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CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 9/30/17 edition

September 30, 2017

Can we all agree, the resignation of HHS Secretary Tom Price was more about the recent failure of ACA repeal than it was about travel at the taxpayer’s expense? If not, we would have had at least two other cabinet resignations.

Can we all agree, the GOP’s tax proposal officially puts to rest any notion that the Republicans ever cared about deficits or anyone but the top 1% of American who donate to their campaigns?

Can we all agree, news that the US has been, ‘in direct talks’ with North Korea, does nothing to calm anyone’s nerves?

Damage in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

Damage in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

Can we all agree, the ICE push to target immigrants in so called Sanctuary Cities, is just one more example of the administration’s petty and cynical view of the American legal system?

Can we all agree, the White House’s incoherent and inconsistent foreign policy was on display once again this week as it was forced to disavow its own Israeli ambassador’s comment?

Can we all agree, Sen. Mitch McConnell and the White House couldn’t schedule a tax-plan press conference fast enough after their bid to repeal the ACA went down in flames again? It’s all about capturing the ‘fake-news’ cycle.

Can we all agree, Steve Bannon’s decision to back anti-establishment GOP candidates makes Democratic in-fighting look pretty tame?

Can we all agree, Roy Moore’s victory in Alabama has turned electoral prognostication into a Las Vegas crap shoot?

Can we all agree, a Cambridge, MA librarian has made her point in rejecting a book donation from Melania Trump, but you have to wonder if she would have turned down the same books from say, Senator Elizabeth Warren?

Can we all agree, blaming the mayor of a bankrupt, flood-ravaged island, with no electricity, for your poor response, is a sure way turn off voters?

Can we all agree, the administration’s  response to Hurricane Maria’s damage in Puerto Rico has racism written all over it?

Can we all agree, a California legislator’s proposed bill to ban petroleum powered cars and trucks will probably win approval in the state legislature just because it will infuriate the Trump administration?

Can we all agree, the argument that ICE agents have simply ‘gone rogue’ in attempting to enforce the administration’s immigration policy, is proven out by statistics showing arrests are up but deportations are down?

Can we all agree, Twitter and Facebook both  should be persecuted for their roles in helping the Russians undermine our electoral system?

Can we all agree, Equifax CEO Richard Smith deserved to lose his job, not because the company’s computers were hacked, but because of his firm’s response?

Can we all agree, by picking a fight with the NFL, Mr. Trump has alienated, a group of people who were his strongest supporters?

Can we all agree, Mr Trump’s outrageous disregard for any legal restrictions makes his aides use of a private email server seem inconsequential – although it cost Hillary Clinton the presidency?

Can we all agree, Target Department Stores deserves some credit for raising wages, but they are really just responding to market forces and trying to find employees?

Can we all agree, Milo Yiannopoulos should be sent a bill for the $800,000 it cost the University of California to prepare for his 15-minute speech on the campus?

Can we all agree, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin proved this week that when it comes to  politics, he should stick to budgets and taxes?

Can we all agree it’s been a while since we heard a cabinet secretary threaten his own staff for being disloyal?

Can we all agree, we all breathed a sigh of relief that Angela Merkel won a fourth term and hope that the rise of the far -right party was just a one-time protest vote?

Can we all agree, there is very little chance that any NBA championship team will be visiting the White House in the next four years?

Can we all agree a few folks will be fired in the NCAA, but nothing will change in the world of big-time college basketball despite the latest DOJ indictments?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump should be saluted for drawing attention to the cause of former NFL quarterback Colin Kapernick?

Can we all agree, even the Supreme Court seems a bit confused about how to handle the latest travel ban?

Can we all agree, very few Baby Boomers, particularly men, will forget Hugh Hefner any time soon? And no, it wasn’t because of the articles.

Can we all agree, Jared Kushner seems to have faded from public view except when he does something really stupid?

Can we all agree, many of us are desperate for news about the Obama family because it helps us remember how nice it was to have a human being in the White House?

Can we all agree, the issues that have plagued embassy employees in Cuba, sound like a cartoon episode of “Spy Versus Spy’ from Mad Magazine? Unfortunately they are all too real.

