Thursday, September 25, 2008
We got the commitments from Obama/Biden. More importantly, we got the candidates who can win the November election to honor their commitments to us.
However, we can't just sit back & watch. We must HELP Obama/Biden win. They need help in the battleground states (BGS) of
Florida, Missouri, New Hampshire, Ohio, Nevada & Colorado.
Whether you reside in BGS or not, you can help:
1) HELP S. B. WOO reach the Asian Americans who live in BGS.
Send S. B. the email addresses of people living in the BGS including your own if you live in a BGS. Group the email addresses, according to states and email to email@example.com. Even one e-address shall be appreciated. If S. B. gets one from each of the 700,000 on 80-20's list, he'll get 700,000 BGS Asian Am. email addresses.
2) VOLUNTEER to collect e-mail address in BGS for S. B.
E-mail S. B. your name, so that he'll know who are his great Captains in order to thank you personally & publicly. Send him your collected e-addresses in BGS ASAP. It will be FANTASTIC.
Remember the irrefutable evidence of discrimination against us in the workplaces that is shown in The Washington Post ad, which was entered into the Congressional Record? How could it have happened without arousing our outrage? Have we been too passive and timid? YOU can address that issue starting now. Join the CALL TO ACTION!
History beckons. Be an Equality Marcher who works to induce America to accept Asian American as equals, in words and in DEEDS. Your grandchildren may one day look at you and say "Wow."
Look up your address book NOW! I await your email.
S. B. Woo
Member, Executive Comm., 80-20 PAC, Inc.
PS If you really can't help with my search for e-addresses in BGS, and yet want to help, then please donate to Obama by visiting https://donate.barackobama.com/page/contribute/standardvidbottom?source=mainnav . Tell us that you have done so. Thanks. :-)
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
American forefathers have designed the election so that ordinary people like YOU and YOUR children may also get YOUR grievances aired and possibly relieved. During elections, American politicians listen and are ready to implement CHANGE.
Take a look at the end of this email to see how YOU and YOUR children have been denied equal opportunity in workplaces in America. The irrefutable evidence is indeed a part of the Congressional Record* of Sept. 21, 2006. Then look at the full page Washington Post ad to see the iron clad commitments that Obama & Biden have made to make YOU an equal citizen of the USA. Through such a political process, America becomes "a more perfect Union," while WE become equal citizens.
Remember that McCain refused to make the same commitments after repeated efforts/pleas by 80-20. McCain does not care about us.
Seize the historic opportunity to become equal citizens by helping Obama/Biden win!
To know more about 80-20 PAC or to join, visit http://www.80-20initiative.net.
S. B. Woo
Member, Executive Comm., 80-20 PAC, Inc.
How could such irrefutable evidence of discrimination against Asian Americans in workplace have existed for decades without a strong protest from our community? Could it be because that so many of us are passive and timid? Now see the Obama commitment to us, shown below.
Seize the historic opportunity to become equal citizens of the US by helping Obama/Biden win! Forward this newsletter to your friends. To know more about 80-20 PAC or to join, visit http://www.80-20initiative.net
Monday, September 22, 2008
Great news! Since 80-20 has endorsed Obama/Biden on 8/4, things have improved greatly. The latest poll result on how Asian Ams may vote is shown below. If the election were today, Asian Americans nationwide favor Obama over McCain by a 3.4 To 1 ratio or by 77% to 23%. The margin of error in this 80-20 poll is +/- 10%.
Details about the polls are shown in the appendix, if you are interested.
Exciting 80-20 activities in the presidential race will be reported to you often from here on. When the Obama/Biden team wins, we'll get our equal opportunity in workplaces. Thank you.
S. B. Woo
Member, Executive Comm., 80-20 PAC, Inc.
APPENDIX: About 80-20's Polls
80-20 takes frequent polls. Some of you might even have participated in some 80-20 polls. 80-20 recently took 3 polls:
1) A benchmark poll on 7/27/08: It was taken a few days before 80- 20's Endorsement Convention. The sample is 2400 person who mildly support 80-20, of whom 1 in 10 are 80-20 members. They favored Obama over McCain by a 3.8 To 1 ratio. (Note that the absolute value of 3.8 is NOT meaningful, since the sample is mildly supportive of 80-20.)
