December 5 Morning Edition

— Trump calls Emanuel to discuss past presidential transitions


— City Clerk Mendoza to take oath as state comptroller today – Monique Garcia, Hal Dardick, John Byrne
— Northwestern, U. of C. presidents among highest-paid in the country – Dawn Rhodes
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump says “In fact-free America, maybe millions of Trump supporters voted twice.”
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump says “Today it’s bigoted rants” and asks “but what about tomorrow?”
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH BIG COLOR PICTURE: In helping kids select college, parents along for more than the ride – Kate Thayer  (DIERSEN: In 1970, I was the first of my ancestors to earn a college degree.  Neither of my outstanding parents attended college.  My father was the first of my ancestors to earn a high school diploma.  My mother never attended high school.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: From filling out forms and writing essays to building a resume and gathering letters of recommendation, applying to college is a rigorous part of high school. But for 16-year-old Bryan Dominguez, the stress is magnified. Unlike many of his peers at Buffalo Grove High School, he doesn’t have anyone at home who’s been through the process. The son of Mexican immigrants and the oldest of four children, Dominguez, of Wheeling, will be the first in his family to go to college. “The whole concept of college is very confusing in general to me and my parents,” he said. “All I know is my one goal in life is to go to college. Being the first person in my family … is something I hold very close to my heart.” Recognizing first-generation college students have unique needs, Arlington Heights-based Township High School District 214 developed a field trip for its students to tour two colleges with their parents as part of learning more about the entire process.)


—  Pension pain not limited to Chicago – Shia Kapos (DIERSEN: If they have not already done so, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes will demand that Trump cut, if not eliminate, a) Civil Service Retirement System pensions and b) health insurance subsidies for federal retirees.)


— Why Rauner should veto Exelon’s bailout – Dave Lundy


— Michigan to move ahead with presidential recount  Stein to sue in Pennsylvania on Monday – CNN
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps side with China against America and say “Trump tweets take a fresh swipe at China  President-elect under fire after call to Taiwan.”
— Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner plan move to DC  Couple plans to relocate family from NYC – David Wright


— U of I Projection Says Budget Gap Would Take 10+ Years To Close – JAMEY DUNN


— Donald Trump Picks Ben Carson for HUD Secretary – ABC News


— Trump’s inauguration set to test nation’s readiness to heal – AP  (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps do not want any kind of healing.  Anti-Trumps want to get rid of those who voted for Trump.)


— Yingling’s loyalty to Madigan, Democratic Party under scrutiny – Ruth de Jauregui (DIERSEN: Who/what are you loyal to?  I am loyal to the Republican Party platform, the Illinois Republican Party platform, and the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling.)


— Rauner outlines details for second stopgap budget – Ruth de Jauregui
— Democrats called on to end Madigan’s reign as House speaker – Carol Ostrow
— Ives bill would give state workers control of their pension nest eggs – Hoang Tran  (DIERSEN: The federal government went through this in the 1980s. SEE:


— Time to Defund the “Refugee” Invasion


— Pension pressure doomed state aid for Chicago schools – Rich Miller




— High Noon for Sanctuary Cities
— Ex-inmate Jesse Jackson Jr. calls on Obama to pardon millions of ex-inmates
— Smith & Wesson CEO sees better shot with Donald Trump


— Will GOP Congress Stop Obama’s Final Terrorist “Refugee” Deal?


— Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration worries businesses – SEAN HIGGINS (DIERSEN: Businesses that treasonously hire illegals and treasonously encourage people to come to America illegally, to stay in America, and to bring others to America illegally promote Democrats and RINOs.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Trump allies defend his election lie as refreshing.”


— Trump: I would have ‘far less reason to tweet’ if I was covered accurately – REBECCA SAVRANSKY
— Republicans want to grease tracks for Trump – ALEXANDER BOLTON


— Trump blames unfair media for driving him to tweet – NOLAN D. MCCASKILL


— Jeff Sessions’ Coming War on Legal Marijuana  There’s little to stop the attorney general nominee from ignoring the will of millions of pro-pot voters. – JAMES HIGDON  (DIERSEN: Many, if not most, if not virtually all of my critics/opponents, their operative, and their dupes talk and/or act like the are “pro-pot.”)


