February 14 Morning Edition

— State Budget, Politics To Collide In Springfield Wednesday – Derrick Blakley


— Lawmakers flock to new Obama plaque at Illinois Capitol – Bill Lukitsch (DIERSEN: As retirees in Illinois are ever-increasingly demonized, denigrated, and condemned as being undeservedly filthy rich and even worse things, will politicians start taxing retirement income?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: State lawmakers are lining up like tourists in the Illinois House to take selfies in front of a new plaque that commemorates former President Barack Obama’s 2016 speech to lawmakers in the Illinois House. The marker hangs behind the speaker’s podium, where Obama delivered his remarks. In his speech, the then-president called on lawmakers to set partisan differences aside and work toward ending the longest budget impasse in Illinois history. That stalemate ended last summer, when lawmakers voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto and raise income taxes. The Republican governor will give his budget address at noon Wednesday near the new commemorative hardware.)
— OUTSTANDING: Commission advises against pedal pubs, or bars on wheels, in downtown Naperville – Erin Hegarty (DIERSEN: Overwhelmingly, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes promote booze, gambling, pot, and other vices.)
— Mike Madigan flunks the #MeToo test – Editorial (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, all men flunk the #MeToo test if they fail/refuse to demonize, to denigrate, and to condemn all older White men as being White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things.)
— GOP candidate’s parents contributed maximum — to his potential Democratic opponent – Alex Horton (DIERSEN: What motivates you to help elect a candidate? For me, it is their convincing me that if elected, a) they can and will defend and advance all the planks in the Republican Party platform and in the Illinois Republican Party platform, including their traditional family, right to life, immigration, and equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving) planks and b) they would vote against/veto anything that promotes LGBTQ activity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, diminution of First and Second Amendment rights, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, etc.)


— Was the Speaker listening? Woman questions why Madigan took months to fire aide – Tina Sfondeles
— ENDORSEMENT: Kelly Mazeski for Congress in 6th District Democratic Primary


— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: BEYOND OUTRAGEOUS: Aurora approves city’s first gay pride parade – Marie Wilson (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, those individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that promote LGBTQ activity promote hatred of those individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that do not promote LGBTQ activity. Soon, if not already, if you fail/refuse to get rid of those who do not promote LGBTQ activity, you will be stopped from getting an education, from getting a job, from etc.)
— West Chicago High School teachers ready to strike Friday if no agreement – Katlyn Smith
— Jhingan dropped from 8th District GOP primary – Eric Peterson
— Find out how to address opioid issues in the workplace – Kim Mikus (DIERSEN: I have never used an illegal drug and I never will.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Opioid issues in the workplace can include: drug-free workplace policy, understanding the law for prescription drug use at work, signs of impairment and abuse, safe handling, operating machinery and driving while using opioids and the impact on workers’ compensation.)
— Shaun White apologizes for calling sexual misconduct lawsuit ‘gossip’ – JAKE SEINERAP (DIERSEN: Since 2000, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois have painted me as being a spammer, as being someone who spreads false rumors, and even worse things. Should I sue them?)


— Madigan’s #MeToo moment: Is he history? – GREG HINZ
— Why shouldn’t Illinois Medicaid recipients work? – ROBERT KAESTNER


— Suburban police, professionals struggle with growing funeral violence – Chuck Goudie and Christine Tressel


— Mayor, aldermen play blame game over budget – Crystal Thomas (DIERSEN: Who blames you and for what? I should write a book about those who have blamed me, my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails, and what I did as a TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member, Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster, Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member, American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board member, GAO employee, etc. for their problems, for your problems, for my problems, and for everyone’s problems.)


— Senate President offers advice to Rauner ahead of Wednesday’s budget address – Rachel Droze (DIERSEN: One could argue that Rauner is taking advice from those who want him to use the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) to get rid of those like me who support the traditional family, right to life, immigration, and other planks in the IRP platform, that is, he is taking advice from those who want to destroy the IRP. What do IRP State Central Committee candidates have to say about that?)


