October 11 Morning Edition

— Rauner slams Trump for remarks captured on video – AP  (DIERSEN: Are you a Republican?  If the Democrat news media asked Rauner to slam you, what would Rauner say?)


— Obama Describes Trump As Insecure During Duckworth Fundraiser  (DIERSEN: Are you a Republican?  If the Democrat news media asked Obama to describe you, what would Obama say?)


— Lake County state’s attorney debate focuses on history of wrongful convictions – Emily K. Coleman
— Kirk gets animal cruelty group backing against Duckworth – Rick Pearson
— At second debate, Trump at odds with everyone – Dana Milbank
— Donald Trump’s vile candidacy is chemotherapy for the GOP – George Will  (DIERSEN: If you do not demonize, denigrate, and condemn Trump, George Will wants to get rid of you.)
— Millennial traits shape economy  Millennials aren’t big spenders or risk takers, and that’s going to reshape the economy – Don Lee  (DIERSEN: What did you spend your money on when you were under 35?  For me, it was college expenses, new cars, real estate, etc. What risks did you take when you were under 35?  For me, it was seeking and accepting draft deferments; earning a job-related bachelor’s degree and two job-related master’s degrees; passing the CPA examination and the Certified Internal Auditor examination; becoming a licensed CPA; not becoming a Democrat; accepting job offers from Firestone Stores, Oldsmobile, IRS, and GAO; getting married; etc.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: They’re known for bouncing around jobs, delaying marriage and holing up in their parents’ basements. Dubbed recently as the “children of the Great Recession” by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, millennials are the best educated and most diverse population of young people in U.S. history. They are also perhaps the most coddled, some would say spoiled. As they emerge this year as the United States’ largest demographic group — some 75 million strong — millennials are taking up the mantle as the most impactful generation since the baby boomers. Their influence has started slowly, due largely to the economic instability that has left many struggling to find good-paying jobs and saddled with staggering student loan debt. But millennials — adults under 35 — are certain to shape the economy for decades to come. And their coming of age in the midst of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression has bred distinct traits that could pose special challenges for the nation’s future growth and prosperity. For starters, millennials are not big spenders, at least not in the traditional sense. Millennials tend to prefer experiences over buying things and accumulating stuff. To them, an impressive selfie capturing a memorable moment is, in some sense, as enviable as a new car or fancy watch was to their parents.)
— Donald Trump fired Illinois native Maria Kanellis for ‘locker room’ talk – Tracy Swartz
— At stake: The Constitution – Cal Thomas
— Trump’s biggest debate lie was calling sexual assault ‘locker room talk’ – Rex Huppke


— Election day voter registration limits gone, but why wait – Mark Brown


— FRONT PAGE: Suburban Republicans in Congress weigh words on Trump carefully – Kerry Lester and Robert Sanchez
— In split, Ryan stumping for House GOP but not for Trump – AP
— Endorsements: Whelan in DuPage County Forest Preserve Dist. 4
— Endorsements: Elliott in DuPage County Board Dist. 4
— Endorsements: Grasso, Krajewski in DuPage County Board Dist. 3
— Endorsement: Russell for Kane County coroner
— 6th Congressional District candidates differ on fighting ISIS – Robert Sanchez
— Rolling Meadows pastor James MacDonald on Trump’s own evangelical council denounces him – Sarah Pulliam Bailey  (DIERSEN: Are you a Republican?  If the Democrat news media asked MacDonald to denounce you, what would MacDonald say?)


— Durbin likens Trump to ‘banana republic’ leader  (DIERSEN: Are you a Republican?  If the Democrat news media asked Durbin to liken you to someone bad, what would Durbin say?)


