December 12 Evening Edition



— Trump, Pence to Headline ‘Thank You’ Rally in Wisconsin Tuesday  Trump won Wisconsin by roughly 22,000 votes in November, becoming the first Republican to win the state since 1984. – Tom Schuba  (DIERSEN: Who in your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, and in Illinois would Trump and Pence thank for his election?  What did they do to help elect Trump and Pence?)
— Illinois Budget Fight Leaves Universities in Lurch Again


— Black Leaders Who Support Gov. Rauner Get Some Pushback In Return  (DIERSEN: What do you get the most pushback for supporting?  For me, it is a) for my supporting the traditional family, right to life, immigration, illegal drugs, Second Amendment, and equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving) planks in the Republican Party platform and the Illinois Republican Party platform and b) for my supporting the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling.)


— Jesse Jackson Jr. files for divorce from his wife Sandi


— Trump delays announcement on business empire – AP
— Former Rep. Aaron Schock pleads not guilty to corruption charges – AP
— Brace for return of culture wars to Illinois – MADELEINE DOUBEK  (DIERSEN: For Democrats, promoting abortion, mass/illegal immigration, and LGBTQ activity are their top priorities.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Political debate in Illinois for the past few years primarily has been about debt, budgets and unions, but we could be returning to a time of culture wars with abortion, immigration and marriage equality back in the spotlight with the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.)
— Jesse Jackson Jr. files for divorce from wife Sandi – Mitchell Armentrout
— Aldermen lift ban on menthol cigarette sales near grade schools – Fran Spielman
— Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: Senate to probe reports of Russia hacking – AP
— Obama’s post-presidential perks – Lynn Sweet  (DIERSEN: What are/will be your post-employment perks?  For my having worked for the federal government for almost 30 years, mine are a Civil Service Retirement System pension (currently $50,720) and subsidized health, dental, and vision insurance (currently $16,854).)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: President Barack Obama will open an office in Washington, D.C., after he leaves the White House on Jan. 20, and the Chicago-based Obama Foundation is considering opening a branch office here, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned. “As a former president, President Obama will have office space in Washington, D.C., when he leaves office,” said Amy Brundage, an Obama spokeswoman, referring to the official office funded by taxpayers for former presidents. The federal government covers the costs of offices and a small staff for former presidents, plus a pension and other compensation for travel, an acknowledgement of the role — albeit not official — former presidents serve after they are no longer in office. For example, according to the General Services Administration, in FY2015, former President George W. Bush received $796,000 to cover health benefits, travel costs, office space, telephone costs, postage, printing costs, other services, supplies and materials, and equipment. “This was the highest amount of any former President for that year,” the Congressional Research Service noted in a March 2016 report covering the federal benefits provided to former presidents and their widows. As a former president, Obama will receive a $205,700 annual pension — and that’s after just eight years on the job. The pension is paid monthly with eligibility beginning at noon on Jan. 20, after President-elect Donald Trump takes the oath of office. Obama will get his pension check monthly. The Obama family is remaining in Washington after they move out of the White House, renting a home in the Kalorama neighborhood here. The family is staying in Washington until Sasha, 15, a sophomore at the private Sidwell Friends school here, graduates from high school. So while Obama and first lady Michelle are locating their Obama Center, a library and museum complex, in Jackson Park on Chicago’s South Side, Obama’s taxpayer funded office, for now at least, will also remain in Washington. The Washington Post reported that Obama is renting space in a building owned by an environmental group, the World Wildlife Fund, at 1250 24th St. NW, not far from the Kalorama residence. Former presidents have no rules binding them when it comes to locating their taxpayer-funded offices. The General Services Administration is authorized to write rent checks for space anywhere in the U.S. The location does not have to be connected to the presidential library or foundation headquarters.)


