August 1 Morning Edition

— AS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY’S STRANGLEHOLD ON CHICAGO TIGHTENS: 74 murdered, 410 shot in Chicago in July 2017, police say – Jessica D’Onofrio


— New Capitol Showdown Looms Over Illinois School Funding Plan – Sara Burnett and Sophia Tareen
— AS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY’S STRANGLEHOLD ON CHICAGO TIGHTENS: Chicago Killings on Pace to Exceed 2016, One of the City’s Bloodiest in Decades  Last month saw 74 murders, 321 shootings and 410 shooting victims, police announced Tuesday


— AS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY’S STRANGLEHOLD ON CHICAGO TIGHTENS: Chicago ends July with more than 400 murders, on pace to exceed 2016


— Pritzker gives $2 million to Democratic Governors Association in June – Lynn Sweet  (DIERSEN: He who pays the piper calls the tunes.)


— Next move is Rauner’s after Senate sends him school funding bill – Monique Garcia
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: United States District Judge Susan R. Bolton sides with Mexico against America.
— Turmoil, dysfunction tarnish Bellwood library board – Angie Leventis Lourgos and Clifford Ward


— New Capitol showdown looms over Illinois school funding plan – AP
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Trump on tricky legal ground with ‘Obamacare’ threat.”  To retaliate against Trump, will Democrat doctors refuse to treat Republicans?
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: United States District Judge Susan R. Bolton sides with Mexico against America.
— Senate Democrats say ‘no’ to cuts for rich in GOP tax plan – AP  (DIERSEN: According to Democrats, you are rich if you are not on welfare.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Gene Robke of Carlyle viciously demonizes, denigrates, and condemns Republicans.


— Freeze gambling parlors in downtown La Salle? Council to consider issue – Jeff Dankert


— Stroke patient gets probation on pot charge – Lisa Hammer


— Back to the Future, Berkowitz w/ Proft on Gov. Rauner’s regime change


— Cash Poor Schools Don’t Support SB1 – Greg Bishop


— OUTSTANDING: Casino hopes fading away – Editorial


— How much do public servants get paid in Kankakee County?  (DIERSEN: When did you first start earning more that $100,000/year in today’s dollars?  In 1988, when I was 40 years old, GAO paid me $100,917 (GS-13 Step 3) in today’s dollars. I had worked for GAO for almost 9 years. Before that, I had worked for IRS for almost 9 years, the last 5 1/2 years at the GS-12 Step 1-5 levels, currently $79,563-$90,173. I had become a licensed CPA in 1981.  I had passed the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt in 1981. I had passed the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979.  I had earned a master degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980 and I had earned an MBA from Loyola in 1976.)


— Gubernatorial Candidate Pritzker Goes On Offensive Against Trump – TONY ARNOLD


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Candidates for Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors includes Marty Keller, Milton Township Trustee


— JULY 12, 2017 FLASHBACK: Wheaton ‘watchdog’ Jan Shaw questions school district’s financial sense – Justin Stoltzfus


— Illinois drivers can expect another hit at the gas pump soon


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Rauner asks “Does anybody really feel compelled to give political millionaire Rauner their own money to help get him re-elected?”


— Sorry Illinois politicians, PolitiFact is back – Bob Secter
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Rauners say “Rauner’s Chicago schools “bailout” claim rooted in political histrionics, not numbers.”


— Scaramucci Escorted Off White House Grounds – Cathy Burke


— Outsiders vs. Insiders: George Washington’s warnings against faction are still prescient today – Jeffrey A. Rendall


— WHY THE PRIVATE SECTOR DOES A BETTER JOB THAN THE GOVERNMENT – Kent Kellar  (DIERSEN: At least since the 1960s, the federal government’s top priority has been to hire, to retain, and to promote Democrats, and especially Democrats who are minority, female, and/or younger. GAO hired me in 1980 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, younger person, or veteran who would take the job. IRS hired me in 1971 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job. The Post Office hired me in 1966 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job. Because I have always been a Republican, were it not for federal civil service protections, a) the Post Office would NOT have hired me in 1966 or let me work there for almost 3 years, b) IRS would NOT have hired me in 1971 or let me work there for almost 9 years, c) IRS would NOT have promoted me in 1972, 1973, or 1974, d) GAO would NOT have hired me in 1980 or let me work there for almost 18 years, and e) GAO would NOT have promoted me in 1986.)