Can we all agree, Julia Louis Dreyfus deserves kudos for using her tragic diagnosis to promote universal health care?

Can we all agree the Kurdish independence vote this week will spark years of fighting but is the first step toward a Kurdish homeland?

Can we all agree, it probably won’t be long before we hear the first joke about female drivers in Saudi Arabia?

Can we all agree the Department of Justice is nothing more than another political swamp since the current administration took over?

and finally:

Warrior’s coach Steve Kerr gets the last word on Mr. Trump’s criticism of his team’s decision not to visit the White House.

Tell us what you really think of the Trump Administration

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CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 9/2/17 edition

September 2, 2017

Can we all agree, that whether we are discussing Hurricane Harvey or the current Bay Area heat wave, climate change is making things worse?

Can we all agree, the devastation in Houston has brought out the best in most Americans?

Can we all agree, our favorite stories are the small intimate portraits of people just trying to survive?

Rescue in Houston (Associated Press Photo)

Rescue in Houston (Associated Press Photo)

Can we all agree, there were some responses, like that of the Lakewood Church,  that were less than we might have expected?

Can we all agree, city regulations may have contributed to the problem, but in a state like Texas, nothing will change after the waters recede?

Can we all agree, that fact that illegal immigrants in Houston fear asking for help, is a sad commentary on the state of our nation?

Can we all agree, when Congress reconvenes on Tuesday it won’t take long for politics to take over the debate on aid for Southeast Texas?

Can we all agree, Senator Ted Cruz, and his inflammatory rhetoric will relish taking center stage?

Can we all agree, our reduced standing in the world is reflected in the dearth of assistance offers from other nations?

Can we all agree, our president has managed, once again, to make his job, in a crises all about him?

Can we all agree, you have to wonder how much longer Wells Fargo can stay in business after new revelations about improper accounts being opened?

Can we all agree, the split in the Democratic party was on full display this week when California Senator Diane Feinstein urged ‘patience’ in dealing with Mr. Trump – and was soundly booed?

Can we all agree, the administration’s decision to close the Russian consulate in San Francisco has internal US politics written all over it?

Can we all agree, the NFL must realize that public opinion is slowly turning against their decision to ignore the harm their sport is causing?

Can we all agree, as the economy continues to grow, despite the August dip in hiring, it’s pretty clear that the government has nothing to do with it?

Can we all agree, even as the administration cuts funding for advertising, the Affordable Care Act is here to stay?

Can we all agree, it’s become clear that Senator John McCain will spend whatever time he has left in the Senate, as the conscience of the GOP?

Can we all agree, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his boss seem to be the only two people in the country, who think think we are in the middle of a national epidemic of crime?

Can we all agree, despite everything the nation has been going through, the one constant, may be the continuing revelations about how Mr. Trump and his aides sought to curry favor with the Russians and end the FBI inquiry?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump can build all the prototypes he wants, but his wall on the Mexican border is not going to be built?

Can we all agree, no one seems to know what Mr. Trump means when he says there will be no more talk with North Korea?

Can we all agree, if Mr. Trump fires his new Chief of Staff, it will be the end of his Presidency?

Can we all agree, the arrest of a Utah nurse, who was doing her job in protecting the legal rights of a patient, underscore the public’s view that police abuse their authority, whenever they think no one is looking?

Can we all agree, Steve Mnuchin and his wife, won’t be visiting Fort Knox again, any time soon?

Can we all agree, it’s pretty clear Harriet Tubman will not be replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill?

Can we all agree, courts in Brazil did the world a favor this week when they blocked continuing development in the Amazon?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump is trying to spin his tax cut plan as a break for the middle class, when everyone knows it’s just a tax cut for the wealthy and big business?

Can we all agree, Federal courts in Texas saved that state from itself by prohibiting enforcement of their anti-sanctuary-city law?

Can we all agree, the latest FDA approval of a gene editing therapy , starts us down a whole new medical highway?

Can we all agree, our track record in using science to our own advantage is not the greatest – just ask farmers around the country?

Can we all agree, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis seems to be the only grownup in the room who knows how to defuse a controversial policy tweet like banning transgender troops?