— Rauner Budget Counts On Tax Hike – BRIAN MACKEY


— Lawmakers outraged after Quincy Vets Home residents test positive for Legionnaires’ – Rachel Droze


— Murder Capitals: 2 Illinois Cities (Chicago and East St. Louis) On List An Illinois city was ranked the No. 1 “Murder Capital” in the nation. – Shannon Antinori


— Demand Rauner Show Up for a Second Debate (DIERSEN: If I was still the TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman, the organization would be hosting candidate debates for a) Rauner v. Ives, b) Sanguinetti v. Morthland, c) Harold v. Grasso, d) Stella v. Vlakancic, e) Minor v. Grant v. Byrne, f) Kinzler v. Orozco, g) Zito v. Khouri, h) Mendrick v. Bibbiano, i) Tornatore v. DeMichele v. Gavanes, j) Hart v. Abbott v. Tully, k) McGowen v. Almiron v. Eckhoff v. Zaruba v. Tatro v. Chinchilla, l) Wiley v. Zay v. McQuade, m) Illinois Republican Party State Central Committee candidates, n) etc.)


— IL Republican Party Vs. IL Rauner Party
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Two more residents of the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy are sick with Legionnaires. Rauner is on top of this, right? All under control? Is Rauner going to make a call to President Trump for federal assistance or is he too busy boasting about not having a relationship with the White House? Is Rauner’s lack of leadership going to leave Illinois out of major federal infrastructure funding? Illinois State Representative for the 52nd District, Dave McSweeney joins Dan and Amy to discuss.)


— Call for Madigan to step down as speaker comes from both sides of aisle – Angela Underwood


— Abolishing Office of McHenry Township Road Commissioner Set for November Ballot
— Five Applicants Vying For Open County Auditor Position (DIERSEN: See Section 3 of the application. I had to give similar financial information to my Democrat superiors each year while I worked for IRS 1971-1980 and for GAO 1980-1997. They used that financial information to demonize, denigrate, condemn me, and then my wife and I, as being undeservedly filthy rich. My Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates in the federal government were moral relativists who believed that their end justified their means. They were disciples of Saul Alinsky. They promoted envy and class warfare. They stressed the money that I spent on new cars, tuition, real estate, collector cars, etc. They stressed the money that my wife and I had saved for our retirement. Those who had children painted themselves as being poor because of how tremendously expensive it is to raise children.)
— Looking at Miscellaneous Income Paid Algonquin Township Highway Department Employees Since 2012


— Four leaders gather in governor’s office for first time in 14 months
— Rauner reboots cost shifts, pension consideration, capital plan
— Pritzker campaign takes preemptive shot at Rauner budget


— Barack Obama’s portrait artist, painted black women beheading white women


— A NEW LOOK INTO POVERTY IN AMERICA – Star Parker (DIERSEN: To fight poverty, 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 poor person in 1966, b) that the Post Office should gotten rid of me much sooner than it did so that a poor person could have my job, c) that instead of me, IRS should have hired a poor person in 1971, d) that instead of me, IRS should have promoted poor people in 1972, 1973, and 1974, e) that instead of me, GAO should have hired a poor person in 1980, f) that instead of me, GAO should have promoted a poor person in 1986, and g) that GAO should have gotten rid of me much sooner than it did so that a poor person could have my job and my preferred corner office.)


— Trump Nominates 11th Wave of Federal Judges – KEN KLUKOWSKI (DIERSEN: In Diersen v. GAO, Peter Fitzgerald appointed both the district court judge, Amy J. St. Eve, and the attorney who represented GAO, Patrick Fitzgerald. All of the aforesaid made it very clear that they favored patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation. Eve granted Patrick Fitzgerald’s motion to deny me my 7th Amendment rights, that is, to deny me a jury trial. Of course, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes used that to hint/imply/argue/shout that Peter Fitzgerald, Eve, and Patrick Fitzgerald viewed me as being someone who was lazy, stupid, bad, and even worse things.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Amy St. Eve for the Seventh Circuit. A graduate of Cornell Law School, she is a former federal prosecutor and private litigator. St. Eve is currently a federal trial judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois as well as an instructor at Northwestern University’s law school.)


— The Worst Colleges for Free Speech in America (DIERSEN: DePaul gets a “Lifetime Censorship Award.” I earned a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Those who are anti-men and/or anti-Trump promote Duckworth big time.


