May 9 Morning Edition

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “American Healthcare Plan Could Have ‘Devastating’ Impact on Cook County Residents.”


— With Grand Bargain Still Iffy, Watchdog Calls Rauner Budget Incomplete – Craig Dellimore


— Rahm Emanuel again delays briefing aldermen on CPS bailout plan – Fran Spielman and Lauren FitzPatrick
— ALL OF THE FRONT PAGE: CPD orders security for Southwest Side alderman after gang threat – Frank Main and Jordan Owen
— Preckwinkle wanted Rauner to do more to oppose GOP health plan – Andrea Salcedo
— Without ACA, Cook needs Rx to avoid pre-existing condition – Mark Brown
— Civic Federation blasts Rauner budget, lawmakers over impasse – Tina Sfondeles
— Train students for the high-skill jobs companies can’t fill – Editorial  (DIERSEN: Generally, the worse that a job is, the more difficult that it is for an employer to fill that job.  As my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes will attest, all the jobs that I had were bad jobs.  Because the jobs that I had in the federal government were so bad, it was extremely difficult for my superiors to hire and to retain Democrats, minorities, females, and younger people. Qualified Democrats, qualified minorities, qualified females, and qualified younger people could always find a better job in the private sector.)
— Ex-presidents on gravy train should still get pension – Editorial  (DIERSEN: Are/were you on a gray train? Since 1966 when I was 18 years old, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have hinted/implied/argued/shouted that I have undeservedly been on a gravy train.  They stress a) my buying new cars, b) my avoiding the draft, c) my federal salary, benefits, and pension, d) my earning college degrees, professional certifications, and a professional license, e) my buying real estate, f) my marriage and my wife’s income and savings, g) my wife and I buying real estate, h) our giving up trying to have children, not adopting, and not becoming foster parents, i) my buying collector cars, j) our retirement savings, k) etc.)
— Free market is a disaster for sick Americans – Phil Kadner  (DIERSEN: What about those who are sick/sicker because of their lifestyle choices?)
— Why Cook County judge quit after just 142 days – Dan Mihalopoulos  (DIERSEN: QUESTION: Why, in 1997 when I was 49 years old, did I take my Democrat GAO superiors’ early retirement “offer?”  ANSWER: They made it clear to me that they would kill me figuratively, if not literally, if I did not take their “offer.” They hinted that they might let me work another 6 years until I was 55 if I happily agreed to be constructively demoted and work for my subordinates who had far less work experience, education, professional certifications, and professional licenses or b) be transferred to another work group where everything that I had learned auditing federal financial institutions for 9 years and earning a master’s degree that year from IIT in financial markets and trading WOULD GO TO WASTE. They made it clear to me that they would kill me figuratively, if not literally, if I did not take their “offer.”)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “I could have sat in the basement of the county building for years collecting over $200,000 a year in annual salary and benefits, all at the taxpayers’ expense, for doing close to nothing all day,” he says. “But I am unable to do that. That is not who I am as a person.” Cooke, 50, is a Loyola University-educated lawyer. He also owns carwashes and gas stations in Chicago that have city, county and state contracts. That would have posed a “clear conflict of interest” when those government bodies had cases before him in traffic court, he says. Because of those contracts, he says it would have been “a violation of the highest order of the ethical rules governing judicial conduct if I heard traffic court cases” and also if he presided over criminal cases. Generally in such cases, Illinois Supreme Court rules say, “As soon as the judge can do so without serious financial detriment, the judge should divest himself or herself of investments and other financial interests that might require frequent disqualification.” Cooke says he tried unsuccessfully to get his partners to buy him out but doesn’t think he needed to divest himself of his business interests because that would have caused him serious financial harm. He also says his brief stint in traffic court proved difficult because he’s dyslexic. “Using acronyms or reading handwritten cursive or sloppy printing is very difficult for me,” he says. “I had tremendous difficulty reading the handwritten tickets and charges that were the basis of why the defendant were in court.” To run for judge, Cooke had moved from River Forest to an apartment he owns above his law office near the Logan Square CTA train station. That qualified him to run last year in the county’s Sixth Judicial Subcircuit.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump promotes the immigration plank in the Democrat Party platform.
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Americans “slam Texas’ new ‘sanctuary city’ ban.”–sanctuary-cities-texas-20170508-story.html
— Being poor contributed to Semaj Crosby’s death – Dahleen Glanton  (DIERSEN: If I was still working for the federal government, my Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates would use Semaj to demonize me, to denigrate me, and to condemn me as being someone who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and who has always been rich and privileged.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: In a front page editorial with a big color picture unethically made to look like a news article, anti-Trumps promote the Democrat Party platform plank on refugees.)
— Chicago logs its 200th homicide of the year: ‘This has to stop’ – Elvia Malagon and Rosemary Regina Sobol
— To live a long life in America, it helps to be born in the right county – Karen Kaplan  (DIERSEN: I was born in Cook County, but I was raised in Will County.)
— Hooky alert: Why do so many Chicago teachers take so many sick days? – Editorial  (DIERSEN: All during the almost 30 years that I worked for the federal government, my Democrat coworkers and subordinates took far more sick days than I did.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump says “Republicans abandon their virtues to stand behind Donald Trump and clap.”


