November 12 Evening Edition

— Ivanka Trump calls for tax reform – AP
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Democrats have pushed back against the tax plan, in part because it would eliminate deductions claimed by many taxpayers. The Senate version would repeal deductions of state and local taxes. Maine Democratic Party Chairman Phil Bartlett said working people would not fare well under the GOP plan. “The Republican tax plan overwhelmingly benefits the wealthiest Americans and corporations – not Maine’s middle-class families as Republicans like to claim,” he said.)

— Durbin on CNN: GOP tax plan has ‘devastating’ Illinois impact – Lynn Sweet
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said Sunday the GOP income tax proposals pending in Congress would have potentially “devastating” impacts on Illinois if the final product repeals the ability for a taxpayer to deduct state, local and property taxes. The Republican-controlled House and Senate each have plans to overhaul the federal income tax system. Ending the local tax deductions is one of the many items under consideration.)
— House won’t agree to nix property tax deduction: committee chairman – AP
— ‘Criminal sexual abuse,’ other ‘non-index’ crime up on CTA in Chicago – Robert Herguth and Nader Issa
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-religious person says “Today’s sins against women rooted in religion.” I should write a book about those in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who are anti-Missouri Synod Lutheran (MSL). My outstanding parents had me baptized as a MSL in 1948, sent me to Trinity Lutheran Grade School in Crete 1953-1961, sent me to Hope Lutheran Grade School in Park Forest 1961-1962 to stay with the MSL, and had me confirmed as a MSL in 1962.
— Chicago’s teen birth rate reaches new low – Mitch Dudek (DIERSEN: How much of this is due to contraception and abortion?)

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps want Trump to dump Moore. I should write a book about anti-Diersens who succeeded in getting the following to dump me: TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, Milton Township Republican Central Committee, Illinois Center Right Coalition, American Association of Political Consultants, GAO, etc.)
— Citizen devices tracking Chicago’s pollution hot spots – Michael Hawthorne (DIERSEN: My father worked in a “pollution hot spot” for 28 years. He worked in what is now a toxic site — Stauffer Chemical Company in Chicago Heights (SEE: 1941-1969. He died suddenly of heart failure in 1969 when he was 47 and I was 21.)
— Declaring ‘White Europe’ and ‘We Want God,’ 60,000 join far-right march on Poland’s Independence Day – AP (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, anti-Whites make it clear that they want to get rid of Whites. What do you say to Whites who help anti-Whites get rid of Whites?)
— CTA, Metra rules don’t stop tradition of platform politics – Mary Wisniewski
— Allegations against Roy Moore roil U.S. evangelical ranks – David Crary (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, “religious leaders” act as operatives or as dupes for the anti-religious Democrat Party.)

— Chairman: House won’t agree to nix property tax deduction – AP
— ‘I don’t feel wealthy’: Upper middle class worried about tax overhaul – Todd C. Frankel (DIERSEN: What discourages you from feeling wealthy? For me, it is knowing that my $50,856 Civil Service Retirement System pension is only 41% of what my $122,991 salary was in 1997 in today’s dollars.)
— District 211 board debates 2.4 percent property tax levy hike – Eric Peterson
— Would you take a pay cut to work for a more ‘just’ company? – Jena McGregor (DIERSEN: Have you ever taken a pay cut? In 1980, when I was 31 years old, I took an $18,847 (21%) pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO. I soon learned that GAO’s claim that it is “independent” and “nonpartisan” is false. I soon learned that GAO’s top priority was a) hiring, retaining, and promoting Democrats, and especially Democrats who are minority, female, and/or younger and b) making way for them by wasting the careers of and by getting rid of its employees who were Republican, and especially Republicans who are White, male, older, and/or non-veteran. If I had been a Democrat, a minority, a female, younger, and/or a veteran, the Democrats who ran GAO in 1980 would not have required me to accept a pay cut to transfer. To waste my career and to get rid of me, the Democrats who ran GAO a) kept me off audits of IRS for all but 3 of the almost 18 years that I worked for GAO, b) did not promote me beyond GS-13, c) always ranked me in the bottom half of my coworkers for pay-for-performance purposes, and d) forced me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old.)
— Where would loss of second-home mortgage deduction be felt most? – Christopher Ingraham (DIERSEN: Do you have a second home? My wife and I do not. We were thinking about buying one during the mid-1990s, but then my Democrat GAO superiors succeeded in forcing me to take their early retirement “offer” in 1997 when I was 49 years old. In today’s dollars, my income dropped by 59%, that is, by $72,135, from $122,991 down to $50,856.)

— Biss wants pot in, Madigan out Democratic gubernatorial candidate favors legal recreational marijuana – Jim Niedelman (DIERSEN: If you want pot, you want to destroy not only yourself, but you want to destroy everyone in your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, in Illinois, and in America.)


— Bishop talks with 18th Congressional District write-in candidate Connor Vlakancic


— Jameson opponent says politicians put personal priorities over people – Glenn Minnis

— Steve Reick Calls Out Franks on Springfield End Run Around County Board Rules

— Is There Nothing Republicans Can’t Screw Up? – Derek Hunter

— Local media connect Roy Moore accuser to Democratic campaigns

— Sean Hannity’s advertisers are bailing on him — but it’s who’s behind the exodus is the real story – Chris Enloe (DIERSEN: Do you have enough time and money to do what you want to do without having to ask others to give you money? I have enough time and money to do what I do without having to ask for money from advertisers or from anyone else. I spend 10+ hours each and every day putting GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and sending them out free of charge and without any advertising. He who pays the piper calls the tunes.)

— GOP Rep. Brady Guarantees State, Local Deductions Won’t Be Eliminated – Eric Mack

— NFL Boycott Intensifies On Veterans Day Weekend After NFL Announces No Change To Anthem Policy – Jonah Bennett

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Moores say “Senate GOP has constitutional option on Moore; last senator ousted in 1862.”

— GOP retreat from Moore intensifies – MALLORY SHELBOURNE
— In states, legislators face flood of harassment allegations – REID WILSON
— Fight over paid leave heating up in Congress – LYDIA WHEELER (DIERSEN: I should write a book about how my Democrat GAO superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinate demonized me, denigrated me, condemned me, and punished me because my wife and I gave up trying to have children, we did not adopt, and we did not become foster parents.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Democrats were initially excited to hear of the proposal, seeing it as a potential breakthrough. “I’m excited about this tsunami of support for women,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), who offered a bill in February to provide six weeks of guaranteed paid leave for all federal employees following the birth, adoption or fostering of a child. “I’ve never seen it before in my life … I’m glad to hear Republicans are stepping up.”)
— FEBRUARY 24, 2017 FLASHBACK: The media landscape has changed from a 24-hour news cycle to a 12-hour news cycle, due, in large part, to social media. – GARRETT MARQUIS (DIERSEN: Of course, my competitors downplay, belittle, and dismiss the fact that unlike them, I put out an email each and every morning and each and every evening. Consequently, they downplay, belittle, and dismiss news and commentary that hits the internet on Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, when they are sick, when they are on vacation, etc.)

— Tax Reform Is Splitting the GOP. It’s Happened Before. If Republicans think passing a tax bill will help their party, they should look to their own history. – BILL SCHER (DIERSEN: To dump itemized deductions is to make homeowners and older people pay more federal income tax.)

— Illinois officials overhaul health care enrollment

— Trump Officials Urge Caution on Judging Roy Moore as Senators Pull Support – NICHOLAS FANDOS

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.