David John Diersen, GOPUSA Illinois Editor
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GOPUSA ILLINOIS Daily Clips - July 25, 2014

-- Christie Funnels $2.5 Million Into Rauner Campaign For Governor
-- Chris Christie in Chicago, stumps for Rauner
-- Chris Christie brings $2.5 million gift for Rauner - BECKY SCHLIKERMAN
-- Durkin, Radogno, and Sandack to host property tax appeal seminar in Lisle and Darien on Thursday, July 31  (DIERSEN: Have you ever appealed your assessed valuation?  I have.  Between 1985 and 1994, I appealed assessed valuations of the home that was constructed for my wife and me at 915 Cove Court in Wheaton.  I obtained and submitted engineering reports, repair estimates, and appraisals and presented them to the Milton Township Assessor, the DuPage County Board of Review, the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board (PTAB), the Circuit Court for DuPage County, and the Appellate Court for the Second Judicial District.  Ultimately, the PTAB substantially reduced the assessed valuation.)
-- Rauner choosy about what corporate loopholes to close - Mark Brown
-- 4 reasons you should care about pension reform in Illinois - SYDNEY LAWSON
-- DuPage County Board District 4 Democrat candidate Jeremy Custer pleads guilty in Wisconsin dispute case - Robert Sanchez
-- Action — not rhetoric — needed to stem flight of U.S. companies abroad - Greg Hinz
-- Living wage group says it's signed up 11,000 new Chicago voters - Greg Hinz
(FROM THE ARTICLE:  A politically progressive group that lately has picked up a lot of publicity lobbying for a $15 minimum wage claims that in just the first month of its drive, it has registered more than 11,000 Chicagoans to vote.  "Our communities have directly felt the impact of Chicago's growing inequality," said Grassroots Collaborative Executive Director Amisha Patel, reporting that the group has gotten 11,192 signups in its voter registration effort. "The goal of this project is to engage those directly affected by the failed policies that have caused poverty wages, school closings, job losses and service cuts to be part of the political process."  I'd call 11,000 a nice start, but only a start. Registration tends to drop off dramatically in highly mobile Chicago after a couple of years, with the decline usually highest in more liberal areas that tend to support collaborative-type issues.  I'll be more impressed if they hit 50,000. But remember that, thanks to a new law that some conservatives really are worried about, people in all corners of the state will for the first time be able to register and vote on Election Day, Nov. 4.)
-- Christie campaigns with Rauner, says Illinois governor race among GOP's 'most important'
-- Number of immigrant children caught at border and placed in Illinois doesn't give full story
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Recent data released by the federal government may reflect only a fraction of how many unaccompanied children apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border are in Illinois, with at least one top elected official saying hundreds more could be at shelters. In a state-by-state list made public Thursday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families said 305 children were released to Illinois sponsors from Jan. 1 through July 7 of this year. However, Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk's office said Friday that federal data given to his office this month shows that an additional 429 children were at Illinois shelters as of July 8. Kirk's office said Friday that the number of children at the shelters fluctuates, though neither federal officials nor those running shelters would offer further details Friday.  Gov. Pat Quinn said Friday that Illinois was prepared to "help in whatever way necessary." His comment comes as governors in some other states, including Idaho, have asked federal officials not to send any of the children. "We have a responsibility to ensure all children are treated with respect, compassion and dignity," the Chicago Democrat said in a statement. "My administration will continue to discuss this important subject with other federal, state and local elected officials." The details of how and where the children are kept in Illinois as they await immigration proceedings are sparse. . .For years, the Chicago-based Heartland Alliance has contracted with the federal government through different programs to run shelters and legal services for the children. The group has hundreds of beds available in the Chicago area, but doesn't make shelter locations public for safety and privacy reasons. A spokeswoman for the group didn't comment Friday. Administration for Children and Families spokesman Kenneth Wolfe said late Friday that the number of children in Illinois shelters hasn't been released publicly. He didn't comment further. Compared with other populous states, Illinois has a smaller number of unaccompanied minors. The states with the most immigrant children have established central American communities — Texas had the most released to sponsors with 4,280, followed by New York, Florida and California, according to the federal data. The largest contingent of Illinois' immigrant population comes from Mexico, followed by Poland and India, according to Illinois' Office of New Americans Policy and Advocacy. However, Cook County does have one of the largest populations of Guatemalan immigrants, after Los Angeles and Harris Counties in California, according to an analysis of Census data.)
