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CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 11/18/17 edition

November 18, 2017

Can we all agree, most Americans will figure  out about a year from now, that tax reform was not a middle class tax break, when they start to consider year-end moves to lessen their tax burden, and find out there’s nothing they can do?

Endangered species, at home and abroad?

Endangered species, at home and abroad?

Can we all agree, it’s starting to look like the House vote may be another exercise in futility?

Can we all agree, until The President changed course, there was something poetically correct about allowing big-game hunters to import the head of an animal which symbolizes the Republican party?

Can we all agree the House and Senate, long known as a misogynistic boys club,  might change now?

Can we all agree, Franken deserves the scorn he’s attracting, but at least he issued a quick apology? I don’t hear any other expressions of regret – quite the opposite in fact in Ohio.

Can we all agree, the administration has more sympathy for wild animals than it does for immigrants?

Can we all agree the issue probably had something to do with the nation’s two most prominent hunters – the Presidents’s sons?

Can we all agree, the drip, drip, drip of news about Russian meetings, and lies on government disclosure forms, is leading most Americans to conclude that there was some coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russian government?

Can we all agree, joking about the situation doesn’t help the administration’s effort?

Can we all agree, we are supposed to believe the Russians interfered in the Brexit vote and the Spanish election, but ignored our election campaign?

Can we all agree, Brett Joseph, a 36-year-old who has never practiced as lawyer, should stick to his day job as an author, and decline his nomination to the Federal Court

Can we all agree, the 210,000 barrell leak from the Keystone Pipeline, should end the Nebraska debate about whether the line should be extended? It should also end drilling in the Arctic wilderness, but it won’t.

Can we all agree, the more appointments Mr. Trump makes the more resignations and conflicts of interest appear?

Can we all agree, the IRS’s enforcement of the Affordable Care Act Mandate is either designed to put pressure on Congress to repeal the measure, or a sign that the administration has no clue what’s going on? I vote for the latter.

Can we all agree, Democrats are breathing a sigh of relief at the mistrial of Sen. Robert Menendez?

Can we all agree, the real heroes of this week’s mass shooting in Northern California, are the teachers and administrators who ‘locked down’ their school, to prevent the shooter from entering?

Can we all agree, it’s rather transparent that the President  comments on tragedies in red states, and ignores similar incidents in blue states?

Can we all agree, Europeans should be alarmed at the radioactive Russian cloud covering parts of the continent?

Can we all agree, there is something wrong when a business can provide millions to build a museum, but doesn’t want to cover some health care for its employees.

Can we all agree, if you need to hold a press conference to tell the world  how successful you have been, you probably weren’t?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump’s biggest achievement in China was probably helping to get three shoplifters released from prison, to please UCLA basketball fans?

Can we all agree, we will all pay for the changes at the consumer finance bureau?

Can we all agree, the coup in Zimbabwe had more to do with the president’s wife than Mr. Mugabe?

Can we all agree, CEO’s and millionaires across the country  have called the President’s bluff on his tax reform plan?

Can we all agree, it’s hard to believe the administration has not even expressed sympathy for the 500 people who died in this week’s earthquake in Iran?

Can we all agree, you have to wonder about politicians who decline to provide benefits to their constituents, just to score political points?

Can we all agree, Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants us to believe there could not have been any coordination with Russia, because he thinks the Trump campaign was too disorganized and stupid?

Can we all agree, the continuing pressure to appoint a special; counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton,  shows  Mr. Trump’s lack of understanding about how government works?

Can we all agree, it’s not very reassuring that even GOP lawmakers are worried about Mr. Trump’s control of the nuclear launch codes?

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CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 11/11/17 edition

November 11, 2017

Can we all agree, President Trump’s preference to believe Russian President Vladimir Putin rather than the overwhelming evidence collected by US intelligence services, shows him to be a gullible rube?

Can we all agree, establishment Republicans want Roy Moore out of the Alabama senate race, so they do not have to deal with his extreme religious views, even if it means a Democrat wins the seat?

Can we all agree the Asian trade deal signed this week shows how Mr. Trump has made the United States irrelevant?

Can we all agree, sexual harassment charges are starting to pile up so fast, they make you wonder where our society was headed?

Can we all agree, Tuesday’s election results sent a pretty clear message to Donald Trump and the GOP?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump knows exactly the wrong thing to say when his candidate loses?

Can we all agree, the big winners Tuesday were women and medicaid expansion?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump and the GOP suffered their second loss when signups for the Affordable Care Act set new records in the first week the insurance markets were open?

Can we all agree, the Justice Department realized they didn’t have a legal leg to stand on when they attempted to force AT&T to get rid of CNN it order to complete its merger with Time Warner?

Can we all agree, the Senate tax plan contains just enough goodies to make it palatable to many in the middle class, while rewarding the 1% and business interests?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump’s voter fraud panel is so dysfunctionally political he may have no choice but to disband it?

Can we all agree, the questions about what happened when 4 US soldiers were killed in Niger, just keep mounting?

Can we all agree, it’s hard to believe Mr. Trump’s bodyguard was telling the truth about what happened when his boss visited Moscow in 2013?

