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GOPUSA ILLINOIS

December 19, 2011

Fellow Republicans:

News clips and upcoming event information:

CHICAGO TRIBUNE

  • DIERSEN HEADLINE: Mark Kirk’s “political operation” tells the Democrats (BUT NOT THE REPUBLICANS) that Kirk is going to endorse Romney. What does it say about candidates, elected officials, and party leaders who use Democrats to communicate? GOPUSA ILLINOIS has no record of receiving a press advisory or a press release concerning Kirk endorsing Romney. At CPAC 2008, your GOPUSA Illinois Editor was sitting in front of Romney when he withdrew from the Republican presidential primary.12

(FROM THE ARTICLE: Mark Kirk will formally endorse former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s bid for the GOP presidential nomination on Monday, sources close to the political operation of the first-term Illinois Republican senator said Sunday. Kirk, the state’s highest-ranking Republican officeholder, will join more than 50 members of Congress who already have endorsed Romney’s candidacy, leading up to the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses on Jan. 3. “Romney will cut spending, repeal the health care law and restore private sector economic growth. He is a foreign policy hawk who will stand up to Iran,” Kirk said in a statement prepared in advance of his endorsement and provided by his political operation. “America needs his managerial talent, team building spirit and hard-nosed sense of economic common sense,” Kirk said. In September of last year, Romney keynoted a fundraiser for Kirk, who was then a five-term congressman seeking the U.S. Senate seat once held by President Barack Obama. Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC also gave $6,000 to Kirk’s winning Senate campaign against former Democratic state treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, federal campaign disclosure reports showed. The value of Kirk’s endorsement is debatable. Illinois doesn’t hold its presidential primary until March 20 and it is questionable whether what has been a fluid race for the Republican nomination will continue. But Romney has a strong ground operation in Illinois, which has a large number of convention nominating delegates at stake if there is a Republican contest. Earlier on Sunday, Romney told Fox News Sunday that a drawn-out contest is “certainly a possibility” because of new rules that allocate delegates on a proportional basis of the popular primary vote in early states, just as Democrats do. “We watched what happened when the Democrats did that,” Romney said of the rules change. “Their primary process went on for a long, long time. So we are prepared. If we go on for months and months, we will have the resources to carry a campaign to each of the states that will decide who gets the delegates and who becomes the nominee.” Illinois Republicans in March will directly elect delegates to the national convention from each of the state’s new 18 congressional districts. The popular election for president in the state will remain a “beauty contest” with no effect on delegate selection.)

  • Bob Dole endorses Romney for Republican nominee3
  • Romney ready for Gordon Gekko-style attacks from Obama – Maeve Reston4
  • FRONT PAGE: DIERSEN HEADLINE: In editorials unethically made to look like a news article, the Chicago Tribune promotes transgenderism big time.5678
  • Lyons trustees OK health benefits – for trustees Critic calls move ‘slap in the face’ of suburb’s taxpayers – Joseph Ryan9
  • One black woman’s personal mission to reelect Obama The president may need an even bigger African American turnout this time – and political dynamos like Gerri Hall to help him get it. – Mark Barabak10

(DIERSEN: What percent of Blacks voted for Obama because Obama promised to give preference to Blacks? What percent of women voted for Obama because Obama promised to give preference to women? By definition, if you give preference to one group, you discriminate against another group.)

  • Analysis: Iraq resumes political strife in vacuum left by U.S. – Rania El Gamal11

(DIERSEN: How soon will Iraq declare war on America?)

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

  • Mark Kirk backing Romney – Lynn Sweet12

(FROM THE ARTICLE: Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) will endorse GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Chicago on Monday morning, a move that had been expected. Kirk will be joined at a Loop press conference with Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, who has been organizing Illinois for Romney. Romney has the deepest Illinois operation of any of the 2012 Republican rivals. People have already been recruited to run for delegates and major Illinois endorsements have been out for months. In backing Romney, Kirk follows a string of Illinois Republicans: former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, Rep. Judy Biggert and Rep. Aaron Schock. Newt Gingrich is just starting to get an Illinois organization. Delegate slates are due next month for the March Illinois primary. Crain’s Chicago Business Greg Hinz is reporting that Gingrich has conversations with state Sen. Bill Brady.)