2) An updated poll on 9/18: Since the last poll, 80-20 had endorsed Obama; Obama had picked Biden and McCain had chosen Palin. 80-20 wanted to find out how all of that has impacted the Asian Am votes. The same poll was sent to the same email list, although those who happened to respond to the poll may be different persons. They now favor Obama over McCain by a 4.9 To 1 ratio. Good progress!
3) An un-biased poll of Asian Am. voters. The questions used in polls 1) and 2) were sent to a random sample of Asian Ams. whose attitude towards 80-20 is unknown but who are almost all registered voters. This group supports Obama over McCain by a 3.4 To 1 ratio. In this poll the absolute value of 3.4 is meaningful. It means that Asian Ams. will favor Obam over McCain by 3.4 to 1.
80-20 has delivered increasingly larger bloc votes to its endorsed candidates. It was 65% in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections; 70% in the 2006 Congressional election, and 75% in Calif's Democratic primary on Feb. 5, 2008.
This year, Asian Ams may be supporting 80-20's endorsed presidential candidate by a whopping 80% to 20% bloc vote - our namesake.
[B] The Poll Contents:
1. I am
a) not registered to vote
b) registered as a Democrat
c) registered as an Independent/undeclared
d) registered as a Republican.
2. If the election were today, I'll vote for
a) Senator McCain
b) Sen. Obama
c) not vote
3. 80-20 works for Asian American interests
a) strongly agree
c) no opinion
e) strongly disagree
[Poll Result? About 80% of the respondents chose 3a) and 3b). Only 5% chose 3d) and 3e).]
[C] The Composition of Participants in the Polls:
1. I am
a) not registered to vote:
7/27/08 bench poll -6%; 9/18 updated poll -6%; 9/18 un-biased poll -6%
b) registered as a Democrat:
7/27/08 bench poll -52%; 9/18 updated poll -36%; 9/18 un-biased poll -42%
c) registered as an Indep/Decline:
7/27/08 bench poll -28%; 9/18 updated poll -46%; 9/18 un-biased poll -38%
d) registered as a Republican:
7/27/08 bench poll -14%; 9/18 updated poll -12%; 9/18 un-biased poll -14%
The % of the Republicans in all 3 polls shown above may seem low. However, Asian Americans who are still registered as Republicans have become rare a species, just like the situation in all minority communities. The huge national poll on Asian Americans, sponsored by the National Science Foundation in 2001*, done with the highest polling standards, showed only 22% Asian Ams Republicans. In the 7 years since 2001, the % of AsAm Republicans has apparently decreased further.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Many asked interesting related questions about the choices in this election. See items 3, 6, and 11, for instance.
1) Totally agree. Richard M. DiGeorgio
2) Valuable information and good analyses! Thanks! Lee
3) #1 and foremost, thank you so much for working towards equality for the Asians in this country.…. SB, I always value your ideas and political experience. Can you shed some light on me, please? Hau-Tak Yu
[My answer: I am voting for the Obama/Biden ticket primarily because it is for Asian Ams' self interest to get that team into the White House. In becoming equal citizens, we are also helping to make the US "a more perfect Union."]
4) I believe the Republicans have put a "wolf in sheep's clothing" on their ticket. After listening to the Charlie Gibson interview, I am convinced Sarah Palin is a George Bush "with lipstick". Ann Akiko Kusumoto
5) So it's not really about the country, huh? It's about self-interest as usual. A newspaper reporter
[My answer: OF COURSE!!! In America an election is a time for the people to air their grievances and get the grievances addressed.]
6) I would recommend that you not talk about "cashing in" on Obama's commitment. Jack Takamura
[My answer: Why not? In America an election is a window for people to air their grievances and get the grievances addressed.]
7) A nice shot. John Wang
[My comment: 80-20 is non-partisan until we have endorsed someone. Once we have endorsed, we are very political. The train for Sen. MaCain has left the station. ]
8) Good comments about Gov. Palin and Sen. MaCain. I appreciate your good work for the Asian/Chinese American community. Franklin Tse, P.E.
