October 29 Morning Edition

— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD IN NAPERVILLE SUN: Proposed Naperville budget calls for less than 1% property tax increase – Erin Hegarty
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Sexual harassment and the #MeToo movement: Catalyst for change or fleeting moment? – Vikki Ortiz Healy and Angie Leventis Lourgos (DIERSEN: Women should consider becoming federal employees. While I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years (Post Office 1966-1969, IRS 1971-1980, and GAO 1980-1997), I saw absolutely no sexual harassment. All my superiors, all my supervisors, all my coworkers, and all my subordinates knew that all women are members of a protected class and that they should be given preference.)
— The #MeToo bonfire – Editorial
— #MeToo movement sparks both sadness and hope – Sally Higginson
— Facebook announces new transparency for political ads before Russia hearing – AP (DIERSEN: He who pays the piper calls the tunes. Everyone involved in government, politics, news media, etc. should be required to disclose who calls their tunes, that is, who pays them, that is, the sources and amounts of all of their income and of all their spouse’s income.)
— VERY SAD: Marijuana users have more sex, study finds – Christopher Ingraham (DIERSEN: One would expect a) that stoners have far more STDs and b) that children of stoners have far more health problems.)
— Hundreds to brave elements to empathize with, raise money for homeless in DuPage County – Diane Moca (DIERSEN: What have you done to help the homeless? My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes a) stress that they have done lots to help the homeless and b) demonize me, denigrate me, and condemn me for not helping the homeless. They hint/imply/argue/shout that unlike them, I have lots of time and money to help the homeless because I have always been privileged, because I avoided the draft, because the federal government grossly overpaid me, because my wife and I gave up trying to have children, because we did not adopt, because we did not become foster parents, because my federal retirement benefits are too generous, and because I do not give money to a church like they do.)

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: If you criticize Trump, anti-Trumps glorify and praise you.
— Study: Americans are retiring later, dying sooner and sicker in-between – Bloomberg

— Bill seeks to shed light on social media political ads – Bernard Schoenburg (DIERSEN: He who pays the piper calls the tunes. Everyone involved in government, politics, news media, etc. should be required to disclose who calls their tunes, that is, who pays them, that is, the sources and amounts of all of their income and of all their spouse’s income.)

— County clerk race gets more interesting – Tom Kacich

— Rauner’s TV ad makes me go ‘Huh?’ – Chuck Sweeny

— Shimkus’ pitch for Republicans’ tax plan: ‘I want simplicity’ – Tom Kacich (DIERSEN: Those who can and do itemize pay less federal income taxes. Sadly, Shimkus says that 79 percent of the people in his district do not itemize their deductions. Because I itemized, I paid less federal income taxes 1972-1977 and because we have always itemized, my wife and I have paid less federal income taxes since 1978. We have been able to itemize, that is, to pay less federal tax because of the money we paid for education, mortgage interest, real estate taxes, state income taxes, medical expenses, and charitable contributions. Those who do not itemize in Shimkus’s district must not pay much money for education, mortgage interest, real estate taxes, state income taxes, medical expenses, and/or charitable contributions.)

— Why Central Illinois unions, contractors are struggling to fill jobs – CLAIRE HETTINGER and RYAN VOYLES (DIERSEN: The federal government struggles to fill jobs. 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 the aforesaid.)

— New city manager’s contract raises questions While Dixon City Council members voted unanimously to hire the city’s police chief as city manager, the vote was split regarding the liberal terms of his contract. Appearances of favoritism and cronyism should give city residents pause. – Editorial

— State Rep. Ives circulating petitions to challenge Rauner

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps ask “After ‘Choosing Donald Trump,’ Is The Evangelical Church In Crisis?”

— Abolishing the State Tax Deduction Is Not Conservative – BRANDON CROCKER (DIERSEN: Government should encourage home ownership.)

— Poll: Majority Still Disapprove of NFL Anthem Protests – WARNER TODD HUSTON

— Kent State Socialist Group Suggests Gulag for Dissenting Voice – TOM KNIGHTON (DIERSEN: Who wants to send you to a gulag? I should write a book about those who have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who want to send me to a gulag. Most commonly, a) they reject the traditional family, right to life, immigration, and/or equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving) planks in the Republican Party platform and/or the Illinois Republican Party platform, b) they promote booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, c) they focus on destroying those like me who they cannot manipulate/dominate, and/or d) they were defendants in lawsuits that I have filed.)

