Thursday, June 05, 2008

Why Can't Sen. McCain Answer YES to our questions?

Take a look at the six questions that 80-20 has sent to Sen. McCain shown at the end of this newsletter. Why is he having difficulty answering all yeses? Isn't equal opportunity for all Americans a core value of America? Doesn't he think that Asian Ams. deserve equal treatment?

Although his Democratic opponents, Senators Obama has already answered all yeses since 4 months ago, 80-20 was willing to be patient with Sen. McCain knowing that the Republican Party has a different culture. We waited until he no longer had to bow to the pressure of the extreme conservatives in his party.

Sen. McCain travels across the nation reaching out to "forgotten Americans." However, he has turned his back to our reaching out to him. We therefore must ask openly:

Senator McCain:
You seem like a honorable person. However, does your value system include people like us? Do you share our concerns? Why can't you answer yes to the following six questions? We want to know, Senator McCain!
Respectfully,
Asian Ams. Deciding Whom to Support

For your info., here are the 6 questions in 80-20's questionnaire again.

(1) If elected, will you direct the Labor Secretary to hold public hearings regarding the validity of the huge amount of statistical data strongly suggesting discriminatory practices against Asian Americans in workplaces today? Yes or No?

(2) If the data were shown valid, will you issue a directive to the Labor Department asking it to focus on enforcing Executive Order 11246 on behalf of Asian Americans, since in the past similar efforts have already been made on behalf of women and other minorities? Yes or No?

(3) Two years after you have issued the directive described in item 2, will you meet with a group of Asian American national organizations, put together by 80-20 and the Labor Department, to review the progress in extending equal opportunity to Asian Americans? Yes or No?

(4) If elected, will you within your first term of office, seek to increase the nomination of qualified Asian Americans to serve as Article III life-tenured federal judges, whenever such vacancies are available until the current dismal situation is significantly remedied? [To put things in perspective, not meaning to imply quota, presently there are 0.6% Asian Am. Federal judges, while the Asian Am. population is 4.5% and the % of Asian Am legal professionals in laws firms of 100 or larger is at least 5.3%.] Yes or No?

(5) If elected, will you seek to nominate, within your first term of office, qualified Asian Americans to serve as Article III Circuit Judges, whenever there are vacancies in those positions, until the current dismal situation is significantly remedied? [To put things in perspective, none of the 179 Article III Circuit judges is an Asian American.] Yes or No?

(6) If elected, will you consider nominating a qualified Asian America to the Supreme Court, when a vacancy occurs? Two years upon your taking the office, will you meet with a group of Asian American leaders, put together jointly by 80-20 and other Asian American national organizations to review the progress in adding Asian American Federal judges?" Yes or No?

Have you faxed Sen. McCain via (703) 413-0740 yet? Please do it now! Together, we shall overcome.

Respectfully yours,

S. B. Woo Member
Executive Comm., 80-20 PAC
 

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