March 1 Morning Edition

— House passage of gun safety bills reflects political shift – AP (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats make it clear that they want to abolish the Second Amendment.)


— BEYOND DISGUSTING, BEYOND TRAGIC: Demand for legal marijuana in Illinois would far exceed licensed growers’ ability to supply it, study shows – John Keilman (DIERSEN: Pot pushers want you to be a stoner, as well as your spouse, your children, your grandchildren, your parents, your grandparents, your brothers and sisters, the rest of your relatives, and everyone else.)
— Massachusetts woman who knocked MAGA hat off man’s head in Mexican restaurant may be deported – Katie Mettler (DIERSEN: If you wore a MAGA hate in your neighborhood, in your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, and in Illinois, what would the Trump-haters do to you? When you wear a MAGA hat, you should also wear a body camera and always have it turned on.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Republicans falsely argue that if legal gambling is increased, there will be less illegal gambling.
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters promote hatred against Trump.
— Can Lightfoot and Preckwinkle compete without demonizing each other? Now that would be historic. – Mary Schmich (DIERSEN: Who demonizes you the most and why? Have you considered writing a book about them, or maybe suing them? I should write a book about those who demonize me the most and why they do that. I would focus on those who falsely claim to be religious, conservative, and/or Republican. But maybe I should just sue them.)


— Attending College of DuPage can help ease student debt – Brian Caputo (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes look down on those like me who do not a degree from an Ivy League university.)


— U.S. House finally moves on guns, and voters need to remember Illinois lawmakers split strictly along party lines on a sensible measure to require universal background checks. Will backers get the praise they deserve? – GREG HINZ (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats make it clear a) that they blame Republicans for gun violence and b) that they want to abolish the Second Amendment.)


— Surprise in the Windy City Chicago voters face an unprecedented choice in the race for mayor. – Editorial


— State forecasters see modest economic growth next year, but warning signs ahead – Peter Hancock (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, the Democrats who run Illinois make it clear that want individuals, organizations, and companies that are members of the following groups to leave Illinois: Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)


— Rodney Davis at Lincoln Day Dinner set for March 24


— Illinois, others, face economic Apocalypse – Stephen Moore


— ISRA schedules town hall meeting Saturday in Quincy – Steve Eighinger


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats encourage children to engage in LGBTQ activity.


— Questions for Oak Park trustee candidates – Les Golden (DIERSEN: Questions for municipal candidates: If elected, would you always vote AGAINST measures that promote a) dependency on government, b) dependency on charity, c) LGBTQ activity, d) abortion, e) mass/illegal immigration, f) diminishment of Second Amendment rights, g) booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, h) patronage, i) political affiliation discrimination, j) reverse discrimination, and k) age discrimination? Put another way, would you always vote FOR measures that promote a) individual responsibility, b) traditional marriage and family, c) right to life, d) compliance with immigration laws, e) enforcement of gun laws, f) avoidance of vices, g) civil service laws, and h) equal opportunity, that is, no race or gender based preference giving?)


— Retirees object to governor’s pension holiday plan – Cole Lauterbach


— Illinois students could soon get lessons in fake news – Benjamin Yount (DIERSEN: According to my critics/opponents, all news and commentary is fake except for the news and commentary that they put out or bless.)


— Shocking Information About Illinois Medicaid and Pregnant Women – Laurie Higgins


— Venezuela and the Myth of Kinder, Gentler Socialism


— Trump’s call to stop Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrats’ socialist agenda resonates at CPAC – Alex Swoyer and Gabriella Muñoz
— 45-year tradition: CPAC still has the energy, influence, inner mettle – Jennifer Harper


— Poll: Half of voters reject socialism, Democrats scared of label – Paul Bedard


— Ingraham at CPAC: Dems Respond to ‘Peace and Prosperity’ With Socialism
— Diamond and Silk bring CPAC to its feet with fiery address on socialism, Dems in Congress – Gregg Re


— CONGRESS ORDERS “SHIELDS DOWN” BY BLOCKING EMERGENCY DECLARATION Willfully ignoring threats to national security. – Michael Cutler


— Lefties didn’t mind when Obama ‘reprogrammed’ billions in taxpayer funds for illegal alien welfare – Daniel Horowitz
— Limbaugh: Dems’ deceit and moral bankruptcy on abortion – David Limbaugh


— Diamond and Silk Tell Kamala Harris: ‘You Keep Your Reparations’ – TYLER O’NEIL


— Wisconsin Democrat Governor Proposing ID Cards for Illegal Immigrants – Cathy Burke (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats make it clear that they are anti-American.)
— Dems’ Reparations Push ‘Gift Wraps’ 2020 for Trump, Pollsters Warn – Michael Dorstewitz


