January 9 Morning Edition

— Streep, Trump trade barbs amid actress’ Globes speech – AP
— Suburban lawmakers Peter Breen and Keith Wheeler get $1,506 checks for two days of work – Kerry Lester
(FROM THE ARTICLE: House Republican Leader Jim Durkin tells me the move is the only way to get around Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan’s seniority rules. Durkin late last week named Rep. Peter Breen, of Lombard, and Rep. Keith Wheeler, of Oswego, to leadership posts. But instead of making it effective when a new session begins Wednesday, Durkin named Breen and Wheeler to the posts for Monday and Tuesday, the final two days of the 99th General Assembly. The $1,506 stipends are for one month of work in those roles. Members of the General Assembly make a base salary of $67,836. Breen and Wheeler’s stipends would be $18,066 apiece if they’re kept in leadership a full year.)
— Five state reforms that can reinvigorate the Illinois economy – Todd Maisch, President and CEO, Illinois Chamber of Commerce


— No more hiding public business in private emails – Andy Shaw (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes avoid putting in writing things that would get them sued or indicted.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats hint/imply/argue/shout that Jesus Christ is 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 for a long time.


— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Six years after Daley, Emanuel still using high-cost borrowing practices – Hal Dardick
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Did you vote for Trump?  How long have your ancestors been in America?  Ever-increasingly, if you voted for Trump, the longer that your ancestors have been in America, the more that anti-Trumps demonize you, denigrate you, and condemn you as being a racist, a sexist, a bigot, and even worse things.
— Ditch the old way of doing job performance evaluations – Dustin McKissen  (DIERSEN: My Democrat superiors and supervisors in the federal government used job performance evaluations a) to motivate their employees who were Democrat, and especially those who were minority, female, younger, and/or veteran and b) to demotivate their employees who were Republican, and especially those who were White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)
— Stop calling it ‘work-life balance’ – Ben Peterson  (DIERSEN: To get Democrats who are minorities, females, younger, and/or veterans to become federal employee and to stay a federal employee, the federal government promises to give members of the aforesaid groups preference. However, as time goes by, members of the aforesaid groups expect to be given more and more and more preference.  To give one group preference is to discriminate against another group.  To give preference to employees who are Democrats, minorities, females, younger, and/or veterans IS TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST EMPLOYEES WHO ARE Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: This isn’t to say employers can’t push their people, and hard. In fact, employees of today want to be pushed and motivated to accomplish exceptional things. They — and by “they” I mean the people who are worth hiring in the first place — know that with an increased level of autonomy and balance comes an expectation to get great work done. As employees’ expectations of their employer grow, employers have the right to expect employees to embrace accountability and be better. It’s a two-way street to have the magic that makes an organization great.)
— Balmoral Park transformation underway – Mike Nolan  (DIERSEN: One of my great grandparents owned all the land on which Balmoral Park was built.)


— Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez Plans to Boycott Trump Inauguration – Matthew Daly


— Illinois Senate hopes to stake out own budget position – AP


— Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti Shared Her ‘American Dream’ Story  Western Community Center celebrates Dia de los Reyes – Cody Schiever  (DIERSEN: What advantages do you have and how successful have you been compared to Sanguinetti?  My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes would stress that I was born a White male, that my ancestors have been in America since the 1840s, and that my father earned enough money working in the office of a chemical plant and almost always working second jobs that my mother could stay home and raise me and that they could send 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 Missouri Synod.  My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes would stress that I am an abject failure compared to Sanguinetti.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: For the past 13 years the Western Avenue Community Center in Bloomington has brought people together to celebrate Dia De Los Reyes, “Kings Day” The event has been a family favorite for years,  it wasn’t just the singing and dancing that brought  people in this year, Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti  made a special appearance. “There are a lot of families, that come from the same background that I come from, my mother is a refugee from Cuba, and my dad is from Ecuador, and they came here so I could study, and live the American dream” Sanguinetti said. Born in Miami, Sanguenetti shared stories about how she grew up in  poverty, overcoming those early challenges to go on and become the first latina lieutenant Governor in the nation. “We need to fight for that environment so they can live that dream, right here in Illinois, so that they can stay here, because they find opportunity here.” Hispanic women make up less than one percent of elected officials in the United States.  For people at the community center, letting the kids hear her message that they too could overcome the odds, was empowering. “I invited those kids to Springfield and my office in Chicago; I told them they too could be the next Governor and Lt.  Governor… there’s no limit.”)