9) Here is some thought about McCain. Please share it with our members if you wish. It is my letter to the editor. Ramon Lim, Professor, University of Iowa (For ID purposes only)
"Subject: McCain - A Dangerous Combination
Over the past week, we have been deluged with information about the presidential candidates. Among the items that lifted our heart was the life story of John McCain as a war hero. Each and every one of us was moved by his patriotism and his refusal to be released as a POW. Nevertheless, while watching a CNN report on September 6th, I was bothered by two incidents that also came out of his life story. First, he graduated in the bottom five of his class at the Naval Academy, a fact less than flattering for leadership. The second occurred during a training flight in 1958, when his plane crashed and sank into the bottom of the sea because of engine failure, an that almost cost his life. McCain was quoted as saying that I remember there's some kind of a switch here somewhere that blows the canopy off the airplane, but I didn't read that book, and I don't know where the switch is. From the sea bottom, he was able to get out only after he managed to wrench the canopy open". Now, flying a military plane and not knowing how to eject oneself in an emergency is like learning to drive a car without knowing how to hit the brake. Such recklessness reminds us of the current president who mounted the invasion of a foreign country without an exit plan. What do these incidents tell us? Bravery without knowledge and prudence can be a very dangerous combination. Ramon Lim"
NOTE: 80-20 has verified that the above statements are true.
10) What's worse is that she believes that the war in Iraq is ordained by "God." How does she know? If so, why hasn't "God" won the war? When asked by Charlie Gibson, she didn't know what the Bush Doctrine was so how would she know if "God" supported the Bush doctrine. Tsiwen Law
[Note: Documentation of the above is shown below. ]
- On God's mission to invade Iraq: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/washington/AP-CVN-Palin-Iraq-War.html
- On possible war with Russia: http://www.truthdig.com/eartotheground/item/20080911_Palin_talks_war_with_Russia_in_abc_interview/ http://www.google.com/search?q=palin+war+with+russia&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a
11) I am very worried about Democrats making empty promises just to get the votes. Ekonglo@xxxxxxxxx
[My answer: Those were NOT empty promises. See the appendix below to understand why the commitments are iron-clad!!!]
S. B. Woo
Member, Exec. Comm., 80-20 PAC, Inc.
Subject: Are the promises really iron-clad?
(This newsletter was published on January 7, 2008)
Question: How reliable is the commitment made to 80-20, when a candidate actually becomes the President?
Answer: 100% reliable.
A: Because if the world finds out that the President of the US doesn't honor a written and signed commitment answered with one word: YES, then no one will trust his/her words from there on. No president will ever want to lose his/her reputation of being trustworthy over such a politically simple task as giving Asian Ams the same rights that all other Americans have already enjoyed.
Q: What if the President DOES break his/her promise to us, how is the world going to find out? Is 80-20 going to tell the world?
A: While 80-20 will work like hell to get the White House to fulfill the President's commitment, 80-20 will NOT embarrass the President of our nation thusly.
Q: Then how will the world know?
A: The world of politics is full of intrigues. The president of the US, has many political enemies. Some of them will love to hurt the presidency anyway they can. Such parties will love to buy a full page ad in the NY Time, showing an electronic image of the reply that 80-20 has received and show that the President has not fulfilled his promise and is therefore NOT trustworthy. No President will ever ignore such a possibility. After all, electronic copies of Sen. Clinton & Edwards's replies have been released to the national press and on our website for a long time. Visit: http://www.80-20initiative.net/news/preselect2008.asp.
Q: If the commitment is fulfilled, how will Asian Ams gain?
A: In about 10 years, the number of Asian American managers will double in private industries, universities/school and in the Federal gov. In 4 years, the number of Asian American Federal judges will more than double. Their ranks will include Circuit Court Judges, if not a Supreme Court Justice. Above all, it will mean that all of us will finally be accepted as equal citizens.
