February 11, 2024


— Biden calls Israel’s military operations in Gaza ‘over the top;’ White House downplays comments – AP

— Migrants in Chicago are on edge as evictions from temporary shelters loom. More than 13,000 people are under pressure to find homes and work before they are mass-evicted from city-operated shelters. – Daniella Silva (COMMENT: Anticipate/expect ever-increasing pressure on your county, your township, your municipality, and your school district from Democrat and RINO leaders to house their illegals and to provide them with food, clothing, medical care, transportation, education, etc.)
— Hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-haters ever-increasingly promote Taylor Swift.

— Chicago Auto Show draws car fanatics, shoppers in buyer’s market – Noel Brennan (COMMENT: I have attended many Chicago Auto Shows since the 1960s. But the shows are of increasingly less interest to me a) because fewer and fewer and fewer of the cars are American nameplate, b) because fewer and fewer and fewer of the cars appeal to those who share my demographics, and c) because more and more and more of the cars are electric.)

— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH BIG PICTURE: Democrats flexed muscles in passing out pork in Springfield – DAN PETRELLA
— Hate-filled Trump-hating Trump-haters promote Haley.
— On her way out, RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel urges crowd in Rosemont to vote early – RICK PEARSON (COMMENT: Serving as a chairman of a political organization is a thankless job. I served as the chairman of TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois 2005-2012. I should write a book about that.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel used an Illinois GOP fundraiser Friday night to deliver a valedictory address of sorts as she prepares for her ouster from the party post later this month under pressure from former President Donald Trump. Appearing at an event aimed at encouraging Republicans to vote early and by mail, a “Bank Your Vote” program she initiated despite criticism from Trump and other GOP leaders that the practice Democrats have used successfully has been littered with fraud, McDaniel made no mention of the former president or her imminent departure as RNC chair. She exhorted a crowd of more than 700 people in a ballroom at the Westin O’Hare hotel in Rosemont to pledge to vote early, avoid an Election Day vote deficit and save the party from the expense of pushing them to vote in the campaign’s final days. “Why bank your vote? We in the party must start utilizing mail-in and early voting,” she said. “Please raise your hand and you will pledge to vote early this election. Everybody, we got to do it.”)
— Hundreds protest Chicago Tribune editorial they say spread anti-Palestinian racism – REBECCA JOHNSON (COMMENT: Taking positions on issues is a thankless job. I have served as the GOPUSA Editor since 2000. I have always promoted the Republican Party platform in GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters and especially the platform’s individual responsibility, traditional marriage and family, right to life, immigration, Second Amendment, illegal drugs, and equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving) planks. I should write a book about that.)
— As the Republican primary looms, Haley challenges Trump on her home turf – AP
— Biden and his allies push back against a special counsel’s claims about his memory – AP
— Democrat leaders ever-increasingly promote more illegal immigration.

— Chicago Auto Show ‘childhood dream come true’ for some, window shopping opportunity for others. The 116th rendition of the Auto Show has brought a growing share of electric vehicles, with Lucid and Tesla making their debuts at the iconic showcase. – Violet Miller (COMMENT: I have attended many Chicago Auto Shows since the 1960s. But the shows are of increasingly less interest to me a) because fewer and fewer and fewer of the cars are American nameplate, b) because fewer and fewer and fewer of the cars appeal to those who share my demographics, and c) because more and more and more of the cars are electric.)

— FRONT PAGE: Underwood outpacing GOP rivals in fundraising for 14th Congressional race – Russell Lissau
— Former Naperville council candidate Nag Jaiswal quits human rights and fair housing commission – Alicia Fabbre

— Illinois GOP lawmakers lay out spring session priorities – Andrew Hensel (COMMENT: What about stopping Democrat promotion of dependency on government and charity, LGBTQ, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, diminishment of Second Amendment rights, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, and age discrimination? What about promoting individual responsibility, traditional marriage and family, right to life, enforcement of immigration laws, limits on vices, Second Amendment rights, and equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving)?)

— Democrat leaders ever-increasingly promote more LGBTQ.