— A lame-duck session that might be anything but – Editorial
— Local residents will be in Washington for Trump inauguration – David Blanchette  (DIERSEN: I commend those who have the courage to attend the inauguration.  If you attend the inauguration, and especially if you are Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, a gun owner, German American, a draft avoider, and/or if your ancestors have been in America for a long time, anti-Trumps will viciously demonetize you, viciously denigrate you, and viciously condemn you for the rest of your life.  Anti-Trumps are full of hatred.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps promote the anti-Trump Streep. Ever-increasingly, Hollywood is 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.


— Hope, Trump upstage ‘La Land’s’ moment in the sun – AP  (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps are filled with hatred.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The sunny musical “La Land” may have danced its way to a Golden Globes record Sunday night, but the film’s seven accolades were a mere sideshow to the eloquence of honoree Meryl Streep, whose speech encapsulated the evening’s prevailing themes of hope, inclusivity and action over anger about the imminent presidency of Donald Trump. “You and all of us in this room really belong to the most vilified segments in American society right now,” Streep said. “Think about it, Hollywood, foreigners, and the press.” Without even mentioning Trump by name, Streep, in accepting the year’s Cecil B. DeMille Award, eviscerated the President-elect’s use of his power and rank in the mocking of a disabled New York Times reporter on the campaign trail this year. “When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose,” Streep said, imploring those in the room to remember “the privilege and the responsibility of the act of empathy” and also the vital role of the press in holding “power to account.” On Twitter early Monday, Trump again denied mocking the reporter and took shots of his own at Streep, calling her “one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood” and “a Hillary flunky who lost big.” Streep’s speech was the kind of show-stopping moment that could make an audience forget that they’re watching what is generally a booze-soaked, star-studded party of irreverence and a few inevitable left-field winners in the annual Awards season stop on the way to the Oscars. The only true shocker there was Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s supporting actor win for his performance in Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals” over favorites Mahershala Ali from “Moonlight” and Jeff Bridges from “Hell or High Water.”)


— Madigan criticism precedes vote for Illinois House speaker – Jeff Dankert


— Congressman Hultgren Elevated to Leadership Position on Financial Services Committee  (DIERSEN: GAO audits federal financial industry regulators.  I worked for GAO for almost 18 years, the last 11 years of which at the GS-13 Step 1-10 levels (currently $94,610-$122,991). For almost 9 of those years, including the last 8 years, I worked on audits of federal financial industry regulators. I have a master’s degree from IIT in financial markets and trading and I am a licensed CPA, Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Government Financial Manager, Certified Financial Services Auditor, and Forensic Accountant.)


— Income Inequality:  The Role of Markets and Government  Thursday, January 19, 7:30-9:00pm  (DIERSEN: What would your superiors say that they did to fight income inequality?  My Democrat GAO superiors would stress that they forced me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old, did not promote me beyond GS-13, kept me off audits of IRS for all but 3 of the almost 18 years that I worked for GAO, and forced me to take an $18,847 pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO in 1980.  My Democrat IRS superiors would stress that they did not promote me beyond GS-12, disallowed my education deductions, and disallowed my partial day per diem claims.  My Democrat Post Office superiors would stress that they forced me resign in 1969 and disallowed my sick leave requests.  My aforesaid Democrat superiors would stress that the aforesaid adverse actions that they took against me directly benefited their employees who were poor, and especially their poor employees who were Democrat, minority, female, younger, and/or veteran.)


— Analysts say Trump, Congress can help GOP expand in Illinois – Vimbai Chikomo  (DIERSEN: How will “Trump, Congress” deal with anti-Trump activists, anti-Trump candidates, anti-Trump elected officials, anti-Trump party leaders, anti-Trump major donors, anti-Trump political consultants, anti-Trump etc. in Illinois, in your county, in your township/ward, in your municipality, and in your precinct who are Democrat plants, Libertarian plants, Green plants, and/or RINOs?)
— Chicago Tribune expects 2017 will mean more Madigan-generated woes for Illinois – Carol Ostrow


— College of DuPage – 2nd Petition Objector Confirmed – Kirk Allen


— Pro-life Coalition Urges Illinois House to Reject Taxpayer-Funded Abortions




— McHenry Township Electoral Board Arguments on Removing GOP Trustee Candidates – Cal Skinner


— Jeff Sessions shunned, slandered by longtime Senate Democrat collaborators – S.A. Miller  (DIERSEN: If I got appointed to any kind of government or political office in Wheaton, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, in Illinois, or America, my nasty/troubled/disgusting/vicious critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes would again come out of their closets and again crawl out of the sewers to again slander me and to again slander my supporters like they did recently and in 2012, 2011, 2010, 2007, 2006, and 2004.)