  • Teacher, 55, claims age discrimination at Joliet private school – Katie Drews13

(DIERSEN: While I worked for GAO 1980-1997, GAO focused on getting rid of its White male non-veteran Analysts who did not meet its “up-or-out” requirements. To stay, you had to make GS-13 by age 25, GS-14 by age 30, GS-15 by age 35, and Senior Executive Service by age 40.)

  • DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats want minorities to blame their problems on Republicans. Democrats want women to blame their problems on Republicans.14
  • DIERSEN HEADLINE: The Democrat Party platform is extremely anti-Catholic. If you vote for a Democrat, you are shouting that you are anti-Catholic.15

DAILY HERALD

  • FRONT PAGE IN DUPAGE EDITION: DIERSEN HEADLINE: Increasingly, Democrats argue that DuPage County Board members do not perform at least 1,000 hours of county-related work each year, and therefore, that they are NOT eligible for retirement benefits.16

I spent about 15 minutes speaking with then DuPage County Board member Debra Olson Friday evening, November 25, 2011, when I brought nominating petitions to her home for her, for J.R. McBride, and for Grant Eckhoff. Would those 15 minutes count? How many hours of work do you perform each year? I can document that I spend at least 10 hours a day putting out GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails. That is at least 70 hours a week, at least 280 hours a month, and at least 3,650 hours a year. I can afford to perform all those hours WITHOUT PAY because a) I get a federal pension of $46,656 ($48,336 next year) and $10,800 federal health insurance subsidy, b) my wife has a good job, c) we have no children or pets to support, d) we have always had good health, although my wife has had breast cancer and I have diabetes, and e) we have always saved for retirement. Needless-to-say, if my liberal Democrat GAO superiors had not forced me to retire in 1997 and if I was still working for GAO, I would not be your GOPUSA Illinois Editor and you would not have received this email.)

(FROM THE ARTICLE: To qualify for the retirement benefit, the elected officials are expected to perform at least 1,000 hours of county-related work annually for eight years. But unlike other county employees, they don’t have to prove they meet the requirement – their word is good enough. Neither the IMRF nor the county requires that they document their time. But there are questions as to how some members fulfill that annual requirement, equivalent to roughly 20 hours a week. A recent BGA investigation found that some board members missed about a third of county board and committee meetings in the first nine months of the year.)

  • FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH COLOR PICTURE: Off drugs and out of work in the suburbs Finding a job a difficult hurdle for recovering addicts – Jamie Sotonoff17

(DIERSEN: The past predicts the future. Your past predicts your future. If you have used illegal drugs, it shows that in the past, you did not respect the rule of law. What percent of the unemployed cannot pass a routine background check? Could you pass a routine background check? I could. Have you ever taken an illegal drug? I have never taken an illegal drug and I never will. I remember being saddened when a newly hired GAO employee told me that he had used illegal drugs while he was in college.)

(FROM THE ARTICLE: Katie Grogan showed up for her first day of work last November filled with enthusiasm and hope, only to find the supervisor looking at her sadly.”I’m so sorry, sweetie. You didn’t pass the background check,” Grogan remembers the supervisor saying. Devastated, Grogan burst into tears. “I thought I’d climbed the mountain already, getting clean. You don’t realize there’s another mountain right in front of you,” she said. Like most heroin addicts, Grogan had a criminal record with nonviolent drug-related felonies on it – a blemish that becomes a major hurdle for recovering addicts as they try to get their lives back on track. The shaky economy worsens the problem, as they compete with nonfelons for hard-to-come-by jobs. There are avenues to employment for former drug users, and small incentives for businesses to hire them. But even with help, getting a job takes resources and stamina that many recovering addicts lack.)

  • DIERSEN HEADLINE: The “American Legion Boys Nation” acts like it is an arm of the Democrat Party.18
  • Smaller districts may be the answer – John H. Cox, Chicago and Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., Former president, Cook County Republican Party19

CNN

  • JULY 4, 1996 FLASHBACK: Wheaton: No Rain On Bob Dole’s July Fourth Parade – Candy Crowley20

