September 12 Morning Edition

— Elections matter beyond the horse races – Andy Shaw
— Parthenon facing about $475,000 in federal, state tax claims – Dan Mihalopoulos  (DIERSEN: I worked for IRS’s Collection Division 1971-1980 and I worked for GAO on audits of IRS 1986-1988.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The more than $380,000 due to the federal government was almost all for employee withholding taxes that should have been paid for 2014 and 2015, records show. The restaurant had 45 employees at the time it closed, said Parthenon founder and owner Christos Liakouras. The state also alleged that the restaurant owed a variety of unpaid taxes, including withholding income tax and a food and beverage tax that goes to the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority. Liakouras said he expected he and his daughter and partner in the restaurant, Joanna Liakouras, would meet with their lawyer and with the feds to arrange for a payment plan. “We are going to go meet with the IRS, and I think they will get all their money, slowly but surely,” said Liakouras, 80.)


— HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: Can we disconnect? – John Brandon  (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those a) who focus on discouraging me from putting out GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails and b) who focus on discouraging everyone from reading those emails.)
— Gender equity on Wall Street still a long way off – Jill Schlesinger  (DIERSEN: Wall Street should bring in Charles Bowsher.  During the 1980s and 1990s, Bowsher had great success in getting rid of GAO’s employees who were Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)


— LESTER: Rauner jumps into 27th  After initially staying out of the process of selecting a replacement for departing GOP state Sen. Matt Murphy, the governor’s office and its allies have jumped into the fray. They held interviews for the six candidates Friday in Chicago. Among those questioning the candidates were the governor, chief political strategist Mike Zolnierowicz, John Tillman of the Illinois Policy Institute and Senate GOP Leader Christine Radogno. Local party leaders are scheduled to meet on Thursday to formally select a replacement. Palatine Township Republican Committeeman Aaron Del Mar of Palatine, state Rep. David Harris of Arlington Heights, state Rep. Tom Morrison of Palatine, Palatine Township Supervisor Sharon Langlotz-Johnson, Arlington Heights Trustee Joe Farwell and Rolling Meadows Mayor Tom Rooney are seeking the appointment.
— LESTER: Murphy’s new job  What led Murphy, of Palatine, to leave the legislature and take a post at Mac Strategies Group, a public affairs firm headed by Des Plaines native Ryan McLaughlin? McLaughlin tells me he’d been thinking for some time about expanding the firm and describes a longtime friendship with Murphy. “I mentioned my interest in taking my firm to the next level by offering a lobbying practice beyond our communications and public affairs services and he mentioned his growing obligations to his family,” McLaughlin says. “As we talked more, it made all the sense in the world to join forces. It’s a natural and perfect fit.” Murphy previously has said that with four children, two of them in college, he needed more income than his $84,000 state pay ­– $67,000 base pay plus leadership stipends, with paychecks sometimes delayed by the state’s budget impasse. Mac Strategies has not disclosed Murphy’s new pay. McLaughlin says Murphy will work as a legislative and regulatory lobbyist with state and federal clients. He’ll also provide advice on communications and public affairs strategies. Murphy’s first day is Friday.
— FRONT PAGE WITH THREE COLOR PHOTOS: Why 3 DuPage County mayors aren’t running for re-election – Jessica Cilella


— Two candidates hope to be the first elected McHenry County Board chairman – KEVIN P. CRAVER


— Gov. Rauner Declares 9/11 As Patriot Day In Illinois


— TRAGIC: Illinois Gambling Industry Booming — Greg Bishop  (DIERSEN: One reason why I have more money than those who serve as operatives or dupes for my critics/opponents is that during my lifetime, I spent virtually nothing on gambling, booze, or other vices.)
— Illinois Struggling To Pay For Public Schools – Benjamin Yount (DIERSEN: How much have you paid in real estate taxes?  I have paid real estate taxes every year since 1972 and my wife and I every year since 1984, but we have never sent any children to public grade schools or high schools. Our parents paid lots of real estate taxes for many decades, but I attended public schools only 4 years (Crete-Monee High School 1962-1966) and my wife never attended a public school.)


