December 21 Morning Edition

— A week after hitting Pritzker, Republicans go after Kennedy – Kim Geiger
— Amazon’s Aurora distribution center deal may be one of the last under EDGE program – Ally Marotti and Ray Long
— Under pressure, major retailers ditch on-call scheduling – Sarah Halzack  (DIERSEN: I was under on-call scheduling 1966-1969 while I worked part-time for the Park Forest Post Office.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Those who push pot push destruction.
— Chicago-area home sales, prices record double-digit gains in November – Gail MarksJarvis


— Judge rules City Council violated Open Meetings Act – Sam Charles
— Forget the furniture and do the job – Editorial
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps vow to bring down Trump.
— Get ready for those ‘death panels’ – Joe Conason


— West Dundee raises property tax levy 14.5 percent – Lauren Rohr
— Mark Kirk and the lofty goal of bipartisan moderation – Editorial  (DIERSEN: If you run as a Republican, the more planks in the Republican Party platform that you reject, the more that anti-Republicans glorify and praise you.)


— CDC: Lake View In Top 1 Percent Nationally For Binge Drinking – Shannon Heffernan, Chris Hagan


— 2018 governor campaign has already begun, and it’s ugly – Rich Miller


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trump John J. Dunphy says “Donald Trump, serial liar.”


— State’s school funding formula must change, senator says – David Giuliani


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Trump’s Deportation Plan Could Disrupt Agriculture.”


— Bird Flipping Mayor to face possible censure from Village Board – Kirk Allen

— John Shimkus parties like it’s going out of style – John Kraft and Kirk Allen


— Oops: GOP urges retiring Democrat to vote against Madigan


— Louis Farrakhan delivers fear-Trump message  Nation of Islam leader: ‘My message to Mr. Trump: Push it real good’ – AP


— ANTI-AMERICAN: Los Angeles county votes to provide lawyers for illegal aliens


— Some Might Threaten Impeachment to Stop Trump Immigration Plans – Tom Tancredo


— INCLUSIVENESS AND DIVERSITY – Walter E. Williams  (DIERSEN: My Democrat superiors in the federal government focused on promoting Inclusiveness and Diversity, that is, they focused on getting rid of their employees who were Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)


— Rush Limbaugh: Obama plans to create ‘unrest’ every time Donald Trump makes a decision – Chris Enloe


— Conservatism in the Era of Trump – TIM ALBERTA


— Trump outlasted every ‘last chance’ from the media – EDDIE SCARRY


— Poll: Dems more likely to unfriend people due to political posts – JOE CONCHA
— Transition official: Take Trump symbolically, not literally – JENNIFER CALFAS


— Approaching retirement, half of workers 55-64 have ‘zero’ money ‘in the bank,’ Bernie Sanders says – Tom Kertscher  (DIERSEN: How much does your employer know about you?  Does your employer know what your spouse’s income is?  Does your employer know what your and your spouse’s combined net worth is?  If you become a federal employee, your employer will know the aforesaid plus much more.  In 1997, my Democrat GAO superiors concluded that my wife and I had already saved more than enough for our retirement and that we could easily live on $69,707 less a year in today’s dollars (my $120,427 salary minus my $50,720 pension).)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: What do you say to those who want the federal government, that is, the taxpayers, to help, this is, to give preference to those who fail/refuse to repay their student loans?  Why weren’t these loans cosigned by the parents?
— They Thought They Qualified for Student Loan Forgiveness. Years Later, the Government Changes Its Mind. – RON LIEBER  (DIERSEN: I spent almost 30 years in “public service” jobs.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Hundreds of thousands of people with piles of federal student loan debt had not been too concerned because they were counting on a federal government program that would forgive those loans if they worked at least 10 years in a public service job. But what happens if the definition of “public service” seemed to change midway through that decade?)


— Americans who voted against Trump are feeling unprecedented dread and despair – David Horsey  (DIERSEN: How many voted against Trump in your precinct?  Of the 506 registered voters in my precinct, 211 voted for Clinton, 26 for Johnson, and 5 for Stein.  Only 137 voted for Trump.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Those who push pot push destruction.


— Newt Gingrich says Trump is done with ‘drain the swamp’ – Aaron Blake
— Donald Trump’s doctor: ‘If something happens to him, then it happens to him’ – Aaron Blake


— Why Liberals Oppose Ben Carson  Trump has tapped a nonpolitician to clean up a mess created by politicians and bureaucrats. – JASON L. RILEY


— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH COLOR GRAPHIC: Split decision: Americans assess Obama’s legacy – Susan Page  (DIERSEN: From what I see, Obama focused on using the federal government to help those individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)
— 5 biggest retirement savings mistakes to avoid – Jeff Reeves  (DIERSEN: According to this article, “three out of five workers were unexpectedly forced into retirement earlier than planned.”  My Democrat GAO superiors forced me into retirement in 1997 when I was 49 years old.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Mistake #2: Overestimating wage-earning years  Saving for retirement is always hard, because it involves forgoing the instant gratification of current spending in exchange for accessing those funds at a distant date in the future. But while it’s natural to prioritize spending now and saving later, the sad reality is you may not have the opportunity down the road to save when you’d like to. For instance, a 2015 survey from Voya Financial that found three out of five workers were unexpectedly forced into retirement earlier than planned. Some workers “insist they will work until age 70, so their nest egg has more time to grow,” said Kimberly Foss, president of Empyrion Wealth Management in Roseville, Calif. “Trouble is, that’s not always possible.”)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Trump restocking the swamp he vowed to drain.”


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: If you are a Republican, the older that you are, the more that Democrats call you a racist.


— Donald Trump’s new D.C. hotel ranks really badly, according to luxury travel site  Trump’s hotel is the third-worst luxury spot of the year, according to Luxury Travel Intelligence – BRENDAN GAUTHIER

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.