January 7 Morning Edition

— States exploring tax changes in response to federal overhaul – AP
(FROM THE ARTICLE: In New Jersey and California, top Democratic officials want to let people make charitable contributions to the state instead of paying certain taxes. In Connecticut and New York, officials are exploring a switch from income taxes to new ones on payroll. A few governors have even called for tax cuts. The ideas are bubbling up as state lawmakers begin their 2018 sessions and assess the effects of the Republican tax overhaul that President Donald Trump signed into law last month. Lawmakers and governors in some states are grappling with how to protect their constituents. . . In high-tax states, officials have been focused on protecting taxpayers from the impact of a new $10,000 cap on deductions for paying state and local taxes. In California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York, more than one-third of tax filers claim the state and local tax deduction on federal taxes; the average deduction in each state is over $15,000.)
— A look at prosecutors who will decide on marijuana crackdown – AP
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD IN NAPERVILLE SUN: AS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY’S STRANGLEHOLD ON ILLINOIS TIGHTENS: Suburban libraries working to be more accommodating to the homeless – Sarah Freishtat
— Trump cools to idea of reducing spending on welfare programs, seeing little chance of success – Josh Dawsey
— Talk of bipartisanship in Republican-only meetings with Trump at Camp David – AP


— Families lost loved ones to Legionnaires’ but can collect only minimal damages – Dave McKinney and Tony Arnold
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats crow over their success in getting “religious leaders” to serve as operatives or dupes for the Democrat Party.


— Trump washes his hands of insurgency against GOP incumbents – AP (DIERSEN: Have you ever been an insurgent, that is, have you ever ran against an incumbent Republican? I have not.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: President Donald Trump says he’s done campaigning for insurgents challenging incumbent Republican members of Congress. Trump told reporters after meeting GOP House and Senate leaders at Camp David on Saturday that he’s planning a robust schedule of campaigning for the 2018 midterm elections and that includes involvement in the Republican primaries. He’ll campaign for incumbents, he said, and “anybody else that has my kind of thinking.” But after a stinging loss in Alabama, Trump said he’s done supporting challengers, declaring: “I don’t see that happening.” Trump had supported Roy Moore after he won the GOP primary. Moore’s defeat in the subsequent special election handed Democrats another seat in the Senate.)
— Trump’s furious response to tell-all book – Editorial (DIERSEN: When my attorney Walter T. Charlton filed Diersen v. GAO in 1998, GAO was not furious at all. Instead, GAO responded to the lawsuit like the lawsuit helped GAO hire, retain, and promote young Democrat minorities and young Democrat females. The lawsuit showed that GAO wastes the careers of and gets rid of its non-veteran White male employees who did not make GS-13 (currently $96,403) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $113,920) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $134,000) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $164,200) by age 40.)


— Local leaders (Luis Gutierrez and Jesus “Chuy” Garcia) push to protect DACA recipients as budget deadline looms – Michelle Gallardo


— DACA battle heats up, Gutierrez responds to Trump


— ‘It’s A Crime’: Illinois Cap On Legionnaires’ Payouts Lowest In U.S. – Dave McKinney, Tony Arnold


— Illinois legislators react to possible DOJ move on marijuana prohibition – Greg Bishop (DIERSEN: If you promote pot, you promote destruction.)


— DOJ Pot Follow Up – Greg Bishop (DIERSEN: If you promote pot, you promote destruction.)


— Few specifics are available on progressive tax amendment – Jim Dey (DIERSEN: What about retirement income? My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes are beyond furious that my Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) pension and my Social Security are not subject to state income tax. In today’s dollars, since 1997, CSRS has paid me $1,050,246 and since 2010, Social Security has paid me $14,964.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: He proposed levying a 6 percent tax rate on incomes of $1 million or more, a roughly 20 percent increase for that category of income earners. At the same time, he would levy a 1 percent tax rate on incomes between $2,500 and $24,999, a 2.25 percent rate on incomes from $25,000 to $44,999, a 3.75 percent rate on incomes from $45,000 to $149,999 and a 4.95 percent rate on incomes from $150,000 to $999,999. But there’s a problem with Daiber’s tax proposal — it’s a bait and switch. He gives the impression that most people will get a tax cut and only a few — “the millionaires and billionaires” — will get a tax increase. That won’t work because backers of a progressive income tax desperately want billions of dollars more in revenue. Under Daiber’s proposal, the state would generate less revenue than it receives under the current flat tax. The problem? Illinois doesn’t have enough people with annual incomes of $1 million and up. According to the Illinois Department of Revenue 2013 tax figures, about 32,000 individuals or families out of 6 million tax filers reported annual incomes between $1 million and $25 million. They paid $2.5 billion of the $16.9 billion in income tax revenue that year. Meanwhile, the Illinois Policy Institute reports that in 2015, just 18 percent of taxpayers earned $100,000-plus. They paid 84 percent of all state income taxes.)
— Cunningham Township Assessor’s action sparks inquiry – Editorial
— Lots of work, few to do it at assessor’s office – Tom Kacich
— Kennedy alleges ‘gentrification plan’ – RICH MILLER
— Gambling-parlor issue looming large in Champaign – Natalie Wickman (DIERSEN: QUESTION: Who promotes video gambling? ANSWER: Democrats and Democrat plants, Libertarians and Libertarian plants, Greens and Green plants, and RINOs.)


