March 29 Morning Edition

— Democrats to unveil ‘comeback agenda’ as counter to Rauner’s ‘turnaround agenda’ – Monique Garcia
— Illinois congressmen follow party line on measure to force release of Trump tax returns – Katherine Skiba
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Successful women demonize, denigrate, and condemn men.
— Uber report shows diversity deficit in leadership, engineering – Eric Newcomer  (DIERSEN: In Diersen v GAO, if the lawsuit had gone to trial, GAO could have easily proven that GAO paid more to its employees who were minority and/or female than GAO paid to its employees who were White and/or male who had comparable job-related work experience, job-related education, job-related professional licenses, and job-related professional licenses.)
— Paul Ryan a convenient scapegoat for Trump’s failure – Jonah Goldberg  (DIERSEN: Who are leading scapegoaters in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, and in Illinois.  I should write a book about the leading scapegoaters in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois.)
— Who’s to blame for high property taxes? Look in the mirror – Kristen McQueary
— Medical pot bill in S. Carolina bolstered by conservatives – AP  (DIERSEN: If you do not oppose pot, you should not claim to be religious, conservative, Republican, or American.  To push pot in America is to push the destruction of America.)–medical-marijuana-south-20170326-story.html
— HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: Trump again puts spotlight on violence in Chicago – Katherine Skiba
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx treasonously encourages illegals a) to come to Cook County illegally, b) to illegally stay in Cook County illegally, and c) to illegally bring other illegals to Cook County illegally. Ever-increasingly, Democrats do everything that they can to drive individuals, organizations, and companies that are a member of any of the following groups out of Cook County: Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders (except Bill Clinton), and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: What does Mayor Rahm Emanuel think of you?  Anti-Trump Emanuel says “Speak out against the hatred and ugliness whirling around us.”  Ever-increasingly, Emanuel promotes hatred against individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders (except Bill Clinton), and/or those whose ancestors have been in America longer than his ancestors. To encourage Emanuel to hate me, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes would stress that I am 100% German national origin, that my ancestors have been in America since the 1840s, that I was baptized, raised, and confirmed as a Missouri Synod Lutheran, that I am conservative, that I am Republican, that I am American, that I am White, that I am a male, that I am old (68), that I am not poor, that I am a gun owner, that I am a draft avoider, that I oppose illegal/mass immigration, that oppose promotion of dependency on government and on charity, that I oppose promotion of LGBTQ activity, that I oppose promotion of abortion, that I oppose race and gender based preference giving, that I oppose age discrimination, that I oppose patronage, that I oppose political affiliation discrimination, that oppose promotion of booze, pot, gambling, and other vices, and that I oppose diminution of First and Second Amendment rights.  They would stress those Jewish people who have a very low opinion of me including former Money Magazine employees and my former superiors and supervisors in the federal government; if I had been Jewish, Money Magazine and IRS would not have disallowed my education deductions. They would stress that the mayor of Wheaton publicly insults me and that no one comes to my defense.


— Here’s a measure of the opioid problem in Chicago and Illinois – BRIGID SWEENEY  (DIERSEN: What do you say to those who hypocritically rail against opioids but not against pot?)


— Illinois: Find out how healthy your county is and explore factors that drive your health (DIERSEN: DuPage is #1 overall and #5 for health outcomes.)


— No LGBTQ category included in Census proposal for 2020 count – AP  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats promote LGBTQ activity.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The U.S. Census Bureau did not include a separate count of LGBTQ Americans in its proposal for the 2020 Census. The category had been sought by gay rights advocates. The bureau counts Americans according to race, gender and other characteristics. Its proposal submitted to Congress this week did not have a separate category for LGBTQ. The Census Bureau said it had no immediate comment. But gay rights advocates say it’s more evidence that Trump is going back on a campaign promise to protect the gay community. Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services removed questions on sexuality from two of its surveys. The Trump administration also has canceled an Obama administration directive that students should use the bathroom that matches their gender identity.)