-- State Rep. John Cabello selected for House Republican Organization leadership role
-- Illinois Attorney General candidate Paul Schimpf makes stop in Quincy - Andy Devine
-- Seven Months And Two Storms Later, Executive Mansion Gets Mini-Fix - HANNAH MEISEL
-- All Aboard, Next Stop Springfield!  Show DuPage GOP strength at the State Fair
(FROM THE POSTING: We also are offering bus service, from DuPage, to the Fairgrounds, on August 14.  Round-trip bus fare, on an air-conditioned modern coach, with bottled water, coffee and donuts would be $35.00 per person. This is less than the cost of gas to Springfield and back.  All attendees will be guests of the Illinois GOP for the BBQ lunch. As more details are available we will also make you aware of additional events during this time. Please let us know your thoughts on this event, and most importantly if you have committeemen and friends who would be interested in taking the bus. RSVP by contacting Diana at  Based on your input, we will finalize these arrangements.)
-- OBERWEIS TALKS ABOUT DICK DURBIN’S BULLY TACTICS  (DIERSEN: Have you been used to "put others on notice?"  My Democrat superiors in the federal  government used me to put potential federal employees and my superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates "on notice" that a) the federal government gives preference to its Democrat minority employees and to its Democrat female employees and especially to those who are younger and b) the federal government will waste your career and get rid of you if you object to that.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: After noticing a trend of U.S. Senator Dick Durbin using his position to bully and intimidate regular citizens and business owners across the country, 1440 WROK discussed the issue with Jim Oberweis, who is running against Durbin. In the past few years, Durbin has targeted e-cigarette makers, energy drink makers, Hollywood award shows, for-profit colleges, supporters of ALEC, radio stations, Walgreens, and Abbott Labs, plus instructed the IRS to investigate American Crossroads to “put others on notice” that he was watching them. The most recent controversy involves Sen. Durbin writing threatening letters to Walgreen executives as the company discusses a corporate inversion to escape the highest corporate tax rate in the industrialized world here in the United States. Oberweis weighed in on the matter:)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Quinn, who supports abortion and opposes parental notification, says "leaders of conscience must cooperate to protect the vulnerable" and described Illinois as "prepared to help in whatever way necessary to preserve the well-being of these children.")
-- CONGRESSMAN DAVIS WORKING AT MCDONALD'S  (DIERSEN: Thankfully, hopefully, there are no pictures of me washing dishes for the minimum wage in the basement of the S.S. Kresges in Chicago Heights when I was 16.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Today, I met with Don Thompson, CEO of McDonald's, and because it's Thursday here is a picture of me when I was 16 working at the McDonald's in Taylorville.)
-- HULTGREN SUPPORTS ELIMINATION OF MARRIAGE PENALTY  (DIERSEN: Since we got married in 1978, my wife and I have been paying the marriage penalty ( big time.)
-- AFSCME: Cullerton plan “looks like extortion”
-- Woman participates in candlelight vigil for immigration reform near President Obama's Kenwood neighborhood home - Ashlee Rezin
-- Biden: Blacks have not made enough progress - Dave Boyer  (DIERSEN: Democrats have always shouted at Blacks that Republicans cause all the problems that Blacks have had, are having, and will have.  I have always been a Republican.  My Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates in the federal government made it clear that they believed that I had made too much progress at the expense of Blacks.  They hinted/implied/argued/shouted that a) the Post Office should have hired a Black instead of me in 1966 and should have gotten me to resign much sooner that it did, b) IRS should have hired a Black instead of me in 1971 and should have promoted a Black instead of me in 1972, 1973, and 1974, and c) GAO should have hired a Black instead of me in 1980, should have promoted a Black instead of me in 1986, and should have forced me to retire much sooner than it did.)
-- Obama's Utopian Statism and the Lapdog Media - David Limbaugh
-- Obama to force 'economic patriotism' on US companies - AP
-- Rand Paul's Quiet Weed Overture  He’s carving out marijuana policy as an area of leadership, and that has some activists very, very excited. - Lucia Graves  (DIERSEN: Needless-to-say, if you promote pot, you are Libertarian, anti-religious, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, and/or anti-American.)
-- As Netroots Nation Drinks Up Democrat Kool-Aid, AFL-CIO Warns This Could Be A 'Powerful' GOP Year - Matt Vespa
-- Internal Memo Exposes Holes In Bruce Rauner's Nursing Home Narrative - Doug Ibendahl
-- Rand Paul Stands Out in Courting Black Voters - JEREMY W. PETERS  (DIERSEN: Which candidates court you the least?  Generally, the candidates who court me the least a) reject the traditional family, immigration, right to life, illegal drugs, Second Amendment, gambling, equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving), and/or other planks in the Illinois Republican Party platform and/or the Republican Party platform, b) work against those who they cannot manipulate or dominate, and/or c) have big skeletons rattling around in their closets.)