— Trump call to cut Congress’ perks an about-time moment – Cheryl K. Chumley  (DIERSEN: Many millions have not and will not seek a job with the federal government a) because the pay and benefits are terrible, b) because the advancement opportunities are terrible, c) because they lack required education, work experience, professional certifications, and/or professional licenses, d) because they cannot pass an employment examination, e) because they cannot pass a background investigation, f) because they cannot pass a physical examination, g) because they cannot take the demonization, denigration, and condemnation that comes with being a federal employee or federal retiree, and/or h) because they are Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran and they know that the federal government discriminates against the aforesaid.)
— JULY 19, 2017 FLASHBACK: Weaponizing language and communication  The new ‘AP Stylebook’ embraces political correctness and a liberal version of truth – Tammy Bruce


— Don’t Be a Gossip – Tim Hetzner (DIERSEN: Everything in GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails has already been posted on a website.)


— Complications for Trump Threats to Congressional Health Care  Issues include lack of OPM chief, threat to staffers – Niels Lesniewski (DIERSEN: To punish me, my critics/opponents would love to cut/eliminate my $17,288/year federal health, dental, and vision insurance subsidy. They care nothing that to qualify for that subsidy, I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: United States District Judge Susan R. Bolton sides with Mexico against America.
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: DIERSEN HEADLINE: When illegals break laws, prosecutors are under tremendous pressure to go easy on them, that is, to let them off the hook.
— While Other U.S. Companies Flee China, Starbucks Marches In – Andrew Ross Sorkin
— Campus Political Fights Come Home for the Summer – DANA GOLDSTEIN  (DIERSEN: When you were earning your bachelor’s degree, did your Democrat professors succeed in turning you into a “good little Democrat?” Mine did not.  I majored in business at UIC 1966-1968 an at NIU 1969-1970. I commuted to classes at UIC from my parents’ home in Crete 1966-1968. I came home weekends during my first semester at NIU in 1969 to work at the Park Forest Post Office. I worked full-time at the Park Forest Post Office during the summer of 1969 like I had done the summers of 1967 and 1968.  My Democrat Post Office superiors succeeded in forcing me to resign at end of the summer of 1969. My father died suddenly in October 1969.)


— HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: Excess At the Top  The CEO Pay Machine – Philip Delves Broughton  (DIERSEN: Trump’s lousy $400,000 salary is only 3.25 times what my $122,991 GS-13 Step 10 pay is in today’s dollars.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: In 1978 the average chief executive at a large company was paid 26 times more than the average worker. By 2014, depending on your method of calculation, he was paid 300 to 700 times more. It has become standard for a CEO to make more than $10 million a year, and a few make more than $100 million. These aren’t founders or major shareholders but hired guns, managers playing with house money. It is not like this everywhere. In the U.K., the fifth largest economy in the world, the pay ratio of CEO to average worker is 84 to 1. In Japan, the third largest, it’s 16 to 1.)


— This 59-year-old mother of 2 is making millions selling legal marijuana gummies – Veronika Bondarenko  (DIERSEN: If you promote pot, you promote destruction.)


— Resist COLA cuts for federal retirees – Paula Simmons  (DIERSEN: Federal COLAs have always been far less than inflation.)


— IRS employee sues over being put on city’s blacklist  (DIERSEN: What blacklists are you on?  Individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are members of the following groups have always had me on their blacklists: anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders (except Bill Clinton), and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)


— Reince Priebus brought it on himself – John Nichols  (DIERSEN: The federal government would have promoted into its Senior Executive Service long before I was 40 a) if I had been a Democrat, b) if I had painted myself a being a yes-man, c) if I had helped my superiors and supervisors get rid of their employees because they were Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran, d) if I had not complained about patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, reverse discrimination, or retaliation, and e) if I had not become an active member in a class action lawsuit in 1988 that charged the federal government with reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation.)


— Millennials want their dream home now – not in 20 years – Angus Raine  (DIERSEN: Where are you on the “property ladder?” My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always been are filled with envy.  They are furious a) that I bought a new town home in University Park when I was 24 in 1972, that I bought a studio condo in downtown Chicago when I was 25, and that I bought a one bedroom condo in downtown Chicago when I was 27 and b) that my wife and I bought 1017 East Harrison in Wheaton when I was 29 and that we had 915 Cove Court built in Wheaton when I was 35.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: When I bought my first home in the late 1980s, I didn’t care that it was ramshackle, I just wanted to get my foot on the property ladder. Now you hardly ever hear the term ‘property ladder’, and millennials want their dream family home now – not in 20 years. But that’s how long it took me to progress through a series of houses until I bought my current family home. I’m calling for a cultural shift: we need to return to viewing property ownership as a long-term, gradual strategy. So, if you’re a first-home buyer, just how do you climb the property ladder? First, you might need to rethink your expectations of a first home. Buying in the best location you can afford is more important than getting the perfect home immediately. And while many people think that the next logical step is to buy a bigger house, you are better off moving to progressively better locations. That will build value faster than graduating to bigger homes in the same suburb and will take you to the next rung on your journey up the property ladder.)

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.