May 1 Morning Edition

— Boeing fired 65 for racism or discrimination over past year, report says
(DIERSEN: My Democrat GAO superiors crowed about their success in getting rid of their employees who were Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran who they had not promoted to GS-13 (currently $102,188) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $120,755) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $142,041) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $172,500) by age 40. The aforesaid is political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, and age discrimination.)

— DuPage County Sets Goal of Vaccinating 80% of Residents by July 1. DuPage County already leads the entire state in shots given. – Chris Hush

— U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos to retire | Following report, Pritzker says he fell short in hiring ex-VA boss | Illinois AG’s office hit by ransomware attack – LISA DONOVAN

— Annual legislative frenzies of questionable value – Champaign News-Gazette – Editorial

— Here are 4 things you should know about redistricting in IL — and why you should care. – KELSEY LANDIS
(DIERSEN: How will Democrat gerrymandering impact you, your neighborhood, your precinct, your municipal district, your municipality, your township, your county district, your county, Illinois, and America?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: WHAT DOES REDISTRICTING MEAN FOR BLACK AND BROWN COMMUNITIES? Drawing political boundaries for racial reasons isn’t allowed under federal law. Drawing them for political purposes is, though the two often end up being the same, said Kevin Anderson, a professor at Eastern Illinois University who specializes in African-American politics. “You can’t draw a district and stuff all the white people in one area,” Anderson said, “but you can gerrymander for political reasons. You can draw districts in a weird shape to put as many Republicans in a district, as many Democrats in a district.” As a result, racial groups can still get bunched together into super-majority districts, which could be a good thing because they’d have a representative who advocates for their specific issues. But it can end up having the opposite effect because lumping racial groups together creates extremes. There may be one elected official who strongly supports gun control and criminal justice reform, and another nearby who opposes them. Neither have to answer to a diverse electorate either in terms or race or ideology, and their agendas might cancel each other out. As southwestern Illinois turns more conservative, bipartisan partnerships could become more scarce. “If you concentrate minority voters in one or two districts, yeah, they get to send their person to Springfield, but you have almost no influence in the areas around you,” Anderson said. “It becomes very difficult to build coalitions.”)

— Biden hit by GOP, Amnesty International on immigration – Alexandra Limon

— Free Capitol News Illinois. Shining light on lawmakers. – Bruce Rushton
(DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who have worked the hardest against me and against my GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters since 2000.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Capitol News Illinois has requested floor credentials granted to journalists from the Associated Press, the State Journal-Register and myriad other media outlets. Lawmakers have refused. . .Legislative leaders have denied access on grounds that Capitol News Illinois is affiliated with an interest group, the Illinois Press Association, which employs lobbyists. Among other things, the IPA lobbies to keep laws requiring that legal notices be printed in newspapers. It’s OK for lawmakers to moonlight as lobbyists, but reporters aren’t supposed to be tools of outfits with business before the legislature. Legislative leaders have drawn parallels between Capitol News Illinois and a defunct news arm of the Illinois Policy Institute, a conservative think tank. Lawmakers six years ago won a court fight to deny credentials for the institute’s alleged news operation. It’s a matter of consistency, Steve Brown, then spokesman for former House Speaker Michael Madigan, wrote in a 2019 letter denying credentials to Capitol News Illinois. . .”(I)t is my opinion that you and the others with Capitol News Illinois are not representatives of the press but representatives of an advocacy organization,” Brown wrote. Capitol News Illinois is a creature of the Illinois Press Foundation, a nonprofit affiliate of the Illinois Press Association. The policy institute had a similar relationship with its news arm. That’s where similarities end. For one thing, we don’t know who funds the policy institute, which doesn’t disclose donor names. We know that the Robert R. McCormick Foundation carries Capitol News Illinois, which also conducts fundraising drives familiar to any NPR fan.)


— Drag Queen Sunday at a Central Illinois Church – Christine Misner

— Why Republicans no longer recognize their own party. Frank Luntz has no business advising the GOP, yet he still does – Tucker Carlson
(DIERSEN: Whose advice do the following take: a) your Republican township/ward party organization, b) your Republican county party organization, and c) the Illinois Republican Party?)

