May 21 Morning Edition

— Illinois and other states should get a lot of federal money – Steve Chapman
— Court hearing Friday is latest round in battle over legality of Illinois stay-at-home order – ROBERT MCCOPPIN
— Comparing Pritzker to Hitler always wrong – Richard Porter, Chicago, Illinois Committeeman to the Republican National Committee
— ‘Sad day’ when citizens can’t question government – Mark Glennon, Wilmette
— Is Pritzker’s coronavirus levee about to break? – John Kass
— Nearly 39 million US layoffs during coronavirus pandemic; more than 1 million Illinois jobless claims since mid-March – AP

— HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: As impersonal as 2019 was, it could become good old days to millennials – Jennifer Rosen (DIERSEN: When were your good old days? Mine include 1970 when I earned a bachelor’s degree in management from NIU and Firestone Stores hired me; 1971 when IRS hired me and I bought a new 1972 Corvette; 1972, 1973, and 1974 when IRS promoted me; 1976 when I earned an MBA from Loyola; 1978 when I got married; 1979 when I passed the CPA examination on my first attempt; 1980 when GAO hired me and I earned a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul; 1981 when I passed the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt and became a licensed CPA; 1986 when GAO promoted me; 1986, 1987, and 1988 when I worked for GAO on audits of IRS; and 1997 when I earned a master’s degree in financial markets and trading from IIT.)

— DuPage County Lays Out What Is Needed To Get Through COVID-19 Pandemic – JENNIFER KEIPER

— GOP wants vote on reopening plan – Doug Finke

— Legislation introduced to help safely reopen Illinois
— Pandemic exposes need to bring some manufacturing back to U.S. – AHTRA ELNASHAR

— Downtown Springfield protest of Pritzker’s stay at home order draws hundreds – Matt Roy

— Will Illinois switch to all vote-by-mail in November? It could cost counties millions – Kelsey Landis

— Reopened states revive economy as doomsday predictions don’t materialize – Dave Boyer

— Democrats’ ‘whose side?’ rhetoric takes on dark connotation as they heighten the culture wars – Timothy P. Carney (DIERSEN: I should write a book about RINO activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. who ever-increasingly talk and/or act like they are going over to the other side.)

— Illinoisans Revolting Against Lockdowns as Chicago Mayor Orders Parking Bans Around Churches to Thwart Services – WARNER TODD HUSTON
— Colorado State Offers $1,500 Coronavirus Aid Checks to Illegal Alien Students – TOM CICCOTTA
— Trump Cuts Illegal Immigration Strain on American Hospitals by 94 Percent – John Binder

— Pro-lifers plan protest Friday against new Chicago-area Planned Parenthood Pro-Life Action League president Eric Scheidler noted that Planned Parenthood has a history of using deception to sneak into Illinois communities.

— Facebook grows, unfazed by Washington – ALEXANDRA S. LEVINE (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, members of the following groups promote Facebook: anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-heterosexuals, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)

— Pelosi: ‘Morbidly obese’ was taste of Trump’s ‘own medicine’ – LAURIE KELLMAN

— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters say “Lockdown Delays Cost at Least 36,000 Lives.”
— Fed Is Wary That Economic Pain Could Last, April Minutes Show – Jeanna Smialek
— As Reopening Starts, Americans Expect Recovery to Take Years Even those financially unaffected by the coronavirus shutdown don’t foresee a rapid rebound for the economy, a Times survey finds. – Ben Casselman and Jim Tankersley
— Coronavirus Shut Down the ‘Experience Economy.’ Can It Come Back? Large-scale gatherings are on hold for the foreseeable future. That is taking a toll on the live events industry and society at large. – David Gelles
— After Coronavirus, Office Workers Might Face Unexpected Health Threats Stagnant plumbing systems in emptied commercial buildings could put returning employees at risk of Legionnaires’ and other illnesses. – Max Horberry