— Illinois Considers Another Terrifying Law Allowing Infanticide Illinois is climbing on the infanticide bandwagon with a bill that removes any limits on abortion. It is sponsored by one-third of the state House. This bill is terrifying in its scope. – Elizabeth Bauer


— Bernie Sanders Campaign Hires Illegal Immigrant as Deputy Press Secretary – Joshua Caplan (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Trump-haters make it clear that they want to get rid of once and for all individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
— Trump’s DHS Extends ‘Temporary’ Amnesty for 300K Foreign Nationals – John Binder
— Van Jones Booed at CPAC for Claiming Illegal Aliens Commit Less Crime than Americans – John Binder (DIERSEN: To be in America illegally shows that you a) disrespect the rule of law, b) disrespect America, and c) disrespect America’s citizens.)


— CPAC Video Shows Reagan’s Chilling Warning That Is Now America’s Reality – Beth Baumann
— Dems’ Deceit and Moral Bankruptcy on Abortion – David Limbaugh


— Democrats’ Hobson’s Choice: Generous Welfare Or Open Borders – PAWEL STYRNA


— CPAC CONSERVATIVES NOW EMBRACING TRUMP ‘Who has accomplished this many of his promises in less than 2 years?’
— ELIZABETH WARREN INVENTS NEW ‘FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT’ Massachusetts Democrat proposes ‘bold’ plan for America’s kids – ART MOORE
— TEXAS SUED AFTER ELECTION WORKER THREATENS TO CALL COPS OVER MAGA HAT Pacific Legal Foundation won similar case, against Minnesota, only year ago
— OSCARS: A 3-HOUR 2020 CAMPAIGN AD — BUT THERE’S GOOD NEWS … Joseph Farah explains why he sat through entire anti-Trump awards


— The end of polls? – Monica Showalter (DIERSEN: According to Democrats and according to RINOs, a) the majority of voters want dependency on government, dependency on charity, LGBTQ activity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, diminishment of Second Amendment rights, booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, and age discrimination and b) the majority of voters want to get rid of Republicans once and for all.)


— CPAC: The Fight Against Online Censorship – ROBERT STACY MCCAIN (DIERSEN: Since 2000, my critics/opponents have a) wanted me to stop putting GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and sending them out and b) wanted to stop everyone from reading those emails. Failing that, they have done everything that they can to censor me. I am no longer a TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member, Milton Township Republican Central Committee (MTRCC) webmaster, Illinois Center Right Coalition (ICRC) Steering Committee member, and American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board member. In 2006, they almost got ICRC to censure me, and in 2004, they defeated my bid to serve a MTRCC Treasurer.)


— Why Trump is Destined for an Historic 2020 Win – Conrad Black


— Democrats getting out on dangerously left-wing limb – Michael Barone


— Reparations? Let Democrats Pay for Their Anti-Black Abuses – DEROY MURDOCK


— OUTRAGEOUS: Anti-Trump Secret Service Agent Leaving With Pay, Pension – Susan Crabtre


— Why We Should Embrace President Trump’s Nationalism – Carol M. Swain


— Embracing reparations debases blacks, raises troubling questions – ROBERT L. WOODSON SR.
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters and America-haters crow that “GOP bristles over plan to shift military funding to border wall.”


— China is building soft power in U.S. schools, Senate report warns The country has shelled out $158 million to seed a network of Confucius Institutes in the United States – Rachel Oswald


— Illinois budget debate raises key questions on taxing retirement income – Mark Miller


— A Clash at the Cohen Hearing Reveals the Left’s Racial Divide – Sheryl Gay Stolberg
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Trump-haters promote hatred of Trump.
— Dents Begin to Show at Top End of Classic Car Market – Rob Sass
— Socialism and the Self-Made Woman What Ivanka Trump doesn’t know about social mobility. – Paul Krugman (DIERSEN: To falsely demonize, denigrate, and condemn me as being privileged and filthy rich, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always falsely demonized, denigrated, and condemned my parents as being privileged and filthy rich.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The key observation, based on a growing body of research, is that when it comes to upward social mobility, the U.S. is truly exceptional — that is, it performs exceptionally badly. Americans whose parents have low incomes are more likely to have low incomes themselves, and less likely to make it into the middle or upper class, than their counterparts in other advanced countries. And those who are born affluent are, correspondingly, more likely to keep their status.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater likens Trump supporters to Mussolini supporters.


