November 30 Morning Edition

— Kill the tax bill – Robert Samuelson
— Why Bruce Rauner is ‘applaudin’ Congress’ – Monique Garcia (DIERSEN: From what I see, outrageously, under Republican “tax plan,” the more that your itemized deductions have been, the more federal income tax that you will pay.)


— Professional services need competitive bidding – Editorial


— “Can we at least write President Trump up for violating our country’s social media policy?” – PETER ZIMMERMAN


— Pritzker doesn’t seek cash as he backs labor – Bernard Schoenburg


— In St. Charles speech, Trump says tax plan will bring back jobs, help Main Street – JOSEPH BUSTOS (DIERSEN: From what I see, outrageously, under Republican “tax plan,” the more that your itemized deductions have been, the more federal income tax that you will pay. My and my wife’s 2016 federal income tax return shows that we had $30,890 in itemized deductions. We paid $21,433 in medical and dental expenses and we were able to deduct $13,859 of that, we paid $12,835 in real estate taxes, we paid $1,468 in state income taxes, and we made $2,728 in 501(c)(3) contributions. From what I see, outrageously, the proposed “tax reform” is designed to a) punish those who have high medical and dental expenses, b) discourage homeownership, and c) discourage taking job-related graduate courses. Government should encourage homeownership. The deductibility of mortgage interest and real estate taxes a) encouraged me to buy a new town home in 1972 when I was 24 years old, a studio condo in 1974, and a one bedroom condo in 1976 and b) encouraged my wife and I to buy a home in 1978 and to have one built in 1984. Further, government should encourage getting job-related education. The deductibility of job-related education encouraged me to take job-related graduate courses 1972-1983 and 1992-1997.)


— Third day of primary filing period sees three new candidates – Tom Kacich


— America’s judiciary is whiter under Trump 8% of nominees are not white; similar to Reagan – JOAN BISKUPIC


— Don’t give government last word on consolidation – Editorial


— Campaign 2018: Rauner Vs. Madigan – CHARLES N. WHEELER III


— Trump claims the GOP tax plan will ‘cost me a fortune’ ‘Believe me, believe me, this is not good for me’ – DAN MERICA AND JEANNE SAHADI (DIERSEN: From what I see, outrageously, under Republican “tax plan,” the more that your itemized deductions have been, the more federal income tax that you will pay.)


— Boosting the Illinois Economy With Workforce Education – BRAD PALMER (DIERSEN: What did you do to qualify yourself for better paying jobs? 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 32.)


— $750 million in new borrowing: Who will watch how it’s spent? – Mark Glennon


— Bipartisan concern in Springfield for rising pension costs – Cole Lauterbach


— Illinois Association of School Boards’ Disturbing Document – Laurie Higgins


— Lipinski v. Newman: Dems set for abortion showdown in Illinois – LISA HAGEN


— ILLINOIS REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FORUM (DIERSEN: TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois would still be hosting such candidate forums if my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes had not succeeded in killing TAPROOT in 2012.)
— Programming note: We will not publish Illinois Playbook on Friday but will be back Monday. (DIERSEN: GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails have gone out each and every morning since 2004 and each and every evening too since 2015. Those emails included links to more than 288,000 articles and information on many upcoming events.)


— Remembering Henry Hyde: Hero of the Pro-Life Movement Reflecting on the legacy of the Illinois congressman ten years after his death – Chuck Donovan


— Congress should represent Americans — not illegal aliens – IRA MEHLMAN (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps put illegal aliens over citizens of America.)


— Nearly half of Americans oppose Republican tax bill: Reuters/Ipsos poll – Amanda Becker, Chris Kahn


— Buried in the Tax Bills, Multiple Unintended Consequences Republicans’ determination to pass overhaul magnifies risks in an already complicated system – Greg Ip (DIERSEN: Obviously, the tax bills a) discourage owning a home and taking job-related graduate courses and b) punish those who have high medical expenses.)
— Taxes: What Would Jesus Do? – Daniel Henninger (DIERSEN: According to anti-Trumps, Jesus is anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, 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. According to anti-Trumps, Jesus promotes dependency on government, dependency on charity, LGBTQ activity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, booze, gambling, pot and other vices, race and gender based preference giving, age discrimination, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, abolition of the First and Second Amendments, and even worse things.)
— The Internet Is Dying. Repealing Net Neutrality Hastens That Death. – Farhad Manjoo (DIERSEN: Needless-to-say, those who have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout want to manipulate/dominate the internet. My critics/opponents have done, are doing, and will increasingly do everything that they can to a) stop me from putting GOPUSA ILLINOIS together and sending them out, b) stop everyone from reading those emails, and c) stop everyone from visiting My critics/opponents do not want me to a) know about their events and other activities, b) promote their events and other activities, c) attend their events and other activities, and d) report on their events and other activities.)


— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: It Started as a Tax Cut. Now It Could Change American Life. More inequality likely. – Peter S. Goodman and Patricia Cohen (DIERSEN: The tax plan a) discourages owning a home and taking job-related graduate courses and b) punishes those who have high medical and dental expenses.)
— The Senate Is Rushing to Pass Its Tax Bill Because It Stinks – Editorial

— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Trump Shares Inflammatory Anti-Muslim Videos, and Britain’s Leader Condemns Them – Peter Baker and Eileen Sullivan (DIERSEN: Since 2000, ever-increasingly, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have focused on a) stopping me from putting GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and sending them out and b) stopping everyone from reading those emails. Failing that, they ever-increasingly punish me for including links in the emails to articles that they do not like. Ever-increasingly, they make it clear that they do not want me to a) know about their events and other activities, b) promote their events and other activities, c) attend their events and other activities, and d) report on their events and other activities. My critics/opponents have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout. They are moral relativists who believe that their end justifies their means. They are “rule or ruin” types who focus on destroying those like me who they cannot manipulate/dominate.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: President Trump touched off another racially charged furor on Wednesday by sharing videos from a fringe British ultranationalist group purportedly showing Muslims committing acts of violence, a move that was swiftly condemned by Britain’s prime minister as well as politicians across the spectrum.)


— The real reason why Americans can’t save any money (DIERSEN: What has helped you save money? For me, since 1964, it has been taking and keeping jobs that others do not want, being a homeowner rather than a renter, using public transportation, and spending little or nothing on restaurant meals, entertainment, vacations, clothing, booze, gambling, and other vices and immediate pleasures.)


— Here’s How to Make Sure You Have a Worry-Free Retirement – Walter Updegrave (DIERSEN: I have had and I will have for the rest of my life far less money because my Democrat superiors in the federal government wasted my career and forced me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: 1. Figure out how much income you’ll need each year. . .2. Understand how long you may live. . .3. Spend your money in a way that increases the odds that it will last.)

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.