February 18 Morning Edition

— Rauner’s Deceitful Campaign Ads – Laurie Higgins


— House Speaker Madigan calls for end to harassment, abuse at State House
— Chicago Reader Editor Konkol out after controversy over Pritzker cartoon


— Scammers Impersonating AG’s Office on Social Media


— Madigan taps trio of women, including Bustos, to change ‘culture of politics’ – Tina Sfondeles (DIERSEN: Of course, this will be taken as a mandate to get rid of Republican men, and especially Republican men who are White, older, heterosexual, Protestant, German national origin, draft avoiders, patriotic, rich, gun owners, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: In Saturday’s letter, Madigan writes that “persons within our party should be rewarded for their value and contribution, regardless of gender, race, religion or sexual orientation. It’s time to move beyond our current way of thinking. I recognize this change must start at the top, which means it starts with me and with each of you.”)
— Statement from Sun-Times Media CEO on change in Chicago Reader leadership (DIERSEN: The Chicago Sun-times says “We wish Mark well.” My Democrat GAO superiors did not wish me well. Ever since they succeeded in forcing me to take their early retirement “offer” in 1997 when I was 49 years old, they have done everything that they could to stop me from getting a job that is appropriate for someone with my work experience, education, professional certifications, and professional license. That is why my attorney Walter T. Charlton filed Diersen v. GAO in Washington D.C. in 1998. SEE: https://gopillinois.com/documents/)


— Border wall to have many hurdles too clear – Jaclyn Cosgrove (DIERSEN: Of course, individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are members of the following groups argue against The Wall: 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, anti-draft avoiders, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)
— When echoes of bagpipes fade after another police funeral, cops know they are alone – John Kass (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who promote hatred against federal employees, against federal retirees, and/or against those who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time, etc.)


— In Naperville, 6,000 volunteers pack 1.2 million meals for hungry – Justin Kmitch (DIERSEN: Soon, if not already, questionnaires that newspapers send candidates will ask those candidates what they have done to feed the hungry during the last week, last month, last year, last 5 years, etc.)


– DUCKWORTH USING PREGNANCY TO EDUCATE MALE-DOMINATED SENATE – AP (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who have demonized, denigrated, and condemned my wife and I the most as being disgusting undeserving filthy rich DINKs (dual income, no kids) because we gave up trying to have children, because we did not adopt, and because we did not become foster parents.)


— Bicentennial: Illinois embraced role as the Land of Lincoln – Kate Schott (DIERSEN: As everyone knows, the Republican Party is a “house divided against itself.” Those who dominate the Republican Party, Illinois Republican Party (IRP), DuPage County Republican Central Committee (DCRCC), Milton Township Republican Central Committee (MTRCC), etc. a) want the Republican Party and the IRP to dump their traditional family, right to life, immigration, and many other planks in their platforms and b) want the Republican Party, IRP, DCRCC, MTRCC, etc. to dump those who support those planks. That is why those who dominate the Republican Party, IRP, DCRCC, MTRCC, etc. want to dump me and want to dump my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Lincoln’s biggest accomplishment was probably the abolishment of slavery, an issue he began speaking out against as a young adult. His first statement on the issue is said to have been March 3, 1837, when he said “the institution of slavery is founded on both injustice and bad policy” during a speech at the state legislature when it was in Vandalia. It was an issue he would repeatedly discuss during his political career: When accepting the Republican nomination in June 1858 during a convention in Springfield to be the party’s candidate for U.S. Senate, Lincoln gave his “A house divided against itself cannot stand” speech.)


— Rauner on consolidation: ‘People of McHenry should be empowered to make their own choices’


— Who is Jeanne Ives? – Editorial


— Opponents: Rauner insurance changes would hurt state workers, retired teachers – Doug Finke


— Pension-cost shift a ‘nonstarter’ for many lawmakers – Tom Kacich (DIERSEN: The Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) should sue GAO. If my Democrat GAO superiors had not succeeded in forcing me to take their early retirement “offer” in 1997 when I was 49 years old, so far, in today’s dollars I would have paid into the CSRS $179,110 (245 months X $731/month) instead of CSRS paying me $1,058,890 (245 months X 4,322).)
— Volunteers scarce to lead takedown of Madigan – Jim Dey (DIERSEN: It has been easy for my critics/opponents in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois to recruit nasty/vicious operatives and nasty/vicious dupes to take me down a) because they have tremendous religious, government, political, and/or financial clout and b) because I have a history of forgiving those who trespass against me.)


— Shifting Illinois pension burden to school districts is no budget solution – Editorial


— Primary election critical, be sure to vote – DON WOOTEN
— School pension-cost shift still cause for concern – Editorial


— GOP candidates introduce themselves to constituency – Paul Westermeyer


— Unpacking Rauner’s Problematic Budget Proposal – Rich Miller


— A bad deal for Illinois – Editorial


— How Immigration Could Motivate Democrats In 2018 – ASMA KHALID (DIERSEN: As everyone knows, Democrats and Democrat plants, Libertarians and Libertarian plants, Greens and Green plants, and RINOs a) use immigrants to get rid of Republicans whose ancestors have been in America for a long time, b) use minorities to get rid of Republicans who are White, c) use women to get rid of Republicans who are male, d) use non-Protestants to get rid of Republicans who are Protestant, e) use those who have less money to get rid of Republicans who have more money, f) use non-German Americans to get rid of Republicans who are German American, g) etc.)