— Who’s losing on legal gambling? Looks like those who can least afford it – Editorial  (DIERSEN: Gambling is a vice.  If you promote gambling, you promote vice.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: During the first eight months of the year, gamblers dropped $18.9 million into video poker machines in the city of Kankakee.  Daily Journal senior reporter Lee Provost recently reported on video poker totals in his weekly business column. The numbers were sobering — and staggering. In Kankakee, $4.3 million was “lost” in the machines. Ask yourself this. Who can afford to lose $4.3 million? The totals wagered from Kankakee add up to roughly all the totals from Aroma Park, $811,751; Bradley, $8.5 million; Bourbonnais, $1.8 million; Manteno, $6.3 million; and Momence, $2 million — combined. Here’s what this tells you. A disproportionate number of the terminals, or the wagers, or both, are coming from middle class and lower middle class areas. Does it make sense that Kankakee’s wagers are 10 times those of Bourbonnais? When video gambling was legalized, the initial thought seemed to be to help out small restaurants and taverns. Instead, what has happened is the creation of mini-professional storefronts that have rows of machines. A discussion of Aroma Park’s experience indicated that is where the money is flowing now. One mainstream Aroma Park restaurant no longer operates its machines. In addition, one local mayor quoted indicated that she had not seen many cars in front of one wagering establishment. Translation: It might be that a small number of people are losing a lot of money. Moreover, the amounts wagered are escalating rapidly — up by a third or more in half a dozen communities. Now, we would not want to be Carry Nation with the ax, crusading against demon rum. It would be impossible to go back to no gambling. But a wide range of studies estimates that somewhere from 1 to 2 percent of the population can be classified as being “problem gamblers.” These are people who don’t know when to stop, and show up to follow a bad day with another long session to get even. So, in the pile of proceeds being raked in by the state, we ask a question: Is enough money being set aside to help those who will need help? Much like cigarette taxes, the government seems to need and relish the money. Unlike tobacco, are we warning people enough?)


— Rauner, Madigan Approval Ratings Low


— Kirk Says Republicans Nominated the Wrong Guy for President – TONY ARNOLD  (DIERSEN: Given the likelihood of Kirk’s defeat, one could say that about the U.S. Senate seat too.)


— Illinois governor slams Trump for remarks captured on video – AP  (DIERSEN: Are you a Republican?  If the Democrat news media asked Rauner to slam you, what would Rauner say?)


— Rauner, Kirk Criticize Trump For Language – TONY ARNOLD  (DIERSEN: Are you a Republican?  If the Democrat news media asked Rauner and Kirk to criticize you, what would they say?)


— Rauner and Kirk Slam Trump for Comments on Women  (DIERSEN: Are you a Republican?  If the Democrat news media asked Rauner and Kirk to slam you, what would they say?)


— Illinois campaign sign rules and shenanigans – Michelle Madaras
— Tensions flare as Republicans clash over Trump – AP


— Gov. Rauner Speaks Out About Trump’s Comments in 2005  (DIERSEN: Are you a Republican?  If the Democrat news media asked Rauner to speak out against you, what would Rauner say?)


— Illinois Politicians Bustos, Durbin, and Gutierrez Get Close-Up View of Presidential Debate – AMANDA VINICKY


— Marwig and McAuliff: State lawmaker race holds high stakes for students – Terrie Albano


    — Illinois governor slams Trump for remarks captured on video – AP  (DIERSEN: Are you a Republican?  If the Democrat news media asked Rauner to slam you, what would Rauner say?)


— 2.51 percent of people in Medinah receive food stamps


— DuPage Public Guardian / County Board Member Donald Puchalski Seeks AG Opinion – John Kraft


— InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Causes Uproar By Affirming Scripture – Laurie Higgins


— “The Chicago Tribune Editorial Board has no Republicans”
— Kirk says Trump could cost Republicans both the Senate and the House
— Rauner finally speaks out against Trump, but won’t say if he still supports him  (DIERSEN: Are you a Republican?  If the Democrat news media asked Rauner to speak out against you, what would Rauner say?)
— Republicans sticking with the Madigan “issue”
— Anti-Rauner TV ad launched by new federal super PAC


