October 1 Evening Edition

— President Obama Hosts Early Illinois Supporters at White House Party – Mary Ann Ahern
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The guest list for Friday night’s party included former Senate President Emil Jones, who was considered instrumental in Obama’s rise from the state senate to the U.S. Senate, along with former Republican State Senator Kirk Dillard. Back in 2007, Dillard was featured in a television ad campaign for Obama, highlighting the then-junior senator’s support from both parties. That same ad later played a negative role in Dillard’s failed GOP primary campaign for governor.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Trump Overshadows His own Economic Message.”


— Rauner-Madigan money trees sprouting millions – Mick Dumke and Tina Sfondeles  (DIERSEN: What do you give to Republican organizations, to Republican activists, to Republican candidates, to Republican elected officials, to Republican party leaders, to Republican major donors, and to Republican political consultants?  I have given the aforesaid GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails free of charge and without any advertising since 2000. Those emails have gone out every morning since 2004 and each and every evening since 2015 and they have included links to more than 246,400 articles.)
— Obama hosted “thank-you” reception Friday for old Illinois pals – Lynn Sweet
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Among the attendees: former Senate President Emil Jones, who gave a green state senator a boost early in his career; Dan Shoman, who managed Obama’s 2000 House race and advised his Senate bid; state Senate President John Cullerton; state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie; former state Sen. Kirk Dillard; state Sen. Jacqueline Collins; state Sen. Mattie Hunter; state Rep. Will Davis; Audra Wilson, who worked on Obama’s Senate campaign; former state Rep. Julie Hamos; activist Marilyn Katz and Rep. Jan Schakowsky.  And more: State Sen. Omar Aquino, state Sen. James Clayborne, state Sen. William Haine, state Sen. Don Harmon, state Sen. Emil Jones III, state Sen. Iris Martinez and state Sen. Chris Nybo, the lone Republican, who boosted Obama when he made what turned out to be a failed bid for Congress.)
— Some Chicagoans just couldn’t wait to vote for president – Mark Brown  (DIERSEN: Those who are anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors will vote for Clinton.)
— Ivanka not happy with campaign manager’s approach – Michael Sneed


— Republicans fear Trump is playing into Clinton’s hands by lashing out on infidelity – Mark Z. Barabak and Michael Finnegan
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps ask “Is Donald Trump funny anymore?” ‘Saturday Night Live’ weighs its take on The Donald.
— Liberal arts grads struggle with underemployment, study says – Gail MarksJarvis (DIERSEN: If my undergraduate degree had not been job-related, a) Firestone Stores would not have offered me a job in 1970 and b) Oldsmobile and IRS would not have offered me jobs in 1971. If my graduate degree and professional certification had not been job-related, GAO would not have offered me a job in 1980.)


— There’s no escape, Illinois: It’s time to pay for those pensions – GREG HINZ


— Kirk, Duckworth raise big money from special interests – Chuck Neubauer and Sandy Bergo  (DIERSEN: He who pays the piper calls the tunes.  Of course, needless-to-say, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes are furious a) that I have the time and that I have the money necessary to put out GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails twice each and every day free of charge and without any advertising and b) that I do not have to ask anyone for money.)


— Did you watch the debate Monday? Gov. Bruce Rauner didn’t – Doug Fink  (DIERSEN: Those Republican activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. in Illinois who do not read GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails rely on those who do read the emails to keep up to date on Illinois government and political news and commentary.)


— Ivanka Trump debuts in television ad for her father  Trump trying to win over female voters – CNN


— Local numbers provide context on income issue – Steve Vogel  (DIERSEN: How financially diverse is your county, your township/ward, your municipality, and your precinct?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: According to the Economic Policy Institute, a left-leaning Washington think tank, the average 1 percenter family in McLean County earned $679,124 three years ago (the latest data available), while the remaining 99 percent earned an average of $51,440. That means a 1 percenter here makes about 13 times more than the rest of us earn, on average. That ratio puts McLean County pretty much in the middle of a ranking of the nation’s 3,064 counties. Somewhat comforting, I think, especially in the context of some other EPI data. For instance, McLean County’s 1 percenters take in 11.8 percent of the income earned here. That compares with 26 percent in Lake County — the high water mark in Illinois — and the national average of 20.1 percent. The latter two numbers are stunners. A local figure that may trouble egalitarians more is that 41 percent of McLean County’s moolah is made by the top 10 percent of earners. Another way to say that: 10 percent of local households take in 41 cents of every dollar earned here. Yet it’s 57 cents in Lake County, and about 48 cents in all of Illinois and the entire nation. Again, striking numbers. Do you aspire to be a 1 percenter in McLean County? Your family would have to earn at least $365,000 to make the cut — about $24,000 less than the national average. The best (and fresher) news comes from the U.S. Census Bureau. Last year, it says, nearly 5,700 McLean County residents climbed out of poverty. Unfortunately 19,116 McLean County residents are still classified as poor. That’s 11.5 percent of our population — a big number, to be sure, but 3.4 percentage points better than two years ago.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump says “An outrageous double standard.”