— Ft. Lauderdale Airport Shooter Pictured in Islamic Garb – Posted on Weapons Forum About Jihadi Videos – Jim Hoft


— DOES THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS REALLY CARE ABOUT BLACK PEOPLE? – Raynard Jackson  (DIERSEN: What are your demographics?  Do organizations that represent those who share your demographics care about you?)


— Don’t Expect the Media to Give Trump a Fair Shake
— Every crime is a hate crime


— We Visited Obama’s New Wall – Mike Raust
— White Media Outraged Over Tucker Carlson’s Prime Time Spot At Fox News – Amber Randall
— Tech Founder: Middle America Is Too ‘Violent, Stupid And Racist’ For New Jobs – Robert Donachie


— Cost for a Single Year of ObamaCare Dwarfs Highest Cost Estimates of Border Wall – JOHN HAYWARD
— Sean Spicer: Media ‘Cheering On Democrats,’ Disrespects President-elect Trump – JEROME HUDSON


— Holman Rule will help improve civil service – Editorial  (DIERSEN: What about political affiliation discrimination, what about reverse discrimination, and what about age discrimination?  Because I have always been a Republican, were it not for Civil Service protections, a) the Post Office WOULD NOT HAVE hired me in 1966 or let me work there for almost 3 years, b) IRS WOULD NOT HAVE hired me in 1971 or promoted me in 1972, 1973, or 1974 or let me work there for almost 9 years, and c) GAO WOULD NOT HAVE hired me in 1980 or promoted me in 1986 or let me work there for almost 18 years.)
(FROM THE EDITORIAL: As part of its broader package of rules for the 115th Congress, the House of Representatives revived the Holman Rule, a provision that allows House members to propose amendments to spending bills that closely manage federal agencies. These “retrenchment” amendments can affect details down to individual federal salaries and the number of staff in an office. This rule allows Congress not only to eliminate entire programs (although it can do this already) but also to reassign or eliminate federal employees, individually or in groups. News that the Holman Rule was to be revived was greeted with pearl-clutching panic by such left-liberal news organizations as the Washington Post, which colorfully opined that the move “threatens to upend the 130-year-old civil service.” Others even asserted that Congress firing a federal employee would amount to an unconstitutional bill of attainder. This is ridiculous. The restoration of the Holman Rule means merely that when it comes to firing a federal employee, the president’s signature on an act of Congress can do it. It doesn’t seem extraordinary that the heads of the federal government should be able to dismiss their staff. Up to now, firing even the worst federal bureaucrat has been very, very difficult, so difficult that voters no longer control the agencies they employ and that govern their lives. Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Va., whose idea it was to bring back the rule, put it succinctly when he asked, “Who runs this country, the people of the United States or the people on the people’s payroll?”  Given that the rule requires an act of Congress, it will be invoked only to deal with the most egregious cases. But there is an abundance of cases in which the bureaucracy and arbitrators cover up for their colleagues. Take Elizabeth Rivera of Puerto Rico, for example, who was restored to her job at the Department of Veterans Affairs after pleading guilty to involvement in an armed robbery. Her union not only thwarted managers’ attempts to fire her, but even successfully won back pay for the period when she had been off the job. As part of its argument for her reinstatement, officials of the American Federation of Government Employees pointed out that her manager at the agency is also a convicted sex offender. Of course, federal employees don’t have to go so far as to participate in violent or sexual crimes to diminish the reputation of the government. Internal Revenue Service employees who deleted Lois Lerner’s emails when they were under congressional subpoena were not fired. Aside from a few scapegoats, the VA employees who systematically manipulated the agency’s computer system at more than 100 facilities, harming veterans to win themselves performance bonuses, were not fired. Two VA managers who stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from their agency could not be fired. Nor could many of those implicated in the notorious scandal involving a General Services Administration conference in Las Vegas in 2010. Bad-penny federal employees are nothing new. But the multiplicity of recent examples helps demonstrate the larger point. The civil service is superior to the spoils system, by which top-to-bottom political hires once dominated the federal government in the 19th century. But there is a balance between the benefits and drawbacks of civil service protections, and at the moment the scales have tipped too far in one direction. It’s time someone helped federal employees by instilling in them the same healthy fear of losing their job that everyone in the private sector experiences. The Holman Rule or something like it is needed to restore public confidence, both in government and in the civil service. We hope Congress does not hesitate to exercise this power. It will send a clear message to those abusing a near-absolute protection that federal employment was never meant to confer.)