— Clinton’s vow to push Supreme Court left galvanizes conservatives wary of Trump –  S.A. Miller  (DIERSEN: Clinton makes it clear that she would use the U.S. Supreme Court to get rid of those individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)


— Muslims march in Dearborn  (DIERSEN: Islam is more like a political party or a country without borders than a religion.)
— Media Bias Makes Him Stronger – Cliff Kincaid
— It Wasn’t a Town Hall Meeting, It Was a Town Hall Ambush
— In Chicago the carnage rolls on


— Speaker Ryan: Every man for himself, forget Trump – J. Marsolo  (DIERSEN: How soon, if not already, will Ryan call for the dissolution of the Republican Party, for the creation of a “Paul Ryan Party?”)
— Trump and the Surrender Caucus of the GOP – Jared E. Peterson


— When Things Fall Apart – WILLIAM MURCHISON


— Reince Priebus not Leaving Trump’s Side – Cathy Burke


— DHS: By the Way, We Barely Stopped Half of Illegal Border Crossings Last Year – Guy Benson


— Clinton Email Scandal: Hillary’s Hypocrisy And Media’s Bias Revealed – Editorial


— Trump unleashes tweetstorm on Ryan, widening GOP divide


— Inside Ryan’s decision to (almost) dump Trump  The speaker might still fully rescind his endorsement before Nov. 8, sources told POLITICO. – Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan


— For G.O.P. Candidates, Renouncing Donald Trump Carries Dire Risks – MAGGIE HABERMANO  (DIERSEN: Of course, needless-to-say, those “Republican” activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, fundraisers, etc. who renounce Trump, plan on using a Trump defeat to drive out of the Republican Party those who are Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
— Were He Seeking Any Other Job, Trump Would Be Flagged by H.R. – Andrew Ross Sorkin  (DIERSEN: Many millions have not and will not seek a job with the federal government a) because the pay and benefits are terrible, b) because the advancement opportunities are terrible, c) because they lack required education, work experience, professional certifications, and/or professional licenses, d) because they cannot pass an employment examination, e) because they cannot pass a background investigation, f) because they cannot pass a physical examination, g) because they cannot take the demonization, denigration, and condemnation that comes with being a federal employee or federal retiree, and/or h) because they are Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran and they know that the federal government discriminates against its employees who are Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Donald Trump describes himself as a businessman. And he says he wants to run the government more like a business. But would any business hire Mr. Trump? It isn’t a trivial question. Given the Republican presidential nominee’s vulgar boasts about sexually assaulting women and trying to coerce a woman to commit adultery with him — among other things — it is hard to believe he could get past the human resources department of a Fortune 500 company. Over the last decade, much of corporate America has put in place strict policies to deal with sexual harassment and other offensive behavior, trying to make amends for an abhorrent history of letting such conduct go unchecked (remember “Mad Men”?). Hiring procedures at large companies, particularly for senior positions, include extensive background checks, which typically include interviewing former colleagues and combing through articles, court records and, yes, social media. Thousands of employees have been fired or pushed out for using far less repugnant language than Mr. Trump’s words about how he gropes women. Walmart, the nation’s largest employer, with some 2.2 million employees, has explicit policies, for example, that prohibit “sexually explicit language, off-color jokes, remarks about a person’s body” as well as “using slurs or negative stereotyping,” “verbal kidding, teasing or joking” and “intimidating acts, such as bullying or threatening.” By those definitions, it is not clear if Mr. Trump would qualify to be hired as a janitor, let alone a senior executive. A spokesman for Walmart, asked whether Mr. Trump’s comments would disqualify him from employment there, said: “We’ve got a policy of not entertaining hypotheticals.” Mr. Trump has apologized for his language, which he described as “locker room talk.” But he used the language while on the job; he was recorded on a live microphone while working to promote “The Apprentice,” his popular reality show.)
— Trump’s Threat to Jail Clinton Erodes Democracy, Experts Say – MAX FISHER and AMANDA TAUB  (DIERSEN: Constructively, Clinton promises, if elected, to use the federal government to give 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 WHAT THEY WANT.)
— Donald Trump’s Sad, Lonely Life – David Brooks
— Count Trump Among the Takers – BRYCE COVERT  (DIERSEN: Are you a taker?  Should everyone be required to publicly disclose how much federal income tax that they have paid in each of the last 10, 20, 30, 40, 50+ years?  Since 1978, my wife and I have paid more federal income tax because we pay the marriage penalty.  SEE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marriage_penalty)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Because Donald J. Trump hasn’t released his tax returns, we don’t know exactly what portion of his fortune he has sent the federal government. But in the second presidential debate, he confirmed that there were a number of years where he paid nothing at all. A week ago, The Times published his partial state tax returns from 1995 that show a substantial business loss that could have allowed him to avoid paying income taxes for nearly two decades. When asked by the moderator Anderson Cooper whether he indeed used the loss to get out of a tax bill, Mr. Trump replied, “Of course I do.”  But rather than attempt to convince the American people that he had paid his fair share of taxes, Mr. Trump has vociferously defended the virtue of his ways, even arguing that paying nothing makes him fit to be president. “That makes me smart,” he retorted when presented with the idea during the first presidential debate. He told the Fox host Bill O’Reilly two days later, “A lot of people say, ‘That’s the kind of thinking that I want running this nation.’ ” He’s now calling it “brilliant.” Mr. Trump’s assertion that people should pay as little as they can in taxes — because, as he told Mr. O’Reilly, the government will “waste the money” — fits with quite an old conservative ideology. The government is bloated, inefficient and trampling on freedoms, the thinking goes; therefore, it deserves as little of our tax money to prop it up as possible. It’s no coincidence that Mr. Trump proposed a tax cut during the primary that was unprecedented, costing the government about double the revenue as would have been lost to Mitt Romney’s plan.)


