December 9 Evening Edition

— ‘I’m not in charge’: Illinois governor’s words may haunt bid – Sara Burnett–illinois-governor-2018-rauner-20171209-story.html


— Democratic Candidates for Illinois Governor Take Part in Women’s Forum – Carol Marin and Mary Ann Ahern


— Democratic governor candidate Pritzker wins major teacher union endorsement – Rick Pearson
— Trump visits Mississippi civil rights museum as protesters rally outside – AP
— Student Civics Club to host 6th Congressional District candidate forum – Peg Mannion


— Blue high-tax states fund red low-tax states – AP


— Rauner not a take charge kind of guy – Doug Finke


— Video gaming tax not a bell-ringer – Lee Provost


— Cook Co. judge ends bid by Dotty’s, other ‘gaming cafes’ to challenge rules over video gambling take – Scott Holland




— A Return to Virtue in the Wake of Scandal? – Eric Metaxas


— Facebook Picks Sides in Alabama Senate Race=> Shuts Down Gateway Pundit and Breitbart Reports on Discredited Allred Accuser – Jim Hoft


— Reporter: Democrats ‘Were Peddling’ Salacious Trump Dossier Allegation To Journalists – Chuck Ross


— Trump, Mattis turn military loose on ISIS, leaving terror caliphate in tatters – Hollie McKay


— Trump Visits Civil Rights Museum Amid Protests (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps promote hatred of Whites.)


— How Trump turned tide of illegal immigration in first year: Border crossing hits 45-year low
— Lesbian’s campaign based on anatomy
— Survey: Snowflakes too fragile to be labeled


— Pelosi Says ‘God is With Us’ in Wanting Amnesty (DIERSEN: What do you say to politicians who hint/imply/argue/shout that Jesus is a liberal Democrat/Libertarian/Green who promotes dependency on government, dependency on charity, LGBTQ activity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, race and gender based preference giving, age discrimination, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, abolition of the First and Second Amendments, and even worse things?)


— Tax Plans May Give Your Co-Worker a Better Deal Than You – Patricia Cohen


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Nearly 9 in 10 black Americans think Trump respects people of color less than whites.”


— Dems call on Reynolds to remove King from staff after ‘Diversity is not our strength’ tweet – Luke Nozicka


— Giving veterans preference in hiring – Editorial (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always hinted/implied/argued/shouted a) that instead of me, the Post Office should have hired a veteran in 1966, b) that the Post Office should gotten rid of me much sooner than it did so that a veteran could have my job, c) that instead of me, IRS should have hired a veteran in 1971, d) that instead of me, IRS should have promoted veterans in 1972, 1973, and 1974, e) that instead of me, GAO should have hired a veteran in 1980, f) that instead of me, GAO should have promoted a veteran in 1986, and g) that GAO should have gotten rid of me much sooner than it did so that a veteran could have my job and my preferred corner office. They stress that I sought and obtained a) student draft deferments 1966-1970 and b) a financial hardship draft deferment 1970-1971.)
(FROM THE EDITORIAL: Finding work as a police officer or firefighter isn’t always easy. Openings in local departments can be scarce. Still, it’s an area where it helps to have served in the military, as many government hiring managers give preference when filling those jobs to veterans. Many do, but not all. The advantage is fading these days as more mayors and town managers look to bypass old rules for government hiring, including ones that demand preferential treatment for vets. It’s not a positive development. Not only are veterans often uniquely qualified for public safety jobs, our national government has put up hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of taxpayer dollars for their training and education. It’s a shame, and simply wasteful, not to leverage that resource. In Massachusetts, the process of filling jobs with the state and local governments have extended similar preferential treatment to those who’ve served, through the civil service system. Currently 145 of 351 cities and towns in the state subscribe to that system. The problem emerging is a trend away from civil service. Local governments are seeking and getting the state’s blessing to bypass the rules, which local officials claim constrain their hiring decisions. Diversity is among the top reasons cited by mayors and town managers seeking flexibility. Civil service rules hamstring urban departments, for instance, in efforts to land minority candidates, in part because veterans who march to the top of hiring lists aren’t always minorities. A report earlier this year by the Pew Research Center suggests the military is nearly as diverse as the rest of the country. Racial and ethnic minorities represent 40 percent of the 1.3 million members of the active-duty military — and about 44 percent of the broader population ages 18 to 44. African Americans are more represented in the military — about 17 percent of the active-duty service — than in the population as a whole. That’s not to say the applicant pool for local police and fire jobs is always diverse, but it does suggest that members of the military can give city and town halls options to diversity. What cannot be overlooked in that effort is a qualified labor pool ready to sign up for some of the most taxing, stressful jobs in government. Nor can we forget our obligation to those who have dutifully served this country.)




— What Happens When the Government Uses Facebook as a Weapon?
It’s social media in the age of “patriotic trolling” in the Philippines, where the government is waging a campaign to destroy a critic—with a little help from Facebook itself. – Lauren Etter (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, beyond tragically, activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. a) talk and act like they believe that Facebook is the Internet and b) abandon websites and abandon emails. Those who run Facebook do not want Republican candidates to win elections.)


— The Average 55-Plus Worker Doesn’t Have Enough Retirement Savings to Live On — Do You? – Wendy Connick


— Trump Tax Plan: 8 New Changes That Almost Everyone Hates – Barri Segal

(FROM THE ARTICLE: 2. Mortgage interest rate deduction — reduced . . . 3. Itemized deductions — gone The new tax plan limits itemized deductions, which might increase your federal taxes, according to Business Insider. Because approximately 70% of U.S. filers claim the deduction, this could affect a lot of people. You might think those who itemize typically make a lot of money, but 86.8% of taxpayers who itemize have adjusted gross incomes below $200,000.)

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.