(FROM THE ARTICLE: WHEATON, Illinois (July 4) — One mile of adulation and enthusiasm, and fireworks of the non-political sort were just what the doctor — make that campaign advisors — ordered (or should have anyway) for Bob Dole. “This is like going to Russell, Kansas,” Dole quipped. July Fourth in Wheaton, Illinois certainly seemed like a tonic for the candidate who needed something after being beaten up over the tobacco issue. There was no rain on this parade. In fact, even a ray of political hope emerged in the form of Henry Hyde, the Illinois congressman in charge of working out the abortion platform problem at the Republican convention. “I’m telling you that it’s going to be worked out,” a casually dressed Hyde said. “It is almost worked out and we won’t have a problem.” As for the candidate, he was happy to bask in a controversy-free day, pushing the already-committed in this Republican stronghold. “The future of America is in your hands, and you will make important decisions — the choice you make November 5, 1996 will be Bob Dole for president, Bob Dole for president, Bob Dole for president!” Still, this was the Fourth of July and this was a political speech. So a small poke at the Clinton White House was expected and delivered: “A nation, in Abraham Lincoln’s words, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. I’ve been wanting to talk to Lincoln but all the lines are tied up.” Friday, Dole meets again with his vice presidential search team. A lot of parade watchers thought Dole’s parade companion, Illinois’ popular GOP Gov. Jim Edgar, was a pretty good looking team. He’s an oft-mentioned vice presidential possibility, and another photo in a photo-friendly day. It was a Norman Rockwell, main street, middle America kind of fourth. Enough to provide a respite, but probably not an end, to the tobacco controversy which has dragged on the Dole campaign on the first, second and third.)

ABC7

  • Halvorson endorsed by Bishop Larry Trotter in 2nd District race – Sarah Schulte21

(DIERSEN: What are your connections with the new 2nd Congressional District? I lived in the new 2nd District 1948-1974 (Crete and University Park). I owned a town home in the new 2nd District 1972-1984 (University Park). My mother and brother continue to live in the new 2nd District (Crete). My ancestors have lived in the new 2nd District since 1854 (Crete).)

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS

  • In Illinois, where cash is king in elections, Gingrich needs delegates – Paul Merrion22

SOUTHTOWN STAR

  • Corporate tax relief comes at price of resentment – Rich Miller23

WGIL

  • Schock Not Pleased With Congressional Remap Ruling24

LAKE COUNTY NEWS SUN

  • Pension peril – Nancy J. Thorner, Lake Bluff25

PUBLIUS FORUM

  • New York: Occupy Wall Street Hypocrites Cause 91 Workers to Lose Jobs – Warner Todd Huston26

ILLINOIS REVIEW

  • A true conservative muses about the GOP prez race – Nancy Thorner27

(FROM THE ARTICLE: When attending a Republican Assembly of Lake County Christmas Party on Saturday, December, 17, I observed members of the organization who call themselves conservatives, but who do not talk the talk or walk the walk of true conservative Republicans. Congressman Joe Walsh of the 8th Congressional District in Illinois was not hesitant to present himself as an unwavering and a true conservative in speaking before the Assembly members. What is going on with some of our conservatives or should I say those who fashion themselves conservatives?)

  • Former Illinois State Senator takes $4 million taxpayer-funded vacation28
  • Dept. of Labor: Teachers highest paid state workers, doubles avg. in private sector29
  • Questionable recordings stir controversy in Kane County30
  • Can Conservatives Trust Mitt Romney? – Teri O’Brien31
  • Jesus visits SNL32

MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG

  • VERY SAD: 51% of McHenry County Precincts Have No GOP Candidates for Republican Precinct Committeeman – Cal Skinner33

AMERICANS FOR TRUTH ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY

  • Hillary Clinton’s ‘Gay’ UN Speech Promotes Homosexuality in the Name of Human Rights – Peter LaBarbera34

CAPITOL FAX

  • Kirk to Endorse Romney35

(FROM THE ARTICLE: Romney backed Kirk for US Senate and contributed to his campaign. The Tribune was given Kirk’s prepared remarks in advance. )

  • A Wall Street Journal editor named Allysia Finley manufactured a nasty little hit piece about Illinois over the weekend – Rich Miller 36

(DIERSEN: Illinois Democrats have made it very clear that they want all Republicans to leave Illinois, especially those Republicans who are religious, conservative, older, White, and/or male.)

CHICAGO ARGUS

  • GOP partisans truly seem determined to give us “four more years” of Obama – Gregory Tejada37

DAILY CALLER

  • Tucker Carlson wins online auction for dinner with Bill Ayers – Jamie Weinstein38

AMERICAN THINKER

An American’s nightmare in a Mexican hospital – David Paulin39

(DIERSEN: In America today, if do anything other than glorify and praise all things Mexican, Democrats, Democrat plants, RINOs, their operatives, their dupes, and other anti-Americans demonize you, denigrate you, and condemn you as being a racist.)