-- The top 12 governor’s races of 2014 - Aaron Blake and Sean Sullivan
(FROM THE ARTICLE: 4. Illinois (D): Illinois is still Republicans' best pickup opportunity. But the test is whether Bruce Rauner (R) can withstand Democratic attempts to cast him as an out-of-touch businessman a la Mitt Romney. Gov. Pat Quinn (D) is really unpopular, but we're talking about Illinois, a blue state where the Romney-style broadsides could work. (Previous ranking: 4))
-- Russia takes aim at McDonald's burgers as U.S. ties worsen - MARIA KISELYOVA AND OLGA SICHKAR
-- House GOP seeks cover with slimmer border bill - Deirdre Walsh and Dana Bash
-- Chili Cheese Dog for Christie and $2.5 million for Bruce Rauner - JOHN MCCORMICK
-- Help not wanted: Budget cuts push federal hiring to 10-year low - ANDY MEDICI  (DIERSEN: Because the federal government could not find qualified Democrats who would take the jobs, the Post Office offered me a job in 1966, IRS offered me a job in 1971, and GAO offered me a job in 1980.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Years of budget cuts have pushed federal hiring to its lowest levels in almost 10 years, with nearly every agency seeing drastic drops in new employees. The federal government hired 81,003 permanent, full-time employees in fiscal 2013, the lowest number of hires since fiscal 2004, when the federal government hired close to 79,000 employees, according to the Office of Personnel Management. The federal government has also shrunk by nearly 70,000 employees over the same time period, as more federal employees quit or retire. The drop in new hires has affected almost every career field. Investigators, engineers and scientists are seeing the biggest reductions in new hires while medical practitioners are the only growth area among federal employees. The Department of Homeland Security has seen its new hires fall from more than 14,000 in fiscal 2009 to about 4,000 in fiscal 2013—a drop of 75 percent, according to OPM numbers.) 
-- Timing of divorce filing stuns billionaire Ken Griffin’s wife - MICHAEL SNEED
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Sneed is told that the powerful couple had been in the midst of a renegotiation battle over a prenuptial agreement signed before their marriage in 2003. “I wouldn’t mess with Anne,” said one of her admirers. “She is his match and qualified to go one-on-one with Ken.” Anne Griffin, a money manager, entrepreneur and managing partner of Aragon Global Management, was born in France and came to the U.S. in 1998. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Georgetown University, where she once worked as an overnight security guard to pay for tuition. Anne Griffin’s lawyer, New York attorney Robert Stephan Cohen — who has been described as the “pit bull” who successfully represented actress Ellen Barkin in her divorce from uber-rich New York businessman Ron Perelman — claims he was not informed that the divorce papers were being filed and didn’t get a copy right away.)
-- Obama takes on ‘corporate deserters’ in push to close loophole - LYNN SWEET  (DIERSEN: In 1978, Money Magazine and my Democrat IRS superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates painted me as wanting to be a "government deserter."  They hinted/implied/argued/shouted that I took graduate business courses at Loyola and graduate accounting classes at DePaul to "get a job in the private sector."  They ignored the fact that I had put in my Loyola and DePaul applications that I wanted to take the courses because a) IRS encourages its employees to take such courses and b) I wanted to maintain and improve skills needed to carry out my IRS duties.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: GOP Senate nominee Jim Oberweis, challenging Durbin in November, is staking out this turf. “There is something perverse — and deeply disturbing — about career politicians who insult the American people and companies for legally following our tax code,” he said in a statement. Congress leaves at the end of next week and does not return until after Labor Day, so nothing is going to happen soon. But watch for this matter of “economic populism” to be taken up on various campaign trails.)
