October 3 Morning Edition

— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH COLOR PHOTOS OF KIRK AND DUCKWORTH: Kirk, Duckworth raising big money from special interests – BGA
— FRONT PAGE WITH COLOR PHOTOS OF HOSE AND OLSEN: How 81st House candidates differ on school funding – Marie Wilson
— Elgin Area League of Women Voters to host candidate forum Oct. 6
— 8th Congressional District candidates tout experience – Eric Peterson


— Focus should be on saving more for college – Steve Rosen (DIERSEN: Who paid for your college education? I paid for my bachelors degree and three masters degrees with money that I earned washing dishes, cleaning golf shoes, chipping slag, pumping gasoline, delivering mail, working on an automobile assembly line, working as a security guard, selling tires, automotive services, and major appliances, collecting delinquent taxes, and auditing federal agencies.  But that was back in the “good old days” when college expenses were much lower.)
— Money and happiness  Maximizing financial independence can ensure pleasant retirement – Elliot Raphaelson  (DIERSEN: How happy are you?  I would be much happier if my Civil Service Retirement System pension had not been dramatically reduced because 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.)


— Term limits in Illinois have bipartisan support – Tia Rinehart (DIERSEN: Constructively, non-veteran White male federal employees are term limited.  The federal government wastes their careers gets rid of them if they do not make GS-13 ($92,632) by age 25, GS-14 ($109,463) by age 30, GS-15 ($128,759) by age 35, and Senior Executive Service ($160,300) by age 40. It is caller reverse discrimination and age discrimination.)


— Strick asserts Chicago Teachers Union should stop asking more from taxpayers




— Reports note Tammy Duckworth coordinated VA’s wasteful ‘Golden Age Games’ – M.D. Kittle


— Madigan’s army: power through patronage – Austin Berg  (DIERSEN: Are/were a patronage hire?  I was not. 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.)
— These are the 25 Lowest-Paying Jobs in Illinois – Kevin Hoffman  (DIERSEN: This list includes dishwasher. I was a part-time dishwasher during my Junior and Senior years at Crete-Monee High School 1964-1966 and a full-time dishwasher during the summer of 1965.  I was able to earn/save enough to buy a new 1966 Pontiac Tempest Sprint in May of 1966.)


— Hillary’s Treatment Of Women – Dan Proft


— Liberal Media Fraud


— The New York Times Paid No Taxes in 2014 – JOEL B. POLLAK


— Several newspapers that endorsed Hillary Clinton for president have taken huge subscriber hits – Chris Enloe  (DIERSEN: GOPUSA ILLINOIS has taken subscription hits from those who a) reject planks in the Republican Party platform and work against those like me who support those planks, b) reject planks in the Illinois Republican Party platform and work against those like me who support those planks, c) reject the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling and work against those like me who support that resolution, d) focus on destroying those like me who they cannot manipulate/dominate, e) were defendants in lawsuits that I have filed, f) are operatives for the aforesaid, and/or g) are dupes for the aforesaid and from 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.)


— Hacked Audio: Clinton Calls Bernie Fans Frustrated Basement-Dwellers – ELENA WEISSMANN


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Race breaking Clinton’s way.”


— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: How Donald Trump Turned the Tax Code Into a Giant Tax Shelter – JAMES B. STEWART (DIERSEN: What tax loopholes have your critics/opponents, their operatives, or their dupes accused you of taking?  Money Magazine and my Democrat IRS and GAO superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates hinted/implied/argued/shouted that the graduate business courses that took at Loyola 1972-1976, the graduate accounting courses that I took at DePaul 1976-1980, and the graduate finance courses that I took at IIT 1992-1997 were NOT deductible because they a) were not job-related, b) did not help me carry out my job duties, c) were taken by me to get a job in the private sector, and d) were a distraction.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps viciously demonize, denigrate, and condemn Trump.
— The Case for Bureaucracy – PAUL R. VERKUIL (DIERSEN: I worked for IRS for almost 9 years and I worked for GAO on audits of IRS for 3 years.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The Internal Revenue Service, for example, offers a compelling case for adding professionals. Mr. Trump talks about raising revenue by collecting unpaid taxes, and according to the I.R.S., the “tax gap” of unpaid but owed taxes is some $400 billion. If only 20 percent of that could be collected, it would yield substantial funds. But we need agents to collect these owed taxes and to perform audits. Historically, I.R.S. employees have returned many times the dollar amount invested in their salaries and benefits. The audit rate is now at a record low, however, and the I.R.S. relies increasingly on a tradition of voluntary taxpayer compliance, which is waning. (We can only imagine what a President Trump, who seems to boast about not paying taxes, would do to that tradition.) Moreover, another of Mr. Trump’s proposed revenue sources, stopping improper payments, would also be aided by more I.R.S. agents. The Government Accountability Office has shown that billions of dollars are paid to those who hack into taxpayers’ accounts and divert refunds. Existing staff members simply can’t keep up with these technologically sophisticated perpetrators of fraud. More professionals, schooled in cybersecurity, are called for. There is a common misconception that our bureaucracy has grown out of control. The federal civilian work force (excepting Postal Service employees) is about two million, roughly the same size it was during the Kennedy administration. In effect, the Civil Service has drastically shrunk since then, for the gross domestic product has multiplied five times, and numerous new agencies (like the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Homeland Security) have added significant and complicated missions to the federal agenda. Because of a shortage of federal positions, the only way these agencies could be staffed was by adding contractors, who, according to one estimate, now exceed the number of federal workers by a factor of four. These contractors, who are often more costly than a government counterpart would be, operate under increasingly thin federal management and scrutiny. The political scientist John J. DiIulio Jr. calls this “leviathan by proxy.” There are not only constitutional concerns but also management problems with contractors performing what are deemed by statute and regulations to be “inherent government functions.” These are functions that should not be outsourced. But when they are, it leads to further inefficiencies.)
— President Obama, the Ultimate Tourist, Ticks Down His Bucket List – MICHAEL D. SHEAR


— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Trump’s Taxes Pose New Setback.”
— How Facebook Is Dominating the 2016 Election  Social network’s vast reach and micro-targeting tools are manna for political advertisers – CHRISTOPHER MIMS
— Gun-Show Customers’ License Plates Come Under Scrutiny  Federal agents enlisted local police to scan cars’ plates at shows’ parking lots – DEVLIN BARRETT (DIERSEN: Democrats run the federal government.  Of course, needless-to-say, Democrats are far more suspicious of those who drive American-nameplate vehicles.)


— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH BIG COLOR PICTURE: HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: Non-voters: Sign of protest or apathy? – Susan Page
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Why we embrace Trump as a businessman.”


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Trump risks watching his backers flee a sinking ship.”


— Work it out  There are ways to make a bad job bearable – Matthew Jones  (DIERSEN: How bad were the jobs that you had?  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 demonize, denigrate, and condemn all the jobs that I had doing yard work, delivering newspapers, washing dishes, cleaning golf shoes, chipping slag, pumping gasoline, delivering mail, working on an automobile assembly line, working as a security guard, selling tires, automotive services, and major appliances, collecting delinquent taxes, and auditing federal agencies. My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois hint/imply/argue/shout that because they are vastly superior to me, they never had to take such bad jobs and that they never would take such bad jobs. My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have an extremely high opinion of themselves and an extremely low opinion of everyone else.)


— Who makes the grade for NARFE’s congressional scorecard? – Meredith Somers

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.