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CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 2/17/18 edition

February 17, 2018

Can we all agree, Donald Trump is the least empathetic president we have ever had, which is too bad since the families in Parkland, FL need his comfort?

Can we all agree, there is nothing Mr. Trump can do to comfort the grieving parents in Parkland,  unless he addresses gun ownership and the NRA?

Can we all agree, there may be some reason to hope politicians will at least listen to young people who are the future voters and simply  want to know why they continue to be slaughtered at school?

Students in Florida make their feelings known. Will the politicians listen?

Students in Florida make their feelings known. Will the politicians listen?

Can we all agree, the FBI made a serious error by not paying attention to warnings about Nikolas Cruz, but calls for the resignation of the FBI director are just political posturing?

Can we all agree, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictments  have put an end to Mr. Trump’s claim that there was no Russian interference in the 2016 election? It also adds credibility to intelligence officials who know they will try again in 2018.

Can we all agree, the latest salacious stories about Mr. Trump’s multiple affaires probably will not change any opinions about him unless some criminal charges result?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump has no interest in seriously reforming the nation’s immigration system or protecting ‘Dreamers?’

Can we all agree, changes to the White House security process are aimed squarely at the Prsident’s son-in-law Jared Kushner?

Can we all agree, opponents of VA Secretary David Shulkin, probably will not be appeased by the resignation of his chief of staff?

Can we all agree, the Trump cabinet is the most ethically challenged group of individuals ever to serve in government?

Can we all agree, the new report detailing the causes of our air pollution may be a revelation to some, but experts have been warning about the dangers of everyday chemicals for years?

Can we all agree, new tariffs on steel imports will not revive the US steel industry?

Can we all agree, Mitt Romney may win the Utah senate seat, but it will do little to prevent the continued destruction wrought by Mr. Trump?

Can we all agree, Rience Priebus’s revelations about what goes on in the Trump White House simply confirm what we all knew?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump’s condemnation of domestic violence rings very hollow given his past actions?

Can we all agree, many Democrats are hoping Jacob Zuma’s resignation in South Africa is repeated here?

Can we all agree, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren did her best to blunt the criticism she knows is coming from Mr. Trump – as soon as he figures out what she was talking about?

Can we all agree, the Germans may have hit on a great idea by  considering free public transportation?

Can we all agree, it’s pretty clear the drive to include a citizenship question on the census is just another Republican effort to prevent immigrants from being counted?

Can we all agree, in any other administration, that fact that US backed forces killed Russian mercenaries, would be a major international story?

Can we all agree, we all want to watch the Winter Olympics, but there are just too many events that do not interest Americans – especially if we are not favored to win?

At least one TV news show had a little problem with the location of the Winter Olympics.

At least one TV news show had a little problem with the location of the Winter Olympics.

Can we all agree, neither  cost estimates of $30 million nor opposition from abroad,  will do much to dissuade Mr. Trump from staging his military parade?

Can we all agree, anyone who has flown to Hawaii, understands the helpless feeling of the passengers on a United Airlines Flight when an airplane engine came apart over the Pacific Ocean?

Can we all agree, banning tackle football before high school will be a good first step, but the reality is that head trauma in high school and college is enough to do permanent damage?

Can we all agree, no one should plan dinner at Applebees?

Can we all agree, Trump’s food stamp program, providing pre-packaged food to food stamp recipients,  would be funny if he were not serious?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump’s infrastructure plan is just another bad idea that has mo chance of becoming law?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump’s budget plan is not worth the paper it was printed on?

Can we all agree, if the Obama portraits at the Smithsonian were designed to stir debate they have succeeded?

Can we all agree, paid sick leave may do a better job of preventing the spread of the flu than the vaccine which is only 36% effective?

and finally:

When you look at those roses your bought on Valentine’s Day  think about where they came from?

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CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 2/10/18 edition

February 10, 2018

Can we all agree, at some point even, Donald Trump will tire of the dysfunction in his own White House?

Can we all agree, two resignations and an offer to resign by the chief of staff, cannot be considered normal?

Can we all agree, no one is surprised  that Donald Trump thinks spousal abuse is fine for an ‘honorable public servant’?

Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, standing in front of the North Korean delegation at the start of the Winter Olympics. (NYT photo)

Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, standing in front of the North Korean delegation at the start of the Winter Olympics. (NYT photo)

Can we all agree, there was no chance The President was going to let the Democratic defense of the FBI and Department of Justice be made public? Expect a leak, soon.

Can we all agree, it won’t be long before Robert Porter’s girlfriend, White House Communications Director Hope Hicks, runs afoul of Mr. Trump?

Can we all agree, after this week’s budget agreement, neither Democrats nor Republicans can use the deficit as a reason to oppose government spending?

Can we all agree, even Paul Ryan and the Tea Party who spent the last 10 years objecting to Obama era programs, didn’t have the political will to vote against the plan?

Can we all agree, it won’t be long before there is no one left at the Department of Justice who could fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller?

Can we all agree, the message of peace and harmony, from the Winter Olymoucs, is a welcome respite from our internal political turmoil?

Can we all agree, if the government was really interested in Peace, Vice President Mike Pence and his wife should have turned around and publicly greeted the North Korean delegation.

Can we all agree, it’s hard to understand how intelligence officials, can be bilked out of $100,000 – aren’t they the people we rely on for accurate intelligence?

Can we all agree, using a top secret government computer seems like a perfect way to mine bitcoins – until you get caught by the KGB?

Can we all agree, Israel’s entrance into the Syrian conflict is an ominous new sign of the region’s continuing instability?

Can we all agree, Americans need continual reminders that this is not 1929 and the stock market is not the economy?