-- Newspapers craft headlines while politicians twist them - Mary Schmich  (DIERSEN: Increasingly, newspaper article titles differ between their hardcopy and their website.  I know this because I pay lots of my own money a) to have the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Daily Herald, and New York Times land on my driveway every morning, b) to have the Wall Street Journal land on driveway Monday-Saturday, c) to have the USA TODAY land on my driveway Monday-Friday, d) to have the Naperville Sun land on my driveway Wednesdays and Sundays, e) to have the Wheaton Leader land in my mailbox every Thursday, f) etc.  As I put GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together every day, I increasingly see that newspaper article titles differ between their hardcopy and their website.),0,727735.column
-- HARDCOPY ARTICLE HEADLINE: Emanuel's famous temper - Eric Zorn
-- 'Poor door' concept is nothing new in U.S. cities - Stephen L. Carter  (DIERSEN: I lived in the Outer Drive East building at 400 East Randolph in Chicago 1974-1978.  The building has no "poor door."),0,1837932.story
-- Congress: Move on the migrant children crisis  Congress cries 'crisis!' ... and plans five-week vacation - Editorial  (DIERSEN: How many "unaccompanied migrant children" have sponsors in Illinois, in your county, in your township/ward, in your municipality, in your precinct?),0,245204.story
-- Study: Men with troubled childhoods may seek refuge in the military - Alan Zarembo,0,7598908.story
-- CHICAGO TRIBUNE HARDCOPY ARTICLE HEADLINE: The increasing cost of caring for veterans - Alan Zarembo
-- Alderman: Helen Keller could see graffiti cancer in Chicago - Hal Dardick and John Byrne,0,1148670.story
-- Obama urges end to tax loophole: 'I don't care if it's legal, it's wrong' - Bloomberg  (DIERSEN: I worked for IRS as a Revenue Officer 1971-1980.  Tax courts have ruled a) that IRS Revenue Agents CANNOT deduct graduate business courses because they are specialists and b) that IRS Revenue Officers CAN deduct graduate business courses because they are generalists.  Of course, because of that, a) IRS Revenue Agents say that "tax loophole" is wrong and should be ended and b) Money Magazine and IRS Revenue Agents did everything that they could in 1978 to paint the graduate business courses at Loyola that I had deducted as being improper.  However, the tax court sided with me.)
-- Illinois received 305 children from border - AP  (DIERSEN: How many of these children have sponsors in Illinois, in your county, in your township/ward, in your municipality, in your precinct?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Children are placed in government shelters and then released to sponsors while they go through deportation proceedings. In many cases, the sponsors are the children's parents, other relatives, or a family friend.)
-- Quinn veto on FOIA measure a good move - Scott Reeder
-- Income inequality is everybody's problem - Editorial  (DIERSEN: What have you done to fight income inequality?  Money Magazine and/or my Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates in the federal government would say they did everything that they could a) to get GAO to force me to retire sooner than it did, b) to stop GAO from promoting me beyond GS-13, c) to keep me off audits of IRS, d) to get GAO to force me to suffer a $18,043 pay cut in today's dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO, e) to stop IRS from promoting me beyond GS-12, f) to stop IRS from hiring me, g) to get the Post Office to get me to resign sooner than it did, and h) to stop the Post Office from hiring me.)
-- WHAT ROLE DO WOMEN PLAY IN ILLINOIS GOVERNMENT? - Caitlin Wilson  (DIERSEN: The Democrat Party platform promotes gender and race based preference giving.  The Republican Party platform promotes equal opportunity, that is, it opposes gender based preference giving.  Those who reject the equal opportunity plank in the Republican Party platform have always worked against me.)
-- Michelle Obama pledges “everything in our power” to help Quinn  (DIERSEN: Democrats are moral relativists who believe that their end justifies their means.)
-- Quinn Hints at Illinois Refuge for Central American Children - David Ormsby, Editor and Publisher, an ex-Press Secretary of the Democratic Party of Illinois and Huffington-Post-Chicago political blogger  (DIERSEN: How soon, if not already, will Democrats, their operatives, and their dupes call you a racist and even worse things if you oppose Quinn on this?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Governor Pat Quinn today opened a door for Illinois to serve as a refuge for children fleeing violence in Central America. In a statement issued on Friday by the governor’s office, Quinn said: “…Illinois is prepared to help in whatever way necessary to preserve the well-being of these children.”  The influx of mostly women and children immigrants from Central American, who have been crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, has ignited a humanitarian crisis at the border and a right-wing, political backlash in the United States. Here’s Quinn’s full statement:)
-- Charity Begins at Home - Raynard Jackson  (DIERSEN: Sooner or later, if not already, those who are anti-White, anti-religious, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, and/or anti-American will call you a racist and even worse things if you oppose anything that the Democrats want.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Americans have lost their minds. Forgive me for not expending any of my emotional energy or shedding any tears for those illegals coming into America. No, I can’t get all wrapped up in the plight of all the illegal children whose derelict parents are sending them thousands of miles on a dangerous journey alone. I can’t help but to invest my emotion into citizens who have lost family members because someone in the country illegally was involved in a drunken driving incident; or whose daughter was raped by an illegal; or whose home was broken into by an illegal. I can’t feel sorry for kids in Central America or worry about their plight when you have American kids who are homeless and no one seems to care about them. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the number of children in the United States is 74.2 million, this at an all-time high. However, the share of the national population who are children (24 percent) is at an all-time low. Based on this data, 54 percent of these children are White, 23 percent are Hispanic, 14 percent are Black, and 4 percent are Asian. Furthermore, though Black children are only 14 percent of the population, they are 27 percent of all children in the foster care system, according to the Pew Commission on Children in Foster Care. Disturbingly, they stay in the system longer than any other demographic. There is a record 1.16 million students in the United States who were homeless last year, according to U.S. Department of Education. That’s just 100,000 shy of matching the population of Dallas. Were the homeless a city, they would be larger than San Francisco, San Jose, Indianapolis or Charlotte. They would be larger than St. Louis, New Orleans and Pittsburgh combined. The states with the largest increases of homeless students were: California, New York, Texas, and Florida. That should come as no surprise because these are the same states with the largest population of people in the U.S. illegally. The Obama administration has encouraged a flood of illegal children to trek across Central America through Mexico into the U.S. because they have made it perfectly clear that they will not enforce our immigration laws. This public declaration has put our own kids at dire risk. According to Reuters, “An estimated 60,000 such children will pour into the United States this year, according to the [Obama] administration, up from about 6,000 in 2011. Now, Obama is trying to figure out how to pay for their food, housing, schooling and transportation. So, with this backdrop, can someone tell me again why I am supposed to feel sorry for these illegals? I am sick and tired of hearing all the sad sob stories. It’s not America’s fault that other countries have high levels of crime. We have our own problems. Have you been to Chicago lately?  It’s not America’s fault that other countries have few jobs. Have you seen the Black unemployment rate?  It’s not America’s fault that families have made the decision to enter into the U.S. illegally and be separated from their family. Have you seen our foster care system lately? You want to hear about sad stories?  Let’s try this one.  In June of 2013, Arizona policeman, Daryl Raetz, was killed in a DUI crash by an illegal who was drunk and on cocaine.  He left the scene, but the police later caught him and found he had been deported earlier but reentered the country.  Here’s another one: In August 2012, an illegal drunk driver killed Sister Denise Mosier on a Virginia highway.  The illegal driver was a repeat offender who was awaiting deportation and whom federal immigration authorities had released pending further proceedings.  He had been arrested two other times on drunken-driving charges and on at least one of those occasions county police reported him to federal authorities. At the time,  he was in the deportation process and released on his own recognizance. One final story: Last year, an illegal raped a preteen girl and forced her to have an abortion.  He was sentenced to less than seven years in jail and permanently barred from the U.S. after completing his sentence. And the Pope is the last person I want addressing a moral or humanitarian crises after the silence of his church while little boys were being raped. We are a compassionate country. However, our compassion is being misdirected in this case. Charity begins at home, not on the order side of the border.)
-- Coyote windfall: Ruthless human smugglers cash in on wave of illegal aliens - Boston Herald
-- Fast food workers prepare to escalate wage demands - Associated Press  (DIERSEN: Were you ever a fast food worker?  I was 1964-1966 when I attended Crete-Monee High School and worked part-time for the minimum wage for S.S. Kresges in the basement of its Chicago Heights store.  In was a able to save enough to buy a brand new red 1966 Pontiac Tempest Sprint with a Hurst 3-speed on the floor and rally wheels in May of 1966.)
-- Obama hangs out with Hollywood, criticizes GOP - United Press International
-- The Democrat Strategy Of Relentless Chaos - Christopher G. Adamo
-- Democrats Want Votes; Republicans Want Cheap Labor - Chuck Baldwin
-- Jeb Bush Just Disqualified Himself For The Republican Nomination For President - George Rasley
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Jeb Bush and Clint Bolick, Vice President for Litigation at the Goldwater Institute in Phoenix, Arizona, yesterday published an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal that should, once and for all, disqualify Bush for the Republican nomination for President. Titled “The Solution to Border Disorder,” Bush and Bolick claim that “the best antidote to illegal immigration is a functioning system of legal immigration” and they repeat the falsehood that Central American children entering the US illegally "are trying to escape horrific gang violence and dire conditions in their native countries,” before making the US Chamber of Commerce case for revising America’s immigration system to be “economically driven.” (link to the Bush-Bolick piece at the end of this article)  Current law already allows 1 million legal immigrants and 700,000 guest workers to enter the country each year.  With over a million legal immigrants slated to enter this country at a time when American workforce participation is at its lowest level in decades we are trying to figure out exactly what could be the economic rationale for allowing even the present level of legal immigration into this country. If there’s a tech labor shortage in America, that requires bringing in more foreign labor, why is it that Microsoft has just announced the largest layoff in the company’s history?  On July 17, Microsoft announced that it will eliminate up to 18,000 jobs over the next year; about 12,500 professional and factory jobs will be cut. Microsoft did not detail exactly where the remaining jobs would be cut, but according to the UK’s Daily Mail, the company said the first wave of layoffs would affect 1,351 jobs in the Seattle area.)
