David John Diersen, GOPUSA Illinois Editor
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GOPUSA ILLINOIS Daily Clips - August 27, 2014

-- Rauner firing blanks in flap over hired gun in ballot challenge? - DAN MIHALOPOULOS  (DIERSEN: Government is nasty.  Politics is nasty.  This article reads like Quinn wrote it.  It is news that the Chicago Sun-Times posted this article on its website and put it in its hardcopy.  What do you say to those who shoot messengers who bring them news that they do not like?  What do you say to those who will punish me for bringing this article to your attention?  Anyone who wants to help elect Rauner should know what the charges are against Rauner and what Rauner's responses are to those charges.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Bruce Rauner’s spokesman says the Republican nominee for governor knew nothing about the unusual strong-arm tactics used by his allies in their failed effort to keep the Libertarian Party candidates from appearing on the November ballot. The statement from Rauner’s campaign followed my column last week on the Republican deployment of armed private investigators to challenge the Libertarian slate’s nominating signature petitions. “Bruce wants as many people engaged in the political process as possible,” Rauner spokesman Mike Schrimpf said in an e-mail. “Bruce has no knowledge of these alleged activities, and if they are true, he strongly denounces them. Bruce doesn’t agree with any form of voter intimidation.” It’s easy to say you oppose voter intimidation and greater engagement in politics. But did Rauner do all he could to deter those who were acting to further his interests from engaging in the sort of behavior he now repudiates? Public records show there are strong ties between Rauner and those involved in the effort to knock the Libertarians off the ballot. The charges of gun-toting private eyes doing political work surfaced at the Illinois State Board of Elections. Republicans sought to have the Libertarians tossed off the November ballot for allegedly lacking the 25,000 valid voter signatures required to run. The election board ruled Friday that the Libertarians had done enough to stay on the ballot. A woman who was paid to circulate petitions for the Libertarians and a voter who signed one of the party’s petitions say private investigators were armed when they approached them, asking them to admit that the petitions were fraudulent. The GOP’s end goal here – though not all of the means it used – was easily understandable. The conservative Libertarian candidate likely will siphon votes largely from Rauner in a race against Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. In the past 40 years, no Libertarian has won more than 2.09 percent of the total vote for governor. Still, the relatively few votes that go to a third party could prove significant if the race between Rauner and Quinn is close. Rauner’s campaign tried to distance itself when I first tried to ask about the Libertarian ballot-access case last week. “I believe that is a state party issue,” said Schrimpf, the spokesman. Illinois Republican Party officials readily confirmed hiring the lawyer for the petition challenge, John Fogarty, and they said it was Fogarty’s firm that paid Morrison Security of Alsip to help build a case against the Libertarian petitions. Last week, the state GOP officials said it was routine for Morrison Security’s investigators to pack heat while on the job. On Tuesday, though, the state party’s spokesman provided this “updated” statement: “We do not support the practice of any investigator wearing a firearm while verifying petition signatures. If even one person felt intimidated, that’s unacceptable.” A closer look at the sordid affair shows it’s not so simple for the state party to take the fall here and for Rauner to disassociate himself for what happened. Consider that: Fogarty’s law firm has been paid more than $53,000 to work for Rauner’s campaign and for the unsuccessful, Rauner-backed push to hold a referendum on term limits in state government, according to campaign-finance reports. A notary for the effort to knock the Libertarians off the ballot, Morgan Kreitner, is a salaried employee of the Rauner campaign. Rauner personally contributed $6,500 to the Palos Township Republican organization  — which is led by Morrison Security owner Sean Morrison. It’s not enough for Rauner to say he was blissfully unaware of what was being done on his behalf. Not when those efforts involved many people he knows well, people he has relied upon heavily in what he says is a campaign to clean up Illinois politics.)