— Sec. Kerry says Trump did not contact State Dept. prior to calls – Greg Clary (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes stress that I am a Republican Precinct Committeeman and they use that to hint/imply/argue/shout that I should be severely punished if I do not get permission from the following before including links to articles in GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails: the Milton Township Republican Central Committee officers, the DuPage County Republican Central Committee officers, my representative on the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) State Central Committee, the IRP offices, the IRP National Committeeman, and the IRP National Committeewoman.)


— Donald Trump tweets about China’s currency, military policies after Taiwan flap


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps have no evidence that illegals did not vote for Clinton.


— How to Help Working People – Editorial  (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always hinted/implied/argued/shouted that the federal government overpaid me and gave me retirement, health insurance, vacation days, sick days, and other benefits that were too generous.  In my defense, a) I earned a job-related bachelor’s degree when I was 21 and job-related master’s degrees when I was 27, 31, and 48, b) I earned job-related professional certifications when I was 30, 32, 41, 45, 47, and 48, and c) I earned a job-related professional license when I was 33. Further, 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 its employees who are Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: THE GOVERNMENT AS MODEL EMPLOYER Mr. Obama has issued executive orders to raise pay and improve conditions at companies that do business with the government. The orders, which require contractors to pay employees at least $10.10 an hour, provide paid sick days and report wage-and-safety violations to procurement officials, have value beyond helping federal contract employees. They also set an example for the entire private sector to follow. As president, Mr. Trump will be free to ditch these executive orders. As a private employer, his own approach to low-paid labor indicates that model-employer orders would be the first to go. But in his new job, Mr. Trump will be the nation’s chief executive. Does he want to be known for lowering basic standards?)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Trump’s Threat to the Constitution.”
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “The Art of the Scam.”
— FRONT PAGE: DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Business Since Birth: Trump’s Children and the Tangle That Awaits.”


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Republicans are actively helping Trump weaken our democracy with his lies.”
— In an anti-recount filing, Trump’s lawyers say the election was ‘not tainted by fraud or mistake’ – Philip Bump
— Federal employees, retirees get soaked in ‘perfect storm’ of rising insurance costs – Joe Davidson (DIERSEN: I was a federal employee for almost 30 years and I have been a federal retiree for more than 19 years.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Trump brings Koch network’s anti-green-energy stance from the fringe to the center of power.”
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump asks “Who cares if students burn flags? and says “We pay too much attention to campus life.”


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Cartoon about who the Democrat Party constituency.


— A response to the pleas to shut up Trump – STEPHEN L. CARTER


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “How Dreamers Are Gearing Up For A Trump Presidency.” Anti-Trumps side with Dreamers and their parents against Americans.)


— America’s Dangerous Drift on Taiwan  Trump seems to understand that U.S. neglect of Taiwan has emboldened China. – RUPERT HAMMOND-CHAMBERS
— Suburbs Outstrip Cities in Population Growth – LAURA KUSISTO  (DIERSEN: What do you say to Democrats who flee the poverty and crime in areas controlled by Democrats for prosperity and safety in areas controlled by Republicans, but continue to despise, if not hate Republicans?)


— A government of, by and for corporate America – Eugene Robinson


— Why Donald Trump’s Allies Don’t Want Mitt Romney in His Cabinet – AP


— Only 3 of the 25 Highest-Paid Private College Presidents Are Women – Kaitlin Mulhere (DIERSEN: Does that mean that those who run colleges are sexists?)


— The Workers’ Menace Becomes the Commuters’ Threat – Elaine Chao, Bush’s labor secretary, is Trump’s pick for transportation. – LANE WINDHAM


— Yes, Trump Did Win More Counties Than Any Republican Since Reagan  Pence says Trump claimed more counties than any GOP candidate since 1984. He’s right—but the size of some of those counties explains Hillary Clinton’s 2.6 million popular vote lead. – Allison Graves and Louis Jacobson

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.