Thursday, October 30, 2014

Q&A: The importance of this election


Q: What's the prospect that Democrats will retain control of the Senate?
A: Not that hot, unless Asian Ams, blacks and Hispanics will turn out in unusually large numbers in contested Senate races to support the Democrats.  We hope that you will and get your friends to join you.

Why support them?  To pay our debt.  The Senate under the Democrats' control has TRIPLED the number of AsAm federal life-tenured judges, including increasing the number of AsAm federal Appeals Courts judges from ZERO to FOUR.

"Rewarding the politicians who share our concerns and punishing those who don't" is in the best of democratic traditions.  It is the best way to help ourselves WIN equal opportunity!

Q: How does this election impact SCA 5?
A: There are two schools of thoughts.  
School 1: Some in CA are advocating to use this election to help make sure that Democrats in CA no longer enjoy a 2/3 majority in either the Senate or the Assembly.   Why?  So that SCA 5 could not be revived by the Democrats, because reviving requires a positive 2/3 vote in CA's Senate and Assembly.

School 2: 80-20 thinks that there is a much better way of stopping SCA 5.  It'll benefit AsAms in not only CA but also nationally.

Q:  80-20 knows politics.  What is 80-20's method?
A: Use this election to induce a MUCH STRONGER accountability from  AsAm officials nationally, by defeating Paul Fong for NOT serving our interest during the STOP SCA 5 struggle.  Such a defeat will delight AsAm officials who have been faithful to us.  It'll warn the others.  


In addition, SCA 5 can NEVER be revived in CA .  It is because whether the Democratic Party achieves a 2/3 majority in both the Senate & the Assembly in this election or not, it can NOT maintain its 2/3 majority in a future SCA 5 vote.  All AsAm Democratic senators and Assembly-persons will vote against it.  None of these officials will want to be the next Leland Yee or Paul Fong.


Logically,  we must FIRST get the AsAm officials to take our rightful interests seriously, before other officials will be mindful of our rightful interests.  




Fellow Asian Americans: 

Let's use this opportunity to tackle the chronic problem of insufficient accountability from our own officials.


Q: Is there something personal between you and Paul Fong? 

A: No, I don't know Paul Fong at all, haven't talked to him and haven't met him.  It is NOT personal.  It is for the benefit of the entire AsAm community.  


     FORWARD this email to your AsAm friends in San Jose, and urge them to vote for Paul Fong's opponent, Chappie Jones.  Wall Street Journal recently published a quote  praised Chappie's leadership and vision for San Jose.


 S. B. Woo, a volunteer
President, 80-20 National AsAm Political Action Committee, Inc. 
http://www.80-20initiative.net

Monday, October 27, 2014

80-20's endorsement for this election


                                             80-20 Respectfully Recommends...

NATIONWIDE:   

VOTE for all Democratic senators.  Hopefully, the AsAm vote may help maintain the Democratic majority in the senate. 

    WHY?  To thank the Democrats-controlled Senate for tripling the number of Asian Am life-tenured federal judges, nominated by Pres. Obama.  Additionally, we now have FOUR AsAm Appeals Court judges instead of ZERO.  A Supreme Court judge could be next.  Then, we'll never fear internment again.  Otherwise, the AsAm Supreme Court Justice will be interned too.

Q: Is this another evidence that 80-20 is a Democratic front?
A: "Reward the politicians who share our concerns, and punish those who don't" has always been 80-20's motto.  It's the most reliable ways to increaseAsAm political clout!   The Republicans need to do things for us first, before we'll reward them.  To illustrate, in 2010, when a California Republican  gubernatorial candidate, Meg Whitman, answered 80-20's questionnaire 
and her Democratic opponent, Jerry Brown, didn't, we  endorsed Meg Whitman !  80-20 is courageous and straight as an arrow.

                           CALIFORNIA (where 35% of the AsAms live):

VOTE for Republican Catharine Baker in the16 Assembly District race.  

     WHY?  Because the Silicon Valley Chinese Association, a good organization, strongly recommends it and has asked for 80-20's help.

VOTE for Chappie Jones in San Jose's 1st City Council District race.

     WHY?  To punish Paul Fong, who was UN-faithful to interests of AsAms, who are 28% of the constituents in his 28th Assembly district.  He didn't oppose SCA 5 when thousands of AsAms in his district appealed to him.  However, upon the death of SCA 5, he jumped out to claim credit.  Slick but shameless!
    