— Jim Edgar shares how to negotiate with Mike Madigan – Chris Kaergard and Nick Vlahos


— Pneumonia diagnosis fuels questions about Clinton’s health – AP
— Clinton recovering after health episode, cancels Calif. trip – AP
— Trump blasts Clinton ‘deplorables’ comment – AP


— Pneumonia diagnosis fuels questions about Clinton’s health – AP


— Bustos in Gladstone: Trump, Rauner ‘cut from the same cloth’  More than 100 people feasted on catfish and chicken during Henderson County Democrats’ 62ndannual event. – ELIZABETH MEYER  (DIERSEN: What cloth were you cut from, that is, what are your demographics?  Ever-increasingly, Democrats and RINOs demonize, denigrate, and condemn those who are Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)


— Senator Kirk on U. S. ground troops, Hillary, Cong. Duckworth, ransom and much more – Jeff Berkowitz


— DePaul is taking charge of state collegiate politics – Brenden Moore


— ILLINOIS MAN’S REFUSAL TO WATCH LGBT VIDEO COULD COST HIM HIS LIVELIHOOD  (DIERSEN: Of course, needless-to-say, I support Hall.  Of course, needless-to-say, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes will use Hall to paint me as being a religious/conservative/Republican hypocrite because I attended many such anti-religious, anti-conservative, and/or anti-Republican training sessions while I worked for IRS 1971-1980 and for GAO 1980-1997.  In my defense, I spoke out against political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, and age discrimination.  In 1988, when I was 40 years old, I became the only active member in GAO’s Chicago office in a class action lawsuit that charged GAO with reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation.  After the Democrats who ran GAO in 1997 succeeded in forcing me to retire when I was 49 years old, I filed a lawsuit against GAO. SEE:
— FIVE MYTHS ABOUT ECONOMIC INEQUALITY IN AMERICA  (DIERSEN: Do you have more money than your parents do/did?  My wife and I have lots more income and net worth than our parents did.  My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes hint/imply/argue/shout that is a) because I was born with a silver spoon in my mouth and because I have always been privileged, b) because I avoided the draft, c) because the federal government grossly overpaid me, d) because my wife and I gave up trying to have children, we did not adopt, and we did not become foster parents, and e) because my federal retirement pension and health/dental/vision insurance subsidy are too generous.)


— Hillary takes hateful rhetoric to a new level
— Clinton can’t hide latest health episode
— The Terrible Legacy of 9/11
— Chicago: Woman shot to death during vigil for earlier slaying


— Clinton and the ‘Deplorables’: Her Comments About Trump Voters—Her Fellow Americans—Show Why She Could Lose (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats and RINOs a) glorify and praise foreign countries and their citizens and b) demonize, denigrate, and condemn America and its citizens.)


— DISGUSTING: See the New Way Some NFL Players Are Now Protesting During National Anthem – Jason Howerton  (DIERSEN: What opinion do protesting NFL players have of you?  They would have an extremely low opinion of me because I am conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, non-poor, a gun owner, my ancestors have been in America since the 1840s, I avoided the draft, I was baptized, raised, and confirmed as a Missouri Synod Lutheran, I only buy American-nameplate cars, etc.)


— Hillary’s Deplorables Remark A Dog Whistle To The Leftwing Elite – George Rasley


— 9/11 Hero Todd Beamer’s Son is All Grown Up Now and He’s Playing Football at Wheaton College – PAULA BOLYARD


— I’m Deplorable and I’m Proud – Jack Cashill  (DIERSEN: Who demonizes, denigrates, and condemns you as being deplorable?  I am very proud to say that the following demonize, denigrate, and condemn me as being deplorable: 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 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. I should write a book about the aforesaid Democrat plants, Libertarian plants, Green plants, and RINOs in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois.)


— Trump on Clinton’s health: ‘Something’s going on’ – Rebecca Savransky
— Clinton cancels campaign trip to California
— Trump Jr. and top supporter share White nationalist image on social media – Paulina Firozi


— Press rips Clinton campaign’s handling of health incident  Why didn’t they just say she had pneumonia? – Gabriel Debenedetti
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps demonize, denigrate, and condemn Whites who are not rich.
— Trump Is Pat Buchanan With Better Timing – Jeff Greenfield


— Polls: Trump’s chances of winning election rising


— Hillary Clinton cancels fundraising trip following pneumonia diagnosis and stumble at 9/11 memorial’s-doctor-reveals-pneumonia-diagnosis/7834690


— Trump Wants Border Wall, but Britain Is Building One in France – ALASTAIR JAMIESON
— Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago has an idea that every kid who graduates from high school spends the next three months in some sort of national service. – DAVID BROOKS  (DIERSEN: I spent far more than “three months in some sort of national service.” I spent almost 30 years – almost 3 years in the Post Office, almost 9 years in IRS, and almost 18 years in GAO.  My wife spent 2 years in the FBI.)


