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CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 12/23/17 edition

December 23, 2017

Can we all agree, the tax reform bill signed this week by Mr. Trump will be a tough sell to the American public since so many politicians, who voted for it, stand to gain personally – and that doesn’t even include the President himself?

Can we all agree, the alleged moderate senators who caved in to GOP pressure got very little for their votes?

Can we all agree, the Catholic church might have been better served if Cardinal Bernard Law had been interred quietly without the Pope in attendance – given the outrage he continues to engender in Boston?

Comparing Presidential coins. Which would you want? (Washington Post photo)

Comparing Presidential coins. Which would you want as a keepsake? (Washington Post photo)

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump’s nomination of unqualified  candidates for  Federal judgeships has already undermined the integrity of the courts?

Can we all agree, the latest court ruling against the administration’s travel ban, will have little impact as long as the ban continues while the case moves through the court system?

Can we all agree, there has to be a better way to settle the Virginia state house election than just pulling a name out of a hat?

Can we all agree, the GOP is facing a daunting task in the 2018 elections and their internal war is not going to help?

Can we all agree, based on this list of contenders, Democrats will back just about anyone for 2020?

Can we all agree, the Thomas fire in Southern California has reached an unwelcome milestone as the largest fire in the state’s history – although most of the evacuations have been cancelled?

Can we all agree, The President and the Republicans, can’t seem to grasp the message Americans are sending by enrolling for the ACA in record numbers?

Can we all agree, Al Franken may be leaving the Senate in early January, but it’s doubtful his voice will be silenced?

Can we all agree, Democrats deserve the criticism they will get for adjourning while continuing to allow the ‘Dreamer’ status to remain unresolved?

Can we all agree, Congress deserves no praise for passing a spending bill that, in reality, accomplishes the only thing they are supposed to do – keep the government running?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump may have dodged one lawsuit over the emoluments clause, but there are more on the way?

Can we all agree, separating parents from children of immigrants crossing US borders illegally, is just cruel and should not be tolerated?

Can we all agree, until the North Koreans find a way to circumvent them, the latest round of UN sanctions sounds like the world is finally getting serious about stopping that country’s nuclear program?

Can we all agree, Catalonians may never get a separate country, but they are making the Spanish government very nervous?

Can we all agree, steel industry workers are finding out the hard way, that Mr. Trump cannot fulfill his campaign promises?

Can we all agree, it’s clear the Dutch were not ready for an American politician as US ambassador – they expected he would at least tell the truth?

Can we all agree, the latest Presidential coin is not a souvenir: it’s a campaign prop?

Can we all agree, the founder of Papa Johns Pizza has discovered what happens when free speech meets free enterprise?

Can we all agree, every sports fan has a favorite memory of broadcast legend Dick Enberg?

Can we all agree, the United Nations sent a pretty clear message to the US when they ignored the President’s threats,  and blasted his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital?

Can we all agree, now that the opioid crises is being blamed for a decrease in life expectancy, the drug companies need to be held accountable?

Can we all agree, the administration has discovered that words matter?

Can we all agree, it sure looks like the Democrats are making plans for an impeachment after the 2018 election?2fd4debe44acc8635f804d4c05f9a1e0-3870-3311-70-8-31e0532b50fc40f0bb0280fc8840c610_p

Can we all agree, just when you thought Vice President Mike Pence could not embarrass himself any more, he gives new meaning to the word sycophant?

Can we all agree, the Polish government has taken a dangerous turn to the right in reforming their judiciary?

Can we all agree, any other Republican President who was losing Fox News viewers would be considering resignation?

Can we all agree, few people believe Mr. Trump, when he says he will not fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller  especially since his legal team continues to criticize Mueller’s office?

Can we all agree, travel over the holiday is getting a bit dicey with power problems in the Atlanta airport and  food service workers on strike in the Chicago airport?

Can we all agree the California cell phone advisory probably won’t change the way people use their cell phones?

and finally:

A five-year-old catches up to the Grinch.


The World Chess Championship logo could change the sport’s image forever.

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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 12/10/16 edition

December 10, 2016

Can we all agree the question is not whether the Russians tried to influence our election, but rather, what  Donald Trump promised them in exchange?

Can we all agree investigating the Russians may the first time the President and GOP have agreed on anything in 8 years?