-- Emanuel fires back at City Council's inspector general - FRAN SPIELMAN  (DIERSEN: GAO did not "fire back" in Diersen v. GAO.  Constructively, GAO argued that GAO treated me exactly the way that Congress wanted GAO to treat its non-veteran White male employees who it had not promoted to Band III or GS-15 (currently $125,881) by the time they were 35 years old.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired back at the City Council’s handpicked inspector general Tuesday for daring to question the mayor’s commitment to ethics reform.  After exhausting his $354,000-a-year budget, Faisal Khan accused the mayor this week of sending an “alarmingly demoralizing message” about the importance of ethics oversight by ignoring Khan’s year-long demand for more money. On Tuesday, Emanuel used one of his patented lists to shoot down the legislative inspector general whose days at City Hall appear to be numbered. The mayor noted that he has proposed “three separate rounds” of ethics reforms in an effort to turn the page from the Hired Truck, city hiring and minority contracting scandals that cast a giant cloud over the 22-year reign of his predecessor and political mentor, former Mayor Richard M. Daley. Emanuel also touted his more recent ability to accomplish what Daley could not: convincing a federal judge to release Chicago from the 42-year-old Shakman decree, and dismiss a federal hiring monitor, after a hiring scandal with a $22.9 million price tag.)
-- Judge Posner’s questions suggest gay marriage coming to Wis. and Ind. - MARK BROWN  (DIERSEN: Those who are Libertarian, anti-religious, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, and/or anti-American love Posner for that.  To destroy marriage in America is to destroy America.)
-- Joe Biden flirts with 108-year-old veteran - CHAD MERDA
-- Dump ‘Fake IG,’ give Ferguson more power - Editorial  (DIERSEN: All during the almost 18 years that I worked for GAO 1980-1997, Congress downsized GAO.  What do you say about that?)
-- FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: DIERSEN HEADLINE: Posner does what he can to promote homosexual activity.
-- Women left off CEO track even after securing high-ranking jobs - Jeff Green  (DIERSEN: What career tracks are/were you on?  My critics hint/imply/argue/shout that if I was any good, a) GAO, IRS, or the Post Office would have promoted me into their Senior Executive Service long before I was 40, b) Oldsmobile would not have withdrawn its job offer in 1971, and/or c) I would be the CEO of Firestone, Chrysler, University Plaza Dormitory, Sinclair Oil, Thrall Car, Flossmoor County Club, or S.S. Kresges.  Again, what career tracks are/were you on?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Mary Barra made corporate history seven months ago when she became the first female chief executive officer of a major global carmaker.  Yet for all the gains made by women in the highest levels of U.S. companies, most are still in the wrong jobs if they want to follow Barra's career path. That's because unlike Barra, who'd been in charge of General Motors' product development for two years before her appointment, a majority of top-ranked women in the Standard & Poor's 500 Index aren't in the kinds of operational jobs that lead to the corner office. Rather, 55 percent of them are finance chiefs, top lawyers or heads of human resources, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.)
-- Most parents worry that college costs will hurt retirement savings - Becky Yerak  (DIERSEN: Government is nasty.  Politics is nasty.  Democrats are nasty.  My Democrat IRS and GAO superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates demonized, denigrated, and condemned my wife and I as being selfish rich DINKs (dual income, no kids) because we gave up trying to have children, we did not adopt, and we did not become foster parents.  They would not have done that if I had been a Democrat, a woman, a minority, or a veteran.)
-- Chicago Public Schools reports graduation rate up - Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah and John Byrne  (DIERSEN: What high school did you graduate from and when?  I graduated from Crete-Monee High School (CMHS) in 1966.  Has the reputation of your high school gone up or down since you graduated?  Sadly, CMHS's reputation has gone down.),0,7444568.story
-- Law would fine johns to aid prostituted women - Annie Sweeney  (DIERSEN: What do the Libertarians and the Libertarian plants have to say about this?)
-- FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH COLOR PHOTO OF GRIFFIN: Taxes grow even as property values drop - Jake Griffin  (DIERSEN: Did/does anyone argue that the assessed valuation for your home is too low, that is, does anyone argue that you should pay more real estate taxes?  I should write an article, or maybe a book, about those who since 1984 have hinted/implied/argued/shouted that the assessed valuation of my home at 915 Cove Court in Wheaton has always been too low and that I always should have paid more real estate taxes.  They would love it.  Their false arguments include: a) that no one cares that the land that the subdivision was built on is a "watershed area" and a former septic field, b) that no one cares that the developer disrupted at least four subterranean drainage lines in the subdivision in violation of the Illinois Drainage Code, c) that there have been no problems with the storm water drainage plan that Wheaton approved for the subdivision in 1983, c) that the subdivision and the four homes in it have never had any kind of problems caused by surface or subsurface storm water, d) that the developer did not violate any building codes when he built 915 Cove Court, and e) that potential buyers do not care about drainage easements.  In addition, some hint/imply/argue/shout that I should pay more real estate taxes because a) I was born with a silver spoon in my mouth, b) I have always been privileged, c) I have always been overpaid, and d) my wife and I can "afford" to pay more real estate taxes because we gave up trying to have children, we did not adopt, and we did not become foster parents.  In addition, some hint/imply/argue/shout that I should pay more real estate taxes because a) I refused to help dump former Milton Township Assessor Jim Gumm and b) I refused to help dump former Milton Township Assessor Bob Earl.)
-- DuPage forest preserve rangers trying to unionize - Robert Sanchez
-- FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH COLOR PHOTOS OF PIEROTTI AND BIONDO: Pierotti: I was surprised DuPage forest exec director was let go - Robert Sanchez  (DIERSEN: Few would say that they were surprised that GAO succeeded in forcing me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old.  GAO had forced me to accept a $18,043 pay cut in today's dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO in 1980.  GAO had refused to assign me to audits of IRS 1980-1985 and after 1988.  GAO did not promote me to GS-13 until 1986 and it never promoted me beyond that.  GAO always ranked me in the lower half of my coworkers for pay-for-performance.  But most significantly, I had been since 1988, and I continue to be now, an active member of a class action lawsuit in federal court in Washington, DC that charges GAO with reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation.)
-- Bullying is bad, but so is this anti-bullying bill - Jay Hux  (DIERSEN: In political organizations, bullies often hint/imply/argue/shout that they are operatives for whoever has the most political clout in the organization, usually the organization's officers and/or the directors.  I should write an article, or maybe a book, about bullies in the following organizations who hinted/implied/argued/shouted that they were operatives for the organization's officers and/or directors and/or were themselves officers and/or directors of the organizations: TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, Milton Township Republican Central Committee, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Illinois Republican Party, Illinois Center Right Coalition, and American Association of Political Consultants.  They would love it.)
-- Illinois local governments can now consolidate if they so choose
-- Roskam speaks on issues to chamber lunch crowd - Brenda Schory
-- Board says District 203 Dual Language Program has positives, negatives - Hank Beckman  (DIERSEN: One thing that I agree with my critics on is that if I had spent time learning a language other than English, I might very well have a) NOT passed the Post Office employment examination in 1966, b) NOT earned a job-related bachelors degree in 1970 or job-related masters degrees in 1976, 1980, and 1997, c) NOT passed the Federal Service Entrance Examination in 1970, d) NOT passed the CPA examination in 1979 or the Certified Internal Auditor examination in 1981, and e) NOT have been offered a job by the Post Office in 1966, by IRS in 1971, or by GAO in 1980.)
-- Prospective candidates begin picking up forms for Naperville election - Susan Frick Carlman
-- Arrogant Durbin agrees to only 1 televised debate - Tom Mannix
-- Kelly kicks off Chicago mayoral petition drive  (DIERSEN: What do you say to those who hint/imply/argue/shout that no one should seek a government or political office as a Republican unless those who have the most Republican political clout in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, and in Illinois specifically ask you to run?  Who has the most Republican political clout in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, and in Illinois?)
-- QUINN SIGNS LAW ALLOWING STUDY OF INDUSTRIAL HEMP  (DIERSEN: Of course, with that, even more stoners will vote for Quinn.)
-- STUDY: ‘CASH FOR CLUNKERS’ REDUCED SPENDING  (DIERSEN: I continue to drive my 1996 Ford Thunderbird LX that Obama outrageously demonizes, denigrates, and condemn as being a clunker.)