— A politically unwise, but not untrue, statement. – Charles Blow  (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps, that is, Clinton supporters, 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.)
— Real-Time Election Day Projections May Upend News Tradition – NICK CORASANITIS


— Trump’s many attacks on Clinton’s health
— Hillary Clinton was wrong: Donald Trump’s voters are not ‘irredeemable’  Democrats should be reaching out to working-class whites and helping them past racial resentment, not offending them. – Sally Kohn  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats and RINOs make it clear that they 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.)
— Want to apply for a job with the federal government? USAJOBS overhaul seeks to make it easier. – Eric Yoder  (DIERSEN: Democrats run the federal government.  Applicants should be advised that “only Democrats need apply” and that Democrat applicants who are minority, female, younger, and/or veteran will be given lots of preference. Further, that you are much more likely to be hired if you promote Hillary Clinton, dependency on government, LGBTQ activity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, political affiliation discrimination like Jim Thompson and Jim Edgar do, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, pot, booze, gambling, and other vices, abolition of the Second Amendment, and the rest of the Democrat Party platform.  Your chances of being hired are much greater if you promise to help your superiors get rid of their employees who are Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)


— Trump says he just took a physical, will release results shortly – Paul Singer
— Wisconsin: Turning out the base vital for Clinton, Trump – Craig Gilbert
— TRAGIC: An athlete becomes a legal marijuana grower – Matt L. Stephens and Kelly Lyell
— AS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY’S STRANGLEHOLD ON AMERICA TIGHTENS: Some hungry teens turn to crime, sex for food – Ryan W. Miller
— AS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY’S STRANGLEHOLD ON AMERICA TIGHTENS: 15 years after 9/11, lost unity – Editorial
— 15 years later, let’s respect our flag: As the 9/11 anniversary approaches, attacking our national symbols is not productive. It gets attention, but the wrong kind. – James S. Robbins


— AS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY’S STRANGLEHOLD ON CHICAGO TIGHTENS: The Black Body Count Rises as Chicago Police Step Back  In 2016 nearly 3,000 people have been shot in the city, an average of one victim every two hours. – HEATHER MAC DONALD
— Clinton and the ‘Deplorables’  Her comments about Trump voters—her fellow Americans—show why she could lose. – Editorial
— Honesty and Presidential Health  Trump and Clinton should both be held to the McCain medical standard. – Editorial
— Clinton and Trump: Healthy Enough to Serve?  Candidates over the age of 70 or with a medical history should release their health records for private viewing by a few reporters. – MARC SIEGEL
— HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: Live below your means – ASHLEIGH J. BROOKER  (DIERSEN: One reason why my wife and I have more money is that we have lived below our means. But now my wife and I are spending more than our income because my Democrat superiors in the federal government wasted my career and forced me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old.)
— The More Cash People Have, the Happier They Are  Happiness may not be about how much overall wealth you have, but how much cash you have on hand – ANDREW BLACKMAN  (DIERSEN: My wife and I are spending more than our income because my Democrat superiors in the federal government wasted my career and forced me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old.)
— How to Get More Pleasure Out of Retirement Spending – SHLOMO BENARTZI (DIERSEN: My wife and I are spending more than our income because my Democrat superiors in the federal government wasted my career and forced me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old.)
— Does It Pay to Start at Community College? Maybe  Many students want to cut the cost of a four-year college education by going to community college first. Here’s how to do it right. – JILLIAN BERMAN  (DIERSEN: While I was in high school, I decided to earn/save more money so that I could attend UIC instead of Prairie State (


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats and RINOs a) glorify and praise foreign countries and their citizens and b) demonize, denigrate, and condemn America and its citizens.


— Clinton pays her fair share — what about Trump? – Regina Brennan Waterford Lane, Dubuque  (DIERSEN: Have you paid your fair share?  Should everyone be required to put in the public record how much federal income tax they paid a) during each of the last 10 years, b) in total during the last 20 years, c) in total during the last 30 years, d) in total during the last 40 years, and e) in total during their lifetime?)


