Q: Why is every presidential election a golden opportunity for AsAms?
Candidates need votes, and we need political support to achieve equal citizenship. During an election, politicians are willing to trade support for votes. Once the election is over, they'll normallybalkat new requests for help.
Elections have a deadline. Politicians are eager to make a deal, thereby putting them in a weak position. Note that candidates will only negotiate with a community that has a record of delivering a bloc vote. Thank god that 80-20, under S. B. Woo, has a track record of delivering bloc votes. See the table below.
Q: Will the promises be kept by the politicians?
Not necessarily. For the promises to be kept, they must be in writing. That is why 80-20 insists on candidates answering its QUESTIONNAIRE.
Q: Is having promises in writing good enough?
It's good enough if & only if an immigrant community has a political organization like 80-20 that has the skills to keep the winning politician honest, by manipulating two strong incentives: (1) The promises are in writing. They can be shown to the world, if welched and (2) The politician will face re-election - a potential payback time.
Q: Will you give an example of a candidate keeping his/her promises?
In 2008, candidate Obama promised 80-20 to "increase the number of Article III (i.e. life-tenured) federal district court and circuit court judges to half the % of AsAms in the U.S." President Obama actually did a little better than he promised. Look at the rapid increases in AsAm federal life-tenured judges
in his first 6 years, shown below.
Chris Lu, Obama's Deputy Labor Secretary, was the last official to sign off on any new senior executive service (SES) appointments. Under his tutelage, the number of AsAm SES's increased by an astonishing 100%. However, Pres. Obama's promise to break the glass ceiling in private industries and universities was not as satisfactorily fulfilled. 80-20 shall focus more on that area in 2020.
Q: 80-20 has achieved many almost impossible dreams for our community, owing to your political clout. But is 80-20 a Democratic front, pretending to be non-partisan???Look at your record of endorsements, you've endorsed Democrats only!
An excellent question. I don't blame you for harboring the suspicion. However, are you aware that none of the Republican presidential candidates have ever answered 80-20's QUESTIONNAIRES?
Will you be extremely mad at 80-20, if we endorse a Republican
candidate without his/her promises in writing; proceed to deliver a
bloc vote to the candidate; he/she gets into the White House; and
doesn't help us back at all? How foolish will we look?
Politics needs to be learnt. One needs to think through all angles & consequences. We must not let our community be humiliated or suffer fools by ill-conceived or amateurish political projects.
Please remember that Republican presidential candidates are willing to sign a pledge not to increase taxes. So why wouldn't they give us promises in writing? It's a matter of a contest of wills. A Republican presidential candidate will one day, perhaps as soon as 2020, answer our QUESTIONNAIRE.
If Pres. Trump or another Republican presidential candidate will answer our QUESTIONNAIRE in writing, then he/she will be entitled to equal consideration to win our endorsement.
Q: What if even the Democratic candidates will not answer 80-20's QUESTIONNAIRE?
Low-tier Democratic presidential candidates will answer most questionnaires, because they hope to get more support to survive the next primary. The top-tier ones are much more reluctant, but they also face the pressure of the next primary. Next Monday, we'll show you how we handled the situation when H. Clinton and B. Obama at first would not answer our QUESTIONNAIRE in 2008. Please pass our political experience & knowledge to all AsAms for the shared future.