(FROM THE ARTICLE: A recent vacation in Mexico turned into a nightmare for a 79-year-old Illinois man. But it wasn’t a devastating bus crash that almost killed U.S.-born Alfonso Acosta. It was his stay in one of Mexico’s government-run hospitals. According to a harrowing account in the Quad-City Times, a daily newspaper, Acosta suffered a “major head injury, multiple facial fractures, broken ribs and a punctured lung.” Yet for five weeks he lay “virtually untreated” at the hospital where he was taken in Toluca, about 40 miles southwest from Mexico City, say outraged family members in the United States who rushed to his bedside. They found him in a hospital room with six other patients. They barely recognized him: His head was grotesquely swollen and his urine contained clotted blood from an improperly placed catheter. Alarmed at his deteriorating condition and by the indifferent and seemingly incompetent medical personnel who were treating him, family members began caring for Acosta themselves, all while dealing with medical personnel who were unable or unwilling to speak English. Acosta’s family members said they quickly learned that Mexico’s government-run hospitals are far different than hospitals here. Medical provisions — X-rays, blood work, and other hospital supplies — had to be paid for up front, they said; and so they made regular trips to a local pharmacy to buy medicines or gauze. Eventually, they concluded the hospital wanted to keep Acosta bedridden for as long as possible in order to jack up his bill. “The longer he stayed, the more money the hospital would get,” Acosta’s daughter Gina Lieferman, a sheriff’s deputy in Iowa, was quoted as saying in the article, “Moline Man’s Nightmare Vacation to Mexico.” “I accused them of holding dad hostage. It was a ransom situation,” she said, adding: “The whole system operates on bribes and threats. At one point, I yelled, ‘You’re murdering my father!’” Even as Acosta’s condition deteriorated, hospital officials refused to discharge him, and it eventually took the intervention of the family’s representative in Illinois, Congressman Bobby Schilling, a Republican, to discharge him and arrange for an air- ambulance flight to Houston. A representative from Schilling’s office, Andrea Pivarunas, was quoted as saying: “There is no question that the family encountered an extremely challenging situation and that the Mexican government was of little help. Beyond being grateful we could help them overcome those challenges, we are looking at what can be done to help reduce the chance that others (could) go through what Mr. Acosta and his family endured for far too long.” The Acosta family also complained that the U.S. Embassy in Mexico failed to provide them with proper support, but Embassy officials said they did all they normally do. The family’s nightmare ended when Acosta was finally flown to a Houston hospital where he started to immediately receive the medical care that was never provided in Mexico. As the Quad-City Times explains: When the jet carrying Acosta and Lieferman arrived at a Houston hospital, medical staff asked for his records from the hospital at Toluca. “There was one page – one side of one sheet of paper,” Mike Lieferman said. “After all those weeks in the hospital, there was nothing but a few notes.” Gina Lieferman hand carried a few X-rays, some of which contained stains from hospital workers setting their coffee cups on them. Acosta’s throat was in bad shape, probably from weeks of being on a ventilator tube, Lieferman said. Although doctors in Mexico had repeatedly declared he needed a tracheotomy, the procedure never was done. “He got one in Houston almost immediately,” Lieferman said. “The doctors in Mexico said his worst problem was a lung infection. The doctors in Houston had a different answer. “They said his biggest problem was going all those weeks without treatment for his injuries. He spent his first week in Houston in the ICU.” The Quad-City Times’ article is interesting on a number of levels, including how the nightmare story it tells contrasts with the excellent and humane emergency care that Mexicans — including illegal and indigent immigrants – can count on getting at American hospitals, with medical personnel even making it a point to speak “medical Spanish” or having full-time translators available. Indeed, as the New York Times noted in an article in 2008 about larger numbers of poor immigrants seeking medical care at hospitals in the northeast, including Greenwich, Connecticut: The number of illegal immigrants seeking emergency care at Greenwich has sharply increased since 2005 after the closing of United Hospital in the nearby Village of Port Chester, a community across the border in New York that has a high proportion of poor and working-class immigrants. In the year after United’s closing, Greenwich’s maternity load soared to 2,300 from 1,400. Hospitals across New York State, New Jersey and Connecticut all report struggling with the costs of delivering emergency care and sometimes more to illegal immigrants and other uninsured patients, and many see it as their obligation. The story of Alfonso Acosta’s nightmare in a government-run Mexican hospital is worth considering the next time a self-serving Mexican official or open-borders advocate complains about how badly Mexican nationals are being treated in this country.)