Can we all agree, 200,000 cases of fraud from the Wine Country fires are hard to fathom?

Can we all agree, it’s about time the International Court investigated the actions of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte?

Can we all agree, Angela Merkel, lost some power but she did what she had to do to create a German government that was functional?

Can we all agree, Steve Wynn may have lost his job but he saved his company?

Can we all agree, we don’t need ‘lady friendly’ Doritos?

Can we all agree, god did the nation a favor, by declining to tell Michelle Bachman to seek a US Senate seat?

Can we all agree, the last thing this country needs is a military parade to boost Mr. Trump’s ego?

Can we all agree, it seems pretty clear the only person in the government who did not like James Comey, was Donald Trump?

Can we all agree, Rep. Nancy Pelosi didn’t win, but her 8-hour speech in defense of Dreamers won her respect?

Can we all agree, the world should be outraged by the Polish government in restricting free speech regarding the holocaust?

Can we all agree, anyone who has ever bought a lottery ticket would gladly change places with the New Hampshire woman who declined to accept her $640 million lottery prize, because she didn’t want her name to be made public?

Can we all agree, Democrats who did not applaud Mr. Trump at the State Of the Union, were doing the MOST American thing they could: defending their right to free speech? And he was not trying to make a joke.

Can we all agree, if President Obama, former Attorney General Eric Holder and the Supreme Court all seem to be on the same side in opposing Reoublican gerrymandering, maybe we do have a way out of our electoral mess?

The deficit clock: both sides have thrown in the towel

The deficit clock: both sides have thrown in the towel

Can we all agree, if the GOP wants to see how much trouble their candidates are facing, they only need to look at California where Republican candidates are already facing long odds for re-election?

Can we all agree, there is a very human dark  side to the gig economy that no one really wants to discuss?

Can we all agree, Elon Musk has successfully disrupted the rocket launch business with his usual bravado – now if he could only deliver cars on time, he might even make money?

and finally:

If you want some examples of the right way to fight obesity, take a look at what Chile is doing.

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CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 2/3/18 edition

February 3, 2018

Can we all agree, even Republicans knew Rep. Devin Nunes’ top secret memo was an embarrassment? Why else would they choose to release it on the Friday afternoon of Super Bowl weekend?

Can we all agree, the biggest problem the memo creates may be the rift  between the White House and the GOP?

Can we all agree only a delusional President would think that it will have any impact on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation?

In case anyone forgot, this is the 40th anniversary of the 'Blizzard of '78' (Boston Globe photo)

In case anyone forgot, this is the 40th anniversary of the ‘Blizzard of ’78’ (Boston Globe photo)

Can we all agree, The Pentagon seems to understand that Mr. Trump cannot be trusted with nuclear options for dealing with North Korea?

Can we all agree, some members of The Humane Society’s Board of Directors are badly out of touch with today’s moral climate regarding sexual harassment?

Can we all agree, the father who attacked Larry Nasser, the convicted Olympic doctor,  is a hero to most Americans, including the judge in the case?

Can we all agree, anyone who disputes the fact that our new nuclear policy brings us closer to nuclear holocaust should read Daniel Ellsburg’s new book?

Can we all agree, it’s pretty remarkable that the only agency that seems to understand the public’s frustration with Wells Fargo’s business practices is the Federal Reserve – especially now that the consumer finance bureau’s power has been curtailed.

Can we all agree, now that the United States has abandoned any pretense of moral leadership, dictators across the globe, such as Mr. Dutarte in the Philippines are free to operate with impunity?

Can we all agree, if job growth measures past economic progress, and the stock market is a  predictor of economic expectations, we should all be worried?

Can we all agree, by the end of the week the President’s State of the Union speech was irrelevant? The real Donald Trump showed up two days later at the party’s retreat.

Can we all agree, the markets seem to understand that  after the President’s speech, we are closer to a real government shutdown, that may last longer than two days?

Can we all agree, the only folks who don’t seem to realize the severity of the situation are the President and his GOP supporters?

Can we all agree, inviting North Korean defectors to the Oval Office helps nothing?

Can we all agree, the list of harassment complaints released by the California legislature is pretty shocking?

Can we all agree, it’s good that the Canadian national anthem is now gender neutral, but 10 years is a long time to change two words?

Can we all agree, a better use of Punxsutawney Phil, might be to determine how long Mr. Trump will stay in office?

Can we all agree, other states should follow San Francisco’s lead and expunge marijuana convictions, now that the drug is legalized?

Can we all agree, the administration’s insistence 0n boosting oil  and gas production at the expense of renewable resources, makes no sense?

Can we all agree, cabinet secretaries should not be hiring their family members for government work?

Can we all agree, the dinosaurs that once roamed Washington DC are still there, just look at the US Senate?

Can we all agree, the head of the Center for Disease Control should not be investing in tobacco stocks – and it has nothing to do with a conflict of interest – they kill people.

Can we all agree, the Pope is trying to make up for his own mistakes, by sending an investigator to Chile to look into sex crimes by priests?

Can we all agree, Cape Town South Africa should be a warning to the rest of the world – we are running out of clean water?

Can we all agree, the prison at Guantanamo Bay should have been closed years ago – only politics is keeping it open?

Can we all agree, the mistake that led to the Hawaii missile attack warning will happen again, because it’s too easy to believe an attack is possible?

Can we all agree, on the eve of the Winter Olympics, the IOC has proven again it is useless?

Can we all agree, Chief Wahoo, has no place in baseball, and the Redskins should not be the name of the football team in our nation’s capital?

Can we all agree, Steve Wynn might be able to retain his job, but there’s no reason he should be allowed to build a new casino in Boston?

and finally:

We should all pause at the plight of Nigel, dubbed the loneliest bird in world.

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