-- How Black Was Jesus? - Harry R. Jackson, Jr
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Capitol Hill insiders widely consider President Obama's rumored plan to unilaterally extend amnesty to as many as five million of illegal aliens to be political suicide, essentially ceding control of the Senate in a single act. But a key question has been whether elite Republicans are willing to deploy the issue in weaponized form.  A statement from Brad Dayspring, spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, suggests the answer is yes. “Executive amnesty would not only subvert the law, but depress wages, and hurt the poorest Americans most of all – including legal immigrants looking to rise into the middle class. Workers are hurting,” Dayspring said. Bits of the statement appeared in a spate of stories about the GOP's recently increased willingness to seize on immigration in close Senate races, the chief example being New Hampshire candidate and former Sen. Scott Brown. But the full ideological import of Dayspring's words seem to have passed by largely unnoticed. The remarks are notable because while the law-and-order side of border security has always been a staple GOP talking point, the economic impact of increased immigration on wages is a secondary and disputed aspect.)
-- RUBIO HECKLED BY PRO-AMNESTY CROWD  'I actually sympathize with what they're saying'
-- Republican Governor Candidates Pitch Big Tents in Florida and Illinois  Rick Scott and Bruce Rauner are spending millions of dollars to attract the type of voters that Republicans didn't get in 2012—and will need in 2016. - KARYN BRUGGEMAN  (DIERSEN: What do you say to "Republican" candidates in Illinois who, to get votes from those who will never vote for them, hint/imply/shout that they will NOT defend or advance planks in the Illinois Republican Party platform and/or the Republican Party platform including their traditional family, immigration, right to life, Second Amendment, illegal drugs, gambling, equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving) planks?  Political parties exist to help elect candidates who can and will defend and advance their platform.)
-- The Madness of 2008  A nation became unhinged by trivialities like “hope and change.” It has now awakened. - Victor Davis Hanson
-- Hugh Hewitt Interviews Mitt Romney: What Will It Take For You To Run In 2016?
-- Once-Vulnerable Freshman Rodney Davis on Safer Ground in Illinois - Emily Cahn
-- Soldier who helped capture Saddam Hussein wins Okla. GOP runoff -  Alexandra Jaffe
-- Rubio warns Obama on immigration action - Mario Trujillo
-- Durbin to VA: Allow veterans to use all education benefits - Ramsey Cox  (DIERSEN: When I was a freshman and sophomore in high school 1962-1964, my plan was to enlist and then use the G.I. Bill ( to get a college degree.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) called on the Department of Veterans Affairs to allow service members to use both federal and state education benefits. Durbin said currently veterans in states such as Illinois are being forced to spend down all of their state education benefits before having access to federal benefits. His home state has applied for a waiver from this federal requirement. “They shouldn’t have to choose between their state benefits and the federal benefits they were promised,” Durbin said on Monday. “The state of Illinois’ waiver request is common sense and I urge the Department of Veterans Affairs to approve it right away.  Under the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits are paid to veterans for tuition, books and housing, but states can also offer benefits. Durbin said the intent of Congress was not to have veterans pick to use federal benefits over state benefits, but that both could be utilized at the same time. “It was not the intent of Congress to require veteran students in a state like Illinois, which provides 100 percent tuition and fee coverage for eligible veterans, spouses, and children, to choose between their state benefits and the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits,” Durbin wrote in a letter to the VA. “The requested waiver would marry the Post-9/11 GI Bill with Illinois’ state benefit programs.” In his letter, Durbin asked the VA to grant Illinois and other states waivers so that all the benefits can be used to help veterans achieve a higher education.)
-- The Drinker’s Manifesto - Mark Bittman  (DIERSEN: My outstanding father fought type 1 diabetes from age 14.  He died suddenly in 1969 when he was 47 and I was 21.  Needless-to-say, I am extremely disappointed with those who encouraged him to drink.)