— Comparing tax rates increases by type of tax district
— Shannon Teresi Campaigning for County Auditor Appointment


— Man Up to Marriage – Micah Clark (DIERSEN: In 1978, when I was 29 years old, my Democrat IRS superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates were furious when I married a woman who was earning almost as much as I was and had saved $20,000 ($74,000 in today’s dollars). My IRS and GAO superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates always hinted/implied/argued/shouted that I should not get any promotions because I was already undeservedly filth rich. In 1980, they wanted me to suffer much more of a pay cut than the $19,203 pay cut in today’s dollars that I suffered to transfer from IRS to GAO. Of course, they wanted me to be always ranked in the bottom half of my coworkers for pay-for-performance purposes, and especially so after my wife and I gave up trying to have children, we did not adopt, and we did not become foster parents. Of course, the wanted me to take GAO’s $25,000 early retirement buyout in 1993 when I was 45 years old. Of course, they were overjoyed when they succeeded in forcing me to take their early retirement “offer” in 1997 when I was 49. Most of my Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates in the federal government painted themselves as having financial difficulties, most commonly because of the high cost of raising their children, and therefore, that they were in need of pay increases and promotions.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: While being a good husband is hard work, the paper points out that the benefits of marriage are numerous for both men and women, and even more so for children. Natural marriage also has numerous societal and economic benefits. For example: Married men earn 10-40% more than comparable single men; Marriage increases the earning power of men; Married men are less likely to be fired from a job; The typical married man in his 50’s has three times the financial assets of his unmarried peer.)


— Mainstream media claims Florida shooter ‘trained by the NRA.’ But here’s the truth. – Chris Enloe


— Feds to Repeal 298 Tax Regulations Treasury seeking to eliminate outdated regs dating back to 1941. – Elizabeth Harrington


— Atlantic: Could China’s Big-Brother Social Credit System Work in US? – Solange Reyner (DIERSEN: Who hints/implies/argues/shouts that you are “untrustworthy.” I should write a book about those in my precinct, in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who hint/imply/argue/shout that I am untrustworthy. They demonize, denigrate, and condemn those like me who refuse to a) glorify and praise them, b) pander to them, c) serve as one of their operatives or dupes, and d) give them money.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: China’s development of a nationwide tracking system to rate the reputations of individuals, businesses and even government officials could spread to the West and change the lives of many for years to come, The Atlantic reports. The Chinese government plans to launch its Social Credit System in 2020. The aim is to judge the trustworthiness of the country’s 1.3 billion residents by monitoring and evaluating their purchases, who their friends are, how much time they spend watching TV or playing video games, what bills and taxes they pay (or don’t) and where they are at any given time. Launched in 2012, the initiative plans to “make trustworthy people benefit everywhere and untrustworthy people restricted everywhere” by the time it is fully implemented.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats crow about their success in getting Florida students to “turn to activism in wake of shooting.”



— 5 men accused of sexual assault or harassment whom Trump has defended. – MEGHAN KENEALLY (DIERSEN: Trump said he hopes Porter has “a great career ahead of him” and said the administration “wish[es] him well. My Democrat GAO superiors did not wish me well. Ever since they succeeded in forcing me to take their early retirement “offer” in 1997 when I was 49 years old, they have done everything that they could to stop me from getting a job that is appropriate for someone with my work experience, education, professional certifications, and professional license. That is why my attorney Walter T. Charlton filed Diersen v. GAO in Washington D.C. in 1998. SEE: https://gopillinois.com/documents/)


— Brazil Looks to Crack Down on Fake News Ahead of Bitter Election – Ernesto Londoño (DIERSEN: Since 2000, my nasty/troubled/vicious critics/opponents, their nasty/troubled/vicious operatives, and their nasty/troubled/vicious dupes have cracked down on me for putting GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and sending them out. According to them, the only news that is not fake is the news that they put out.)
— Do I Have to Spring for My Kid to Go to an Elite College? – Kwame Anthony Appiah (DIERSEN: Did you expect your parents to pay for your college education? I did not. Neither of my outstanding parents attended college. My father fought type 1 diabetes from age 14, was the first of his ancestors to earn a high school diploma, worked in the office of a nasty chemical plant, almost always worked second jobs to pay the family’s bills, and did not buy a new car until he was 45, and it was a bottom of the line 2-door Chevy. My mother never attended high school.)


— Infrastructure Spending Will Be Difficult With Massive State And Local Debt – Erik Sherman


— Driving the Market Luxury automakers are finally realizing the scale of female buying power—and changing their tactics accordingly. – HANNAH ELLIOTT (DIERSEN: Overwhelmingly, those who despise me also despise cars, and they especially despise cars built by General Motors, Ford, or Chrysler. Further, they despise unions, despise past union members, despise present union members, and despise future union members.)


— Sign of the times? Majority of school districts now require “active shooter” drills There have been 18 instances involving weapons on school properties across the country since the beginning of 2018 – SHIRA TARLO

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.