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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™ – 5/6/17 edition

May 6, 2017

Can we all agree our political debate over the next two years will be shaped by this week’s House vote on replacing the Affordable Care Act?

Can we all agree that if your own Senate colleagues have already decided your bill is not worth considering, you might have a problem convincing the public that it was a good piece of legislation? Even, late-night host Jimmy Kimmel tried to warn the GOP.

Can we all agree if the House bill were ever to pass the Senate we should be able to claim stress from the election of Mr. Trump, as a pre-existing condition?

Can we all agree, this might be one time when the money spent by the insurance lobby will have a beneficial impact on public policy?

Can we all agree the weekly drip, drip, drip of stories about the Russian connection to the Trump campaign will make governing difficult for the administration?

Can we all agree we hope the French will learn from our mistakes and ignore the hacks into their election and elect the moderate, Emmanuel Macron?

Can we all agree, the Democrats need to stop blaming FBI director James Comey, for their November defeat? Without their own mistakes, the election would not have been so close that Comey’s action made a difference.

Can we all agree the major news of the week should have been the approval of a 5-month budget plan that rejects almost every principle Trump has put forward and may lead to a government shutdown in September?

Can we all agree free speech is under attack in this country and no-one seems to care?

Can we all agree the happiest community in the country is probably Palm Beach, FL, now that Donald Trump has decided to make his New Jersey golf club his weekend vacation home? Either way the rest of us foot the bill.

Can we all agree there might be something wrong with the White House vetting process as they continue to see nominees withdraw from consideration, because your own party sees them as unqualified?

Can we all agree, gutting the office of the nation’s drug czar, might be a tough sell in states where the opioid epidemic is killing thousands each year?

Can we all agree EPA chief Scott Pruitt made the right move in recusing himself from court battles over climate change, but we’re pretty sure his subordinates will know what he wants them to do?

Can we all agree the new employment numbers only show that it took 10 years to recover from the excesses of the last Republican administration? Although the troubling numbers from the auto industry might suggest some issues ahead.

Can we all agree the debate over immigration was never more obvious than the differences in public policy in California and Texas?

Can we all agree North Korea’s criticism of China might make them feel good, but it will do little to alter the balance of power in the region?

Can we all agree Mr. Trump’s proposed trip to the Mideast has disaster written all over it – particularly his stops in Muslim countries whose residents no longer feel welcome here?

Can we all agree the various descriptions of the phone conversation between Mr. Trump and Russian Leader Vladimir Putin make you wonder if they were on the same call?

Can we all agree that, once again, the government is mishandling the water crises in Flint, MI, and hoping the rest of the nation will not notice?

Can we all agree, Boston Red Sox officials did the right thing in banning a fan for life because of his racial slur directed at an opposing player?

Can we all agree, the Administration’s order allowing religious organizations to venture into politics could be a boon to the Democrats if African-American church leaders support their candidates. Evangelicals seem to be deserting Mr, Trump in droves over his climate change policies.

Can we all agree Prince Philip is entitled to retire from public life – at 95? The Queen will apparently carry on at 91.

Can we all agree it’s about time Facebook and other online services realize that an unedited stream of fake information does not make the world safer?

Can we all agree the change in leadership at the Heritage Foundation will benefit conservatives in the long run?

Can we all agree, speaking of remaking an institution, the changes at Fox News, may have a broader impact on US politics than we realize?

Can we all agree the Trump family, including the President and Ivanka, have proven once again that there is no room for ethics in the White House?

Can we all agree, inviting the Supreme Court Justice to the White House for lunch, could be the dumbest idea the administration has ever floated? And they already have a pretty long record of dumb ideas.

Can we all agree the departure of Sebastian V. Gorka from the White House should be celebrated only if he winds up outside of government entirely?

and finally:

One 7-year-old’s response to a Trump supporter.

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