Q:  Why oppose an Asian Am candidate?
A:  First, why elect an AsAm politician who is UN-faithful to our interests?
      
Secondly, in politics, un-electing a politician is much more powerful than helping to elect one.  To illustrate, when the Jewish political organization AIPAC is credited for defeating a number of elected officials over the years, whenever AIPAC speaks, politicians listen!
      
As soon as SCA-5 was dead, 80-20 declared to UN-elect Sen.Leland Yee and Assemblyman Paul Fong for their neglect of our community'srightful interests.  Yee was already driven out of politics.  Help defeat PaulFong.  Together, we'll induce AsAm elected officials nationwide to be more
ACCOUNTABLE to our rightful interests!  It'll be a significant step!


S. B. Woo, a volunteer
President, 80-20 National AsAm Political Action Committee, Inc. 
http://www.80-20initiative.net


Monday, October 13, 2014

The Record Against Paul Fong of San Jose

Q: 80-20 usually focuses on Presidential races.  Why focus on Paul Fong, running for a city district 1 seat in San Jose?
A: 80-20's goal is find the most effective way to increase the political voice of  Asian Ams, whether through presidential election or local elections.

Q: Why Paul Fong?
A: After the "STOP SCA-5" experience in California, 80-20 sadly realized that the AsAm community in CA, where 35 % of Asian Ams reside, was NOT holding its elected AsAm officials accountable to defend its rightful interest.  It wasn't just Paul Fong.  Former CA Sen. Leland Yee was another.  Leland Yee has already been driven out of politics, when his arms trade deal was exposed.  Paul Fong is unfortunately still in politics.  Fong didn't speak for us as an elected official.  Indeed, he seems bent on using us or even doing us in for his own benefit.

Q: That is a very strong accusation.  Can you give concrete evidences?
A: Yes.  2 well-known public records.

    (1) In 2011, Paul Fong proposed banning shark fin in CA, without giving the  AsAms in CA adequate time to adjust to such a ban. For what? Save sharks?  Compare him against the US senators from tobacco-producing states, who gave their constituents decades to adjust, even when smoking cost human lives. 
    (2) In 2014, Fong was the head of the AsAm Caucus in CA Assembly when SCA-5 passed the Senate & required a 2/3 majority to pass the Assembly. Fong sat on the fence in spite of appeals from thousand of AsAms for him tostate his opposition to SCA-5.  However, on the day SCA-5 was dead, Fong jumped out to claim credit and tried to raise campaign contributions. 80-20
understands and sympathizes with the unique needs of elected officials.  Still, in this case, we found Fong's Machiavellian behavior disgusting!
    
Now, Fong runs for a City Council seat in San Jose, because he'll be term limited out of the 29th Assembly district.  The mainstream media seems to see him as a slick unprincipled politician just like we do. The Mercury News (MN), which has ample time to observe Fong, endorsed his opponent, Chappie Jones, with a cutting comment on Fong.  MN has this to say about Fong.

"In District 1, Assemblyman Paul Fong, D-Cupertino, bought a condo in San Jose last year to be labor's candidate for council. His Assembly district included only part of District 1 until two years ago, when redistricting added the rest. We can't resist repeating our favorite Fong quote: 'I know the San Jose area very well because I've driven by it every day, too.' Fortunately, his opponent, Chappie Jones, is the real deal  . . . "  (Emphasis added)   
Click here for the complete Mercury News editorial endorsement.

Q:  Powerful evidences!  But he is only a local politician. So what if 80-20 succeeds in getting him out of politics?
A: A good question!  Getting him out of politics will be a message heard by ALL AsAm elected officials NATIONWIDE! 

As soon as SCA-5 was dead, 80-20 declared to defeat 2 AsAm politicians, Leland Yee and Paul Fong, to set examples.  They were particularly unfaithful to our community's rightful interests during the SCA-5 episode.  If both are no longer around after the November election, this message will be registered and welcomed by all good AsAm elected officials.

That message together with the bloc vote which 80-20 leads in presidential elections give Asian Ams the political voice that we need to be EQUAL CITIZENS of this great nation.  

 
                  HELP!  FORWARD this to your friends in San Jose.

S. B. Woo, a volunteer
President, 80-20 National AsAm PAC, Inc. (http://www.80-20initiative.net)

PS: On the strong recommendation of SVCA of CA, 80-20 endorses Catharine Baker for CA Assembly district 16.
 

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