-- GOP, Conservatives Wage War on the 'War on Women' - Jennifer G. Hickey  (DIERSEN: Government is nasty. Politics is nasty.  My Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates in the federal government focused on turning my female superiors, female supervisors, female coworkers, and female subordinates against me.)
-- The Moment of Truth on Corporate Welfare  By choosing to end the Export-Import Bank, the GOP can zero out a destructive government program. - John Fund
-- Poll: Dems face midterm enthusiasm gap - Alexandra Jaffe  (DIERSEN: Are you an Illinois Republican?  I am.  What brings down your enthusiasm to help elect Republican candidates the most?  Is it a) the candidate's rejection of certain planks in the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) platform, b) the candidate's working against those who support certain planks in the IRP platform, c) the candidate's skeletons in their closets, and/or d) the disrespectful/nasty/vicious way that the candidate, their operatives, and/or their dupes have treated you personally?)
-- Ex-Governor Thompson Says His Dumpy Namesake Building Gives People Dumpy Impression Of Government - Kim Bellware
-- Marco Rubio: End Relief For Dreamers - Elise Foley
-- IRS prepping for Obamacare employer mandate in 2015 - JENNIFER HABERKORN and KELSEY SNELL
-- The problem with public policy schools - James Piereson and Naomi Schaefer Riley  (DIERSEN: I worked for GAO 1980-1997.  In 1981, Charles Bowsher took over GAO and ran it for the next 15 years.  He focused a) on "upgrading" GAO's staff by recruiting young Democrat women and young Democrat minorities who had degrees in public policy from Ivy League schools and b) making way for them by getting rid of the agency's non-veteran White male employees who GAO had not promoted into its Senior Executive Service.  Suddenly, my 1982 CPA license, my 1981 Certified Internal Auditor certificate, my 1980 masters degree in accounting from DePaul, my 1976 MBA from Loyola, my 1970 bachelor's degree in management from NIU, and my almost 9 years experience working for IRS became all but worthless in GAO's eyes.)
-- Losing a parent during childhood may increase risk of early death - KAREN KAPLAN  (DIERSEN: My father died suddenly in 1969 when I was 21 and my brother was 16.)
-- White-collar union at Boeing files age-bias complaint  (DIERSEN: All during the almost 18 years that I worked for GAO 1980-1997, the agency focused on getting rid of its employees that it had not promoted into its Senior Executive Service, and especially those employees who were a) over age 40, b) Republican, c) White, d) male, and/or e) non-veteran.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The union representing engineers and technical worker has filed charges with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, alleging Boeing’s approach to more than 2,500 layoffs since last year “doubled, tripled, and quadrupled layoff vulnerability for older employees.”  The white-collar union at Boeing said Thursday it has filed charges of age discrimination against Boeing with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the state’s Human Rights Commission, alleging the company’s approach to more than 2,500 layoffs since last year “doubled, tripled, and quadrupled layoff vulnerability for older employees.” The Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, which represents 25,000 engineers and technical workers in the Puget Sound region and elsewhere, said Boeing engaged in “secret manipulation of the ranking factors” that determine which employees are kept when jobs are moved or restructured, and then “announced a series of work movements and reorganizations to implement the manipulated layoff order.” Ray Goforth, the union’s executive director, said in a statement that the movement of work “is merely a pretext for the wholesale purge of Boeing’s older workforce.”)
--  After the Blacklist, a Red House  Finally free from a Hollywood ban, the actress Lee Grant moves into twin Cape Cods in Malibu and learns to relax again - Lee Grant  (DIERSEN: Whose blacklists are you on?  Why are you on those blacklists?  I should write an article, or maybe a book about those who have me on their blacklists and why I am on their blacklists.  They would love it.  They blame me for my problems, for their problems, for your problems, and for everyone's problems.)
