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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 12/3/16 edition

December 3, 2016

Can we all agree the 178,000 jobs created last month proves, once again, that the economy created by Mr. Obama is the strongest in the world?

Can we all agree, most Americans have been too preoccupied to notice the troubles brewing in France and Italy?

World chess champion, Magnus Carlsen (Getty Images)

World chess champion, Magnus Carlsen (Getty Images)

Can we all agree it’s great to have a rock-star chess champion?

Can we all agree Vladimir Putin is already trying to take advantage of the change in US leadership?

Can we all agree we hope Howard Schultz made a better choice for his replacement this time, than he did when he retired from his post at Starbucks a few years ago?

Can we all agree the Colombian government did the right thing in quickly approving a new peace agreement with FARC rebels?

Can we all agree OPEC will have to cut production a lot more than 4% if they really want to impact oil prices? The fact that they got Russia to agree to cut output is significant.

Can we all agree the re-election of Rep. Nancy Pelosi to her role as House Minority leader is a win for  Democratic Party unity, but also a win for the GOP?

Can we all agree The Princess Cruise Lines and their parent, Carnival, deserve more than a fine for polluting the oceans they travel and then lying about it?

Can we all agree, that despite the cost ($108Billion), tying student loan repayment to income is the right way to help graduates manage their loans?

Can we all agree Mr. Obama’s strategy of trying to finalize as many rules as possible before he leaves office might help slow the reversals everyone knows are coming?

Can we all agree James Deligatti should be saluted for his contribution to McDonald’s bottom line, but nutritionists everywhere hold him at least partially responsible for the world’s obesity epidemic? Second place might go to the inventor of General Tso’s chicken.

Can we all agree the Dakota pipeline protest does not look like it will end well for the protestors?

Can we all agree Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau might have been a bit off base in his rosy assessment of Fidel Castro’s contributions to Cuban education and health care?

OK, now on to Mr. Trump:

Can we all agree Donald Trump gets more credit for saving 700 jobs (at a cost of $7 million) than Mr. Obama does for creating 178,000?

Can we all agree that, based on his phone calls to the leaders in Pakistan and now Taiwan, Donald Trump has no idea what diplomacy is all about?imrs-php

Can we all agree the list of possible conflicts of interest with the Trump presidency, in both real estate and stocks, are almost too long to list?

Can we all agree the silence from the GOP leaders on the obvious conflicts is deafening?

Can we all agree we will have a cabinet of Goldman Sachs, by Goldman Sachs and for Goldman Sachs?

Can we all agree it’s mind boggling that a man who was unfit to be a federal judge will now be attorney general?

Can we all agree it’s still an open question on whether the deal with Carrier actually saved any jobs, although it’s clear the company made $7 million?

Can we all agree, nominating someone who is legally unable to take the post of defense secretary is the definition of hubris?

Can we all agree the clash between the Clinton and Trump campaigns is a microcosm of conversations going on across the nation? Well, maybe a bit more heated…

Can we all agree that a cabinet with 4 billionaires, 3 millionaires and the wife of the Senate majority leader, doesn’t sound like a blue-collar administration that will ‘drain the swamp’?

Can we all agree everyone is trying to figure out which campaign promises Trump will actually keep?

Can we all agree, it’s a bit mystifying that Trump would try to stop the recounts in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin?

Can we all agree a twitter Presidency is one thing, a lying President is another, but a lying-tweeting President is an entirely new animal?

Can we all agree, at least all of us in California, are proud that our state university system has stepped up to oppose Trump and help protect students who may face deportation?

Can we ll agree, given the  backlog in immigration courts, adding an additional 3 million cases could delay any deporations until 2020 anyway?

and finally:

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and ultimately, a story of hope, from the Boston Globe.

 

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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 5/28/16 edition

May 28, 2016

Can we all agree, The President was right to visit Hiroshima?

Can we all agree, that despite the GOP’s attempts at doom and gloom, the economy seems to be recovering pretty well?

Can we all agree all those young people living at home may not be a function of the economy? Maybe they just want to be home.

The President at the Hiroshima Memorial, (NY Times photo)

The President at the Hiroshima Memorial, (NY Times photo)

Can we all agree it’s just thrilling to know Donald Trump has officially won enough delegates to be the Republican nominee for President?

Can we all agree that Marco Rubio apparently thinks Mr. Trump will help him in his next career?

Can we all agree no matter how many dumb policy statements he utters, missteps he makes, or politicians in his own party he attacks no-one seems to have handle on what Donald Trump would actually be able to do as President?

Can we all agree that his latest statements on the California drought should automatically disqualify him from the race?

Can we all agree, despite the qualifiers, Hilary Clinton’s email server may be causing her problems on inauguration day in January?

Can we all agree if Bernie Sanders and Hillary are neck and neck in California this week, he will probably pull ahead over the next  10 days?

Can we all agree that selling arms to Viet Nam is a policy shift many Baby Boomers, who fought in that country, never thought they would see?

Can we all agree President Obama probably wanted Texas and 10 other states to sue him over the LGBT bathroom rules, so  it will keep the issue in the news through the elections?

Can we all agree, the Republicans have no idea how to deal with the LGBT issue and now it has led them to defeat their own spending bill?

Can we all agree that new findings suggest we may be dealing with a major health problem in the years ahead, unless manufacturers figure out a better way to protect us from our cell phones?

Can we all agree the medical news about antibiotic resistant bacteria was predicted years ago?

Can we all agree, California’s so-called bullet train between LA and San Francisco looks more and more unlikely to be completed?

Can we all agree it’s very sad to see the potential end of the Persian rug business?

Can we all agree, at least one new Harvard grad, already has number of job offers, after this speech at graduation?

Can we all agree, despite assurances, we’d all be a bit hesitant to try the latest Whole Foods delicacy being sold in Florida?

Can we all agree that, if it stabilizes the world economy, $50/barrel oil may not be so bad in the long run?

Can we all agree, the problems at Baylor University, probably go even deeper than what’s been made public?

Can we all agree the Obama’s new home in Washington DC may be a step up from the White House, except for the level of service?

Can we all agree this could be the most heartbreaking story of the week?

Can we all agree that Louisiana’s new “Blue Lives Matter” legislation is totally unnecessary?

Can we all agree we’re not surprised that North Korea may have been behind the digital theft at world banks?

Can we all agree, equating veterans waiting for medical care to waiting in line at Disneyland, is just unforgivable?

Can we all agree linking the obesity epidemic to the drop in smoking levels is absurd on its face?

Can we all agree the NFL has once again shown itself to be incapable of facing the truth about concussions?

Can we all agree the TSA might be the worst run federal agency in the United States?

Can we all agree Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has become the face of Silicon Valley excess?

Can we all agree that voting in Austria is a warning to us about Donald Trump?

Can we all agree  Trump’s tax returns must be quite embarrassing if he still won’t release them despite pressure from his own party?

And finally:

Can we all agree, one way to get rid of accidents may not be to  simply stop using the word?

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