— With backing of wealthy governor, Illinois GOP spending big  Illinois Republicans are vastly outspending Democrats in fall legislative races for the first time in recent history with the help of their wealthy governor – AP
(FROM THE ARTICLE: For the first time in recent history, Illinois Republicans are vastly outspending Democrats in fall legislative races with the help of a wealthy governor determined to curtail a traditionally blue political landscape that has thwarted his agenda for two years. The more than $13 million the GOP’s main campaign committee has disbursed to House and Senate candidates so far — nearly all of it coming from Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner — dwarfs what either party has been able to spend sometimes in entire election cycles. And the Illinois Republican Party Committee still has $3 million from Rauner in the bank. “This is a new ballgame and we’re taking it very seriously,” said Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie, the Democrats’ House leader. Infusions of cash from the former venture capitalist demonstrates how much — and how easily — he’s willing to invest in pursuit of his goal to give his party greater influence in the state Legislature. The November results could determine the fate of Rauner’s proposals to weaken unions, pass business-friendly laws, impose term limits, and change the way legislative districts are drawn for years to come. They also will decide who has control of crafting a full state budget, which Illinois hasn’t had for over a year because Rauner wants Democrats to give him what he wants in exchange for raising taxes to help with a deficit that exceeds $5 billion. Rauner was elected in 2014 as a political newcomer promising to shake up the Democrats’ regime, but they’ve had supermajorities to block all his major proposals. His entry into politics and the spending power he brought with him has allowed Republicans to compete in more races — and a lot earlier than past years when Democrats’ financial resources were superior. Democrats have controlled both chambers of the Legislature since 2003 and have the nation’s longest-tenured state House speaker, Michael Madigan, who has held that post for all but two years since 1983. When Rauner was elected, he became the first Republican in 12 years in Illinois, a Democratic stronghold that hasn’t backed a Republican for president since 1988. Before Rauner, the Illinois Republican Party Committee spent $3.4 million on races in 2012. The Democratic Party of Illinois, meanwhile, spent $6.7 million. Both parties distribute money to candidates through several other committees so those totals don’t tell the entire story, but they’re indicative of each party’s past spending prowess, according to campaign disclosures The Associated Press analyzed dating back to 2006 from the Illinois State Board of Elections. “There’s never been a time in recent history where House Republicans have outspent House Democrats. It’s been a considerable disadvantage,” said Rep. Jim Durkin, the GOP’s House leader. Breaking the Democrats’ supermajorities in either chamber won’t be easy because the party enjoys advantages of 71-47 in the House and 39-20 in the Senate. But Durkin said Rauner’s money “for the first time in many years gives us a fighting chance.” Rauner has repeatedly declined to comment on the legislative races or his involvement in them. On the Democrats’ side, their party committees have been less active than the Republicans’ this year. The Democratic Party of Illinois and the Democratic Majority — two of the party’s biggest committees — have contributed a combined $1.6 million to candidates so far. But the Democrats’ candidates have individually amassed robust campaign funds. Democratic Rep. John Bradley, for instance, has $647,160 at his disposal for his closely watched race against Dave Severin in southern Illinois. That’s what makes Rauner’s money so significant in a state where Democrats tend to be more successful fundraisers. The majority of Severin’s $300,000 in campaign cash has come from the House Republican Organization committee, which is receiving large deposits from the Illinois Republican Party to funnel to candidates. Republican Rep. Michael McAuliffe, who Democrats are targeting in the Chicago suburbs, has also benefited from Rauner’s funding. The House Republican Organization has contributed nearly $1 million to his campaign. Television ads supporting McAuliffe have been airing since August, earlier than when either party usually hits the air waves. McAuliffe’s ads have even played outside his district. In the past, Republicans would’ve been reluctant to spend money in August when voters are less engaged. They just couldn’t afford it. In 2012, for example, the Republicans’ two major party committees spent just over $2 million combined from July 1 through Sept. 30. “Some of this spending has nothing to do with the election. It has to do with Rauner flexing his muscle,” said David Yepsen, director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. That display of financial force can influence who Democrats choose as their gubernatorial candidate next time because they’ll want someone who can self-fund or raise massive amounts of cash, Yepsen said. “Democrats, if they survive, they’re going to know they’ve been in a fight,” he said.)


— The Trump Files: Donald Has Been Inflating His Net Worth for 40 Years  It’s not a recent phenomenon. – MAX J. ROSENTHAL  (DIERSEN: In 1978, when I was 29 years old, Money Magazine reported my net worth to be $53,950 as of December 31, 1977.  ASSETS: $60,000 Outer Drive East (ODE) condo, $26,000 University Park town home, $7,393 Civil Service Retirement System contributions, $6,333 bank accounts, $6,000 1972 Corvette, $3,000 personal possessions, $2,777 accrued vacation pay, $1,155 Commonwealth Edison shares, and $300 1962 Chevy BelAir.  LIABILIRIES: $38,795 ODE condo mortgage and $19,380 University Park town home mortgage.  My Democrat IRS and GAO superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates used the aforesaid to viciously demonize, denigrate, and condemn me as being a filthy rich draft dodger. At the end of 1977, my GS-12 Step 4 IRS salary was $24,070. Today, GS-12 Step 4 salary is $85,689.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasing, anti-Trumps demonize, denigrate, and condemn Trump supporters as being “both racist and economically frustrated.” Ever-increasing, anti-Trumps hint/imply/argue/shout that if you are an economically frustrated White male, it is because you are a racist.  Notwithstanding the fact that I am a non-veteran White male, the federal government would have promoted me into its Senior Executive Service long before I was 40 years old if I had become a Democrat and if I had helped my superiors get rid of their employees who were Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)

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.