October 21 Morning Edition

— (Democrats) Push Illinois to Exit Multistate Database – AP
— The Latest Political Headlines – Carol Marin and Mary Ann Ahern

— Paul Ryan roasts Trump in comedy routine for NY elite (DIERSEN: Saul Aninsky promoted the use of ridicule.)

— Rauner looks to Washington for the power to change pension benefits – Kim Geiger (DIERSEN: Knowing that I was earning credits toward a Civil Service Retire System (CSRS) pension helped me endure tremendous efforts by my Democrat superiors to waste my career and to get rid of me. If they had not succeeded in forcing me to take their early retirement “offer” in 1997 when I was 49 years old, I would have paid into the CSRS $172,187 instead of the CSRS paying me $1,017,120 in today’s dollars.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The focus on D.C. allows the first-term governor to show supporters he has a plan for delivering on the promises he made as a candidate despite losing a two-year budget battle with Democrats over the summer. And it comes as Rauner prepares for a re-election campaign in which he needs to win back his conservative base after his approval of controversial abortion and immigration legislation left many of them angry. Much of the major legislation Rauner signed this year — an overhaul of the state’s education funding system and a boost in spending on schools; a bill protecting immigrants from federal deportation efforts; an expansion of taxpayer-funded abortions; and a new law allowing automatic voter registration — are measures that Democrats first pushed. Left undone is his promise to get the state’s financial house in order, which hinged in part on cutting the cost of Illinois’ unionized government workforce. Speaking to a gathering of business leaders in late September, Rauner said he was turning to Washington for help with one part of that effort — getting control of Illinois’ massive pension debt, which stands at about $130 billion and ranks among the worst in the nation. “We need the help. We need the help because the system’s rigged. Can’t change it, can’t fix it,” Rauner said. As a candidate and as governor, Rauner had proposed cutting pension costs by transitioning workers to less generous benefit packages or 401(k)-style retirement plans. But past attempts to cut retirement costs have run up against legal problems. The Illinois Constitution stipulates that benefits cannot be “diminished or impaired” once they are bestowed to workers, and the state Supreme Court has stood by those words. The governor thinks Congress can release the state from that restriction by passing a law that would give states permission to come up with cost-saving changes to their pension programs. The option would be available to states only after they had established that spending money on workers’ retirement plans is hampering other essential services.)
— Compare possible Amazon sites as Chicago’s HQ2 wait begins – Ryan Ori
— FRONT PAGE WITH COLOR PHOTO OF GREG SMITH: Illinois Lottery deal gives new firm higher base fee, extra ‘incentive’ payments and no penalties – Joe Mahr
— Keeping Spain intact – Editorial (DIERSEN: How soon will the Democrats succeed in getting California to leave the United State and join up with Mexico?)

— The Republican establishment strikes – Linda Chavez (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, the Republican establishment makes it clear that it 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 longer than their ancestors.)

— Bannon faults George W. Bush for ‘destructive’ presidency – AP (DIERSEN: Bush rejects many planks in the Republican Party platform.)
— Rauner outlines $200 million in cuts to Illinois budget – AP (DIERSEN: Democrats use budget cuts to get rid their employees who are Republican, and especially their employees who are White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)
— California billionaire launches ads urging Trump impeachment – AP (DIERSEN: Who wants to get rid of you and why? I should write a book about those who want to get rid of me and why.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats promote abortion.

— TRAGIC: Illinois Lottery’s new manager projects $4B in sales – AP
— What taxpayers should demand from next attorney general – Faisal Khan

— Who’s opposed to transparent, fiscally responsible government? – Editorial

— Woodstock prayer vigil in support of ‘Dreamers,’ detained immigrants set for Sunday – BRITTANY KEEPERMAN (DIERSEN: What do your critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes pray for? My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes a) crow that they are a member of a church, attend church services, and give money to a church and b) pray that GOD would send me straight to HELL. They blame me for their problems, for your problems, for my problems, and for everyone’s problems. They promote booze, gambling, pot and other vices, dependency on government, dependency on charity, LGBTQ activity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, race and gender based preference giving, age discrimination, abolition of the First and Second Amendments, and even worse things.)

— More than $200M in spending cut from Illinois budget (DIERSEN: Democrats use budget cuts to get rid their employees who are Republican, and especially their employees who are White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)

— Wheaton Park District receives grant for WWI Obelisk Monument in Northside Park

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps glorify and praise those whose parents brought them to America illegally.