— Civic Federation urges budget with new revenues, borrowing – AP
— For Trump, it’s all about winning – Kathleen Parker  (DIERSEN: For my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes, “it’s all about wining.”  They hint/imply/argue/shout that to win, you need to promote a) dependency on government and on charity, b) booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, c) LGBTQ activity, d) abortion, e) mass/illegal immigration, f) patronage and political affiliation discrimination, g) race and gender based preference giving, h) age discrimination, and/or i) hatred of those who 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 for a long time. Needless-to-say those who promote the aforesaid are NOT Republicans.  They are Democrats or Democrat plants, Libertarians or Libertarian plants, Greens or Green plants, or RINOs.)


— Budget Deal is ‘Top Priority,’ Says Madigan, But is Bargain in Sight? – Amanda Vinicky


— As Gang War Rages, Deportation Fears Fuel Silence in Brighton: Alderman – Kelly Bauer


— Give adults a chance to get their high school diplomas – Samuel J. Schmitz (DIERSEN: My outstanding mother earned her high school diploma after my outstanding father died suddenly in 1969 when he was 47 and I was 21.  My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always hinted/implies/argued/shouted the I was far too old when I earned an MBA from Loyola in 1976 when I was 27, a master’s degree in 1980 from DePaul when I was 31, and a masters’s degree in financial markets and trading from IIT in 1997 when I was 48.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: During a news conference last month, Sanguinetti stated: “Age should not limit a person’s ability to pursue an educational pathway towards success.” We here at Goodwill absolutely agree.)


— TREASONOUS: Peoria City Council to consider welcoming resolution  (DIERSEN: “Welcoming” is code for getting rid of individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German Americans, draft avoiders (except Bill Clinton), and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: The Lincoln Journal Star makes it clear that it is anti-Trump.  Ever-increasingly, newspapers act as arms of the Democrat Party.)


— Illinois Credit “Junk” Without Budget – TOM LISI


— Durbin On American Health Care Act: ‘I’m Now A Pre-existing Condition’ – BRIAN MACKEY  (DIERSEN: Do you have a pre-existing condition?  I have type 2 diabetes.  I might very well have not come down with type 2 diabetes if since 2000 I had exercised instead of spending so much time putting together and sending out GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails.)


— Donald Trump Jr. calls on Indiana GOP to ‘stay active’  Boss of Trump Organization makes political speech  (DIERSEN: How active is your township/ward GOP party organization, your county GOP party organization, and the Illinois Republican Party?  Do they have budgets?)


— The Illinois senate is racing against time to reach a ‘grand bargain’ budget deal – Kate Shepherd


— Grand bargain is back, which should scare taxpayers – Dan McCaleb
— Treasurer and governor’s office trade blame for ongoing budget impasse – Greg Bishop


— Rauner faces Republican challenger  William Kelly announces candidacy – Rachel Taylor


— William Kelly: GOP primary challenge for Rauner


— Civic Federation: Lack of a budget is a “spectacular failure”


— Thanks, POTUS, For Breaking-Up The Annual Correspondents’ Circle Jerk – Ilana Mercer  (DIERSEN: Operatives and dupes for my critics/opponents are sycophants who focus on currying favor with my critics/opponents.  I should write a book about the aforesaid.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: As a newly elected president, Donald Trump was quick to take one of Washington’s institutional pillars down a peg. By snubbing the 2017 annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner (WHCD), the president deflated what should have been more appropriately called the Sycophants’ Supper. Would that it was the last such supper. For now, the POTUS’s slap to this gathering of sycophants this past weekend will have to do. Like nothing else, the annual Correspondents’ Dinner is a mark of a corrupt politics. It’s a sickening specter, where some of the most pretentious, worthless people in the country—in politics, journalism and entertainment—convene to revel in their ability to petition and curry favor with one another, usually to the detriment of the rest of us in Rome’s provinces. Those gathered at the Annual Correspondents’ Dinner, or its Christmas party, are not the country’s natural aristocracy, but its authentic Idiocracy. No matter how poor their predictive powers, no matter how many times they get it wrong—in war and in peace—the presstitutes always find time for this orgy of self-praise.)


— Krauthammer Slams ‘Condescending’ Obama: ‘Good Riddance, Mr. President’  (DIERSEN: Each and every one of my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes are extremely condescending.)


— “Diversity and Inclusion” Claim Another Victim – Cliff Kincaid  (DIERSEN: Democrats use Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion to get rid of Republicans.)