— Immigration bill shows cracks in the Democratic Party machine – Grayson Hodson


— President Non Compos Mentis

— Ives: Democrats should ‘shun’ Benet Academy grad Anna Stava-Murray for ‘evil’ bill that ‘designates parents as abusive for refusing to allow gender change or an abortion’

— North Side State Rep. Cassidy proposes income tax cut for Illinois abortion, child mutilation providers, school porn teachers.

— IL GOP Leaders Embrace a Losing Record Under Chair Don Tracy as he Bankrolls the State Party (COMMENT: From what I see, conservatives like me, that is, platform Republicans like me, feel ever-increasingly unwelcome in the Illinois Republican Party, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, and Milton Township Republican Organization. I should write a book about the many big adverse actions that past and present leaders of the aforesaid have taken against me.)


— Double standard seen in kid-glove treatment for Biden versus full-bore legal assault on Trump – Alex Swoyer and Jeff Mordock
— White House memo balks at attacks on Biden’s memory, suggests that GOP are ‘afraid’ of him – Alex Miller

— Trump blasts Biden’s fitness to run for president if special counsel says he’s ‘not fit to charge’ – Misty Severi
— White House Report Card: Biden repeatedly shows he’s losing it – Paul Bedard
— Unfunded cost of retirement benefits reaches $1.14 trillion ($103.1 billion in Illinois) – Tom Gantert (COMMENT: I should write a book about my critics/opponents who have used my getting a Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) pension against me the most. In my defense, I stress that I paid 7% of my salary into the CSRS for almost 30 years.)
— What’s behind Trump’s Bud Light rehabilitation effort? – Kimberly Ross

— Joe Biden’s Senior Moment of the Week (Vol. 80) Special ‘Elderly Man With a Poor Memory’ Edition

— Thousands of migrants in NY quietly collecting ‘welfare’ through Hochul rule change – Rich Calder
— Trump questions whereabouts of Nikki Haley’s husband Michael, who is serving in military. – Patrick Reilly

— ‘We Are in The Thick of an Invasion’: More than 12,000 Illegal Aliens from 48 Countries Apprehended in Tucson Sector Alone This Week.
— ‘Heroic’: Democrats Praise Illinois Bill to Provide Tax Credits to Abortionists, Child Mutilators, Porn Teachers

— Elon Musk slams Biden, says he opened border to keep Democrats in power – TIMOTHY FRUDD

— Another day, another Venezuelan thug in New York: Here come the Caracas slums – Monica Showalter
— Keep an eye on the Biden crowd – Richard Berkowitz

— Replacement theory? ‘The View’ floats names of Dems who could take Biden’s spot after special counsel’s tough report
— NY GOP lawmakers excoriate city’s sanctuary policies after second migrant attack in two weeks – Vivek Saxena

— Florida transgender activists stage die-in demonstrations at DMVs over new driver’s license rule – COLLIN JONES

— 64 Ways Joe Biden Opened America’s Borders to the World’s Migrants – JOHN BINDER
— Immigration Should Be ‘Centerpiece’ of 2024 Election, Biden ‘Unilaterally’ Opened Border – Rep. Ashley Hinson

— Will Taylor Swift Be the Next Bud Light? Many in the media are saying Taylor may soon announce her endorsement of President Joe Biden. – Wayne Allyn Root (COMMENT: To endorse Biden is to promote more hatred against those who share Trump’s demographics: heterosexual, conservative, Republican, White, male, older, non-poor, non-veteran, married, Protestant, German American, and/or have ancestors who have been in America for a long time. What percent of voters share Trump’s demographics?)

— Florida Republican Party Endorses Trump for President – Tom Ozimek (COMMENT: From what I see, the majority of the leaders of the Illinois Republican Party, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, and Milton Township Republican Organization oppose Trump. In the March 19 Republican primary in your county and in your township/ward, what percent of the votes will Trump get and what percent will Haley get?)