— Trump washes his hands of insurgency against GOP incumbents – AP (DIERSEN: Have you ever been an insurgent, that is, have you ever ran against an incumbent Republican? I have not.)
— Trump wishes for better libel laws after book slams him – AP (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes erroneously believe that because I do not send out GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails to make money, they are free to slander and libel me.)


— The liberal media have all the facts! Except when they don’t. – Jack Hellner


— Blue-state officials plot response to GOP tax law – NAOMI JAGODA (DIERSEN: If you pay lots of real estate tax and/or state income tax in Illinois, have the Republicans succeeded in motivating you to do more to get those who run Illinois, who run your county, who run your township/ward, who run your municipality, who run your school district, who run your park district, who run your etc. to curb their taxes and to curb their spending? What if the majority of the voters in your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, and in Illinois want taxpayers like you to pay higher taxes?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Elected officials in high-tax Democratic-leaning states are looking at creative ways to prevent the new tax law from raising their residents’ bills. The new law, which passed in December with only Republican votes, caps the state and local tax (SALT) deduction at $10,000. GOP lawmakers said they hoped that would motivate high-tax states such as New York, New Jersey and California to curb their own taxes and spending. But politicians in blue states view the tax law as an attack on them, and are pushing back. “We sort of have two choices. One choice is to step back and let this happen to us. Or the other is to get into the arena and fight like heck,” New Jersey Gov.-elect Phil Murphy (D) said at a news conference Friday. “And this is New Jersey after all.” The tax law is just one of the ways Republicans have taken aim at Democratic-leaning cities and states in recent months.)


— Trump wishes for better libel laws after book slams him – AP (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes erroneously believe that because I do not send out GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails to make money, they are free to slander and libel me.)


— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: In Clash Between California and Trump, It’s One America Versus Another – Tim Arango (DIERSEN: How soon will California leave America and join up with Mexico? Constructively, Mexico has declared war on America a) by its sending many millions of its citizens into America illegally, b) by its keeping many millions of its citizens in America illegally, and c) by its sending mountains of illegal drugs into America illegally.)
— Elgin Man Who Sheltered Homeless People in His Basement Stops After City Order – Maya Salam
— Retirement Tips for the Age of Trump – Charles J. Sykes (DIERSEN: Since I retired in 1997 when I was 49 years, sadly, I have come to realize that far too many activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who claim to be Republican are not really Republican. They are Democrat plants, Libertarian plants, Green plants, or RINOs. They a) reject planks in the Republican Party platform and/or the Illinois Republican Party platform and work against those like me who support those planks, b) reject the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling and work against those like me who support that resolution, c) focus on destroying those like me who they cannot manipulate/dominate, d) were defendants in lawsuits that I have filed, and/or e) are operatives or dupes for the aforesaid and/or they 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.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Originally, my plan was to sit in a rocking chair, and after a few weeks to start rocking. But the election wrecked those plans, making retirement in the Era of Trump a complicated affair. I started thinking about that this past week, when Orrin Hatch, the seven-term Republican senator from Utah, announced that he wouldn’t run for re-election this year. He joins two Republican colleagues, Bob Corker and Jeff Flake, in announcing retirement. Word is that Steve Bannon is also very likely to have a lot more free time on his hands soon, especially since the billionaire Mercer family has cut off his funding, one of the few things that has kept him relevant. So even though they didn’t ask, I’m going to offer some pointers.)
— Diabetes Shouldn’t Bankrupt You – Elisabeth Rosenthal (DIERSEN: My outstanding father fought type 1 diabetes from age 14. That diabetes led to heart failure and his sudden death in 1969 when he was 47 and I was 21.)
— Why Even Tougher Regulations on Smoking Are Justified – Robert H. Frank (DIERSEN: While I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years, virtually all of my superiors and supervisors who worked the hardest against me were older White male Democrats who were big smokers and big drinkers.)
— Where Pot Entrepreneurs Go When the Banks Just Say No As the legal markets for marijuana spread, a small credit union is solving a big problem: what to do with all the cash. – ROBB MANDELBAUM (DIERSEN: If you promote pot, you promote destruction. Many, if not most, if not virtually all of my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes talk and/or act like a) they smoke pot, b) they want to smoke pot legally, and/or c) they want to make lots of money selling pot. If you promote pot, you promote destruction.)


— Trump, his aides keep up attack against White House tell-all; president dismisses it as a ‘Fake Book’


— In 2018, resolve to end elitism – RUBEN NAVARRETTE JR. (DIERSEN: Those who work on the front line against me paint themselves as being operatives or dupes for elites.)


— Republicans, Democrats Agree Trump’s In Charge (DIERSEN: Who is in charge in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, and in Illinois?)

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.