— Illegal Immigrants Fly American, Courtesy of Biden Border Policy – Fred Lucas

— Biden, Democrats Prefer Growing Government Over Growing Economy – Sarah Lee
— Why Is the Left Allowed to Be ‘Transphobic’ and Racist? – Michael Brown

— Biden’s address called ‘quasi-Marxism dressed up as apple pie – Michael F. Haverluck

— Latino Republican support for Trump is still going strong in Florida. With politics in home countries a driving factor, the nexus between Trump and supporters of the Latin American right is strengthening. – Carmen Sesin

— McConnell Attacks Biden Rule’s Antiracism Focus, Calling It ‘Divisive’ The minority leader joined Republicans in protesting a proposal to promote teaching about systemic racism and the consequences of slavery, saying it would indoctrinate students with “a slanted story.” – Catie Edmondson
— The True Cost of Closing the Racial Wealth Gap – William Darity Jr.
(DIERSEN: How much reparations do the Democrats want you to pay?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Elimination of the wealth gap between Black and white Americans is a stated goal of President Biden and the Democratic Party. The gulf is enormous any way you look at it. But depending on the measure you use, the chasm ranges from $54,700 a person to $280,300 a person. I believe the higher figure is the most appropriate one. That amounts to a total of $11.2 trillion — a figure that implies that incremental measures will not be sufficient to address the enormous racial wealth disparity. Those numbers are derived from data compiled in the Federal Reserve’s 2019 Survey of Consumer Finances. The survey shows that the gap in wealth between Black and white Americans at the median — the middle household in each community — was $164,100. The median Black household was worth only $24,100; the median white household, $188,200. But if we compare Black and white wealth at the mean — for the average household in each community — the difference was $840,000, a far larger sum. The average figure for Black households was $142,500; for white households, $983,400, close to $1 million.)

— The Blue State Gerrymander Walk-Back. Illinois and New York Democrats may prefer partisan maps after all. – Editorial
— A Backlash Against Bad History. GOP Senators warn Education Secretary Miguel Cardona about pushing the ‘1619 Project.’ – Editorial Board
(DIERSEN: Of course, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have no problem with the 1619 Project. They pander to minorities by painting me as being a racist, and even worse things. I should write a book about my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes. Better yet, I should sue them for slander.)
— What Happens When Opinion Polls Move Online. Pew and the University of Michigan shifted established surveys from the phone to the web this year. – Jo Craven McGinty
— ‘Make Yourself More Employable In One Day’ – Allison Pohle
(DIERSEN: What harmed your job search? I graduated from NIU in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in management. Potential employers viewed me as being draft bait. I had been classified as 1-A and my draft number was 151. They did not believe that my application for a financial hardship draft deferment would be approved. Further, potential employers were under tremendous pressure to hire minorities, females, and veterans. Further, I had been a government employee 1966-1969. I took the only job offer that I received; to be the Retail Sales Manager in the Chicago Heights Firestone Store. The job did not really require a college degree. Constructively, I served as the store’s salesman. Firestone’s district office hired me; the store’s manager would never have hired me. He disapproved of my avoiding the draft, my being a college graduate, my being Missouri Synod Lutheran, and my being 100% German American. He refused to let me start until I passed a 2-week probationary period working in Firestone’s Gary store. He rudely fired me when I gave him my 2-week notice in early 1971. I had accepted a job offer from Oldsmobile. But Oldsmobile withdrew that job offer saying that it had just agreed to stop hiring Whites to settle an EEOC complaint. The aforesaid directly resulted in my accepting a job offer from IRS.)
— Lots of Jobs Await the Class of 2021. So Does Plenty of Competition. – Patrick Thomas
(DIERSEN: From what I see, the more of the following that job seekers are, the less likely that they will be offered jobs: Trump supporter, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, heterosexual, married, non-poor, gun owner, Christian, Protestant, Italian American, German American, and/or if their ancestors have been in America for a long time.)

— Three Things To Keep In Mind When Thinking About Whiteness In America – Maia Niguel Hoskin
(DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, hate-filled White-hating White-haters promote hatred against Whites. Those who promote hatred against Whites also promote hated against those who are male, older, non-poor, law enforcement officers, Trump supporters, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, heterosexual, married, gun owners, Christian, Protestant, Italian American, German American, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)

— Jobs for Seniors: What Are the Best Jobs After Retirement? – Kathleen Coxwell

— Only 36% of Voters Say Biden’s First 100 Days a Success

— ‘We’re not sworn enemies’: Liz Cheney defends herself for fist-bumping Biden. No 3 ranking Republican previously came under sustained attack from her own party for criticizing Donald Trump – Ed Pilkington
(DIERSEN: A house divided against itself cannot stand. The Republican Party lets Democrat plants, Libertarian plants, Green plants, Independent plants, and RINOs lead the party. The aforesaid a) focus on driving Republicans out of the Republican Party and b) focus on destroying the Republican Party. I should write a book about the success that the aforesaid destroyers have had since 2000 in Illinois, in DuPage County, in Milton Township, and in Wheaton. I would focus on the aforesaid destroyers who reject the traditional marriage/family, right to life, immigration, illegal drugs, Second Amendment, and/or equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving) planks in the Republican Party platform.)

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.