— Denver mayor blames Republicans and Trump for $5M cuts to pay for migrant crisis. Mayor Mike Johnston, a Democrat, has announced that he is cutting $5 million from public services to pay for the city’s illegal immigration crisis. – Michael Dorgan
— Anti-racism and social justice jargon is hurting future doctors. Former Harvard Medical School dean Jeffrey Flier worried that ‘ideological outcome’ could have negative impacts on medicine and healthcare. – Nikolas Lanum
— Congressional committee chair slams TikTok’s role in aiding Chinese migrant surge at southern border. Wisconsin Republican Mike Gallagher called on Biden to reverse open-border policies. – Peter Aitken
— Migrants are flowing to the areas of least resistance: California Mayor Bill Wells

— Sen. Hawley Says AG Garland Should ‘Either Charge’ Biden Or Invoke 25th Amendment
— Biden Must Be Hidden From An Apathetic Press

— Policy matters: Illegal immigrant traffic to Texas drops, shifts to Arizona, California – Matthew Holloway

— “It’s going be a free-for-all in the country if they allow Colorado to get away with” keeping Trump off the ballot. – William A. Jacobson
— California Teacher Who Exposed “Woke Kindergarten” Program Placed On Indefinite Leave (COMMENT: My Democrat GAO superiors forced me to take their early retirement “offer” in 1997 when I was 49 years old a) because I was an active member in a class action lawsuit that charged them with reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation and b) because they wanted to retaliate against me by giving my Black subordinate my job and my preferred corner office which is exactly what they did.)

— Trump Demands ‘Criminal Penalties’ for Biden-Admin Officials Who Refuse to Enforce Immigration Law – KAYLA BARTSCH
— Affirmative Action Has No Place at Military-Service Academies – DAN LENNINGTON and SKYLAR CROY

— Trump: ‘We Crushed Crooked Joe Biden’s Disastrous Open Borders Bill’ – Eric Mack

— Denver Deprives Citizens to Fund Illegals, Mayor Blames Congress – CATHERINE SALGADO
— What Next? Woke State Now Coming After Car Tires – MILT HARRIS
— Cities Forced to Cut Services to Deal With Migrant Crisis – RICK MORAN

— Propaganda Wars Begin: Illegal Immigration Will Boost US GDP By $7 Trillion. How is it not the biggest political talking point right now that since October 2019, native-born US workers have lost 1.4 million jobs, while over the same period foreign-born workers have gained 3 million jobs. (COMMENT: If those who hired me 1964-1980 could have hired illegals, they would have hired foreign-born workers instead of me and they would have paid them much less. I should write a book about my biggest critics/opponents. I would focus on those whose parents have/had lots of money, bought them cars, paid for their college expenses, got them good jobs, etc.)

— DeSantis: If Republicans Are Not Willing To Fight Over The Border Then What Issue Are They Going To Fight For? – Ian Schwartz

— Even Liberals Admit Trump Will Be Re-Elected As Voters Are Sick of Biden’s Migrant Policies – Sarah Arnold

— Liberal Mayor Blames Republicans as He Cuts City Services to Fund Programs for Illegal Aliens – George C. Upper III
— Test Scores Plummet After School Rolls Out ‘Woke Kindergarten’ – Anthony Altomari


— Trump argues he should ‘not be charged’ in classified docs case if Biden isn’t – LAUREN IRWIN

— New York’s Immigration Debate Intensifies as Protests Erupt, With Some Calling for Stricter Policies

— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Why the Age Issue Is Hurting Biden So Much More Than Trump. – Rebecca Davis O’Brien
Both Donald J. Trump and President Biden are over 75. But voters are much less likely to worry that Mr. Trump is too old to serve.
— Democrat and RINO leaders ever-increasingly promote more illegal immigration.
— Inside Biden’s Protective White House. The White House’s cloistered nature reflects the concern of aides who worry that even small mistakes will be amplified. Lately, the president has burst through that bubble, with mixed results. – Katie Rogers and Lisa Lerer
— Other 80-Somethings Have Thoughts About Age and the Presidency. President Biden’s age has once again become a talking point in national politics. Many older Americans agree that it’s an issue; others feel it’s insulting. – Jack Healy, Julie Bosman, Audra D. S. Burch and Jenna Russell

— Democrat and RINO leaders ever-increasingly promote more illegal immigration.