— Mendoza ditched campaign pledge – Editorial


— A taste of their own medicine – Tom Kacich  (DIERSEN: A major reason why people hate federal employees and hate retired federal employees is that federal employees and retired federal employees like me are eligible to participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits program.  People want the federal government to screw its employees and screw its retirees just like private sector employers screw their employee and screw their retirees.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: At the end of his 65-minute tele-town hall Monday night, U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis was asked whether members of Congress should get their health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act. We do, he said. And he pays more for it than he did under a previous program, with a higher deductible and a higher out-of-pocket maximum cost. “I’m part of the only group that has to, by law, has to get their benefits through the Affordable Care Act for health care,” Davis said. “I actually follow more stringent requirements than the Obama White House did. The Obama White House didn’t have to get their health benefits through the Affordable Care Act exchange like members of Congress and members of the Senate do. They were able to join millions of federal employees through the federal employee health benefit program.” Davis didn’t say it, but the reason for the disparity is that’s the way Congress wrote the law. “For a long period of time,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, “it seemed to me that members of Congress needed to be subject to the laws they pass for the rest of the country.” Davis didn’t sound pleased about his enrollment under the ACA. “We don’t get any special benefits. We do have to follow the health care benefits of the Affordable Care Act where every other federal employee does not,” he said. Members of Congress are enrolled under the ACA’s gold tier plan offered by the DC Health Link. According to the Congressional Research Service, the average employer contribution — which comes from taxpayers — is 72 percent. Davis has family coverage under the ACA, and it’s more expensive, with a higher deductible, than what they had before the ACA under the Federal Employees Health Benefits program. The breakdown, as provided by Davis spokeswoman Ashley Phelps:)


— Court documents: ‘Fairly junior’ staffer was informant in Aaron Schock case – Andy Kravetz (DIERSEN: When were you a fairly junior staffer?  I was a GS-7 staffer, currently $44,853, at IRS in 1971 when I was 22 years old; a GS-9 staffer, currently $54,864, in 1972; a GS-11 staffer, currently $66,379, in 1973; and GS-12 staffer, currently $79,563, in 1974.)


— Make that death, taxes and fraud in filing season – Tim Landis


— Davis Examines Failed ACA Repeal Effort – Greg Bishop


— No New Taxes –$132.5 Million CUSD 200 Referendum – Janet Shaw


— The Case Against Recreational Marijuana: Colorado – Benjamin Smith


— Liberals Shame and Bully Conservative Kids – Laurie Higgins
— New Bill Forces Pastors to Take Mandatory Training – Andrew Willis




— Anti-Trump questions on Illinois school quiz spur outrage: ‘Indoctrination of our youth by liberal academia’ – Dave Urbanski


— Luis Gutierrez goes off reservation to defend sanctuary cities – Cheryl K. Chumley


— OUTSTANDING: Tough Sheriff says elected leaders of ‘sanctuary cities’ should be arrested
— Fox Coverage of Illegal Alien Rape ‘Inconvenient’ for Biased Media
— Math and Reading Take Backseat to Social-Emotional Learning  (DIERSEN: Democrat teachers focus on cranking out “good little Democrats.”)


— HOW JEFF SESSIONS PLANS TO FIGHT BACK AGAINST SANCTUARY CITIES  (DIERSEN: Sanctuary Cities should be called “Fort Sumter Cities.” If/when Democrats start another Civil War like they did in 1861, they will be defeated again just like they were defeated in 1865. Democrats use illegals today like they used slaves in the past.)


— 40% of Disney staff ‘gay’ in ’98 – Michael F. Haverluck


— Manage Your Time, Manage Your Life – Tim Hetzner  (DIERSEN: How much time do you spend promoting Christian, conservative, and Republican principles?  I spend 10+ hours each and every day, 70+ hours each and every week, 300+ hours each and every month, 3,650+ hours each and every year, and 36,500+ hours each and every decade.)