Can we all agree, it only takes a few idiots, from the right or left, intent on violence to make a mockery of free speech?

 

and finally:

The amazing story of one seven year old girl who survived being kidnapped, choked and thrown from a bridge.

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CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 8/26/17 edition

August 26, 2017

Can we all agree, Donald Trump has perfected the art of making unpopular announcements on Friday afternoon. This week it’s banning transgender soldiers  and pardoning former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Can we all agree the country is watching the administration’s response to Hurricane Harvey – worried that politics will get in the way?

Can we all agree, presidential advisor Gary Cohn will be out of a job soon, now that he has publicly criticized his boss?

Can we all agree, the Pentagon deserves some credit for allowing California National Guard troops to keep the bonus money they were given by the government?

Can we all agree, imposing more sanctions on the Venezuelan government, just allows President Nicolás Maduro to position himself as a patriotic leader battling an imperialistic northern neighbor?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump has managed to give himself an excuse in case his Afghan policy fails, by saying his decision “was not his original” idea? But, you have to wonder, has he ever had an ‘original’ idea?

Can we all agree the Bay Area is breathing a long sigh of relief that right-wing rallies scheduled for today and tomorrow, were cancelled by organizers – leaving the stage to counter protestors?

Can we all agree, it is unbelieveable that the Navy has now lost 17 sailors in non-combat situations over the last two months and our Commander and Chief has not made one comment?

Can we all agree, if the Secret Service had run out of money in the first six months of any other administration there would be a Congressional outcry and investigation?

Can we all agree, Boston anti-racism protestors showed the world how to make a point and protect free-speech, by being peaceful and non-confrontational?

Can we all agree, now that Steve Bannon  and Sebastian Gorka, have left the White House, only one openly racist official remains?

Can we all agree, with all the craziness going on in the world it’s hard to get worked up about French President Emmanuel Macron’s $30,000 makeup scandal?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump doesn’t seem to understand that attacking the senators you need to pass your agenda is really not the way to get anything done in Washington?

Can we all agree, threatening to shut down the government over a wall that no one wants, is just another empty rhetorical device to rally your supporters?

Can we all agree, watching Mr. Trump this week was like watching a sociopath with bipolar disorder? A truly dangerous combination?

Can we all agree, Energy Secretary Rick Perry has done a masterful job of issuing an energy report which simply ignores the facts, to promote an agenda?

Can we all agree,  the resignation of science envoy, and Cal professor, Daniel Kammen, was a work of art?

Can we all agree, the Girl Scouts have already won their battle with the Boy Scouts?

Can we all agree, the Interior Department’s decision to shrink some landmarks, instead of eliminating them, will not keep them out of court?

Can we all agree, the single winner of this week’s near-record Powerball drawing, will keep us all buying tickets for a very long time?

Can we all agree, even if the prices at the soon-to-be-Amazon-owned Whole Foods, are lowered even slightly next week, Jeff Bezos has already won the PR battle for new shoppers?

Can we all agree, Janet Yellen has apparently decided she does not want to head of the Federal Reserve Board any longer? Speaking the truth to Trump, is not the way to get re-appointed.?

Can we all agree, with the addition of interfaith religious leaders,  rabbis, and swing-state Republicans it’s tough to figure out who is left to support the President?

Can we all agree, anyone who was disappointed that they couldn’t hold an event at Mr. Trump’s Mar-A-Lago resort can have their pick of dates now?

Can we all agree, it’s too bad the courts can’t impose a financial penalty on legislators who create discriminatory congressional districts?

Can we all agree, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s wife just doesn’t understand what it means to be married to a politician?

Can we all agree, newsroom editors at the Wall Street Journal showed their true pro-Trump colors this week?

Can we all agree, our President can’t even seem to watch an eclipse without creating controversy?

Can we all agree, its heartening to see that, despite Mr. Trump’d best efforts, Robert Mueller’s investigation, just keeps rolling along?

Can we all agree, the ‘Black Man for Trump’ looked like a sketch from Saturday Night Live?

Can we all agree, Jerry Lewis and Dick Gregory had very different  styles but they were both defining figures of American comedy?

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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 1/21/17 edition

January 21, 2017

Can we all agree that  the new President’s inaugural address did nothing to create a sense of unity in the nation, even among his supporters?

