March 4 Evening Edition

— OUTSTANDING: Springfield participates in nationwide March 4 Trump rally – Michon Lindstrom
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Springfield- Dozens gathered on the steps of the Illinois State Capitol to show their support for President Donald Trump. “It’s time that America realizes that Trump is our president.” said Mel Cordani, a supporter. “I love him, and he is going to change America, and make it great again. I know that he has done so much already and I just wanted to be here to show him how much we love him.” said Doug Dukeman, another supporter. The crowd was filled with many local supporters, and three Illinois politicians came to show their support for President Trump. Senator Kyle McCarter (R)-Vandalia, Representative Reggie Phillips (R)-Charleston, and Representative Brad Halbrook (R)-Shelbyville, gave speeches to the crowd. “There is only 3 of us here, and it’s because it is important for us to know what we know is right. To support our president to let him know that Illinois is supporting our president, and they we need change in the state of Illinois.” said Rep. Reggie Phillips (R)-Charleston. Some of the attendees, like Shane Bouvet, know President Trump personally.. “He’s such a beautiful guy, and that’s what you see here in the crowd is beautiful. Who are patriotic, coming to support out president and show love for our country.” he said. “Donald  Trump is a president who loves all people. You see everyone who came out to support him and people who don’t support him, you know Donald Trump loves everyone. He cares about our country.” Many of Trump’s supporters spoke of his accomplishments since taking office in January. “He’s doing what he said he was going to do, and we want to be supportive of that effort for the first time, we actually have a president that is doing what he said he would do.” said Rep. Brad Halbrook, (R)-Shelbyville. “Mr. Trump has done more already in he short time than what others have done in eight years.” added Dukeman. For many of the supporters, they hope that President Trump will be able to help to fix the trouble that Illinois is in. “We need people to have respect and want to work again in Illinois and that is a federal issue, and I think Trump is going to start answering.” Said Rep. Phillips. This was just one of many March 4 Trump rallies happening nationwide.)
— Union membership in Illinois last year matches historic low – AP


— OUTSTANDING: Trump supporters declare pride in president, slam opponents – AP
— Trump claims Obama had phones wiretapped; Obama denies it – AP
— Immigration courts: record number of cases, many problems – AP


— OUTSTANDING: Trump supporters gather at Illinois Capitol – John Reynolds


— OUTSTANDING: Trump supporters rally in President’s honor – Leon Lagerstam


— OUTSTANDING: Pro-Trump rally draws hundreds in QC  Spirit of America rallies around nation aim to send positive message to Trump – Krista Burris


— OUTSTANDING: Supporters gather for ‘March 4 Trump’ rallies in suburban Chicago, around the country – AP


— OUTSTANDING: Trump supporters declare pride in president, slam opponents – AP
— Democrats say Rauner bungling ‘bargain’ — gov calls that ‘goofy’ – Tina Sfondeles


— OUTSTANDING: Trump supporters declare pride in president, slam opponents at nationwide rallies – AP
— Trump: Not to blame for ‘sad end’ to ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ – AP
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: VERY SAD: Waubonsie Valley High School promotes LGBTQ activity.
— Local boards have to face critics while congressmen avoid town halls – Editorial
— Noble charter school teachers take a step toward forming a union – Juan Perez Jr.
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Trump accused Obama of ‘McCarthyism.’ But Trump’s lifelong mentor had a crucial role in its rise.”


— Thousands attend Elmhurst St. Patrick’s Day Parade
— Trump’s wiretap claim based on Breitbart news; Obama spokesman denies – Bloomberg
— Elgin hears plans for gun shop, shooting range catering to women – Elena Ferrarin




— Proposed Illinois Law Allows Those Under 21 To Drink With A Parent – Mike Krauser
(FROM THE ARTICLE: But a bar owner told our sister station in Rockford, WIFR, that he does not support the notion. “I don’t believe that 18-year-olds are ready to consume alcohol even under the supervision of their parents. And how can you regulate?”)


— Could Trump and Emanuel find common ground? – GREG HINZ  (DIERSEN: What about Rauner?  Which planks in the Republican Party platform do not conflict with planks in the Democrat Party platform?  Which conservative principles do not conflict with liberal principles?)


— Madigan to blame? Not this time – Doug Finke


— Highest pay in nation not good enough for Illinois workers  If AFSCME strikes, what will happen? – Editorial  (DIERSEN: Are you non-veteran, White, male, and/or older?  Are/were you accused of being overpaid?  My critics/opponents have always accused me of being overpaid. In my defense, I earned a) a job-related bachelor’s degree when I was 21 and job-related master’s degrees when I was 27, 31, and 48, b) job-related professional certifications when I was 30, 32, 41, 45, 47, and 48, and c) a job-related professional license when I was 33.)


