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CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 2/3/18 edition

February 3, 2018

Can we all agree, even Republicans knew Rep. Devin Nunes’ top secret memo was an embarrassment? Why else would they choose to release it on the Friday afternoon of Super Bowl weekend?

Can we all agree, the biggest problem the memo creates may be the rift  between the White House and the GOP?

Can we all agree only a delusional President would think that it will have any impact on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation?

In case anyone forgot, this is the 40th anniversary of the 'Blizzard of '78' (Boston Globe photo)

In case anyone forgot, this is the 40th anniversary of the ‘Blizzard of ’78’ (Boston Globe photo)

Can we all agree, The Pentagon seems to understand that Mr. Trump cannot be trusted with nuclear options for dealing with North Korea?

Can we all agree, some members of The Humane Society’s Board of Directors are badly out of touch with today’s moral climate regarding sexual harassment?

Can we all agree, the father who attacked Larry Nasser, the convicted Olympic doctor,  is a hero to most Americans, including the judge in the case?

Can we all agree, anyone who disputes the fact that our new nuclear policy brings us closer to nuclear holocaust should read Daniel Ellsburg’s new book?

Can we all agree, it’s pretty remarkable that the only agency that seems to understand the public’s frustration with Wells Fargo’s business practices is the Federal Reserve – especially now that the consumer finance bureau’s power has been curtailed.

Can we all agree, now that the United States has abandoned any pretense of moral leadership, dictators across the globe, such as Mr. Dutarte in the Philippines are free to operate with impunity?

Can we all agree, if job growth measures past economic progress, and the stock market is a  predictor of economic expectations, we should all be worried?

Can we all agree, by the end of the week the President’s State of the Union speech was irrelevant? The real Donald Trump showed up two days later at the party’s retreat.

Can we all agree, the markets seem to understand that  after the President’s speech, we are closer to a real government shutdown, that may last longer than two days?

Can we all agree, the only folks who don’t seem to realize the severity of the situation are the President and his GOP supporters?

Can we all agree, inviting North Korean defectors to the Oval Office helps nothing?

Can we all agree, the list of harassment complaints released by the California legislature is pretty shocking?

Can we all agree, it’s good that the Canadian national anthem is now gender neutral, but 10 years is a long time to change two words?

Can we all agree, a better use of Punxsutawney Phil, might be to determine how long Mr. Trump will stay in office?

Can we all agree, other states should follow San Francisco’s lead and expunge marijuana convictions, now that the drug is legalized?

Can we all agree, the administration’s insistence 0n boosting oil  and gas production at the expense of renewable resources, makes no sense?

Can we all agree, cabinet secretaries should not be hiring their family members for government work?

Can we all agree, the dinosaurs that once roamed Washington DC are still there, just look at the US Senate?

Can we all agree, the head of the Center for Disease Control should not be investing in tobacco stocks – and it has nothing to do with a conflict of interest – they kill people.

Can we all agree, the Pope is trying to make up for his own mistakes, by sending an investigator to Chile to look into sex crimes by priests?

Can we all agree, Cape Town South Africa should be a warning to the rest of the world – we are running out of clean water?

Can we all agree, the prison at Guantanamo Bay should have been closed years ago – only politics is keeping it open?

Can we all agree, the mistake that led to the Hawaii missile attack warning will happen again, because it’s too easy to believe an attack is possible?

Can we all agree, on the eve of the Winter Olympics, the IOC has proven again it is useless?

Can we all agree, Chief Wahoo, has no place in baseball, and the Redskins should not be the name of the football team in our nation’s capital?

Can we all agree, Steve Wynn might be able to retain his job, but there’s no reason he should be allowed to build a new casino in Boston?

and finally:

We should all pause at the plight of Nigel, dubbed the loneliest bird in world.

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Can We All Agree – 8/29/15 Edition

August 29, 2015

Sorry I missed a week. Events just conspired against me last weekend. I have no excuse, unlike Hillary.

But:

Can we all agree that Hillary’s inability to get out in front of the whole email server thing, is really destroying her candidacy? At this point it doesn’t make any difference who’s right or who’s wrong. I guess she’s hoping no-one pays attention until after Labor Day.

Can we all agree that after a month of talk, It’s time for Joe Biden to make a decision? It’s clear now it has nothing to do with his family, but it’s just politics.

A president, an ambassador and three heroes - NYT photo

A president, an ambassador and three heroes – NYT photo

Can we all agree that the actions of all four people who prevented a mass murder on a French train, made us all proud?

Can we all agree that the longer the Europeans fail to deal with the influx of migrants from North Africa and the Middle East, the worse things will get?

Can we all agree that the EU issues are very similar to immigration problems we have failed to deal with in the United States? The difference is that Mexican migrants die alone in the desert, so Americans can ignore the issue.

Can we all agree that, as some economists have pointed out, “Wall Street is not the Economy” should be this week’s theme?

Can we all agree that since we really have no idea what’s going on in China’s economy, it’s pointless to get too excited?

Can we all agree that by almost any measure the US economy is doing fine?

Can we all agree that based on their comments about the “China crises’ the GOP candidates know nothing about economics?

Can we all agree that Donald Trump has sucked all the air from the rest of the GOP field? Those who think the other candidates are playing it smart, waiting for him to self-destruct, may have a long wait.

Can we all agree that Trump’s comments may have already lost the Republicans the votes of the two fastest growing immigrant groups in the US – Latinos and Asians.

Can we all agree that The Pope’s visit to the US next month could be the most significant visit by a prelate in US history?

Can we all agree that it makes sense that employers who hide behind contractors who pay substandard wages, should be held accountable?

Can we all agree that it might be tough to find a new CEO for the Ashley Madison website?

Can we all agree that some of those psychological studies with non-repeatable results, sounded a bit specious from the beginning?

Can we all agree that the split in the Jewish community over the Iran treaty is deeper than just the deal itself?

A selfie with the President - AP Photo

A selfie with the President – AP Photo

Can we all agree that it would be great if the father of slain TV journalist Alison Parker, could get politicians to act on gun legislation, but if the death of 20 children and 6 teachers in Newtown, CT couldn’t do it, we have our doubts?

Can we all agree that no-one is surprised that the footage of Planned Parenthood executives was doctored? But that won’t stop politicians from using it.

Can we all agree that the Napa Wine Train handled a group of allegedly boisterous riders, very badly?

Can we all agree that former President Bush  showed some Moxie by returning to New Orleans to mark the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina?

 

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