Can we all agree his first executive order, allowing states to ignore parts of the Affordable Care Act, will create confusion and do more harm than good?

The women's march on Washington

The women’s march on Washington.

Can we all agree that with Mr. Trump’s new slogan, it’s clear world leadership will fall to Britain’s Theresa May and Germany’s Angela Merkel?

Can we all agree Mr. Obama’s last video message tried unsuccessfully to leave his supporters with some hope?

Can we all agree the FBI did a pretty fair job of making sure no-one would notice they are investigating ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, by announcing the probe a day before th inauguration?

Can we all agree Mr. Trump will not be happy with the comparison of his inaugural crowds with those of Mr. Obama?

Can we all agree, despite Mr. Trump’s efforts to prohibit the National Park Service from estimating crowd sizes, it’s obvious the crowd for the women’s march will also be march larger than his?

Can we all agree comparisons between Mr. Obama’s extraordinarily high approval ratings and the extraordinarily low ratings of Mr. Trump are inevitable?

Can we all agree, speaking of comparisons, it seems Mr. Trump  needed Mr. Obama’s inspiration for his inaugural cake?

Can we all agree the idiots who decided to destroy buildings in Washington DC had nothing to do with the protests that will mark the rest of Mr. Trump’s term?

Can we all agree many world leaders, except probably Vladimir Putin, will not sleep well until Mr. Trump has left office?

Can we all agree it didn’t take long for the Trump minions to begin expressing their views, as went to work deleting large portions of web pages dealing with climate change and government regulation?

Can we all agree, deleting climate change information is significant, since it comes just days after NASA announced that 2016 marked the third straight year global temperature reached record levels?

Can we all agree that it’s nice to see an impeachment website starting on Day One?

Can we all agree the Trump Hotel will be the starting point for every ethics inquiry over the next four years?

If you want to hear more about the ethics challenges Mr. Trump will face, just listen to this week’s NPR interview with two ethics experts:

Can we all agree this weekend’s Saturday Night Live show may have a record audience?

Can we all agree we will have to get used to more lawsuits and depositions by Mr. Trump? It’s only a matter of time before one of them results in release of his tax returns.

Can we all agree that doesn’t even include the ethics issues his cabinet members will face?

Can we all agree Mr. Trump’s cabinet picks including Mr. Mnuchin, Mr. Perry, Mr. Price, Mr. Pruitt and especially Ms Devos did not aquit themselves very well this week?

Can we all agree we dying to know what’s in the Tiffany box Mrs. Trump gave to Mrs. Obama?

Can we all agree after seeing the hearings this week the two cabinet posts approved on Friday were the least objectionable? But that’s not saying much.

Can we all agree it appears some Trump policies will start very soon with workplace immigration raids and a reduction in funding for the arts?

Can we all agree it will be impossible for the GOP to live up to Mr. Trump’s call for “insurance for all’ when they vote on repealing the Affordable Care Act? Especially when they see the costs.

Can we all agree the friendship between Mr. Trump and the legislative branch will be tested soon when he’s asked to approve a measure repealing many of Mr.Obama’s regulations and also restricting his own executive power?

Can we all agree we’re not sure why the extradition of a Mexican drug lord took place just before the new President took office?

Can we all agree it’s remarkable that at least 10 people have been rescued from the avalanche that busied an Italian hotel?

Can we all agree that America may now be the least safe place in the world as California sets a record for gun permits issued?

Can we all agree most conservatives don’t seem to understand that shortening a sentence means Chelsea Manning is still guilty?

Can we all agree that despite  Mr. Trump’s portrayal of the US economy, we have just about reached full employment as defined by economists?

Can we all agree Mr. Putin is turning in to his SNL caricature?

Can we all agree the Senegalese ‘invasion’ of Gambia would be big news, were it not for our new President?

Can we all agree the end of the search for Malaysian airliner leaves the world baffled?

Can we all agree our dreams of running off to join the circus may have finally ended this week?

and finally:

There needs to be some mention of two other non-political events:

The passing of the last man to walk on the moon and the World Champion Chicago Cubs’ visit to the White House.

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