May 20 Evening Edition

— Trump says he will call for Justice Department to probe whether FBI surveilled his campaign for ‘political purposes’- Matt Zapotosky, David Nakamura and Robert Costa
— Oliver North, incoming NRA chief, blames school shootings on ‘culture of violence’ – Frances Stead Sellers and Michael Scherer
— Texas shooting suspect’s choice of guns complicates debate over assault rifles – Callum Borchers
— ‘World’s most expensive Witch Hunt’: Trump lashes out at New York Times, Democrats – David Nakamura


— Let Illinois towns pass assault weapons bans – Mayor Nancy Rotering, Highland Park (DIERSEN: Sooner or later, if not already, those who ban assault weapons will ban those who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
— Illinois condemns motorcyclists to death by leaving helmets off safety tip page – Neil Steinberg


— Comprehensive gun bill would make our schools, cities safer – Gov. Bruce Rauner


— Kane County Board chairman: People leaving state to avoid high taxes ‘Harder and harder to live within our means’ – CHRIS WALKER (DIERSEN: Have you lived within your means? My wife and I have always done that. Since 1997, my income has been 59% less, that is, it has been only $51,864 instead of $125,325 in today’s dollars because my Democrat GAO superiors succeeded in forcing me to take their early retirement “offer.” We spend far less on immediate pleasures than others who share our demographics.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “Property tax levels [are] one of the biggest problems that we’re dealing with in Illinois,” he said. “People are moving away from Illinois. Literally 30,000 people moved out [last year].” Recalling his early years in public service, Lauzen said he’d hear from disgruntled homeowners. Now those homeowners aren’t calling him, but are leaving the state for good. “It usually was the seniors, the older folks, who used to call,” he said. “The older men would call up and they’d holler at you and the older ladies, they’d call and cried about the property tax burden. And they’re living on fixed incomes and it was a huge problem. “These days, I think many of us are finding that they don’t call anymore. It’s almost like they’ve given up and they just move so that’s a terrible thing.” Lauzen explained that change is long overdue and one of the ways to do that is to stop taxing people out of their homes. He believes he’s made a lot of progress during the past seven years. “Before I had the privilege to serve as chairman, we had a 50 percent increase in the property taxes to support the county,” he said. “In the last seven years it’s leveled out at zero increase.” That includes having to insert into the base the new construction while excluding a cost of living increase. “I’m very proud of holding the line,” he said. “But it is naturally getting harder and harder to live within our means without asking people for more.” Lauzen said that the public often complains about the spending, but that he’s doing his part to help reduce debt. “[The public] says that all you guys and ladies do is borrow and spend,” he said. “We’ve paid off approximately 65 percent of the debt in the last six to seven years.” Lauzen closed his presentation by sharing a slide of three beliefs that he referred to as “Truly Dumb Ideas.” He said that he hopes no one who attended the luncheon ever allows any of them to see the light of day. It includes combining all local pensions into one, increasing property taxes by 1 percent of the home value to pay off the state’s pensions unfunded liabilities and running the government like a business. Mark Pietrowski, DeKalb County chairman, and Scott Gryder, Kendall County chairman, also made presentations during the luncheon.)


— House GOP Gearing Up To Oust Ryan As Speaker — With Trump’s Support?


— No DACA unless border wall built, amnesty slashed – Michael F. Haverluck


— Sorry Conservatives: You Don’t Have Free Speech On Facebook Or Twitter – Carl Szabo
— Alan Dershowitz: FBI Full Of ‘Republicans Who Hated Trump’ – Justin Caruso (DIERSEN: I should write a book about my Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates in the federal government who hated Republicans the most. Republican haters at GAO forced me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old, gave me unfair performance expectations and appraisals, always ranked me in the bottom half of my coworkers for pay-for-performance purposes, did not promote me beyond GS-13, got rid of my mentor in 1987, kept me off audits of IRS for all but 3 of the almost 18 years that I worked for GAO, and forced me to take an $19,203 pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO in 1980. Republican haters at IRS superiors did not promote me beyond GS-12, disallowed my education deductions in 1978, got rid of my mentor in 1975, and disallowed my partial day per diem claims in 1974. Republican haters at the Post Office superiors forced me resign in 1969 and disallowed my sick leave requests in 1969 and 1968. Many of the aforesaid were also anti-draft avoiders, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)


— Activist praised by Trump once ran online publication that mocked him: report – LUIS SANCHEZ


— Two counties tell the tale of a growing education gap The increasing importance of education on income, lifestyle and opportunity are on display in Pennsylvania. – Dante Chinni (DIERSEN: How did education benefit you? If I had not earned a job-related bachelor’s degree in 1970 when I was 21 years old, Firestone Stores would not have hired me in 1970, Oldsmobile would not have offered me a job in 1971, and IRS would not have hired me in 1971. If I had not been taking job-related graduate courses, IRS might not have promoted me in 1972, 1973, or 1974. If I had not earned a job-related master’s degree in 1976 and if I had not earned a job-related professional certification in 1979, GAO would not have hired me in 1980. If I had not earned a job-related master’s degree in 1980; not earned job-related professional certifications in 1981, 1990, 1994, 1996, and 1997; and not earned a job-related professional license in 1981 a) GAO might not have promoted me in 1986 and b) GAO might have gotten rid of me sooner than it did.)
— Bernie Sanders: Establishment Dems ‘don’t generate excitement’


— We should have the freedom to gamble more but the good sense to gamble less – Norman Chad (DIERSEN: Gambling is a vice. Individuals, organizations including religions, companies, governments, and countries should discourage vice.)


— Which Jobs Are Workers Most Willing to Move For? These Ones High-tech jobs in San Francisco and New York are most likely to attract out-of-town applicants, a new study finds – Eric Morath (DIERSEN: Needless-to-say, no one would move for the bad jobs that I had. I did yard work and delivered newspapers in Crete 1962-1964; washed dishes in Chicago Heights 1964-1966; cleaned golf shoes in Flossmoor, chipped slag in South Chicago Heights, and pumped gasoline in South Chicago Heights in 1966; delivered mail in Park Forest 1966-1969; worked on an automobile assembly line in Belvidere and as a security guard in DeKalb 1970; sold tires, automotive services, and major appliances in Chicago Heights 1970-1971; pumped gasoline in Chicago Heights 1971-1972; collected delinquent taxes in Harvey, Joliet, and Chicago 1971-1980; and audited federal agencies in Chicago 1980-1997.)




— The story behind the Kent State graduate and her rifle – Washington Post


— Shaming citizens into voting by disseminating their voter histories may be effective, but it’s unseemly – Editorial


— How to retire a millionaire, and is that really enough? – BRUCE HELMER AND PEG WEBB


— The True Deplorables – Matt Gioia (DIERSEN: Of course, according to my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes, anyone who reads GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails is a deplorable.)

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.