February 5 Evening Edition

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “With Melissa McCarthy playing Spicer, ‘SNL’ cranks up Trump satire.”


— Democratic Senator: ‘Everything Depends’ on How Trump’s Supreme Court Pick ‘Answers the Questions’ – ABC News  (DIERSEN: I should write a book about the many questions that my Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates in the federal government asked me during the almost 30 years that I worked for the federal government to bring out the fact that I was baptized, raised and confirmed as a Missouri Synod Lutheran and that I am conservative, Republican, non-poor, gun owner, 100% German American, draft avoider, and that my ancestors have been in America since the 1840s.  Of course, they used my answers against me.)
— Mike Pence on LGBT Rights: Discrimination Has ‘No Place’ in Trump Administration – ABC News  (DIERSEN: Under the Democrats and under the RINOs, ever increasingly, if you do not promote LGBTQ activity, Democrats and RINOs get rid of you.)


— TREASONOUS: Lawmakers consider expanding Illinois (ILLEGAL) immigrant protections – AP
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Milwaukee sheriff’s star rises, but he remains polarizing.”  In Illinois, in DuPage County, in Milton Township, in Glen Ellyn, and in Wheaton, the more planks that you defend/advance in the Republican Party platform and/or the Illinois Republican Party platform and/or the more that you defend/advance the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling, the more that Democrats and Democrat plants, Libertarians and Libertarian plants, Greens and Green plants, and RINOs demonize you, denigrate you, and condemn you as being polarizing.)
— Police investigating homicide in Wheaton, seek victim’s car – Matthew Hendrickson
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Investigators were trying to locate two vehicles that may be connected to the case, police said. Leinweber’s vehicle was described as a red, 2009 Kia Spectra with Illinois license plate V264403. The vehicle may have a Hillary Clinton sticker on the rear of the vehicle.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Trump’s blasts at judge raise questions for Gorsuch on independence.”
— WeatherTech founder David MacNeil bets big on Super Bowl ads – Robert Channick


— White House predicts courts will reinstate travel ban – AP
— Pence: Education pick DeVos will be confirmed with his vote – AP
— Former city worker, convicted in Hired Truck, granted pension – Sam Charles


— Lady Gaga said she hopes her Super Bowl halftime show will celebrate “inclusion” and the “spirit of equality” during a time of national division. – AP  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps glorify and praise themselves and make it clear that they want to get rid of individuals, organizations, governments, and countries that are Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps promote Melissa McCarthy who lampoons “White House press secretary Sean Spicer in a “Saturday Night Live” sketch where she taunted reporters as “losers,” fired a water gun at the press corps and even used the lectern to ram a Wall Street Journal journalist.”
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Pediatrician discusses arrest at Roskam protest in Palatine.”


— Trump Threatens Defunding Sanctuary States as ‘Weapon’


— Consequences of budget inaction have already been catastrophic – Lisa Madigan


— Shutdown is what Illinois needs right now – Editorial


— McConnell: No federal money should be spent on Trump’s voter fraud investigation  ‘This sort of thing is handled at the state level’ – CNN  (DIERSEN: But those who run Illinois despise if not hate Trump and Trump’s supporters.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasing, anti-Trumps promote foreign countries and their citizens.


— Full List Of The 231 Leftist Thugs Arrested At Inauguration Day Riots In D.C.


— Another Reason to Reject Muslim Immigrants: They Come Here for Free Stuff, NOT to ‘Better Their Lives’ – Warner Todd Huston


— Trump says Pence to lead voter registration fraud probe


— About a 100 people gathered at a rally in support of President Donald Trump outside Trump Tower in Manhattan. – AP
— U.S. taking power back from left – Editorial
— TREASONOUS: Lawmakers consider expanding Illinois (ILLEGAL) immigrant protections – AP


— Can America be united again? – Chris Salcedo  (DIERSEN ANSWER: Not as long as Democrats want everyone to be anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, 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.)
— Neiman Marcus piles on: The retail chain follows Nordstrom in dropping Ivanka’s line – Sarah Lee (DIERSEN: Are you a Trump supporter?  How soon, if not already, will the anti-Trumps drop you?  How soon, if not already, will the anti-Trumps post signs that say members of the following groups are NOT WANTED: Trump supporters, Protestants, conservatives, Republicans, Americans, Whites, males, older people, rich people, gun owners, German Americans, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time?)


— Protesters March To Mar-a-Lago To Rally Against Trump’s Visa Freeze – Amber Randall