-- GM's Profit, Hit by Recalls, Tumbles 80%  Auto Maker Sets Aside $400 Million for Ignition-Switch Compensation Plan - Jeff Bennett and Joseph B. White
-- The ObamaCare-IRS Nexus  The supposedly independent agency harassed the administration's political opponents and saved its health-care law. - Kimberley Strassel
(FROM THE ARTICLE: One of the big questions out of the IRS targeting scandal is this: How can an agency that engaged in such political misconduct be trusted to implement ObamaCare? This week's Halbig v. Burwell ruling reminded us of the answer. It can't.  The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Halbig that the administration had illegally provided ObamaCare subsidies in 36 insurance exchanges run by the federal government. Yet it wasn't the "administration" as a whole that issued the lawless subsidy gift. It was the administration acting through its new, favorite enforcer: the IRS. And it was entirely political. Democrats needed those subsidies. The party had assumed that dangling subsidies before the states would induce them to set up exchanges. When dozens instead refused, the White House was faced with the prospect that citizens in 36 states—two-thirds of the country—would be exposed to the full cost of ObamaCare's overpriced insurance. The backlash would have been horrific, potentially forcing Democrats to reopen the law, or even costing President Obama re-election. The White House viewed it as imperative, therefore, that IRS bureaucrats ignore the law's text and come up with a politically helpful rule. The evidence shows that career officials at the IRS did indeed do as Treasury Department and Health and Human Services Department officials told them. This, despite the fact that the IRS is supposed to be insulated from political meddling.)
-- Autos: Best fun cars for CEOs - Casey Williams
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Who needs Ferrari when this packs a 460-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 that blasts 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds and achieves 17/29 mpg city/hwy — all for a $53,000 base price? Vettes are the no-hassle exotics for execs without patience for snootiness.)
-- Christie: GOP doesn't need to avoid social issues to win elections - Maddie Hanna  (DIERSEN: What do you say to those "Republican" activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. in Illinois, in DuPage County, in Milton Township, and in Wheaton who not only "avoid" the traditional family, immigration, right to life, illegal drugs, gambling, Second Amendment, equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving), and other planks in the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) platform and the Republican Party platform, but who focus on getting rid of those like me who support all the planks in the IRP platform and the Republican Party platform?)
-- Yes, You’re Smart, but Can You Manage Your Time?  Lonne Jaffe, Chief Executive of Syncsort, on the Importance of Setting Priorities - Adam Bryant  (DIERSEN: Of course, my critics have always demonized, denigrated, and condemned my priorities and what I do with my time.  What are your priorities and what do you do with your time?)
-- CNN/ORC Poll: Majority say no to impeachment and lawsuit - Paul Steinhauser
(FROM THE ARTICLE: But according to the poll, only 35% want Obama impeached, with nearly two-thirds saying the President should not be removed from office. There's an obvious partisan divide, with 57% of Republicans but only 35% of independents and 13% of Democrats backing a move to impeach Obama. "Anti-impeachment sentiment is roughly where it was for past presidents - 67% opposed Bill Clinton's impeachment in September 1998, and 69% opposed impeaching George W. Bush when a few Democrats began talking about it in 2006," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.)
-- 'Acting white' and being black? - Crystal Wright
-- Chris Christie Battered By His GOP Rivals on Governors’ Circuit - Zeke J Miller  (DIERSEN:  Are you a Republican?  I am.  Who are your Republican "rivals?"  My "Republican rivals" a) reject the traditional family, immigration, right to life, illegal drugs, gambling, Second Amendment, equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving), and other planks in the Illinois Republican Party platform and/or the Republican Party platform, b) work against individuals, organizations, companies, etc. that they cannot manipulate or dominate, c) were defendants in lawsuits that I filed, d) disapprove of one or more of my demographics (conservative, Republican, White, male, 65 years old,100% German-American, Missouri Synod Lutheran, gun owner, non-poor, non-veteran, ancestors have been in America since the 1840s, federal employee for almost 30 years, federal retiree for almost 17 years), and/or e) are operatives or dupes for the aforesaid.)
-- The Logistical Nightmare of Sending 57,000 Immigrant Kids Home - Esmé E. Deprez  (DIERSEN: What percent of these "immigrant kids" say that they have family members and/or relatives in America who are more than happy to take them in?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: A decade ago, the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), which cares for minors soon after they are picked up, handled just 6,200 kids a year. By 2013 that figure had ballooned to almost 25,000. Since October, more than 57,000 children have arrived by themselves, most from Central America, and 22,000 more have been detained with their parents. While the majority of those caught are teenagers, the greatest increase has been among children younger than 12.  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents find that most don’t try to run; in fact, they want to be caught. The kids hope that being apprehended will begin another journey, one that will end with permission to remain in the U.S. Children from Mexico can be deported without a formal hearing. But a 2008 law intended to combat sex trafficking says those from nonbordering countries—such as Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras—must be allowed to plead their cases before a judge. The influx has pushed wait times for immigration cases to a record high of 587 days, or more than a year and a half, according to researchers at the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. As of June 30, fewer than 500 of the 57,000 have been sent home, and more children continue to arrive every day, despite pleas from the Obama administration to Central Americans not to come.)