GOPUSA

  • Conservatives not keen about GOP presidential field – Steve Peoples40

FOX NEWS CHANNEL

  • RNC Chair Priebus Responds to Jim Crow Comparison – Lexi Stemple41

NEWSMAX

  • Liberal Iowa Newspaper Backs Romney for President42

THE HILL

  • DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats always use children as cannon fodder. Juan Williams uses children as cannon fodder big time. QUESTION: Who does Williams really blame child poverty and all other problems on? ANSWER: Over age 40 conservative White male Republicans.)43
  • Little talk of triumph as Iraq war ends – John T. Bennett44

(DIERSEN: While he ran for President in 2000, Bush never said that he wanted America to invade Iraq. What if Bush had never tried to get America to invade Iraq? What if America had never invaded Iraq?)

  • Did George W. Bush destroy America? Will Gingrich? – Bernie Quigley45

HUFFINGTON POST

  • Mark Kirk: Mitt Romney Is What ‘America Needs’46

(DIERSEN: Mark Kirk, and virtually all of his supporters, position themselves as being anti-conservatives, that is, as being anti-Republicans. So given that, what will Kirk’s endorsement mean for Romney?)

(FROM THE ARTICLE: The value of Kirk’s endorsement is debatable. Illinois doesn’t hold its presidential primary until March 20 and it is questionable whether what has been a fluid race for the Republican nomination will continue. But Romney has a strong ground operation in Illinois, which has a large number of convention nominating delegates at stake if there is a Republican contest.)

WALL STREET JOURNAL

  • Chicago’s Plan to Match Education With Jobs AAR Corp., an aviation-parts manufacturer in the Chicago area, has 600 openings for welders and mechanics but can’t find skilled workers to fill them. – Rahm Emanuel47
  • A CEO’s Demand: Fix Immigration After Chipotle Is Stung by Crackdown, Its Chief Urges Overhaul – Miriam Jordan48

(DIERSEN: Are you employed? Does your employer use E-verify? To what extent does your employer rely on cheap illegal labor?)

  • FRONT PAGE: Oldest Baby Boomers Face Jobs Bust – E.S. Browing49

(DIERSEN HEADLINE: One fact that my liberal Democrat GAO superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates uses to demonize me, denigrate me, and condemn me as being “rich” was that from the beginning, my wife always made maximum contributions possible, and as early in the year as possible, to our IRA, 401(k), and 403(b) accounts to save the most that we could for retirement.)

(FROM THE ARTICLE: Many older Americans fear they will be working well into their 60s because they didn’t save enough to retire. Millions more wish they were that lucky: Without full-time jobs, they are short of money and afraid of what lies ahead. Deborah Kallick was a professor of biomedical chemistry at the University of Minnesota until she ventured into the private sector in 2000 with a job in genome research. She is now one of more than four million Americans aged 55 to 64 who can’t find full-time work. That number has nearly doubled in five years, according to U.S. Department of Labor figures in October. Ms. Kallick, 60 years old, has been unemployed since 2007 and lives in the Northern California home of an ex-boyfriend. She has run out of unemployment insurance, used up most of her retirement savings and is indebted to relatives and credit-card companies.)

NEW YORK TIMES

  • FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Bain Capital Buyout Profits Keep Flowing to Romney – Nicholas Confessore50

(DIERSEN: In 1997, when I was 49 years old, my liberal Democrat GAO superiors gave me a “buyout” offer that I could not refuse. They “offered” me a federal pension for life if I retired by the end of September of that year. They made it very clear that if I did not accept their offer, they would do whatever they believed was necessary to get rid of me. The title of an article about me might be: “Federal tax dollars keep flowing to Diersen.” One could analogize the pension money that I receive from the federal government to the profits money that Romney gets from Bain Capital.)

  • Many in U.S. Are Arrested by Age 23 – Erica Goodie51

(DIERSEN: Have you ever been arrested? I have not. Do you try hard to comply with the rule of law? I do. Some, including many occupiers, do not.)

WASHINGTON POST

  • Can the Dream Act carry Obama in 2012? – Carter Eskew52

(DIERSEN: That is, can Obama’s promise to surrender America over to Mexico carry him in 2012?)