— The Foundation of the Family – ROB PUE


— Rogue Federal Bureaucrats Threaten Trump’s Agenda – Fred Lucas  (DIERSEN: While I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years, I never tried to sabotage its Affirmative Action (AA), Diversity, or Inclusion efforts. The federal government never charged me with that because I always carried out all the AA, Diversity, and Inclusion orders that I was given.  I can provide many examples in which I was ordered to give preference to my subordinates because they were Democrat, minority, female, younger, and/or veteran, and that I carried out those orders.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Recent scandals in the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Internal Revenue Service demonstrated that it’s almost impossible to fire federal employees, many of whom reportedly intend to go rogue by not implementing President Donald Trump’s agenda. Conservatives are hopeful the time has come for civil service reform that would rein in this permanent class of government workers who have voiced outright hostility to the new administration. Some have even called it the “fourth branch of government” or “alt-government.” “This is a situation where people voted and elected a president who is lawfully trying to complete those tasks [he promised in the campaign], while unelected bureaucrats are willing to overturn the will of the people,” Ben Wilterdink, director of commerce at the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, told The Daily Signal. Among federal employees, about 95 percent of political contributions went to Democrat Hillary Clinton during the presidential race, according to an analysis by The Hill. Some of those federal workers are now in consultation with departed Obama administration officials to determine how they can push back against the Trump administration’s agenda, The Washington Post reported last week. At the State Department, for example, nearly 1,000 government workers signed a letter protesting Trump’s executive order on refugees. A few days later, Trump had to fire acting Attorney General Sally Yates after she announced she wouldn’t defend the administration’s refugee policy. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said State Department employees who oppose the policy “should either get with the program, or they can go.” “If a federal employee doesn’t like the ideological foundation or likely outcomes of a presidential directive, it doesn’t mean that the directive is not legal. It means that the views of the federal employee are in conflict with the views of the president who runs the federal government,” said Neil Siefring, vice president of Hilltop Advocacy and a former Republican House staffer, in a column for The Daily Caller. “In that instance,” Siefring added, “the solution should not be to resist the actions of the president in their professional capacity as a career civil servant in the workplace. The solution is for that federal employee to honorably resign, not actively or passively hamper the White House.” What if an employee won’t resign? Addressing the problem with the federal workforce won’t be easy, according to experts interviewed by The Daily Signal. “You can fire federal employees, it’s just that nobody wants to put up with the process,” Don Devine, former director of the Office of Personnel Management during the Reagan administration, told The Daily Signal. Multiple appeals can be made through the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the National Labor Relations Board. “It’s almost impossible to discipline employees because it can be appealed to through the merit system, the labor relations systems, or through the EEOC,” Devine said. “We don’t have a civil service system; we have a dual civil service-labor relations system.” During the Obama administration, two of its biggest scandals involved the IRS and Department of Veterans Affairs. In 2013, a Treasury Department inspector general report determined the IRS had been targeting conservative groups. In 2014, a VA inspector general’s report revealed falsified appointments in which some veterans died while waiting for care. Years later, conservative remain frustrated that federal workers weren’t held accountable. “I will take your IRS employees and raise you the EPA, where story after story, a worker was viewing porn on work time and couldn’t be fired because the process is fraught with appeals,” Wilterdink said. “It’s hard to argue we have an accountable government when someone can’t be fired for years at a time.” Earlier this year, the U.S. House revived the Holman Rule, named after a Democrat congressman who introduced it in 1876. It would allow lawmakers to cut the pay of individual federal workers or a government program. There are other proposals for holding federal workers accountable. House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, introduced a bill in January to hold seriously tax delinquent people ineligible for federal civilian employment, federal contracts, or government grants. This bill was proposed in response to IRS data found more than 100,000 federal civilian employees owed more than $1 billion in unpaid taxes at the end of fiscal year 2015. Adding to the challenge is the process commonly known as burrowing. Frequently, political appointees from one administration convert to a career position that comes with civil service protections, allowing them to continue implementing policy—or resisting the new administration’s approach. The Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act of 1883 was passed to stop raw political party appointments from securing federal government jobs, or a spoils system. The law introduced the merit system into hiring practices and made numerous civil service positions untouchable after they were filled. However, burrowing has caused a de facto spoils system, Wilterdink said, because, “the pendulum has swung so far to protecting federal employees” that it allows administrations to keep their people in office long term. Significant reform doesn’t mean recreating a spoils system, according to Robert Moffit, a senior fellow at The Heritage Foundation who was an assistant Office of Personnel Management director during the Reagan administration. Moffit said a balanced approach would be more desirable. “You need to have strong managers in each agency to make sure the president’s agenda is properly executed,” Moffit told The Daily Signal. “You must also have a bright line between career and non-career staff so there is no politicization of the merit system.” Moffit also supports legislation to allow the president to order the firing of career officials who either “broke the law or severely undermined the public’s trust.” “Even President Obama referred to what IRS officials did as outrageous and nothing happened,” Moffit said. “The VA matter is still unresolved. The people responsible for those waiting lists aren’t accountable and people died.”)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Trump plays golf amid bipartisan backlash over Putin defense.”


— OUTSTANDING: Trump to Fox News: I may defund California as ‘a weapon’ to fight illegal immigration – Harriet Taylor


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “After 2 Weeks, Trump’s Bungles Have Aides Rethinking Strategy.”
— In Airbnb’s Super Bowl Ad, Implied Criticism of Trump’s Travel Ban – KATIE BENNER  (DIERSEN: How soon, if not already, will the anti-Trump businesses post signs that say members of the following groups are NOT WANTED: Trump supporters, Protestants, conservatives, Republicans, Americans, Whites, males, older people, rich people, gun owners, German Americans, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time?)


— Trump: ‘California in many ways is out of control’ – Michael A. Memoli


— Trump Rips Judge on Travel-Ban Ruling  Case’s legal path forward may be complicated by current 4-4 ideological split on the Supreme Court – DEVLIN BARRETT and BRENT KENDALL


— Police have to escort California GOP congressman from rowdy town hall meeting – AP


— Trump Says Judge and U.S. Court System Deserve Blame ‘If Something Happens’ as a Result of Blocked Travel Ban – Chas Danner


— Federal Workers Finding Creative Ways to Push Back Against Trump Administration – Ian Smith


— Equality Illinois shares message of ‘equality and justice for all’ at gala  (DIERSEN: How soon, if not already, will the anti-Trumps post signs that say members of the following groups are NOT WANTED: Trump supporters, Protestants, conservatives, Republicans, Americans, Whites, males, older people, rich people, gun owners, German Americans, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time?)

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.