— Isn’t This Segregated Housing? (DIERSEN: Anti-Whites are racists.  Ever-increasingly, anti-Whites promote segregation.  Anti-Whites want Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans, etc. to first unite among themselves and then unite together to get rid of Whites.)
— Parents investigated by child welfare agency in Muslim genital mutilation


— Border Patrol Arrests Two Illegals Hauling $1 Million in Marijuana Across Border – WARNER TODD HUSTON


— Secret Service holds Kellyanne Conway back as she shouts down airport heckler – Sarah Taylor
— Charles Krauthammer destroys Obama’s ‘condescending’ JFK speech: ‘Good riddance Mr. President’ – Sarah Taylor (DIERSEN: All my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes are extremely condescending.)


— John Kasich on primarying Trump in 2020: I can’t predict the future


— It’s time for the feds to go after those who employ illegal aliens – RON MORTENSEN


— Flier Sues American Airlines After 14-Hour Flight Between Obese Passengers – BEN POPKEN


— 8 things you have to give up to be successful – Dan Waldschmidt  (DIERSEN: Notwithstanding my terrible demographics, if I had done the following, the federal government would have promoted me into its Senior Executive Service long before I was 40 years old: a) become a Democrat, b) become a yes-man, and c) help my superiors get rid of their employees who were Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)


— Forget Taxes, Warren Buffett Says. The Real Problem Is Health Care. – Andrew Ross Sorkin  (DIERSEN: Last year, for my wife and I, our health care, dental, and vision insurance and our out-of-pocket medical expenses, mainly, my out-of-pocket dental expenses, were $21,433.)
— Divided Senate Republicans Turn to Health Care With a Rough Road Ahead – ROBERT PEAR
— The Kushners and Their Golden Visas – Editorial
— How the White House Explains Waiting 18 Days to Fire Michael Flynn – MICHAEL D. SHEAR (DIERSEN: Because I have always been a Republican, were it not for federal civil service protections, a) the Post Office would NOT have hired me in 1966 or let me work there for almost 3 years, b) IRS would NOT have hired me in 1971 or let me work there for almost 9 years, c) IRS would NOT have promoted me in 1972, 1973, or 1974, d) GAO would NOT have hired me in 1980 or let me work there for almost 18 years, and e) GAO would NOT have promoted me in 1986.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps promote anger against Trump supporters.


— Here’s what happened the last time Sinclair bought a big-city station – Paul Farhi


— Have You Seen Junior’s Psych Profile?  Public schools may be assessing your kids without your consent. – Aida Cerundolo  (DIERSEN: Democrats run public schools.  They have a very LOW OPINION of those who are NOT anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders (except Bill Clinton), and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)


— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH BIG COLOR PICTURE: At college commencement speeches in 2017, it’s a no-Trump zone on most campuses – Rick Hampson
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats use Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion to get rid of those who 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 for a long time.
— Older workers shouldn’t be cast aside  We’re squandering precious talent because of stereotypes that are plain wrong. – Ann MacDougall  (DIERSEN: To some extent, all my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes promote age discrimination.)


— BEYOND OUTRAGEOUS: Earnings Gap Over U.S. Workers Grows for S&P 500 CEOs – Reuters  (DIERSEN: Few, if any, of my critics/opponents, their operatives, or their dupes complain about this.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The average S&P 500 chief executive made $13.1 million last year, 347 times more than the average U.S. worker, according to a labor group analysis released on Tuesday, up from 335 times as much in the previous year. The widening pay gap reflects a growing income inequality, according to the AFL-CIO, the largest federation of U.S. labor unions, which posted the latest figure on its website. The group used the survey release to highlight slow U.S. wage growth and the outsourcing of jobs to countries with lower wages. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said compliant corporate directors were at fault for enabling top executives’ pay, even when investor returns lag. “The system is rigged,” Trumka said in an interview with CNBC on Tuesday. “We think shareholders ought to become more active and lower those (executive pay raises), and that workers ought to get a bigger share of the wealth they produce.” The labor group’s annual study often draws notice as a measure of how U.S. workers largely are not sharing the economic gains of those at the top of the income scale, even as official unemployment remains low. Dissatisfaction among those workers was one reason many backed Donald Trump in last year’s U.S. presidential election.)


— Agencies and Employees Celebrating Public Service Recognition Week – Ian Smith  (DIERSEN: While I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years 1966-1969 and 1971-1997, my Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates always hinted/implied/argued/shouted that I was a “bad” federal employee, if not even worse things. In my defense, I earned a) a job-related bachelor’s degree when I was 21 in 1970 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.  They would not have demonized, denigrated, and condemned me as being a “bad” federal employee and even worse things if I had been a Democrat, a minority, a female, or a veteran.)
— Thank a Government Employee This Week


— San Francisco gets record-setting $100m donation to end homelessness  Largest ever pledge of its kind to the city will focus on the ‘chronically homeless’ with mental or physical disabilities


— Voters Want Guaranteed Health Care, Even If Taxpayers Can’t Afford It  (DIERSEN: Democrats always want Republicans to pay for everything.)

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.