  • The marriage gap presents a real cost – Ruth Marcus53

(DIERSEN: The fact that I was married, that fact that I was married to the same woman since 1978, and the fact that my wife had a good job were important facts that my liberal Democrat GAO superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates used to argue that I was “rich.” Many of them were on their second or third marriage, had spouses who earned little or no income, were divorced, had severe marital problems, and/or were never married. The fact that I was married frustrated their argument that I was such a BAD PERSON that no one would marry me let alone stay married to me.)

(FROM THE ARTICLE: If current trends hold, within a few years, less than half the U.S. adult population will be married. This precipitous decline isn’t just a social problem. It’s also an economic problem. Specifically, it’s an income-inequality and economic-mobility problem. The steadily dropping marriage rate both contributes to income inequality and further entrenches it. The latest numbers, from the Pew Research Center, are startling and disturbing. In 1960, nearly three-fourths of those 18 and older were married. By 2010, that number had plummeted to a bare majority, 51 percent. Four in 10 births were to unmarried women. In 1960, the most- and least-educated adults were equally likely to be married. Now, nearly two-thirds of college graduates are married, compared with less than half of those with a high school diploma or less. Those with less education are less likely to ever marry and more likely to divorce if they do. “Family structure is a new dividing line in American society,” Isabel Sawhill of the Brookings Institution told me. As marriage increasingly becomes a phenomenon of the better-off and better-educated, the incomes of two-earner married couples diverge more and more from those of struggling single adults. There is a chicken-and-egg conundrum at work here: Did lack of financial stability contribute to the decision not to marry, or did the decision not to marry contribute to financial instability? Either way, the phenomenon is self-reinforcing. Of even more concern is the generational impact of this increased inequality. Being raised in a stable, two-parent household is a strong determinant of educational achievement. In turn, educational achievement is a strong – and growing stronger – determinant of lifetime income. As a result, the marriage gap becomes a grimly self-perpetuating process. Rhapsodizing about the benefits of marriage may have a conservative air – promoting marriage among welfare recipients was a big deal during the George W. Bush administration – but you don’t have to be a conservative to bemoan these statistics. It’s not only that those at higher education levels are far more likely to marry – they’re far more likely to marry each other. “Men used to marry their secretaries,” Sawhill observed. “Now they marry the woman they met in med school.” As a result, Sawhill said, “These two-earner couples at the top are just making out like bandits and these single parents at the bottom have miserable lives. If the single parents were married, their life wouldn’t be so miserable. And at the top, if these high-earning professionals weren’t getting together and forming little collaboratives, they’d be worse off.” About those collaboratives: More people are cohabiting these days, but as an economic matter, this doesn’t solve the problem. An earlier Pew study found that the typical college-educated cohabiter enjoyed a slightly higher household income than a college-educated married person, which only makes sense. For the college-educated cohabiter, living together tends to be a step toward marriage and children, at which point household income may drop as one spouse works less. But for those who aren’t college-educated, cohabitation is more an alternative to the marriage track than a precursor of it. They are more far more likely than college-educated cohabiters to have children – and they enjoy significantly lower median household incomes than comparably educated married couples. Not only that, cohabitation is not the equivalent of marriage in terms of family stability. Demographers Sheela Kennedy and Larry Bumpass found that, by age 12, about two-thirds of children born to cohabiting parents will see them split up, compared with a quarter of children born to parents who are married. Nor does the marriage gap seem destined to lessen. Pew found that 27 percent of those with college degrees say they consider marriage “obsolete.” But 45 percent of those with a high school diploma or less took that view. A different arm of Pew, its Economic Mobility Project, found that among children who started in the bottom third of income, only one-fourth of those with divorced parents moved up to the middle or top third as adults. By comparison, half of children with continuously married parents – and, somewhat surprisingly, 42 percent of those born to unmarried mothers – moved up the income ladder as adults. Is marriage a magic-bullet solution to the broader problem of income inequality and lack of economic mobility? No, but fewer marriages will mean more inequality. Neither development is healthy.)

  • Evangelicals divided on whom to support in GOP presidential race – Jason Horowitz54

NEW YORK POST

  • Low-skilled immigrants means more American jobs – Abby W. Schachter55

(DIERSEN: If there had been more “low-skilled immigrants” competing for jobs during the 1960s and 1970s, I might very well have not had the jobs that I had doing yard work, delivering newspapers, washing dishes, cleaning golf shoes, chipping slag, delivering mail, building cars, and pumping gasoline.)

