February 11 Morning Edition

— Trump’s GOP ditches fiscal conservatism as budget deal clips wings of deficit hawks – Sean Sullivan and Michelle Ye Hee Lee
— To curb illegal immigration, find the root cause – Barbara Orze, Chicago (DIERSEN: Democrats want immigrants because they vote for Democrats. RINOs want immigrants because they want cheap labor.)


— J.B. Pritzker continues apology tour at Black Women of Illinois forum – Rachel Hinton (DIERSEN: What do your critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes want you to apologize for? My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes want me to apologize for causing all of their problems, all of your problems, all of my problems, and all of everyone’s problems. They especially want me to apologize for causing all the defeats that Republicans have suffered in Illinois since 2000. Most commonly, they hint/imply/argue/shout that my including links in GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails to articles that they do not like caused Republican defeats.)


— 8 ways to prepare for big tax law changes this filing season – Bloomberg


— 101st hopeful discusses endorsement by Proft – Tom Kacich
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Illinois House candidate Dan Caulkins says he didn’t do anything special to earn the endorsement of radio host Dan Proft, his Liberty Principles Political Action Committee and, at last count, more than $105,000 in uncoordinated campaign support. “Their mission is to recruit good, solid conservatives for government. They feel the need, and they have the ability to support people that they believe are honest, hardworking and conservative, people who can go to Springfield and articulate a conservative message and who believe in limited government, lower taxes, reducing the regulations on business that will make Illinois prosperous again. I fill that bill,” said Caulkins, a former Decatur City Council member. At the time he was interviewed by Proft last summer, he said he didn’t know how much support he’d get or even if he’d be backed by the conservative group in the three-way Republican race in the 101st House District. The other candidates are Randy Keith of Monticello and Todd Henricks of Cerro Gordo. “I wasn’t the only candidate they interviewed in the 101st. After the interview they told me that there were other people they’d talk to before they made a decision. And they chose to support me,” he said. He said he’s running his own campaign independent of Liberty Principles.)


— McHenry County residents visit forum to meet 14th Congressional District candidates – ED KOMENDA (DIERSEN: If I was still the TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman, the organization would be hosting debates for a) Rauner v. Ives, b) Sanguinetti v. Morthland, c) Harold v. Grasso, d) Diganvker v. Jhingan, e) Stella v. Vlakancic, f) Minor v. Grant v. Byrne, g) Kinzler v. Orozco, h) Zito v. Khouri, i) Mendrick v. Bibbiano, j) Tornatore v. DeMichele v. Gavanes, k) Hart v. Abbott v. Tully, l) McGowen v. Almiron v. Eckhoff v. Zaruba v. Tatro v. Chinchilla, m) Wiley v. Zay v. McQuade, n) Illinois Republican Party State Central Committee candidates, o) etc.)
— McHenry County won’t dismiss or reduce formerly criminal, low-level marijuana convictions – KATIE SMITH (DIERSEN: I have never used an illegal drug and I never will. I thank my outstanding parents who had me baptized as a Missouri Synod Lutheran (MSL) in 1948, sent me to Trinity Lutheran Grade School in Crete 1953-1961 and then to Hope Lutheran Grade School in Park Forest 1961-1962 to stay with the MSL, and c) had me confirmed as a MSL in 1962.)


— Meet Gov. Rauner. He’s new here – Doug Finke
— Rauner’s Valentine’s Day gift to state could be balanced budget proposal – Editorial


— Reading tea leaves – Rich Miller
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Bloomington Pantagraph publishes a letter from someone who hates those who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German Americans, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.


— At Lincoln Luncheon, Republican candidates celebrate conservatism, debate its finer points – ISAAC SMITH


— ‘Trump Bump’ spurs new wave of journalists – ROGER RUTHHART (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes stress that I do not have a degree in journalism. In my defense, I worked for GAO for almost 18 years as an analyst, the last 11 years of which at the GS-13 Step 1-10 levels, currently $96,403-$125,325. Much of what GAO analysts do very similar to what journalist do.)


— Kankakee School District 111 administration, four boys basketball players and coaches traveled to Crete-Monee High School to make amends after a postgame altercation that occurred Feb. 2. – John Dykstra


— The Downsides of Upside-Down Favorability – Rich Miller


97.1 TALK
— Rauner Has The Cash – Jeanne Ives Has The Character Annie Talks with Jeanne Ives about the vast differences between her and Bruce Rauner’s policies. – Annie Frey Show


— AS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY’S STRANGLEHOLD ON ILLINOIS, ON COOK COUNTY, AND ON CHICAGO TIGHTENS: Over 1 million meals will be packed at North Central College (DIERSEN: Soon, because of the Democrats, everyone in Illinois will need assistance from government and from charities.)


— As Trump derides Dems for using DACA, a battle for Hispanic votes reignites – Joseph Weber (DIERSEN: What are your demographics? Which politicians battle for votes from those who share your demographics? I should write a book about politicians who battle for votes from members of Group A by demonizing, denigrating, and condemning members of Group B. Members of Group A are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, 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 and members of Group B are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German Americans, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)


— Missouri mainstream media desperate to ignore bad news – Brian E. Birdnow (DIERSEN: The mainstream media promotes news that it can spin to promote the Democrat, Libertarian, or Green party platforms, and ignores the rest.)


— San Francisco is experiencing a ‘mass exodus.’ The city’s liberal policies are to blame. – Chris Enloe


— The True Biblical Response to Illegal Immigration and DREAMers – Arthur Schaper (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, “religious leaders” act as operatives or as dupes a) for foreign countries and/or b) for the Democrat, Libertarian, and/or Green parties.)


— GOP praises, Dems question tax-cut boost in paychecks – NAOMI JAGODA (DIERSEN: How much has your take-home increased? IRS boosted my Civil Service Retirement System pension take-home by $91.11 a month or by $1,093.22 a year by reducing federal income tax withheld from $462.45 a month to $371.34 a month.)


— Trump, Saying ‘Mere Allegation’ Ruins Lives, Appears to Doubt #MeToo Movement – MARK LANDLER (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, if you are charged with anything bad, the more of the following that you are, the more that you are presumed to be guilty: Trump supporter, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owner, German American, draft avoider, and/or if your ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “People’s lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation,” he wrote. “Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused — life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?”)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “G.O.P. Squirms as Trump Veers Off Script With Abuse Remarks.”
— Liberals Wanted Fiscal Stimulus. Conservatives Delivered It. Left-leaning economists hate the timing and the composition. But the expansionary fiscal policy they sought is on the way. – Neil Irwin
— The Republicans Have Become the Party of Debt – Editorial
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Those who are anti-male promote out-of-wedlock birth.
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say that Trump does not care about women’s safety.


— Pennsylvania GOP Lawmakers Submit New Map in Gerrymandering Case State’s Supreme Court had overturned current congressional districts as unfair to Democrats – Scott Calvert and Brent Kendall (DIERSEN: Should I write a book about those who gerrymandered my DuPage County Milton Township Precinct 9 in Wheaton in 2015 and why they did it?)

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.