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Q: Why are we so impotent in politics?
A: Many reasons. However, if we can learn from the Jewish community and
invest correctly in politics, we can change it very quickly.
Q: How do the Jewish invest in politics?
A: They invest in NGOs (non-governmental organizations) to handle political issues that are peculiar to Jewish Americans. Examples are (1) AIPAC, American Israel Public Affairs Comm., whose annual budget is $69.3M,
and (2) Anti-Defamation League ($70.8M). These NGOs are feared by elected politicians. They are the fountains of the Jewish community's political clout.
Q: Incredible! I'm from Asia. In Asia NGOs have no political clout.
A: We are in America now, stupid. In Asia, if an NGO fights with a politician, the NGO loses. But in America, the opposite happens - the politicians are scared of these Jewish NGOs.
Q: Ridiculous! How could it be?
A: Let me explain. In America, when a politician is facing re-election, he/she
is running the gauntlet. Any politician, who has powerful enemies, could get beat.
Click here to verify the following quote from Wikipedia on AIPAC (Go to "History," 4th paragraph). READ IT CAREFULLY for you to comprehend the impact of AIPAC on American politics:
"AIPAC scored two major victories in the early 1980s that established its image among political candidates as an organization "not to be trifled with" and set the pace for "a staunchly pro-Israel" Congress over the next three decades"!!! (emphasis added) THINK & INTERNALIZE
THE ABOVE INFO.
Q: Unbelievable! Could the politicians hit back at the NGO's?
A: Very difficult for 2 reasons. First, the rule of law protects all NGOs which
are not violating laws. Secondly, the heads of NGOs are elected by NGO members, not outside people. The battles between NGOs & politicians are completely one-sided - in favor of NGOs.
Q: Is 80-20 an NGO?
A: Yes. 80-20 is an NGO with a "political Action Comm." to help elect or
defeat political candidates, just like AIPAC*. Remember that we are in
America now. Many things are so different from Asia. To live well, we need to change to "When in Rome, do as the Romans do."
Q: Does 80-20 know how to get political candidates to beware that it is
"not to be trifled with"?
A: Not all NGOs know politics. But 80-20 does. Here are examples of how
80-20 punished AsAm politicians who worked against EQUAL OPPOR-
TUNITY in college admissions in CA for AsAm youngsters.
In 2012, 80-20 led from afar to defeat CA Senate Constitutional Amend-
ment No. 5 (SCA-5). During the fight, 2 AsAm politicians were particularly
obstructive - State Senator Leland Yee and Assemblyman Paul Fong. Consequently, one day after SCA-5 was defeated, 80-20 publicly declared to drive both out of politics. They were both out of politics within one year.
Q: So what may we conclude?
A: If we want the Jewish community's political clout, then donate like the
Jewish! INVEST in AsAm NGOs which know American politics.
80-20's annual budget is $0.2 M., while that of AIPAC's is $69.3 M. Wow!
S. B. Woo
President and a volunteer for the past 22 years
80-20 Educational Foundation, Inc, a 501 C-3 organization,
Lieutenant Governor of Delaware (1985-89)
Added News: Prof. Anming Hu's former university, UT, has offered to hire him back. Hence it is "mission accomplished". However, he still
has a few other problems which 80-20 is still helping.
* 80-20 differs from AIPAC in 1 big way: Thus far, 80-20 chooses not to get involved in US foreign policy, although it is legally permitted to do so.