IRISH CENTRAL

  • Democrats move Irish immigration bill but GOP blocks it Senate move seen as first step in battle to pass work visa program – Niall O’Dowd56

ABC NEWS

  • Rick Perry Confronted by Teenager Over Gays Serving Openly in Military – Arlette Saenz57

(DIERSEN: Increasingly, Democrats make it clear that their top priorities are to a) end religion, b) get rid of religious people, and c) promote sex, any kind of sex.)

(FROM THE ARTICLE: A 14-year-old openly bisexual girl collared Texas Gov. Rick Perry after his town hall here and challenged him to explain the reasoning behind his belief that gays should not serve openly in the military. “I just want to know why you’re so opposed to gays serving openly in the military, why you want to deny them that freedom when they’re fighting and dying for your right to run for president,” Rebecka Green, a high school student from Decorah, asked the Texas governor. “Here’s my issue. This is about my faith, and I happen to think, you know, there are a whole hosts of sins. Homosexuality being one of them, and I’m a sinner and so I’m not going to be the first one to throw a stone,” Perry said. “I don’t agree that openly gays should be serving in the military. ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ was working and my position is just like I told a guy yesterday, he said, ‘How would you feel if one of your children was gay?’ I said I’d feel the same way. I hate the sin, but I love the sinner, but having them openly serve in the military, I happen to think as a commander in chief of some 20,000 plus people in the military is not good public policy, and this president was forced by his base to change that policy and I don’t think it was good policy, and I don’t think people in the military thought it was good policy.” After her confrontation with Perry at the Winnishiek Hotel, Green told reporters she disagrees with the governor’s position on the issue. “I’m openly bisexual and I don’t want to be told that if I wanted to serve in the military that I couldn’t, and I just think that policy is completely ridiculous that he thinks that. I just don’t like it,” Green said. “Him or nobody should be able to tell somebody who they can or can’t love.” Perry was unaware that she was bisexual when she approached him with the question. Rebecka’s father, Todd Green, a Democrat and professor of religion at Luther College, expressed disappointment in Perry’s response to his daughter.)

NEWSWEEK

  • Why Naughty Newt Gingrich Would Lose to Our Savior Obama The political establishment gives us Saint Obama and Straight Mitt-that’s why Sinner Newt is the one to beat. – Niall Ferguson58

TEXAS TRIBUNE

  • Critics Question Perry’s Move to Collect Pension – Jay Root59

(DIERSEN: I am sure that my critics question my move to collect my pension.)

LOS ANGELES TIMES

  • Occupy protesters arrested; is this their last push until spring?60

(DIERSEN: Obviously, many occupy protesters want to be arrested, obviously, they will highlight their arrests on their resumes. Which employers will give the most preference to occupy protestors? UIC?)

SEATTLE TIMES

  • States shed thousands of public employees during recession – AP61

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

  • DIERSEN HEADLINE: VERY SAD: Hundreds of Occupy Wall Street protesters encourage people to come to America illegally, to stay in America illegally, and to bring others to America illegally62

JOURNAL STAR

  • For disabled vets, E-Verify jobs a boon – Art Hovey63

USA TODAY

  • FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH BIG COLOR PICTURE: DIERSEN HEADLINE: The anti-Christian, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American USA TODAY promotes Islam big time. Islam is more like a country without borders or a political party than a religion.64

FROM THE ARTICLE: According to a Kelton Research survey commissioned by Milo’s Kitchen pet treats: 81% regard their pets as full members of the family. 58% call themselves their pets’ “mommy” or “daddy.” 77% buy pets birthday gifts. More than half say they talk about pets more than politics or sex. (DIERSEN: Are you part of the 81%, 58%, 77%, or 50+%?)

  • Are Americans Crazy For Treating Our Pets Like Kids?65

(FROM THE ARTICLE: Treating pets like family is “especially pervasive … among empty nesters, singles and/or childless, and the homebound,” says Waco, Texas, psychologist Julia Becker. Those groups are growing because we’re living longer, and also because so many people aren’t having children.)