Can we all agree, no one really knows what’s going on between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon and it’s not reassuring to know that Jared Kushner is right in the middle of it?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump’s trip to Asia has been all pomp and little substance?

Can we all agree, it’s pretty clear that even a massacre in a Texas church isn’t enough to get Congress to take action on anything that might be construed as gun control?

Can we all agree, the Texas massacre is not about mental health, it’s about guns?

Can we all agree the EPA is now simply a tool of the gas and coal industry with little input from actual scientists?

Can we all agree, if the EPA trend is allowed to continue the US will start to look like New Delhi?

Can we all agree, this week’s Democratic victories will  encourage more Republican House members to call it quirts?

Can we all agree, California Congressman Ted Lieu spoke for many Americans frustrated with the grip the NRA has on Washington?

Can we all agree, the ‘New York Times’ series on money laundering has gotten buried by usual avalanche of other news, but the reports of how big corporations and colleges are hiding their assets deserves closer attention?

Can we all agree, the administration can only be described as heartless as they attempt to restructure the nation’s immigration policies?

Can we all agree, the continuing story of Senator Rand Paul and the neighbor who allegedly attacked him gets more bizarre by the day?

Can we all agree, Democratic operative Donna Brazile’s new book sounds more like a self serving apology than a tell-all memoir?

Can we all agree, it doesn’t sound like Mr. Trump will be invited to any of those former president group photos we used to enjoy seeing?

Can we all agree, no football fan will be sorry to see Thursday Night football ended?

Can we all agree, even if the NFL starts  giving players the money they are owed as part of the landmark concussion settlement, the headlines linking football and traumatic brain injury will not stop?Dad Army

Can we all agree, the Ball family may ruin UCLA basketball?

and finally:

A Washington post columnist suggests the
way to honor our veterans would be to listen to their stories. I offer the Witness to War website, and hope you will search for Newton Riess to hear one man’s heroic tale. We miss you dad, today and always.

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Can We All Agree™ – 11/4/17 edition

November 4, 2017

Can we all agree, the release of a climate change report at odds with the administration’s position, proves once again the White House is simply unable to walk and chew gum at the same time?

Can we all agree, EPA commissioner Scott Pruitt needs to get his own special copy of the report?

Can we all agree, White House is so focused on tax reform they cannot deal with other major issues that surface?

Scientists say Northern California wildfires are a symptom of climate change.

Scientists say the Northern California wildfires are a symptom of climate change.

Can we all agree, our President has proven, once again, that he has no idea how the Justice Department or legal system, works in his own country?

Can we all agree, based on current Immigration and Custom Enforcement practices long-time residents from Central America and Haiti should be very worried?

Can we all agree, the louder House Speaker Paul Ryan proclaimed the new tax bill would be a boon to the the middle class, the more everyone knew it was a Christmas present for businesses and the wealthy?

Can we all agree, once the lobbyists are done with Congress the final tax bill, if there is one, will look nothing like what was unveiled this week?

Can we all agree, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has sent a clear message to everyone in the Trump White House, and they are all very worried?

Can we all agree, the public is seeing right through Mr. Trump’s bravado about the Russian election investigation? Each month his ratings seem to hit a new low.

Can we all agree, Mr. Mueller’s court filings have made it pretty clear he thinks the collusion with Russia goes right to the top of the campaign?

Can we all agree, the only reason Janet Yellen will be replaced as head of the Federal Reserve, is that she did not get along with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and his rich boy’s club?

Can we all agree, Sam Clovis never should have been nominated to head the science division in the Agriculture Department.

Can we all agree, the Russian ads on Facebook could have been written by the Trump campaign?

Can we all agree, charges that the Democratic primary was rigged to make sure Hillary Clinton won, are more damaging than any of the chants at a Trump rally?

Can we all agree, the recommendations of the report by the President’s Opioid Commission, will never be implemented?

Can we all agree, only our current President could calm a worried nation after a terrorist attack, by blaming Sen. Chuck Schumer for a program the senator wanted to end years ago?

Can we all agree, when the current ACA enrollment period ends in 6 weeks, the GOP will discover it’s still pretty popular?

Can we all agree, it turns out Chief of Staff John Kelly is just as committed to ‘alternate facts’ as everyone else who works in the White House?

Can we all agree, if Papa Johns made better pizza they wouldn’t have to blame the NFL for their sales slump?

Can we all agree, it really didn’t take a report to tell us the collisions between Navy ships and tankers could have been prevented?

Can we all agree, the tech lawyers testifying before Congress this week, pretty much insured there will be some kind of legislation to regulate them, passed in the coming year?

Can we all agree, New Yorkers are saddened by the innocent lives lost in this week’s terror attack, but they’ve seen so much worse they were almost blasé?

Can we all agree, Kevin Spacey will be the third or fourth in a long line of men who should have lost their jobs years ago?

Can we all agree, the disgruntled Twitter contractor, who gave us 11 minutes without Mr. Trump’s tweets, should be applauded?

and finally:

In case you think humans are here because we were smarter than Neanderthals, think again.

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A great look at the frustrations of formerHouse Speaker John Boehner.

 

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