast.)


— South Carolina state House Republicans introduce bill on secession over gun rights


— ‘Roseanne’ TV reboot reveals latest divides in Red/Blue America – Dante Chinni


— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: For GOP, Threat of Impeachment May Spur Voters – Jonathan Martin
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump says “Horror of Being Governed by Fox & Friends.”
— A Tough Task for Facebook: European-Type Privacy for All – Natasha Singer
— How Facebook’s Data Sharing Went From Feature to Bug – Kevin Roose
— YouTube Is Improperly Collecting Children’s Data, Consumer Groups Say – Sapna Maheshwari
— Facebook’s Other Critics: Its Viral Stars – Kevin Roose
— After Violence, a High School Tries to Regain Its Balance – Elizabeth A. Harris


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump says “GOP increasingly fears loss of House, focuses on saving Senate majority.”


— Forcing judges to meet quotas won’t reduce immigration court backlogs. It will undermine due process – Editorial (DIERSEN: Forcing my superiors in the federal government to meet Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion quotas, goals, and targets resulted in reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and a tremendous waste of experience that federal employees had who were Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)


— As vultures circle, The Denver Post must be saved – Editorial (DIERSEN: GAO is only a shell of what it once was. By September 30, 1997, the Democrats who ran GAO had gotten rid of virtually all the agency’s employees who were Republican. I should write a book about “Republican” Presidents, U.S. Senators, U.S. Representatives, etc. a) who have no problem with that destruction and b) who promoted that destruction.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: At The Denver Post on Monday, more than two dozen reporters, editors, photographers, videographers, page designers, digital producers and opinion staff will walk out the door. Our marching orders are to cut a full 30 by the start of July. These heartbreaking instructions raise the question: Does this cut, which follows so many in recent years that our ranks have shriveled from more than 250 to fewer than 100 today, represent the beginning of the end for the Voice of the Rocky Mountain Empire? The cuts, backed by our owner, the New York City hedge fund Alden Global Capital, also are a mystery, if you look at them from the point of view of those of us intent on running a serious news operation befitting the city that bears our name. Media experts locally and nationally question why our future looks so bleak, as many newspapers still enjoy double-digit profits and our management reported solid profits as recently as last year. We call for action. Consider this editorial and this Sunday’s Perspective offerings a plea to Alden — owner of Digital First Media, one of the largest newspaper chains in the country — to rethink its business strategy across all its newspaper holdings. Consider this also a signal to our community and civic leaders that they ought to demand better. Denver deserves a newspaper owner who supports its newsroom. If Alden isn’t willing to do good journalism here, it should sell The Post to owners who will. A flagship local newspaper like The Post plays a critically important role in its city and state: It provides a public record of the good and the bad, serves as a watchdog against public and private corruption, offers a free marketplace of ideas and stands as a lighthouse reflective and protective of — and accountable to — a community’s values and goals. A news organization like ours ought to be seen, especially by our owner, as a necessary public institution vital to the very maintenance of our grand democratic experiment.)


— The Food That Helps Battle Depression – Elizabeth Bernstein (DIERSEN: What depresses you the most? For me, it is candidates who paint themselves as being Republican to get elected, but once they get elected, they fail/refuse to defend/advance the Republican Party platform, most commonly, its traditional family, right to life, and immigration planks.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: RINOs want cheap labor.
— Don’t Stop Saving Just Because You’ve Retired – Glenn Ruffenach (DIERSEN: It has been much more difficult for my wife and I to save because since September 30, 1997, my income has been $73,461/year (59%) less (only $51,864/year instead of $125,325/year) in today’s dollars.)


— America’s Virtual Border Wall Is a 1,954-Mile-Long Money Pit Protecting the southern border has foiled even the military’s brightest minds. Now, Silicon Valley is ready to give it a go. – Lauren Etter and Karen Weise (DIERSEN: Democrats see illegals as being future Democrats. RINOs see illegals as being cheap labor.)


— The 1% are getting even richer — and it’s not going to stop any time soon – Will Martin


— In an age of Trump and Stormy Daniels, evangelical leaders face sex scandals of their own – Sarah Pulliam Bailey

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.