Can we all agree any country who thinks it’s OK to force athletes to take illegal drugs, just to win Olympic medals is capable of most anything?

Can we all agree that starting January 20th, the White House will  be a satellite office of Goldman Sachs?

John Glenn and his wife, Anna

John Glenn and his wife, Anna

Can we all agree that we want to believe there is a connection between people who voted for Trump and the rates of drug and alcohol addiction, especially since heroin deaths have now surpassed gun deaths in the US?

Can we all agree we’re thankful we’re not in the middle of an impeachment controversy like South Korea? Oh wait, that will start January 21st, 2017.

Can we all agree Sen. John Glenn, who died this week, was a true American hero but his wife’s story is remarkable?

Can we all agree no-one should be allowed talk on their phone while flying…period? It was a bad idea when it was proposed 2 years ago, and it’s a bad idea now.

Can we all agree we have no reason to believe Mr. Trump has sold all his stock?

Can we all agree that each new cabinet pick by  Mr. Tump is like the old radio show “Can You Top This?”  We will have an EPA chief who denies climate change, a Homeland Security chief who believes in fake news,  a pro-wrestling billionaire to run the Small Business Administration, a housing chief  who doesn’t understand why people need public assistance, and a labor secretary who opposes raising the minimum wage and thinks it’s fine to use sex to sell hamburgers? And that’s just this week’s picks.

Can we all agree, it might be good that our average life expectancy has decreased? Who really wants to be around to see the impact of Trump’s 4-years of chaos.

Can we all agree, it’s nice to know that at least the Pope understands the value of real news – even if large segments of the US apparently don’t?

Can we all agree it’s great Mr. Trump will continue to be executive producer of his TV show? Maybe he’ll forget that he’s President.

Can we all agree it’s good to know Mr. Trump will take office with the lowest approval rating in the last 30 years?

Can we all agree that Mr. Trump does not understand how he damages the office, when he picks a twitter fight with an individual or rants about an issuelike a new Air Force One –  without all the facts?

Can we all agree GOP leaders, especially House Speaker Paul Ryan need to grow some backbone, and start speaking out, about Mr. Trump’s actions?

Can we all agree that, like everyone else, Al Gore, swallowed Mr. Trump’s bogus promises hook-line and sinker?

Can we all agree that among the real losers in our preoccupation with Mr. Trump are the people of Aleppo, Syria, who are being forced to flee their homes and no-one seems to care – except John Kerry?

Can we all agree the departing GOP Governor of North Carolina showed us all how not to concede an election?

Can we all agree we are not surprised there is waste in the Pentagon budget, but it’s incredible h0w much it costs to cover it up?

Can we all agree it’s pretty surprising that the Oakland building where 36 people died last weekend had never been inspected by the City?

Can we all agree West Virginia coal minors will be the first to test Mr. Trump’s ability to keep his promises when they face losing their health benefits in April, now that a short-term spending package was approved?

Can we all agree its heartening to know there are some heavy hitters who realize our gun laws need to be changed?

Can we all agree that blue collar workers who supported Mr. Trump and hospital administrators who objected to government regulation, will be the hardest hit when the GOP tries to repeal the Affordable Care Act?

Can we all agree the South Carolina jury’s failure to convict a police office of murder, just proves that it’s impossible for black Americans to get justice in some parts of the country?

Can we all agree, it’s tough to take any solace from the fact that a right-wing candidate was defeated in Austria? The results in Italy have more to do with internal politics than a right wing uprising.

Donald Trump and Alec Baldwin. Which is which?

Donald Trump and Alec Baldwin. Which is which?

Can we all agree Mr. Trump has made Saturday Night Live ‘must see TV’ once again?

Can we all agree it’s hard to believe the Pentagon really wants to have our fighter planes made in India?

Can we all agree that, despite all the explanations, it’s doubtful Mr. Trump knew what he was doing when he called the president of Taiwan?

and finally:

If you’re not depressed enough about the future of the environment, pity the soon-to-be extinct giraffe or take a look at how big banks are helping to destroy the planet.


Take a look at this week’s good read to mark the day that still ‘lives in infamy’ for many people.


Read the story of co-joined twins who were separated by doctors at Stanford Medical Center.

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