-- Take Back Control of Your Email Inbox Without Breaking a Sweat  The Best Services to Help You Unsubscribe - Joanna Stern  (DIERSEN: I should write an article, or maybe a book, about those who focus on discouraging everyone from reading GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails.  They would love it.  They blame me for my problems.  They blame me for their problems.  They blame me for your problems.  They blame me for everyone's problems.  Those of the aforesaid, their operatives, and their dupes who state that they are Republican hint/imply/argue/shout that if they or if someone who they dominate had been the GOPUSA Illinois Editor since 2000, Republicans would not have suffered any defeats in Illinois since 2000.)
-- Obama amnesty plan could hurt Democrats - Kimberly Atkins
-- Jerry Brown introduces Mexican president, jabs at Texas - David Siders  (DIERSEN: Democrat Jerry Brown demonizes, denigrates, and condemns Republican Texas is being a "minor' state.  What do you say to my critics who demonized, denigrated, and condemned as being "minor" the Republican candidates, Republican elected officials, and Republican party leaders who I recruited to speak at TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois events 2005-2012?  My critics argued/shouted that they or anyone who they dominated could recruit much higher profile speakers.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Gov. Jerry Brown was at the rostrum to introduce Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to a joint session of the Legislature on Tuesday, but amid the diplomacy he made time for Texas. “This is a house of conflict, but it’s also a house of collaboration and accomplishment,” Brown said. “And as we look East, we realize the answer is not there. I’m talking about Washington, or maybe a few of those minor states in between.” Lawmakers laughed, and Brown said, “You know who I’m referring to.” Then, he added, “It starts with a T,” and the chambers broke into applause. Brown, a Democrat, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican, have used each other as foils in a long-running feud over jobs and economic development, and Brown has recently found jabbing Perry on immigration resonates with liberal audiences. In Mexico City last month, Brown criticized Perry’s ordering of 1,000 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, resulting in front page coverage there.)
-- State Auditor earns national award
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Mississippi State Auditor Stacey E. Pickering was the only state official from across the country to receive the prestigious David M. Walker Excellence in Government Performance and Accountability Award for 2014. The national award is presented once every two years to three auditors from the public sector accountability community who represent federal, state, and local government, a press release from Pickering's office states.  Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) — the federal auditing agency — presented the awards at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver during the 20th Biennial Forum of Government Auditors. In announcing Pickering’s selection, Berri Davis, director of the Financial Management and Assurance Division of the GAO, said Pickering took the position of State Auditor in 2008 to make a difference in government operations, improve the public’s ability to understand how it works, and help government leaders make better decisions.) 
-- How to Make Early Retirement a Reality - Jason Kay  (DIERSEN: Democrats are moral relativists who believe that their end justifies their means.  My Democrat GAO superiors who forced me to retire "early" in 1997 when I was 49 years old used the fact that my wife and I had saved for retirement to justify their immoral actions.  They hinted/implied/argued/shouted that my wife and could "afford" the loss in income.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The economy today is much different from that of our grandparents’ time. People are no longer retiring at the age of 65, nor are many people capable of retiring that early. The cost of living and healthcare expenses have risen, and Social Security benefits are decreasing. The average retirement age is 62, and the average number of years people spend in retirement before passing away is 18. The number of people who are financial prepared for those 18 years is far below average. Despite the total cost of a couple’s healthcare in their last 20 years being $215,000, the average savings of a 50-year-old is less than $44,000 – which equates to a total of $88,000 for retirement between a couple. This is far less than enough to cover half of the medical bills they will receive between age 65 and 85, and does not begin to account for housing, food, or any of the other necessities of a comfortable life. More than a third of Americans over the age of 65 rely completely on Social Security, without any help from other sources. Out of every hundred people who begin working at the age of 25, only four percent will have enough stored up for retirement by the time they reach 65 years old. 63 percent of these people, on the other hand, will be relying on social security, family and friends, and charity. To retire and live in a financially secure lifestyle, people need to begin saving money as young adults, putting aside cash, and investing their money wisely. There are ways, however, to retire early – especially for federal government employees.)

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