— Roskam rejects bid to revive failed GOP Obamacare repeal bill – RACHAEL BADE and JOHN BRESNAHAN


— Trump’s Raves About Chicago Have Become Rants – JULIE BOSMAN and MONICA DAVEY (DIERSEN: What are your connections with Chicago?  Mine include living there part-time 1974-1976 and full-time 1976-1978; getting married there in 1978; working there 1973-1997 and the last 6 months of 1971; and taking college classes there part-time 1992-1997 and 1971-1983, and full-time 1966-1968.)
— Equal Pay for Men and Women? Iceland Wants Employers to Prove It – LIZ ALDERMAN  (DIERSEN: In Diersen v GAO, if the lawsuit had gone to trial, GAO could have easily proven that GAO paid more to its employees who were female than GAO paid to its employees who were male who had comparable job-related work experience, job-related education, job-related professional licenses, and job-related professional licenses.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Someone who is anti-Trump and anti-male says “The All-Male Photo Op Isn’t a Gaffe. It’s a Strategy.”
— Mysterious Buyer of Trump’s Childhood Home Said to Be From China – SARAH MASLIN NIR


— In ‘Apprentice’ defamation case, Trump will argue he is immune from lawsuits in state courts until he leaves office – Rosalind S. Helderman (DIERSEN: Can mayors argue that they are immune from defamation lawsuits until they are out of office?)
— Agencies prepare for federal employee layoffs, furloughs – Joe Davidson  (DIERSEN: First, agencies will get rid their employees who are Republican (if there are any left), than, their employees who are older, then, their employees who are White, then, their employees who are male, and then, their employees who are not veterans.)


— Businesses That Serve (ILLEGALS) Feel Pinched by Trump’s Moves – Cameron McWhirter  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps treasonously encourage people to come to America illegally, to stay in America illegally, and to bring others to America illegally.)
— Is the Ivy League’s Admission Bias a ‘Trade Secret’?  Princeton sues to block the government’s release of documents that could show discrimination. – JASON L. RILEY  (DIERSEN: Do you have a degree from Ivy League University?  I do not.  I should write a book about my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes who badmouth the universities that I have degrees from – NIU (1970), Loyola (1976), DePaul (1980), and IIT (1997).)
— Uber Releases Workforce Data Amid Criticism of Company Culture – GEORGIA WELLS and  GREG BENSINGER  (DIERSEN: What is/was the culture where you work/worked?  While I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years, the culture was predominately if not overwhelmingly anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders (except Bill Clinton), and anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)


— Trump claims immunity from ‘Apprentice’ contestant’s lawsuit – Nick Penzenstadler (DIERSEN: Can mayors argue that they are immune from defamation lawsuits until they are out of office?)


— Run-Up To Census 2020 Raises Concerns Over Security And Politics – HANSI LO WANG  (DIERSEN: What will the Democrats and the RINOs tell the illegals to do concerning the census?)


— Breaking Faith  The culture war over religious morality has faded; in its place is something much worse. – Peter Beinart  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, churches and their members talk and act like they are operatives or dupes for the Democrat Party.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Over the past decade, pollsters charted something remarkable: Americans—long known for their piety—were fleeing organized religion in increasing numbers. The vast majority still believed in God. But the share that rejected any religious affiliation was growing fast, rising from 6 percent in 1992 to 22 percent in 2014. Among Millennials, the figure was 35 percent.)


— APPLY NOW! Undergraduate Fall Internship with The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) – Juliann Phan  (DIERSEN: Government is nasty.  Politics is nasty.  Democrats are nasty. GAO audits IRS. My Democrat GAO superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates were furious that I only had to take an $18,847 pay cut in today’s dollars, that is, a downgrade from GS-12 Step 5 to GS-9 Step 10, or from $90,173 to $71,326 to transfer from IRS to GAO in 1980 when I was 31 years old.  All during the almost 18 years that I worked for GAO, they demonized, denigrated, and condemned what I had learned about IRS be working for IRS for almost 9 years, the last 5 1/2 years at the GS-12 Step 1-5 levels, $79,563-$90,173. They rejected the fact that much of what I did for IRS was similar to what GAO employees do – interview, gather facts, summarize facts, analyze facts, make recommendations, write reports, etc.  They demonized, denigrated, and condemned the fact that before I transferred, I had passed the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979, that I had almost completed the requirements for a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul, that I had earn an MBA from Loyola in 1976, and that I had earned a bachelor’s degree in management from NIU in 1970.)
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— How can I buy my first home? – Paul Clitheroe (DIERSEN: What enabled you to buy your first home? For me, in 1972, when I was 24, it was a) my working for IRS at the GS-11 level, currently $66,379, b) my working for Firestone Stores part-time, c) my not being subject to the draft, and d) my having saved the down payment.)

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.