Sunday, June 25, 2017

Political myths that hurt AsAms deeply

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If WE are to win equal opportunity in 
(1) our work places for ourselves and
(2) college admissions for our children,
then the following political myths must be destroyed.

Myth 1:  To get involved in politics is to run for an office, work one's way up until one has enough clout to win equal opportunity for his/her children and all other AsAms.
Facts:    Have Elaine Chao, Ed Lee, Mazie Hirono, Tammy Duckworth, Kamala Harris, Nikki Haley, and Judy Chu ever done anything for AsAms in those 2 areas?   They are as high up as they can get.   

Myth 2:  These elected AsAm officials are at least our best hope.  
Facts:    In the U.S., one can organize/join political action committees, PACs, which can be so much more powerful than elected politicians, especially for a small minority.  For example, AIPAC is the reason why the Jewish Am community, with a population of 6 million, can be politically so powerful.

  Explain!  All of the above sounds unbelievable

     The above are the result of 3 circumstances:

1.  A majority of the voters in the election districts of the above named officials  are NOT AsAmsexcept for Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii. 
2.  The non-AsAm voters dislike their AsAm official working for AsAms
3.  AsAm elected officials are human beings who wish to avoid tough re-elections.

   In contrast, 80-20 PAC doesn't face a re-election from the general population.  Quite to the contrary, PAC's officials only fear NOT working hard enough for AsAms causing donations to drop &/or being voted out by PAC members. The incentives for PAC officials and AsAm elected officials are in diametrically opposed directions.

    Q 1:  How about Sen. Mazie Hirono, the majority of her voters are AsAms?
    Q 2:  How about Elaine Chao and Nikki Haley who are cabinet officials who don't face elections?   To keep this article short, I'll answer these questions and destroy other myths next week.

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