— Republicans can’t easily dismantle the welfare state – Julian Zelizer, Eric Patashnik
— What Trump, Congress can do for Illinois in 2017 – Diana Sroka Rickert
— State budget woes could hurt Illinois’ chances for Trump capital funds: Quigley – Mary Wisniewski
— Ex-Rep. Aaron Schock pleads not guilty to federal charges – Monique Garcia
— Wall Street’s old, unwanted bond salesmen find a home in Chicago – Bloomberg  (DIERSEN: What is your position on age discrimination? Virtually all my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes promote age discrimination.  Many of them focus on getting rid of older people like me, and especially older people like me who are White, male, and/or non-veteran.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Arthur Main learned the hard way that Wall Street is a young person’s game. After a quarter-century at Morgan Stanley, Main — like countless old-school types who came of age in the ’80s — was kicked to the curb as banks turn to youth and technology in the face of tighter regulation and lower profits. And so, at 54, he’s working at one of the last stops in high finance: a small West Loop firm called TJM Institutional Services. He considers himself lucky. “Being my age is a hindrance for a lot of people,” says Main, keeping his eyes fixed on charts and chat boxes arrayed across his computer screens. “They don’t continue to learn, they don’t embrace technology, they try to fit that square peg in the round hole, and their skill set doesn’t apply anymore.”)
— Stress: The thing that’s killing poor Americans – Peter R. Orszag  (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes focus on promoting stress.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Stress, I’ve long suspected, may explain why lifespans have been lengthening for high-income Americans but have remained the same or even shortened for low-income and middle-income people. A new analysis from the Hamilton Project released Monday adds important evidence: Biomarkers of stress have risen much more rapidly for low-income people than for high-income ones. The most recent national data show that life expectancy declined in 2015. Although these statistics are not broken down by income, it’s a good bet that the greatest declines were concentrated among lower- and middle-income people, because for decades gaps in life expectancy by income have been widening — as a National Academy of Sciences panel I co-chaired documented. Our panel was unable to explain why this has been happening, however. A sharper decline in smoking among high-income people is one partial explanation, but this and other identifiable factors can’t account for most of the growing longevity gap. And so I’ve come to suspect that the hidden factor is stress: As income inequality has increased, life has become substantially more stressful for low- and moderate-income families than it is for high-income families, and prolonged exposure to such stress is literally killing people.)
— Emanuel backs move to weaken flavored tobacco sale rules – John Byrne
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps ask “Why did Russia want Trump to win?”
— Third candidate joins race for Dundee Township Highway chief – Erin Sauder
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Dispute over Russia reflects growing Republican resistance to Trump.”


— Naperville budget to give $200,000 back to taxpayers – Marie Wilson
— Mayoral races shaping up for Northwest suburbs – Chacour Koop


— As Trump takes aim at unions, labor’s clout sags in Illinois – I-Chun Chen


— Illinois Lawmakers Look to Expand, Protect Abortion Rights – Paris Schutz


— Rauner Optimistic for Budget – TONY ARNOLD


— Schiller Park Mayor Running With New Slate Of Candidates


— Now it’s Gov. Rauner who axes meeting – Doug Finke


    — After Trump’s win, China and Mexico move to deepen ties – Reuters (DIERSEN: Anti-Americans pander to China and to Mexico.)


— Is University of Chicago a ‘Sanctuary Campus’? Spokesperson Steps Around Phrase – Jamie Ehrlich  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats and RINOs side with foreign countries and with their citizens against America and against its citizens.  Ever-increasingly, Democrats and RINOs encourage people to come to America illegally, to stay in America illegally, and to bring others to America illegally.  That is treason.)


— Citizen Kelly on FM 97.1 Radio: We will Get Stephen Colbert Off the Air


— Chicago Tribune Reports on Illinois Lottery Corruption – John Biver


— Sore loser Obama turns to Russian hacking to delegitimize Trump’s triumph – Liz Peek  (DIERSEN: What do your critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes do to delegitimize you?  My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes stress that no one pays me for what I do as your GOPUSA Illinois Editor.  They also stress that I am no longer the TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman, that I am no longer a Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member, that I am no longer the Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster, that I am no longer an Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member, that I am no longer an American Association of Political Consultants Midwest chapter board member, and that I am no longer a GAO employee.)


— ANGRY WOMEN HOLD ANTI-TRUMP STRIKE IN 18 CITIES – BUT NOBODY NOTICES  ‘Is this like the falling tree no one is around to hear in the forest?’ – CHELSEA SCHILLING


— Confederate flag-themed clothing sparks backlash, student ejections at Pa. high school


— Why I’m Filing An FEC Complaint Against CNN (And So Should Trump) – William J. Kelly
— Former Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock Pleads Not Guilty – Juliegrace Brufke
— Carly Fiorina Was Just Seen Entering Trump Tower With Kellyanne Conway – Kaitlan Collins


— Washington State University Demand $2,000 Security Fee, But Won’t Protect MILO – BEN KEW


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Trump Can’t Wait to Sell Out His Base.”
— If Nothing Is True, Then Everything Can Be False – Ruth Marcus  (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes hint/imply/argue/shout that only what they say is true and that everything that others say is false.)


— Education Dept’s Overreaching Office of Civil Rights Fears the End Is Near  Federal employees celebrate, mourn OCR’s legacy. – ALICE B. LLOYD


— Former Rep. Aaron Schock pleads not guilty in corruption case – HEATHER CAYGLE


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Trump revels in fake news and phony claims.”
— Obama’s 2.1% pay raise for federal employees praised by unions, local Hill members – Joe Davidson


— President Obama Could Have Done More to Remind America That Black Lives Matter  As proud as I am of the president, I also believe he should have insisted on more for black citizens of this country. – Brittney Cooper  (DIERSEN: Cooper would say a) that instead of me, the Post Office should have hired a Black in 1966, b) that the Post Office should gotten rid of me much sooner than it did so that a Black could have my job, c) that instead of me, IRS should have hired a Black in 1971, d) that instead of me, IRS should have promoted Blacks in 1972, 1973, and 1974, e) that instead of me, GAO should have hired a Black in 1980, f) that instead of me, GAO should have promoted a Black in 1986, and g) that GAO should gotten rid of me much sooner than it did so that a Black could have my job and my preferred corner office.)

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.