Thanking Republican Sen. Bob Huff, Minority Leader, CA Senate
Senator Huff is apparently leading a concerted effort to court AsAm voters in California. He supported the STOP SCA 5 (Senate Constitutional Amendment 5) movement, aiming to stop Democratic initiative to return "race-preference" college admissions to CA. He also sponsored SCR 10 (Senate Concurrent Resolution 10) on 2/9/2015, and SJR 23 (Senate Joint Resolution 23) in 2014. What do these resolutions do?
SCR 10 "recognizes the Lunar New Year Celebration."
SJR 23 "acknowledges the history of the Chinese in California, ... and would request Congress to adopt resolutions of apology to the Chinese American community for the enactment of the Chinese exclusion laws." [In comparison, H. resolution 683 passed by the Congress in 2012,
sponsored by Rept. Judy Chu expressed regret only.]
Let Buyers Beware!
It is good to have a major political party courting for our votes in CA. However, we shouldn't give away our votes cheaply. 80-20 Initiative aims to help educate AsAm voters and to prod the 2 political parties to compete to earn our vote, with substantive deedsrather than "sweet words signifying nothing."
Know the distinction between Resolutions and Bills
Resolutionsare words, not laws. H.Resolution683, SJR23 and SCR10 are all resolutions. Very often resolutions are used by politicians as cheap ways to win votes from the "uneducated voters", because passing resolutions are very easy to do, owing to 3 reasons:
1) it is not a law but just sweet words,
2) it doesn't require the appropriation of money nor the setting of penalties for anyone who violates a resolution. In contrast, a law must set a penalty for people who violate the law,
3) politicians customarily pass each other's resolutions. As a former President of Delaware Senate, I know.
Bills, if passed, become laws. Passing a bill is normally hundreds of times harder.
To illustrate the nature of resolutions: After the passage of SJR 23, did the US Congress issue an apology? NO! Did the Congress even bother to react to SJR 23?
To illustrate the nature of 80-20's work: In 2008, 80-20 induced Sen. Obama to agree to appoint more AsAm federal lawyers. The result? Today the number of such judges have tripled. The number of Appeals court AsAm judges has increased from zero to 4.
Step by Step We Will Strengthen Ourselves!
80-20 has tried tirelessly for 16 years to help strengthen ourselves. HELP us continue our trajectory!