— How Chicago Politics Produced A Deeply Entrenched Culture Of Corruption – Chris Bentley and Jeremy Hobson


— Reparations coming to everyone, including Sen. Warren – Peter Lucas


— OUTSTANDING: U.S. Homeownership Rate Hits Highest Level Since 2014 Fourth-quarter data suggests shift from renting to owning, especially among 35-to-44-year-olds – Laura Kusisto
— The Hidden Costs of Stressed-Out Workers Companies often don’t realize how much they pay for lost time and productivity from unhealthy workplace dynamics. But there are ways to lower the stress level. – Jeffrey Pfeffer (DIERSEN: To get rid of them, my Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates in the federal government always did everything that they could to promote stress in federal employees who were Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who had not made 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.)
— Inside the Hottest Job Market in Half a Century A look at who’s getting ahead, who could be left behind and how long the boom can last – Eric Morath and Lauren Weber (DIERSEN: GAO hired me in 1980 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, younger person, or veteran who would take the job. IRS hired me in 1971 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job. The Post Office hired me in 1966 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job.)
— How Do You Stack Up in Today’s Job Market? Put in your info to see if you’re one of the many workers benefiting from a strong U.S. labor market – Soo Oh
— Female Factor: Women Drive the Labor-Force Comeback The share of women participating in the workforce is rising much faster than for men – Vanessa Fuhrmans
— The Phony Retirement Crisis Contrary to the alarms, household savings are growing. But government plans are underfunded. – Andrew Biggs (DIERSEN: Have you saved at least $1 million for your retirement, and if not, are you on track to save at least $1 million saved for your retirement?)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats promote LGBTQ activity.


— Socialists Win Big in Chicago In city elections this week, progressive candidates shocked the Democratic machine. – Miles Kampf-Lassin


— Falling property prices are an opportunity, not a tragedy – Marcus Padley (DIERSEN: Democrats run Illinois. How fast are property prices falling in your neighborhood, in your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, and in Illinois?) Whys are they falling?)


— Reparations and Black Americans’ Attitudes About Race – FRANK NEWPORT (DIERSEN: How much in reparations do your critics/opponents hint/imply/argue/shout that you should pay and why? My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always hinted/implied/argued/shouted that I should pay lots of reparations because I am White, male, old (born in 1948), Protestant (baptized, raised, and confirmed as a Missouri Synod Lutheran), conservative, Republican, non-poor, draft avoider, I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years, that is, I held jobs that minorities and females should have had instead of me, and my ancestors have been in America since 1844. In my defense, my ancestors have always lived in northeast Illinois and they discriminated against no one. In my defense, in 1997, I succumbed to my Democrat superiors and took their early retirement “offer” so that they could my job and my preferred corner office to a Democrat minority.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: One key finding: Only 18% of blacks are satisfied with the way blacks are treated in this country today, compared with 51% of whites who say they are satisfied with the way blacks are treated. Well over half of blacks believe that blacks are treated less favorably than whites in dealing with the police, in stores and malls, and on the job. About half of blacks say blacks are treated less favorably in neighborhood shops, in restaurants and in getting healthcare. More than one in five black Americans say that within the last 30 days they were treated unfairly in stores, in restaurants or by the police. Slightly fewer, but still substantial numbers, say that they have been treated unfairly at work or in receiving healthcare. A slight majority of blacks are pessimistic about the future, saying that relations between blacks and whites will always be a problem in this country. Black Americans also clearly believe that government actions should be taken to help bring about change. Over seven in 10 blacks favor affirmative action programs for racial minorities in this country, and a majority of 57% of whites agree. Previous Gallup research has shown that about two-thirds of black Americans believe the U.S. government should play a major role in trying to improve the social and economic position of blacks and other minority groups in this country. Over seven in 10 blacks believe that new civil rights laws are needed in this country to reduce discrimination against blacks. What about reparations per se? Several polls in recent years have shown majority black support for the concept. A YouGov online survey in 2014 showed roughly six in 10 black Americans said that the U.S. government should offer cash payments and education and job training programs to the descendants of slaves. A Kaiser Family Foundation/CNN survey from 2015 found that 52% of blacks said that “as a way to make up for the harm caused by slavery” the government should “make cash payments to Black Americans who are descendants of slaves” (8% of whites agreed). A Marist poll from 2016 showed that 58% of blacks supported the idea for reparations for African-American descendants of slaves. Overall, blacks in the U.S. have continuing concerns about discrimination and structural impediments to their success, and most believe that the government must step in and do more to help this situation. The concept of reparations per se is broad, and the exact level of black support for the idea depends on how it is defined. But we know that at least a majority of blacks appear from past polling to be in favor — not surprising given the general context of black support for the government actively addressing race inequalities in the U.S. today.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, White-haters and America-haters promote hatred against Whites and against America.


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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.