-- Mend border immigration law: Flawed child trafficking/labor law generates big business for smugglers. - Editorial
-- HARDCOPY ARTICLE HEADLINE: Unequal education less of a divorce risk - Kim Painter
-- Send Your Kid to the Ivy League!  The New Republic article against elite education is destructive to my students - J.D. Chapman
-- House Panel Clears Bills in Hopes of Firing ‘Incompetent’ Senior Executive Service Members, Record Manipulators - Eric Katz  (DIERSEN: Democrats run the federal government.  For Democrats, the more religious that you are, the more conservative that you are, the more Republican that you are, and/or the more American that you are, the more incompetent that you are.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: A House committee on Thursday advanced a measure that would make it easier for federal agencies to suspend or fire their senior executives, saying it would allow agencies to remove “incompetent” executives. The Senior Executive Service Accountability Act -- introduced by Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Mich. -- would bring sweeping changes to SES oversight. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Democrats voiced several concerns with the bill, but ultimately agreed to work with their Republican counterparts before the legislation moves to the full House rather than offer amendments. The committee also approved a measure -- the Federal Records Accountability Act -- that would require agencies to fire any employee found by an inspector general to have manipulated official records. The legislation would also require all emails, instant messages and text messages sent by a federal employee from an official government device or about official government business to be preserved. Democrats went along with that bill after their concerns about due process rights were quelled. Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., an original cosponsor of the SES bill, said federal agencies should operate more like the private sector, where employees can be terminated immediately. The bill would “bring needed accountability to the senior executive corps by allowing agencies to remove incompetent executives,” Issa said. Walberg said his bill was not meant to disparage senior executives, but was simply an effort to recognize the influence they have. “This is not an attack on SES,” Walberg said. “We have much respect for what they do and the leadership they provide.”)
-- Dog Bites Mail Carrier and Supervisor is Removed - Susan McGuire Smith  (DIERSEN: I worked for the Park Forest Post Office part-time 1966-1969 while I took classes at UIC and NIU.  The Democrats who ran the Post Office got me to resign by claiming I could not commit to working enough hours.  I could and did commit to working Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, and every day that NIU was not open.  But that was not enough.  It would have been more than enough if I had been a Democrat, a female, a minority, and/or a veteran.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: A Postal Service Customer Services Manager in Chicago, removed for various lapses in supervisory responsibilities, has lost her court appeal. (Montgomery v. United States Postal Service (CAFC No. 2014-3049 (nonprecedential), 6/12/14))  According to facts as reported by the court’s opinion, Ms. Montgomery’s removal cited several problems. The agency cited several instances of failing to perform her duties as assigned and failing to carry out orders—such as failing to ensure mail was scanned property, delivered on time, and personnel attendance and discipline were handled promptly.  One particular instance of dereliction had to do with Montgomery’s failure to report on-the-job dog bite injuries to one of the postal carriers under her supervision.  Instead of ordering the carrier to get medical treatment, she instructed him to finish his route. The agency particularly did not like how she handled the dog bite situation, calling it and “extremely serious offense, especially given [Montgomery’s] position as Station Manager.” (Opinion pp 2-.3) Given a prior disciplinary action for similar lapses in performing her duties, the agency proposed Montgomery’s removal notwithstanding her 44 years of service. While the long service was a “mitigating factor” it did not “overcome the ‘seriousness of [her] misconduct.” (p. 3) Montgomery’s appeal to the Merit Systems Protection Board was unsuccessful. The Administrative Judge accepted the agency’s reasoning, citing Montgomery’s “poor rehabilitative potential.” (p. 4) The full MSPB declined to overturn the AJ’s decision pointing out that the Board had traditionally had no problem with agencies holding supervisors who are in rules of trust and responsibility to a higher standard. (p. 4) The court’s decision upholding Montgomery’s removal paid close attention to the dog bite incident. The court noted the conflicting testimony between Montgomery who said she did not learn about it until a couple of weeks after the fact and the carrier who testified he told her and other employees right away but ended up having to take leave the next day to see a doctor for treatment. There was also evidence that some customers on his route complained of bloodstains on their mail. The end result is that this 44-year employee could not win her job back.)

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