March 23 Morning Edition

— Stormy Daniels Makes 2-Minute Stand Against Illinois Tax


— Illinois House panel advances bill to ban for-profit immigrant detention centers – Jerry Nowicki
— When parents pay bribes, their kids look like dimwits – Gene Lyons


— ‘It’s all from the same dead white guys’: Meet the Chicagoans pushing for gender equity in classical music – Darcel Rockett


— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: 4 ways sports betting might be allowed (and taxed) in Illinois – Grant Morgan
— We need to invest more in road improvements – Robert Czernek, Highway Commissioner, Bloomingdale Township


— Louisiana officials denounce Steve King for his Katrina FEMA remarks – BRET HAYWORTH


— House committee advances bill to ban for-profit immigrant detention centers – Jerry Nowicki


— Harassment complaints against NIU professor facing jail were abandoned Records show some who filed grievances in 2017 feared retaliation – KELSEY RETTKE


— Hundreds of pro-life supporters rally at the Capitol for second time this week – Katie Bandish
— GM announces jobs, electric vehicle after Trump criticism – AP


— Legislation Would Ban Private Immigrant Detention Centers In Illinois – DANA VOLLMER


— All signs point to higher taxes if Prendiville elected mayor of Wheaton – W.J. Kennedy
— Board’s Tim Elliott is equal parts nostalgic about DuPage County’s past and hopeful for its future – Carrie Bradon


— Schaeffers pay more than 15% of Hinsdale home’s sale price toward property taxes


— Trump opposes regulation of social media companies: ‘I hate the concept’ – Steven Nelson (DIERSEN: Of course, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes want me and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails to be regulated. Failing that, they want the Milton Township Republican Central Committee, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Illinois Republican Party, Illinois Senate Republicans, Illinois House Republicans, City of Wheaton, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, Milton Township, DuPage County, Illinois, and the federal government to constructively regulate me and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails. One could argue that the aforesaid constructively do regulate me and regulate my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails by the way they treat me and treat my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails.)
— Republicans resigned to Trump losing 2020 popular vote but confident about Electoral College – David M. Drucker


— Immigration to America Is Not What It Used to Be – Edward Ring
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Get it? George W. Bush has won his grim battle with history. Various photos showed him inviting dozens of new citizens up to the podium, including Muslims in headscarves, Hispanics, and Africans. Apparently including anyone of European descent would have been bad optics. And never mind that if Bush II hadn’t bombed, invaded and occupied Iraq, the Middle East might be relatively stable today. Iraq, for all its problems, would nonetheless provide a strategic counterweight to Iran. We would have saved trillions of dollars and spared millions of lives, and additional millions of refugees would have stayed home. . . According to, the United States “now accepts over one million legal immigrants each year, which is more than all of the other industrialized nations in the world, combined.” Additionally, according to, nearly 28 million illegal immigrants currently live in the United States. Attempting to quantify the costs and benefits of immigration into the United States is not easy. According to a study conducted by the Federation for American Immigration Reform, the cost to America taxpayers to provide illegal immigrants government funded education, health care, justice and law enforcement, public assistance, and general government services is estimated at $135 billion per year. According to the Center for Immigration Studies, “63% of non-citizen households access welfare programs compared to 35% of native households.” Statistics abound—and for every study suggesting that America’s immigration is creating a burden on the economy, there is another that concludes the opposite, that immigrants continue to provide a net economic benefit to the economy. So rather than provide yet another regurgitation of battling statistics, it is important to note some crucial qualitative differences between immigration trends in America today, compared with past centuries in America. Why Immigration to America Today Is Different Immigrants today are not coming from nations of equal or greater economic achievement. In the past, immigrants from Europe, for the most part, were emigrating from nations that were as advanced as the United States was, if not more so. Today the overwhelming majority of immigrants are coming from developing nations. Immigrants in the past came primarily from European nations which had cultural values—educational, religious, and political—that were, if not nearly identical to American cultural values, at shared a similar trajectory towards achieving those values. Immigrants today come from nations that, relatively speaking, have far fewer cultural similarities to America than past waves of immigrants. Immigrants today, for the most part, are coming from nations that are rapidly increasing in population and, in aggregate, dwarf the United States in population. Related to this is the fact that in the past, the people already in America were themselves rapidly increasing in population, but this is no longer the case, except among populations of recently arrived immigrants. Immigrants today arrive via 10-hour hops on an airliner. In the past, waves of immigrants spent 10 months traversing land and sea in a journey of staggering expense and significant dangers. While this isn’t universally true, particularly for the overland migrants that cross America’s southern border, the general point stands: coming to America today does not require the commitment it required in the past. Similarly, in the past, immigrants pretty much renounced their countries of origin. They made a one-way trip and they adopted the language and values of America. Today, retaining cultural unity with one’s country of origin is a few clicks on the internet, a cheap telephone call, an affordable airfare. Technology has greatly eroded the forces that used to impel immigrants to become Americans. Immigrants in the past arrived in an America that had a voracious need for unskilled workers. Today the American economy is relentlessly automating jobs that used to require unskilled labor, and the American population already has a surplus of unskilled workers. Immigrants today are arriving in a welfare state, where they are assured of food, shelter, and medical care that are, in general, orders of magnitude better than anything available to them in their native countries. This creates a completely different incentive to today’s immigrants. In past centuries, immigrants came to America to find freedom and to work. Today they are offered a smorgasbord of taxpayer-funded social services. Immigrant students today—especially in the coastal urban centers where most of them settle—enter a public education system that teaches them with a reverse-racist, anti-capitalist bias. They are taught in our public schools not to assimilate, but to “celebrate diversity”; not to earn opportunities through hard work, but through fighting discrimination. They are taught, often in their native language, that they have arrived in a nation dominated by racist and sexist white males, who exploit the world to amass evil profits.)
— Media Ignores Major Story About the Dossier—Again – Julie Kelly


