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#CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 6/17/18 edition

June 16, 2018

Can we all agree, using the children of immigrants and asylum seekers, as a bargaining chip is a great way to rationalize the practice, but it’s still cruel? And blaming Democrats is just false.

Can we all agree, using the bible to support an untenable political decision is just as jaw-dropping? Even conservative clerics know the Administration is wrong.

Can we all agree, former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, deserves to be in jail?

Happy Fathers; Day Dad

Happy Fathers’ Day Dad

Can we all agree, to understand where Mr. Trump stands on anything, you need to talk to the last person he spoke with, before he says or tweets anything?

Can we all agree, it’s pretty easy to see why Mr. Trump envies dictators, he thinks they enjoy absolute loyalty from their citizens who are afraid to speak out?

Can we all agree, it’s  clear Kim Jong-un was the winner of the summit with Mr. Trump, since he gave up nothing, but gained everything?

Can we all agree the video the Trump administration created to praise the North Korean leader, is just the sort of show Mr. Trump wants to see about himself?

Can we all agree, this week’s primary results, show how completely the GOP has become the Trump Party?

Can we all agree, as long as Americans are focused on immigration, trade wars, and fake summits, ethically challenged EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, will be able to roll back regulations protecting us from polluted air and water, and global warming will continue unabated?

Can we all agree, politicians are the only people who really care about the Inspector General’s report on former FBI Director James Comey?

Can we all agree, actor Robert Deniro has every right to criticize Mr. Trump, but his choice of language at the Tony Awards, just gives Mr. Trump  an opening to criticize him?

Can we all agree, when Jared Kushner and his wife, Ivanka, make $82 in profits from their businesses, while serving as advisors to the President, their should be a conflict of interest investigation?

Can we all agree, court approval of the ATT-Time Warner deal guarantees a spate of new mergers and acquisitions?

Can we all agree, the ballot measure to split the state of California into three parts will be fun to watch, but few state residents believe it will actually happen, ever?

Can we all agree, it’s difficult to imagine the Trump administration working well with Canada and Mexico on planning for the 2026 World Cup?

Can we all agree, stories about raccoons climbing buildings get more play because  we all crave  release from the constant stream on political babble?

Can we all agree, Americans have given themselves permission to stop caring about humanitarian crisis in places such as Yemen, which they could not find on a map?

Can we all agree, the New York Attorney General’s lawsuit against the Trump Foundation, presents a.pretty damning case against the President and his family?

Can we all agree, Harvard may wind up losing a lawsuit over their admission policies, but it will have little impact on most of us?

Can we all agree, few people will actually change their privacy settings to keep their personal information private, but we will all cheer Apple’s effort to keep our iPhones locked?

Can we all agree, Elon Musk may never connect San Francisco with Los Angeles with a high-speed underground tube system, but Chicago seems to think Musk can connect their airport to the central city with no problem?

Can we all agree, we’re all eager to see The Pope wearing his new space suit?

Can we all agree, the alcohol industry’s influence over a The National Institute of Health’s study of alcohol consumption, is symptomatic of the great majority of scientific studies?

Can we all agree, despite all the warnings about emails from fake Nigerian Princes, the scams continue to earn billions worldwide?

and finally:

What it’s really like for the 1500 children separated from their parents and locked inside a converted Walmart in Texas.

 

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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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