— State Senator Andy Manar Says Facebook Refuses To Fact Check Ads – DUSTY RHODES

— Newsradio WJPF interview with Jeanne Ives – Robert Thies

— McCain backs Dems’ bill regulating online political ads

— Students Crash College Republicans’ Meeting, Claim ‘Fascists’ Don’t Have ‘Right of Free Speech’ – Katherine Timpf

— (Democrats) push Illinois to exit multistate database – SOPHIA TAREEN

— Catalonia crisis: Rajoy urges removal of region’s leaders, new elections – Laura Smith-Spark and Claudia Rebaza (DIERSEN: How soon will the Democrats succeed in getting California to leave the United State and join up with Mexico?)

— White and male: broader bureaucracy mirrors Trump cabinet’s profile – Jason Lange

— FRONT PAGE WITH BIG COLOR PICTURE: In New York, an Influential First Lady Redefines the Position Chirlane McCray, the wife of Mayor Bill de Blasio, has far extended the boundaries of what a first lady does in the city. – SHANE GOLDMACHER (DIERSEN: In Illinois, it ever-increasingly seems like the First Lady is influential.)
— Prime Minister Announces Spain Will Remove Catalonia’s Leader – RAPHAEL MINDER (DIERSEN: How soon will the Democrats succeed in getting California to leave the United State and join up with Mexico?)

— Spain demands Catalonia elect new leaders weeks after region voted for independence – Pamela Rolfe, William Booth and James McAuley (DIERSEN: How soon will the Democrats succeed in getting California to leave the United State and join up with Mexico?)

— Taking an early retirement may be financially risky – Peter Dunn (DIERSEN: Reasons why you should take your employer’s early retirement offer include a) your superiors make it clear to you that they will kill you figuratively if not literally if you do not take their offer and/or b) you can “afford” to take their offer. Those were the reasons why my Democrat GAO superiors succeeded in forcing me to take their early retirement “offer” in 1997 when I was 49 years old. Other reasons include a) you have a terminal illness, b) you do not like your job, c) you do not like your superiors, your supervisors, your coworkers, and/or your subordinates and/or they do not like you, and d) you have a better job lined up.)

— Spain Moves to Seize Control of Catalan Government, Call Regional Elections Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy seeks to use measures to quell a push for independence in Catalonia – Jeannette Neumann (DIERSEN: How soon will the Democrats succeed in getting California to leave the United State and join up with Mexico?)

— 6 Steps You Can Take In Your 20s To Help You Retire Before 60 – Maya Kachroo-Levine (DIERSEN: I started earning credits toward a Civil Service Retirement System pension in 1966 when I was 18 years old when I started working part-time for the Park Forest Post Office.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: 1. Don’t start spending more because you’re making more. . .2. Start saving more, and think about maxing out multiple retirement accounts. . .3. Look for side work that you can sustain in the long term. . .4. Focus on owning your home outright. . .5. Find a sacrifice you’re willing to make that most people deem “necessary.” . . 6. Set up passive income streams.)

— I retired at 30 with $1.25 million — here are the 3 key strategies I used to get there – Grant Sabatier (DIERSEN: What is the main reason why you have less money? For me, the main reason is that my Democrat superiors in the federal government wasted my career and forced me to take their early retirement “offer” in 1997 when I was 49 years old.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: How long will it take you to save $1 million? This all depends on how much money you are making, how much you are saving, and how much your investment grows. Here are the variables that matter most: 1. Income: How much money you are making 2. Expenses: How much money you are spending 3. Savings: How much money you are saving 4. Savings Rate: = Savings divided by #4 5. Investment Growth Rate: How much your investments compound annually. For the purpose of these examples I’ve set it at 7%, but as you’ll see from my specific situation, the higher your compounding rate that faster you will reach $1 million.) 

— This Couple Is Retiring at 38 and 41. Here’s How They Did It – Elizabeth O’Brien (DIERSEN: Money Magazine should write and publish an article on how its 4-page February 1978 article on me damaged my career and damaged my finances. If I had been a Democrat, a minority, a female, or a veteran, Money Magazine would not have written and published a damaging article on me. If I had not been a Republican, a Missouri Synod Lutheran, or of 100% German national origin, Money Magazine would not have written and published a damaging article on me.)

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps encourage people a) to come to America illegally, b) to stay in America illegally, and c) to bring others to America illegally.

— Advocates urge colleges to aid DACA students, lawmakers urge restraint – Andrew Nicla

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.