— What Trump can accomplish on day one – JORDAN FABIAN AND JONATHAN EASLEY


— Study Explores Link Between College Debt, ‘Boomerang’ Effect – AP  (DIERSEN: Were you a boomerang?  I was 1970-1972. I graduated debt-free from NIU in 1970 and owning a 1969 Dodge Charger SE.  I lived with my mother and bother in Crete and helped pay the bills 1970-1972 because my father had died suddenly in 1969. During that time, I worked for the Firestone Store in Chicago Heights full-time 1970-1971 and part-time 1971-1972 and for IRS starting in June of 1971, in Chicago during 1971, and in Harvey during 1972.  I started taking graduate business courses in the evening at Loyola at the start 1972.  I bought a new town home in University Park in September of 1972.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: While both college debt and the “boomerang” phenomenon are growing, a new study casts doubt on the notion that staggering student loans are driving young adults back to their parents’ doorsteps. In the past decade, student debt has doubled, with the average 2015 college graduate owing $30,000. The rate at which young adults “boomerang” also is increasing — recent studies report that between 20 and 50 percent are returning home. Many assume the former causes the latter, but Jason Houle and Cody Warner — assistant sociology professors at Dartmouth College and Montana State University, respectively — found the opposite. Their study, published Thursday in Sociology of Education and based on annual surveys of more than 5,000 people born between 1980 and 1984, found that so-called boomerangers had less student loan debt than young adults who didn’t return home.)


— President Barack Obama’s legacy faces nasty reality as he leaves office – Editorial


— Employers should start preparing for tougher U.S. immigration laws – HECTOR CHICHONI


— VP Biden to visit Detroit during auto show – Keith Laing


— Ehtics, schmethics, just blame the media – Dana Milbank  (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who blame me the most for their problems, for your problems, for my problems, and for everyone’s problems.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Here we go, down the rabbit hole. Donald Trump won the presidency by feeding Americans a diet of falsehoods and fake news, and, when challenged, he lashed out: shouting down the opposition, bullying the accuser and, particularly, blaming the media. It was inevitable that his success would bring imitators. Now they have arrived, and they’re breeding like, well … Consider Duncan Hunter, a young Republican from California, co-chairman of the Trump caucus in the House and one of the first members of Congress to endorse Trump. This week he disclosed that he used $600 worth of campaign funds to take his children’s pet bunny on a commercial airplane. Using campaign funds for personal expenses is illegal, and this “mistake” is the latest personal expense for which Hunter, under scrutiny, has reimbursed his campaign account $62,000. Among his reported campaign expenditures: $1,400 to a dentist, $1,400 for his children’s private-school lunch deliveries, $1,650 for their tuition, $961 at SeaWorld, $434 to Dick’s Sporting Goods, $229 at Disneyland, $217 to an Italian jewelry store, $361 to a surf shop, $1,200 for a garage door, $2,892 to an Arizona resort, $2,000 for a Thanksgiving trip to Italy and $1,302 worth of video games. Similar abuses of campaign funds landed former representative Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Illinois, in prison and prompted the resignation of Rep. Rob Andrews, D-New Jersey. The Federal Election Commission and the House ethics committee (acting on findings of the Office of Congressional Ethics, which House Republicans this week attempted to eliminate) are examining Hunter’s spending.)


— Blueprint for a successful retirement – John Spoto


— Oprah Winfrey: A Practical Guide To Reaching Your Dreams – Chris Brandt


— Promotion means a pay boost — and four years of ill health  Men and women who get bumped up the career ladder complain of being sicker and more depressed


— GOP Voters More Aligned With Trump Than Congress  (DIERSEN: Are those who voted for Trump in your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, and in Illinois “More Aligned With Trump Than” with the Republican leaders in your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, and in Illinois?  If so, in what way and why?)

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.