— Governor Says State Comptroller Has Put Pay for Nearly 600 Employees and Human Service Agencies in Jeopardy  Comptroller Susana Mendoza Is Asked to Stop Depleting Government Shutdown Prevention Funds


— Indiana state government rated most effective in country – Dan Carden


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats promote Islam.  How soon, if not already, will Democrats a) call for, if not demand,  that Islam be America’s “official religion” and b) call for, if not demand, that everyone in America becomes a Muslim?


— National group’s backing of New Trier ‘white privilege’ seminar criticized – Glenn Minnis


— Leaked Audio Reveals Anti-Trump Forces Manufacturing Hostile Town Hall – Peter Hasson
— ‘Pray On Your Own Time!’ — Protesters Freak Out After GOP Town Hall Opens With A Prayer – Peter Hasson


— ‘RACIST!’ U.S. COLLEGES INFECTED WITH SPREADING ‘VICTIMHOOD’ FEVER  ‘There is a case of this happening at nearly every campus’ – GREG COROMBOS  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats promote hatred against Republicans, and especially against Republicans who are White.)


— EEOC’s Budget Should Be Cut to Protect Free Speech and Jobs – Hans Bader  (DIERSEN: In 1971, I became a federal employee because Oldsmobile withdrew a job offer that I had accepted.  Oldsmobile withdrew that job offer because it had just agreed to stop hiring Whites to settle an EEOC complaint.  My employer at the time, Firestone Stores, had fired me because I had accepted Oldsmobile’s job offer.)


— A Different Bargain on Race – Ross Douthat  (DIERSEN: Are you White?  How long have your ancestors been in America?  How much did you benefit from discrimination against Blacks by your parents, by your grandparents, by your great grandparents, and by the rest of your ancestors?  My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes a) have always hinted/implied/argued/shouted that I benefited tremendously from discrimination against Blacks by my parents, by my grandparents, by my great grandparents, and by the rest of my ancestors. My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes stress that my ancestors have been in America since 1844.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: So, this week’s immodest proposal: Abolish racial preferences in college admissions, phase out preferences in government hiring and contracting, eliminate the disparate-impact standard in the private sector, and allow state-sanctioned discrimination only on the basis of socioeconomic status, if at all. Then at the same time, create a reparations program — the Frederick Douglass Fund, let’s call it — that pays out exclusively, directly and one time only to the proven descendants of American slaves. What would it pay out? Reparations advocates talk in trillions, which would take this already-unrealistic proposal into the realm of the utopian. But right now, giving every single African-American $10,000, perhaps in a specially-designed annuity, would cost about $370 billion, modest relative to supply-side tax plans and single-payer schemes alike. The wealth of the median black household in the United States was $11,200 as of 2013; a $10,000 per-person annuity would more than double it. In so doing it would hardly eliminate racial disadvantage, but then again neither has 50 years of affirmative action. What it would offer is a meaningful response to an extraordinary injustice, but a response that does not involve permanent discrimination. There is no clear or easy path to becoming a multiracial nation that isn’t divided politically by race. But reparations for the descendants of slaves today, rather than affirmative action for nonwhites forever, might be a better path than the one we’re on right now.)


— Gangs reap guns from trains in violent Chicago neighborhoods – AP
— After decades in America, the newly deported return to a Mexico they barely recognize – Antonio Olivo  (DIERSEN: When will Mexico stop sending its citizens into America illegally?  When will Mexico recall its citizens who are in America illegally?  To go into a country illegally is to disrespect that country. The longer that you stay in a county illegally, the more that you disrespect that country.)
— A conservative author tried to speak at a liberal arts college. He left fleeing an angry mob. – Peter Holley


— Bill would protect Texas workers’ jobs over their political beliefs – Bobby Cervantes  (DIERSEN: Political affiliation discrimination, that is, patronage, has always been rampant in the federal government. 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.)
— Safe space: Lawmaker wants to forbid discrimination based on political beliefs – Brett Barrouquere  (DIERSEN: Political affiliation discrimination, that is, patronage, has always been rampant in the federal government. 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.)


— Growing number of Americans are changing employers in search of more money – Steve Matthews  (DIERSEN: GAO audits IRS. In 1980, after working for IRS for almost 9 years, the last 5 1/2 years of which at the GS-12 Step 1-5 levels, currently $79,563-$90,173, I transferred to GAO. Because I was an old (31) non-veteran White male Republican who complained about political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation, the Democrats who ran GAO forced me to accept an $18,847 pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO.  To justify that pay cut, they ignored the fact that much of what I had done for IRS was very similar to what I would be doing for GAO including fact gathering, interviewing, summarizing and analyzing data, investigating, report writing, and developing recommendations.  My Democrat GAO superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates were furious when I passed the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt in 1981 and that I became a licensed CPA in 1981.)


— Job Openings at Border Patrol and Customs and Border Protection – Ralph R. Smith

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.