— Clinton sees new opportunities to woo Republicans in Trump’s troubles – John Wagner and Anne Gearan
— Video fallout: Republican lawmakers abandon Trump – AP


— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Lewd Trump tape hurts vulnerable GOP senators, puts Senate control at risk – Erin Kelly
— Trump defections leave ruby-red Utah more uncertain – David DeMille
— GOP deserves to go down with Trump. Republicans had many chances to fix this. It’s rank hypocrisy to bail and ask for a do-over. –  Gabriel Schoenfeld


— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: GOP Feuds Over Support for Donald Trump  Republicans openly bickered Monday as they found themselves at risk of losing the presidency, the Senate and maybe even the House – JANET HOOK and REID J. EPSTEIN
— Rebuff of Donald Trump Puts Paul Ryan in a Bind  House speaker draws outrage after he says he won’t campaign for the nominee – SIOBHAN HUGHES and KRISTINA PETERSON
— Donald Trump Is Starting to Look Like an Independent Candidate  If the GOP nominee wins the election, he would have to generate a lot of popular support around the country to make up for lost party loyalty in Washington. – GERALD F. SEIB
— Trump, Reality and the GOP  A Pelosi House is becoming a real election possibility. – Editorial
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, WSJ promotes Democrats.


— Texas Republicans are sticking with Donald Trump after the debate – Asher Price and Jonathan Tilove


— Arizona Republican Party chair splits with McCain on Trump – AP


— Hillary Clinton urges voters to resist cynicism during Detroit campaign stop – Sabrina Siddiqui  (DIERSEN: Constructively, Clinton promises, if elected, to use the federal government to give 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 WHAT THEY WANT.)
— Trump marches on amid spiraling disaster of Republican party desertion – Ed Pilkington and Lauren Gambino
— Paul Ryan deserts Trump campaign but won’t formally drop endorsement – Dan Roberts, Sabrina Siddiqui, and Ben Jacobs


— More Voters Waiting Until Election Day To Cast Ballots

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.