— Cdl. Sarah: Some people ‘exploit the Word of God’ to promote multiculturalism, immigration – Dorothy Cummings McLean

— School assignment which identifies the KKK as ‘right wing’ angers parents – DAVE HUBER

— GOP in uncharted territory rolling back rules through resolutions – LYDIA WHEELER

— Poll: 71% of Americans say politics has reached a dangerous low point – Maegan Vazquez and Jennifer Agiesta

— Bitter feud divides Berkeley College Republicans as the club’s future hangs in the balance Amid concerns the Berkeley College Republicans are lurching too far right, more moderate forces attempted to stage a coup. – EMILY DERUY

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps glorify and praise those who come to America illegally, who stay in America illegally, and who bring others to America illegally.
— Too Many Colleges Flunk Trump 101 The 2016 election is forcing campuses to examine their dangerous estrangement. – Frank Bruni (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, colleges focus on cranking out “good little Democrats” who are 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.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: And a growing number of educators have been wondering aloud if there should be “affirmative action” for conservative professors, given the hugely disproportionate percentage of liberal faculty in the humanities and social sciences. They often conclude that outright preferences are a bad idea but that creating an extra position in, say, military history rather than gender studies would probably up the odds of adding a Republican to the lineup.)
— The Misery Filter – Ross Douthat
(FROM THE ARTICLE: For personal reasons his essay resonated strongly with me at the time, and particularly his point about how Americans tend to “filter for misery” in the same way we filter for political agreement in our increasingly self-segregated social worlds.)
— Happiness Is Other People – RUTH WHIPPMAN (DIERSEN: How happy are you? Should write a book about those in my precinct, in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who viciously demonize me, who viciously denigrate me, and who viciously condemn me for my not being happy enough? They hint/imply/argue/shout that I got everything that I have that is positive because I was born with a silver spoon in my mouth, because I have always been privileged, because I avoided the draft, because the federal government grossly overpaid me, because my wife and I gave up trying to have children, because we did not adopt, because we did not become foster parents, because my federal retirement benefits are too generous, and because I do not give money to a church like they do.)
— At Women’s Convention in Detroit, a Test of Momentum and Focus – MONICA DAVEY (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps shout at women that they should not only hate Trump and his supporters, that they should get rid of Trump and his supporters.)
— F.B.I. Agents Faced Arrest and Ruin After Trying to Conceive a Child – ADAM GOLDMAN (DIERSEN: I should write a book about my Democrat GAO superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates who took the lead in punishing me because my wife and I gave up trying to have children, we did not adopt, and we did not become foster parents. They crow that in 1989, when I was 40 years old, a) they threw me off audits of IRS, b) they assigned me to an extremely undesirable audit, c) they gave me extremely unrealistic performance expectations, d) they gave me an extremely unfair performance appraisal, and e) they ranked me at the bottom of my coworkers for pay-for-performance purposes. The aforesaid punishment was not only because my wife and I gave up trying to have children, because we did not adopt, and because we did not become foster parents, but also because in 1988, when I turned 40 years old, I became an active member in a class action lawsuit that charged GAO with reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation.)
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Limit on 401(k) Savings? It’s About Paying for Tax Cuts – PATRICIA COHEN (DIERSEN: Have you always put the maximum into tax-deferred accounts? My wife and I always have. Needless-to-say, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes are furious about that.)

— Maryland development under fire after selling homes only to Muslims – Justin Wm. Moyer DIERSEN: How soon, if not already, will anti-Trumps refuse to sell to those who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time?)
— Nancy Pelosi’s claims on middle-income taxpayers and state and local tax deductions – Glenn Kessler (DIERSEN: Government should encourage home ownership.)

— Want to attack foreign election meddling? Hold internet ads to the same standard as radio and TV – Editorial

— Martin Luther’s influence still strong in Texas With 95 Theses, priest wasn’t afraid to speak truth to power – Douglas Krenge

— How to work fewer hours and get more done (yes, it’s possible) – Marc Saltzman

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Trump’s Approval Rating Falls to Lowest Level Since Taking Office.”

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.