  • ‘Occupy’ protests trigger envy, ire in Generation X66

(FROM THE ARTICLE: The generation that gave the term “slacker” new meaning is looking with measures of rivalry, regret and tart bewilderment at a movement its successor mobilized in the name of “the 99 percent.” For some members of Generation X, the cohort sandwiched between the Baby Boomers and the so-called Millennial age group of many Occupy Wall Street protesters, the demonstrations represent a missed opportunity in their own youth to take up the cause of combatting economic inequality. But for others, the Occupy movement is at best a showy rehash of similar recessionist angst they weathered with self-sufficiency and little more public display of disaffection than grunge rock and goatees – and at worst a reflection of a younger generation with a whiny, overweening idea of its own importance. “Generation X is tired of your sense of entitlement. Generation X also graduated during a recession … and actually had to pay for its own music,” declared Mat Honan, 39, a San Francisco-based writer for the technology blog Gizmodo. He said by phone that he’s sympathetic to the protesters’ complaints about the financial system but felt a “generational disconnect” after reading a New York magazine story that portrayed the demonstrations as a response to a distinctly Millennial plight. With its “we are the 99 percent” slogan, Occupy doesn’t particularly see itself as a youth movement. People of a range of ages have joined some of the demonstrations. And plenty of 20-somethings, as well as their elders, want no part of them. But with concern about student loans and post-graduation job opportunities a frequent theme, the protests are often seen as having a youthful face, and the limited demographic data available point to a heavy under-30 presence. The median age was 28 in a mid-October survey of 301 people at Occupy Wall Street’s former base camp in New York’s Zuccotti Park, said Costas Panagopoulos, the Fordham University political science professor who conducted it. Separately, Democratic pollster Douglas Schoen surveyed 198 people at the park in mid-October and found 49 percent were under 30. Another 38 percent were between 30 and 50 – the bookends of Generation X, in some generational researchers’ view. They define it as those born between 1961 and 1981, encompassing nearly 88 million Americans; others bracket it a bit differently, often as 1965 to 1981.)

ABC NEWS

  • Protesters Camp Out at Obama Headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, Talk ‘Occupy Caucus’ Plans67

NEW REPUBLIC

  • Blame Canada! The Right-Wing Menace To Our North. – Eric Andrew-Gee68

FED SMITH

  • Federal Employee Pay Freeze on Tap or Not? – Ralph Smith69

(DIERSEN: I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years. During that time, virtually all my superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates were Democrats. Virtually all of them blamed me personally for everything that Republican Presidents, Republican U.S. Senators, and Republican U.S. Representatives did that they disapproved of. They could not “punish” Republican Presidents, Republican U.S. Senators, and Republican U.S. Representatives, so they “punished” me. They routinely committed what is called “political affiliation discrimination.”)

CHICAGO PRIDE

  • Mississippi mayor’s gay sex shop purchase billed to city70

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Republican

  • – serving on the committee that developed the Illinois Republican Party’s platform in 2008
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Employment

  • – consulting since 1998, being a member of the American Association of Political Consultants since 2001, and being a founding member of its Midwest Chapter
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  • – working for the U.S. Government Accountability Office 1980-1997
  • – working for IRS 1971-1980
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  • – working for the Post Office 1966-1969

Education

  • – earning a masters degree in financial markets and trading from IIT in 1997
  • – earning a masters degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980
  • – earning an MBA from Loyola in 1976
  • – earning a bachelors degree in management from NIU in 1970
  • – attending the University of Illinois in Chicago 1966-1968
  • – earning a diploma from Crete-Monee High School in 1966

Professional

  • – becoming a Forensic Accountant in 1997
  • – becoming a Certified Financial Services Auditor in 1996
  • – becoming a Certified Government Financial Manager in 1994
  • – becoming a Certified Fraud Examiner in 1990
  • – becoming a licensed CPA in 1982
  • – passing the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt in 1981
  • – passing the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979

Other

  • – serving as the Treasurer and a Director of www.Adversity.Net since 1999
  • – serving on the Executive Committee of the Chicago Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants 1983-1996
  • – being a union member 1966-1969 and 1971-1980
  • – assisting attorneys with lawsuits that charged age discrimination, reverse discrimination, retaliation, breach of contract, exceeding executive branch authority, and fraud
  • – living in DuPage County and its county seat Wheaton since 1978, in Chicago 1974-1978, in University Park 1972-1974, and in Crete 1948-1972
  • – being the subject of a nasty 4-page article in the February 1978 issue of Money Magazine
  • – owning cars since 1964 and only American nameplate cars since 1964
  • – being married since 1978
  • – being confirmed as a Missouri Synod Lutheran in 1962
  • – being someone who is 100% German national origin
  • – assuring proper care for my 81-year-old aunt who has Alzheimer’s

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