Q: Hmm. That is truly significant, if you are right. But I still wonder why do you need to defeat Senator Obama? A: It is because we'll not get to benefit from these commitments if Obama wins the Democratic primary. When Obama wins, Clinton, Edwards and Richardson will lose. With their losses, we lose our historic chance to achieve equal opportunity. Hence, it is not that we want to defeat Obama, we want to protect our own much delayed equal opportunity in work places. (Note: This part is no longer relevant, since Sen. Obama also replied with all yeses on Jan. 31, 2008)
Note: For the same reason that we wanted to defeat Sen. Obama BEFORE he replied with all yes, we must now defeat Sen. McCain. 80-20 works for YOUR interest regardless of party affiliations.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Sen. McCain is 72 years old. If elected, he'll be the oldest president ever elected to his first term. Pres. Reagan was 69 when he took office.
Sen. McCain has had 4 bouts with melanoma - a potentially fatal form of skin cancer. Melanoma was found on his left shoulder in 1993; on his left arm in 2000; AGAIN in August 2000 on his left temple causing a surgery that left a long scar running down the back of his neck for fear that it had spread to a key lymph note; and on his nose in 2002.
Sen. McCain has served our nation with honor. However, his selection of Gov. Palin as a V.P. candidate may be an exception. Competing to be the next president is a very consuming process. Has Sen. McCain been succumbed by his ambition? From America's perspective, is McCain winning Sen. Clinton's former female supporters more important than having a good backup for an aging President with 4 bouts with melanoma?
Here are "President Palin's" qualifications*.
Sarah Palin served two terms (1992 to 1996) as a council member of Wasilla, a small town of about 5000 persons, in Alaska. She won two terms as the mayor of Wasilla (1996 to 2002). She lost an election for Lt. Governor in 2002. She has served as the Governor of Alaska for less than 2 years.
She has no national security and no foreign policy experience. Her brief experience as a governor is strikingly different from those of other governors.
While other governors struggle with tight budgets or even budget deficits, Gov. Palin had the luxury of dealing with a $5 billion budget surplus --Alaska being an oil exporting state. Hence, she doesn't even have the minimum training of a normal governor -- how to build a budget in these days of decreasing resources.
Pass the word. Let America know about our potential "President Palin" before we choose.
S. B. Woo** Member, Executive Comm., 80-20 PAC, Inc.
* Does Obama also lack qualification?
That could be argued in earlier days. However, he has proven himself through numerous debates and the winning of the toughest primary within memory beating an experienced and extremely tough opponent in Sen. Clinton. How many questons on national security has President Palin answered during debates much less proving herself in the test by fire of the "real politic?"
**Was lecturing at Tsinghua Univ., Beijing, China. Be back tomorrow to help Obama win so that we can cash in on Obama's commitments to us.
Friday, September 05, 2008
Dear 80-20 Members and Supporters,
While we had numerous donors in one week contributing $5 each to ourrecent Call to Action, we realized that some of us would prefer to donate by checks or cash. Therefore, in addition to credit cards, we now haveprocedures to accept checks or cash.
1. For personal checks
a. make checks in any amount to Obama for America - mail toObama for America, P O Box 802798, Chicago IL 60680
b. fill out the Obama for America form for eachdonor - mail to above address
c. mail a copy of the same list of donors to 80-20 PAC,31 Pueblo del Sol, Alamogordo, NM 88310; or fax to 800-877-1676;or e-mail to sbw@UDel.Edu or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. For cash
a. purchase a cashier's check with cash collected in any amounts- mail to Obama for America, P O box 802798, Chicago, IL 60680
b. fill out Obama for America form for each donor - mail toabove address
c. mail a copy of the same list of donors to 80-20 PAC,31 Pueblo del Sol, Alamogordo, NM 88310; or fax to 800-877-1676;or e-mail to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We need to deliver as many Asian American supporters to Sen. Obama aspossible to show our support.
If Obama Wins -- We All Win
I encourage all of us to hold house parties and ask everyone you know to fill outthe Obama for America form and donate either cash, check or credit card charge.
Our goal to break the Glass Ceiling depends on All of Us
Together We Build a Better Tomorrow
President, 80-20 Initiative