— Yet Another Offense in School District U-46 – Laurie Higgins


— RNC Slams ‘Low-Life Journalists’  GOP fundraising appeal highlights historic anti-Trump bias in the media – Jim Stinson  (DIERSEN: I am biased in favor of the Republican Party platform, the Illinois Republican Party platform, and the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling. Virtually all the journalists in America are biased in favor of the Democrat Party platform, but they unethically refuse to admit that.)


— This law saved two million babies from abortion. Democrats want it gone. – DUSTIN SIGGINS


— After Chelsea Bombing, NYC Launches Efforts To Silence ‘Negative Rhetoric’ About Islam – Peter Hasson  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats make it clear that they will get rid of you if you do not promote Islam.)


— FEC Dems lay groundwork to ban Fox, WSJ political coverage – PAUL BEDARD


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Race tailspins into gutter.”


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Can Trump Create Millions of Jobs? Don’t Bet On It.”


— Trump finally hits the big-money jackpot – Teddy Schleifer


— GAO criticizes Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program’s “weak” compliance evaluations – Daniel L. Russell Jr.  (DIERSEN: While I worked for GAO during the early 1980s, I worked on an audit of OFCCP.)


— Worse Than It Looks: The True Burden and Risks of Federal Employee Pension Plans – William B.P Robson and Alexandre Laurin  (DIERSEN: To get rid of me, in today’s dollars, so far, the Democrats who ran GAO in 1997 have gotten the Civil Service Retirement System to pay me $963,680 ($50,720 X 19 years).)


— DHS Confirms Hackers Targeted Election Systems in 20 States – David Z. Morris


— Competency-Based Hiring: 10 Signals The Shift Is Happening – Ryan Craig (DIERSEN: GAO hired me in 1980 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, younger person, or veteran who would take the job.  IRS hired me in 1971 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job.  The Post Office hired me in 1966 because it could not find a qualified Democrat, minority, female, or veteran who would take the job.  GAO would not have hired me a) if I had not passed the CPA examination on my first attempt and b) if I had not earned an MBA.  IRS would not have hired me a) if I had not passed the Federal Service Entrance Examination and b) if I had not earned a bachelor’s degree in management.  The Post Office would not have hired me a) if I had not passed its employment examination and b) if I had not earned a high school diploma.)


— Serve your country while earning valuable career skills. – Megan Leonhardt (DIERSEN: I was a federal employee for almost 30 years; almost 3 years working for the Post Office 1966-1969, almost 9 years working for IRS 1971-1980, the last 5 1/2 years of which at the GS-12 Step 1-5 level (currently $77,899-$88,286), and almost 18 years working for GAO 1980-1997, the last 11 of which at the GS-13 Step 1-10 level (currently $92,632-$120,427).  Of course, needless-to-say, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois viciously demonize, viciously denigrate, and viciously condemn the skills that acquired working for the federal government.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Hillary Clinton wants you to serve your country. The Democratic presidential candidate proposed a new program on Friday aimed at expanding national service volunteer opportunities–for young Americans in particular. Clinton’s National Service Reserve would allow Americans pitch in with ongoing service projects addressing the addiction epidemic or helping the homeless, or perhaps to help provide emergency relief in national disasters and situations such as the water crisis in Flint, Mich. Clinton plans to work with corporations and universities to ensure “reservists” get paid time off to volunteer or, in the case of students, college credit.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: To promote pot in America is to promote the destruction of America.


— ‘He was a complete gentleman!’ Beauty queen defends Donald Trump  Former Miss USA contestant explains why she’s voting for the entrepreneur. – Danielle Harewood

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.