— This is what happens if you don’t pay your taxes on time. Late fees and interest are only the beginning. – Megan DeMatteo and Kelsey Neubauer (COMMENT: I worked for IRS’s Collection Division for almost 9 years, the last 5 1/2 years of which at the GS-12 Step 1-5 Levels, currently $97,079-$110,020/year and I worked for GAO on audits of IRS’s Criminal Investigation Division for 3 years at the GS-13 Step 1-3 levels, currently $115,439-$123,136/year.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Levies and liens Within a few months, you should expect to receive letters from the IRS indicating how much you owe. These may be followed by collection notices or phone calls. Eventually, you may receive a Notice of Intent to Levy, a letter indicating the IRS is prepared to seize your assets to cover the amount due. It can claim your home, car, bank accounts or even a portion of your paycheck. After receiving the Notice of Intent, you have 30 days to pay your balance, appeal the levy or reach an agreement with the IRS before further action is taken. If you don’t pay within 10 days of receiving the notice, the failure-to-pay penalty increases to 1% per month. If you owe the IRS $10,000 or more, a lien may be placed on your home. According to the IRS website, “a lien is a legal claim against your property to secure payment of your tax debt, while a levy actually takes the property to satisfy the tax debt.” The IRS will file a Notice of Federal Tax Lien “to alert creditors that the government has a legal right to your property.” This may limit your ability to get credit, including refinancing your mortgage. If you sell your home, the IRS may claim a portion or all of the proceeds. Even declaring bankruptcy may not remove a tax lien. Other consequences for not paying taxes If you still have not settled your account, the State Department may eventually refuse to issue or renew your passport. If you have a “seriously delinquent tax debt” (considered $62,000 or more) your passport may even be revoked. The IRS has 10 years to collect unpaid taxes. While tax evasion and tax fraud are jailable offenses, you won’t go to prison for not having enough money to pay your tax bill. That’s why filing a return, even if you don’t include full payment, is important. How to pay your taxes over time If you’re concerned your tax bill may be steep, you can set up an installment plan with the IRS. These payment plans include interest and a non-payment penalty of up to 25% of the balance due. You can also apply for an offer in compromise (OIC), which is a request for the IRS to settle your tax bill for less than the amount that you owe. They’re not commonly approved — only about a third of OICs were accepted in 2022 — but the IRS will consider your income, expenses and other factors when reviewing your request.)

— The ongoing migrant crisis makes 44 percent of Texans either more likely or significantly more likely to support the state becoming a fully independent country – James Bickerton
— ALL OF THE FRONT COVER: Americans Being Priced Out of Their Love Affair With Cars – GIULIA CARBONARO (COMMENT: Back in the good old days, a) I bought (paid for in full) a new 1966 Pontiac Tempest Sprint in May of 1966 when I was 17 years old with the money that I had earned the previous 18 months working part-time for the minimum wage washing dishes and I got for selling my 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air, b) I bought (paid for in full) a new 1968 Oldsmobile 442 in December of 1967 with the money that I had earned the previous 13 months working part-time delivering mail and I got for my selling my Pontiac, and c) I bought (paid for in full) a new 1969 Dodge Charger SE in December of 1968 with the money that I had earned the previous 12 months working part-time delivering mail and I got for selling my Oldsmobile. Granted, my parents provided with room and board all that time.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: For decades, car ownership has been a trademark of the American lifestyle, with vehicles becoming symbols of freedom, independence and even rebellion, as well as a necessity. . .Just 10 percent of new car listings are currently priced below $30,000, according to CoPilot. Things are not much better in the used car market, where only 28 percent of listings are currently priced below $20,000. According to an October report by Market Watch, Americans needed an annual income of at least $100,000 to afford a car, at least if they’re following standard budgeting advice, which says you shouldn’t spend more than 10 percent of your monthly income on car-related expenses. That means that more than 60 percent of American households cannot afford to buy a new car, based on Census data. For individuals, the numbers are even worse, with 82 percent of people below the $100,000 line.)

— Republican Party of Texas censures Speaker Dade Phelan – RONNIE MARLEY (COMMENT: Far too many Democrat plant, Libertarian plant, Green plant, Independent plant, and RINO elected officials and party leaders in Illinois, DuPage County, Milton Township, and Wheaton not only reject far too many planks in the Republican Party platform, but they have taken far too many big adverse actions against me because I support those planks. I should write a book about the aforesaid.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The Republican Party of Texas has announced they’ve officially censured Representative Dade Phelan on Saturday, according to a release. Officials said they will be “imposing the full set of penalties allowed by the rules, for lack of fidelity to Republican principles and priorities.” According to a release, rule 44 of the Republican Party of Texas allows the party to censure elected officials who violate Republican Party of Texas principles and priorities three times or more in a given biennium. The censure of Phelan details five such instances on issues such as the impeachment of Ken Paxton, Democrat Committee Chairs, border security, and educational freedom. The release stated that the original censure resolution was passed by the Jasper County Republican Party with at least two-thirds support and required a three-fifths vote to pass the 64-member State Republican Executive Committee. The final vote was 55 in favor, four opposed, and four abstentions. . .Phelan is now the four elected official in the history of the Republican Party of Texas to be censured utilizing the Rule 44 censure option.)