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly pot pushers use medical pot to push recreational pot. If you push pot, you push destruction.
— Fake News and Bots May Be Worrisome, but Their Political Power Is Overblown It’s very hard to change people’s minds, especially when so many are already committed partisans. – Brendan Nyhan (DIERSEN: What do you say to those in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, and in Illinois who claim to be religious, conservative, and/or Republican, but who a) focus on discouraging me from putting GOPUSA ILLINOIS together and sending them out and/or b) focus on discouraging everyone from reading GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails?)
— The F.B.I., Domestic Abuse and the White House: A Timeline of the Rob Porter Scandal The White House has shifted its story about how and when members of the administration learned about the domestic abuse allegations that forced a top aide to resign. – Michael D. Shear and Emily Cochrane
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: White House Let Rob Porter Keep Job Even After Receiving Final F.B.I. Report – Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Michael D. Shear


— As foreign hackers plot next attack, Washington struggles to shore up vulnerable voting systems – EVAN HALPER and CHRIS MEGERIAN


— Trump Lawyer Says He Personally Paid Stormy Daniels $130,000 Campaign-finance experts said Michael Cohen’s payment, even if he footed the bill, likely violated election rules – Rebecca Ballhaus, Joe Palazzolo and Michael Rothfeld (DIERSEN: Needless-to-say, if you have ever done anything that subjects you to blackmail, you should not seek or hold any kind of government or political office.)
— The New Tax Law: State and Local Tax Deductions The tax overhaul caps the deduction for state and local taxes at $10,000 per return – Laura Saunders (DIERSEN: Government should encourage marriage and homeownership. The $10,000 SALT cap discourages marriage and home ownership. My wife and I have paid the marriage penalty big time since we got married in 1978. Further under the new Republican tax law, if there was no marriage penalty, instead of $10,000, the SALT cap would be $20,000 for married filing jointly.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The new cap will also affect many married couples who file jointly more than it will affect singles, as the $10,000 limit is per return and not per person. Some Wall Street Journal readers have asked whether two spouses can each file separately for 2018 and claim two $10,000 deductions. The answer is no. Although married couples can file separate returns, in this case each spouse would get a $5,000 deduction for state and local taxes. To qualify for two $10,000 deductions, the couple would have to divorce.)
— Americans Want Big Government Responsible leaders should now inform the people how much that’s going to cost. – William A. Galston (DIERSEN: Members of Group A have always wanted big government and members of Group B pay more taxes. 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.)
— U.S. Households Shoulder Record $13.15 Trillion Debt to End 2017 Strong confidence, rising wages bolster increase in borrowing for the 14th straight quarter – Eric Morath (DIERSEN: How much debt are you shouldering? My wife and I have been debt-free ever since we paid off our mortgage in the 1990s. Of course, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always been furious about that.)


— Users are moving on from Facebook ‘Toxic mess’ helping drive many from social network. Jessica Guynn
https://www.pressreader.com/usa/usa-today-us-edition/20180214/281724090017441 (DIERSEN: Facebook is a Democrat website.)


— The Worst Job In America – Jon Keller (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, and in DuPage County have always hinted/implied/argued/shouted that all the jobs that I had were very bad jobs that they never would have stooped to take. I did yard work and delivered newspapers 1962-1964; washed dishes 1964-1966; cleaned golf shoes, chipped slag, and pumped gasoline in 1966; delivered mail 1966-1969; worked on an automobile assembly line and as a security guard in 1970; sold tires, automotive services, and major appliances 1970-1971; pumped gasoline 1971-1972; collected delinquent taxes 1971-1980; and audited federal agencies 1980-1997.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: What is the worst job in America? Septic tank emptier? Toxic waste cleanup specialist? Journalist? How about White House chief of staff, the ultra-stressed, short-term employee in charge of managing the day-to-day affairs of the most powerful person on Earth?)


— Rauner Faces $9B Shortfall in Presenting Budget Plan Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner unveils his 2019 budget proposal to a General Assembly expecting to hear him explain how he’ll erase a $9 million deficit. – AP


— Pay for Performance is Needed – Howard Risher (DIERSEN: Have you worked under pay-for-performance (PFP)? I did during my last 8 years at GAO 1989-1997. Measuring job performance is extremely subjective. To meet their Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion quotas, goals, and targets, my Democrat used the subjectivity in their PFP system to get rid of their employees like me who are Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps crow about their success in driving Trump’s approval rating down. Who takes the lead in driving approval ratings down in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, and in Illinois? I should write a book about those in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, in Illinois, in TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, in Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, in Milton Township Republican Central Committee, in DuPage County Republican Central Committee, in Illinois Republican Party, in Illinois Center Right Coalition, in American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter, in etc. who have taken the lead in driving approval ratings down.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Notably dramatic drops in net approval ratings occurred in Arizona (plus 20 to minus 3), Illinois (plus 9 to minus 21), Montana (plus 24 to even), New York (plus 8 to minus 18), and Ohio (plus 14 to minus 4).)

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.