November 30 Morning Edition

— Settlement Reached in Ex-Madigan Campaign Worker’s Harassment Lawsuit Alaina Hampton alleged the powerful Democratic lawmaker’s campaign committees ignored her allegations of sexual harassment and retaliated against her for bringing them forward

— AS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY’S STRANGLEHOLD ON CHICAGO TIGHTENS: Why Chicago’s history of racial conflict matters – Mike Flannery

— Democratic leaders defied House Speaker Michael Madigan to appoint a replacement for Rep. Luis Arroyo. Here’s what could happen next. – Dan Petrella

— IL-14: James Marter and Jerry Evans Surge in Twitter Followings *UPDATE: Marter Up to 725 Twitter Followers since initial article* 
— IL-14: God is Setting the Table So He Can Be Glorified in 2020 
— Practice of Introducing Bills with No Content Gets Legal Challenge in State of Washington

— GOP candidate Breen calls out Rep. Costa-Howard for supporting ‘thoroughly corrupt’ Democratic machine – Glenn Minnis

— Government workers more likely to support socialism, repealing Second Amendment: Poll (DIERSEN: While I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years, virtually all my superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates were Democrats. If I had been a Democrat, the federal government would have promoted me into its Senior Executive Service long before I was 40 years old notwithstanding the fact that I am White, male, non-veteran, German American, Protestant, and my ancestors have been in America since 1844.)

— In Favor of Nationalism – Nicholas J. Kaster

— Don’t Blame Trade For Static Living Standards The real culprit is the trillions we pay in defense and medical costs each year. – JON BASIL UTLEY

— The ‘Deep State’ Canard Spreads – JONAH GOLDBERG (DIERSEN: My Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates in the federal government painted me as being a member of, if not a leader of, a Republican deep state. They blamed me for the difficulties that they had hiring and retaining a) qualified young Democrat minorities and c) qualified young Democrat females.)

— Bloomberg’s Presidential Bid Comes Amid A Golden Age For Super-Rich Politicians Has there been a better time for billionaires to run for office than now? – Paul Blumenthal

— Mexico bristles at U.S. cartel plan, insists it’s doing its part – Anthony Esposito

— An utterly, unspeakable wrong new ‘right’ – Jonathan S. Tobin

— Border Dilemmas Are the Same for Trump or Obama Two global news agencies withdraw a story when they realize it scandalized the wrong president. – Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.
— How to Fix College Admissions Getting into a top school is a stressful, unpredictable process. Here are 10 ways to make it fairer and more transparent. – Melissa Korn

— The Income a Family Really Needs to Avoid Poverty in Every State – Michael B. Sauter (DIERSEN: My Civil Service Retirement System pension is only $53,316/year and my Social Security is only $2,118/year. The cost of living in Wheaton is very high.)
> Annual cost of living (family of 2): $51,039 (19th highest)
> Annual housing costs (family of 2): $10,564 (18th highest)
> Annual food costs (family of 2): $5,506 (11th lowest)
> Median family income: $81,313 (17th highest)
> Families earning less than $10,000: 3.3% (25th highest)
— Income It Takes to Be Considered Middle Class in Every State – Michael B. Sauter
> Household income range for middle class: $25,052 – $123,442
> Median family income: $81,313 (17th highest)
> Middle class share of Illinois income: 45.2% (9th smallest)
> Richest 20% share of Illinois income: 51.8% (8th largest)
> Cost of living in Illinois: 1.5% less expensive than U.S. avg.)
— Income it Takes to be Considered Rich in Every State – Samuel Stebbins
> Min. annual income to be in the top 20%: $130,780 per household (14th highest)
> Income controlled by highest 20% of earners: 51.8% (8th highest)
> Min. annual income to be in the top 5%: $249,232 per household (11th highest)
> Median household income: $65,030 (15th highest)
> Cost of living: 1.5% less expensive than U.S. avg.)

— Most want employees loyal to company over boss – Julie Doll (DIERSEN: My past and present critics/opponents who held/hold leadership roles at Milton Township Republican Central Committee, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Illinois Republican Party, TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Center Right Coalition, American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter, GAO, IRS, etc. focused/focus on destroying those who did/do not put loyalty to them over loyalty to the aforesaid organizations. I should write a book about them.)

‘There are no age requirements to make a difference’ – Jess Arnold (DIERSEN: What do you do to “make a difference” and what “difference” do you want to make? I put together and send out a GOPUSA ILLINOIS email each and every morning and each and every evening to encourage religious, conservative, and Republican activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. to defend and advance the Republican Party platform and especially its traditional family, right to life, immigration, Second Amendment, illegal drugs, and equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving) planks.)

— FEBRUARY 2016 FLASHBACK: What Cars Would the Presidential Candidates Drive? – Doug DeMuro (DIERSEN: The vehicles that you owned and own say more about you than anything that you can say about yourself. I should write an article about the candidates on the Republican and Democrat March 17, 2020 ballots in my precinct and the vehicles that they owned and own.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Donald Trump: 2016 Cadillac Escalade It’s big. It’s bold. It’s brash. It’s in your face. The Cadillac Escalade is essentially Donald Trump in automotive form, with high-class luxury on the inside — just like one of his famed Trump Tower buildings — and conspicuous, attention-grabbing styling on the outside. Although we suspect The Donald doesn’t actually drive himself, we think he’d drive an Escalade if he did.)

— New Poll Finds Majority of Americans Across Political Spectrum Back Warren’s Ultra-Millionaire Tax At rallies, the White House hopeful has criticized billionaires for their complaints about her plan to impose a two percent tax on wealth over $50 million. – Julia Conley

— AUGUST 24, 2016 FLASHBACK: 13 Ways To Be Optimistic About Your Future, No Matter What – RAVEN ISHAK (DIERSEN: As you get older, being optimistic about your future is frustrated by there being fewer and fewer and fewer of those around you who share your demographics and interests.)

— MARCH 11, 2018 FLASHBACK: You’re probably way too optimistic about your future happiness – Dan Kopf (DIERSEN: As you get older, being optimistic about your future is frustrated by there being fewer and fewer and fewer of those around you who share your demographics and interests.)

— Why our rising population will bring with it a decreasing standard of living – David Miles

— Do politicians break their promises once in government? (DIERSEN: I should write a book about candidates in Illinois, DuPage County, Milton Township, and Wheaton who painted themselves as being religious, conservative, and/or Republican to win Republican primary elections and/or to win non-partisan elections, but when they win general elections, they dump voters who are religious, conservative, and/or Republican.)

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.