— ‘A callous disregard for life’: GOP lawmaker kicked out of Illinois legislative session over refusal to wear mask – Meagan Flynn
— 2.4 million Americans filed jobless claims last week, bringing nine-week total to 38.6 million Americans continue clamoring for aid as a fight has broken out in Washington about whether to renew expanded benefits past July. – Tony Romm and Jeff Stein

— Millions more expected to file jobless claims, as coronavirus layoffs wind on – Charisse Jones

— Will Bernie Take Over the Biden Campaign? Radicals handpicked by Sen. Sanders will help his old opponent decide what to believe. – Karl Rove (DIERSEN: I should write a book about “Republican” candidates, elected officials, and party leaders who talk and/or act like they are taking advice from “Republican” political consultants and campaign managers to dump voters who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, White, male, older, non-poor, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
— Google’s Diversity Inquisition – Editorial (DIERSEN: Democrats use Affirmative Action, Diversity, Inclusion, up-or-out, budget cuts, etc. to not hire and to get rid of employees who are Republican, and especially those who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, White, male, older, non-poor, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
— Nearly Half of Adults Live in U.S. Households That Lost Income Since Lockdowns Started Census Bureau report also shows more than a third expect to lose income over next four weeks in fallout from coronavirus pandemic, despite reopening efforts – David Harrison and Paul Overberg
— U.K. Government Sells Bonds at Negative Yield for First Time – Caitlin Ostroff

— OK Boomer, OK Millennial: Why We’re Not OK At Work Together – Mark C. Perna (DIERSEN: To get rid of their employees a) who were Republican, White, male, and/or non-veteran and/or b) who they had not promoted to GS-13 (currently $101,176) by age 25, GS-14 (currently $119,559) by age 30, GS-15 (currently $140,634) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service (currently $170,800) by age 40, my Democrat GAO superiors encouraged their employees who were Democrat, minority, female, younger, and/or veteran to help them.)

— PBS documentary series takes an in-depth look at ‘how Asians shape America’ – THEODORA YU (DIERSEN: How did those who shared your national origin and your religion shape America, Illinois, your county, your township, your municipality, your municipal district, your precinct, and your neighborhood?)

— Trump Threatens to Cut Off Funds for States That Expand Voting by Mail – Ed Kilgore

— 26.71% Federal Employee Pay Disparity Says Federal Salary Council – Ralph R. Smith (DIERSEN: How much is someone working in the private sector who has the following qualifications being paid today: a) passed the CPA and the Certified Internal Auditor examinations on their first attempt, b) has master’s degrees in business, accounting, and finance, c) became a licensed CPA, Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Government Financial Manager, Certified Financial Services Auditor, and Forensic Accountant, and d) has 27 years of work experience. I had the aforesaid qualifications in 1997 when I was 49 years old and GAO paid me $131,532/year (GS-13, Step 10) in today’s dollars.)
— Group Calls for 20% Pay Cut for All Federal Employees – Ian Smith (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who demonize, denigrate, and condemn federal employees and federal retirees. I was a federal employee for almost 30 years and I have been a federal retiree for almost 23 years. Many millions have not and will not seek a job with the federal government a) because the pay and benefits are terrible, b) because the advancement opportunities are terrible, c) because they lack required education, work experience, professional certifications, and/or professional licenses, d) because they cannot pass an employment examination, e) because they cannot pass a background investigation, f) because they cannot pass a physical examination, g) because they cannot take the demonization, denigration, and condemnation that comes with being a federal employee or federal retiree, and/or h) because they are Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran and they know that the federal government discriminates against the aforesaid.)

— Federal Advisory Group Finds Feds Are Paid 26.71% Less than Private Sector Counterparts – Erich Wagner

— Nancy Pelosi accused of fat-shaming ‘obese’ Trump (DIERSEN: How soon, if not already, will employers and organizations officially get rid of their employees and members who have a BMI over 30, who are old, and/or who have health problems including diabetes?)

— Economically the young are suffering most in this crisis – and they need special support coming out of it – Ben Chu (DIERSEN: But young healthy employees will benefit as employers ever-increasingly get rid of their employees who are old, who have a BMI over 30, and/or who have health problems including diabetes.)

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.