— Only fifth of Washoe County voters turnout – Brenna O’Boyle (COMMENT: What has your Republican Precinct Committeeman done so far to increase Republican voter turnout for the March 19, 2024 Republican primary? So far, for my DuPage County Milton Township Precinct 59 in Wheaton, I have hand-delivered a copy of the sample ballot along with all the campaign literature that I have received (only from Jeff Castle so far) to each of the 228 residences in my precinct that have at least one registered Republican voter. I did it in 4 batches with each batch taking about 2 hours to deliver.)

— Democrat and RINO leaders ever-increasingly blame Republican leaders for problems caused by illegal immigration caused by Democrat and RINO leaders.

— Democrats and RINOs ever-increasingly use DEI to get rid of Republicans.

— Taylor Swift Wows Chinese Women Tired of Xi’s Conservative Era. Fans praise pop star for raising gender issues, empowerment. China promotes traditional role for women to boost birth rates. (COMMENT: Republicans promote traditional marriage and family. Democrats and RINOs promote LGBTQ and destroy traditional marriage and family. According to my critics/opponents, I owe all my successes in life to my unfairly benefitting from being raised in a traditional family. According to Democrats and RINOs, traditional families discriminate against women.)
— Wealthy Parents Are Spending $750,000 to Get Kids Into Harvard, Yale – Francesca Maglione and Paulina Cachero (COMMENT: All my critics/opponents have/had wealthy parents. Their parents bought them cars. Their parents paid their college expenses. Their parents got them jobs. I should write a book about my critics/opponents.)

— These Four Traits Lead to More Retirement Savings. Only 10% of workers that have the traits that lead to more retirement savings. Are you one of them? – JACOB SCHROEDER (COMMENT: My Democrat IRS and GAO superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates grew ever-increasingly furious that my wife and I could and did save lots of money for our retirement.)

— What to do when your counteroffer is better than your new job offer. Some experts say that you should never accept a counteroffer. But what happens when the terms are just too good? – ANISA PURBASARI HORTON (COMMENT: In 1980, when I was a 31-year-old IRS employee, of course, when the Democrats who ran GAO offered me a transfer, the Democrats who ran IRS did not make me a counteroffer. But my IRS supervisor did decry the president that the transfer established. I had to suffer a $22,996/year (21%) pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer. Constructively, a) that rendered my having worked for IRS for almost 9 years, the last 5 1/2 years of which at GS-12 Step1-5 Levels, currently $97,079-$110,020/year in today’s dollars WORTHLESS, b) that rendered my having passed the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979 WORTHLESS, and c) that rendered my earning an MBA from Loyola in 1976 WORTHLESS.)

— Defining Levels of Language Proficiency Avoids Confusion (COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, those who answer toll-free calls are not proficient in English.)

— What is a conservative? Understanding how the term works in American politics. (COMMENT: Political parties exist to help elect candidates who can and will defend and advance their platform. The Republican Party platform is conservative. Conservatives defend and advance the Republican Party platform. There are far too few conservatives in DuPage County, Milton Township, and Wheaton, but I am one of them.)

— ‘We cannot vet them all’: Border Patrol chief warned Homeland Security committee about influx of Chinese migrants ‘with links to CCP’ in closed-door meeting LAST YEAR. More than 24,000 Chinese migrants crossed US borders illegally in 2023, compared to just 342 in 2021 – making them the fastest growing illegal entries. DailyMail.com can now reveal that border chiefs warned the homeland security committee last year that they were concerned they could be letting in CCP spies. Meanwhile, startling data has revealed that more illegal Chinese migrants are granted asylum than any other nationality, raising concerns that more will follow. – MILES DILWORTH

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.