— Putting It All In Context: Trump vs. McCain. Israel, Illegals, AOC.


— Christian parents warned of coming curriculum in Illinois – Bob Kellogg


— NYU study advocates providing government benefits to illegal aliens – Victoria Snitsar


— Man arrested for allegedly throwing glass of water at Steve King – BROOKE SEIPEL


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats make it clear that they want to abolish the Second Amendment.


— Man arrested after allegedly throwing water on Rep. Steve King at restaurant – CAROLINE LINTON


— New Zealand Bans the Christchurch Suspect’s Manifesto – Damien Cave
— Southern Poverty Law Center President Plans Exit Amid Turmoil – Alan Blinder
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-car owners promote anti-car owners. Overwhelmingly, my critics/opponents, the operatives, and their dupes have been anti-car. I have owned cars since 1964 when I was 16 years old.
— Can We Get Better at Forgetting? – Benedict Carey (DIERSEN: Do your critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes want you to forget the adverse actions that they took against you? My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes DO NOT want me to forget the adverse actions that they took against me. They want my memory of their actions to discourage me from putting GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and sending them out. Actually, my memory of their actions encourages me to put GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and send them out.)


— The Right Way to Choose a College What students do at college matters much more than where they go. The key is engagement, inside the classroom and out. – Denise Pope (DIERSEN: Why did you choose the college(s) that you did? Major reasons why I chose UIC in 1966 include my being able to afford it by living with my parents in Crete and working a part-time job. Major reasons why I chose NIU in 1969 include my being able to afford it by working a part-time job at the Park Forest Post Office. Major reasons why I chose Loyola in 1972, DePaul in 1976, and IIT in 1992 include my being able to afford it by taking just one course at a time.)
— Anemic growth, millennial malaise, you name it—blame a lack of inspiring bosses – Sam Walker (DIERSEN: What did your bosses inspire you to do? While I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years, my Democrat bosses inspired me to leave so they could replace me with a Democrat, a minority, a woman, and/or someone who was younger than I was.)
— Who’s the Tallest of Them All? It’s No Longer the Americans Despite having lower disposable income than U.S., Netherlands boasts tallest residents – Jo Craven McGinty


— Democratic Socialists of America Back Bernie Sanders For 2020 – ERIN CORBETT


— Moshe Milevsky: Are You as ‘Old’ as You Think You Are? The professor tells ThinkAdvisor how clients’ retirement plans can account for biological, not just chronological, age. – Jane Wollman Rusoff


— The war on MAGA hats rages on Trump supporters keep getting beat up because of the caps they wear – DEROY MURDOC


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters promote hatred of Trump. White-haters promote hatred of Whites.


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats argue that if America gave more aid to Central America, there would be fewer illegals.


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters say “Hate crimes increased 226% in places Trump held a campaign rally in 2016.”


— Is New York City’s LGBTQ Center the Newest Safe Space for Queer Conservatives? The city’s beloved LGBTQ community center is embroiled in controversy. – Nico Lang


— Grad student workers in Chicago strike UIC, administration refuses to budge – MICHELLE ZACARIAS

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.