A Win-Win Deal
80-20 seized the "golden opportunity" for YOUR CHILDREN
YOU WON. 80-20 is proud to have seized the golden opportunity for you by working with Secretary Clinton, the certain next presidential nominee of the Democratic Party, and likely our next president.
The Board of 80-20 unanimously found Secretary Clinton's latest reply to 80-20's questionnaire satisfactory. Therefore, it has unanimously endorsed Clinton for the rest of the primary season, including the all-important CA Democratic open primary on June 7th.
Politics Is Deal-making
Frankly, one of her answers was not satisfactory. But some of her answers broke new frontiers for AsAms. This is an unanticipated advantage based on accepting "answers with elaboration" instead of "yes and no" answers. For example, 80-20 has induced other presidential candidates to promise to appoint cabinet officials and federal judges in the past. However, none has ever promised to give us INPUT to such appointments. Hillary has promised to give us INPUT in two of her elaborated answers -- a huge advancement for us.
Hillary has NOT answered "yes or no" to any other questionnaires in this election. We verified it on the web. To see it for yourself, click here.
Note that Sanders wants our votes, but is NOT willing to help us win EQUAL opportunity. He and Clinton have both answered 5 questionnaires. When it came to the one for Asian Americans, ONLY Clinton has answered. We need to teach Sanders, and all politicians like Sanders, a lesson on June 7th in CA.
A Win-Win Situation
Click here to see 80-20's 7 questions. All answers are quite long. For your convenience, we have provided you with (a) important excerpts from her answers, all emphasis added, and (b) the consensus rating by 80-20's Board on how she has answered each question. Key for the consensus rating: (S) is satisfactory, (U) is unsatisfactory, and (PS) is partially satisfactory.
Q1: (S) ". . . I will vigorously enforce Executive Order 11246 . . . "
Q2: (S) ".... From special assistants to cabinet members, Asian Americans will play a key role in helping to shape my policy priorities and be effectively represented in our agencies. I look forward to working with AAPI leaders, including from 80-20, to identify future AAPI federal employees and build the next generation of Asian-American leaders."
She gave the same first sentence to the Hispanic leaders. Click here to see the jubilant reaction of the Hispanic community. The second sentence, added in her latest reply, is even better. History has taught us that having AsAm appointees is not necessarily a blessing. Our community needs AsAms in high positions who have stayed close with our community and have the desire to help us reach EQUAL opportunity. We now have an avenue for input into future appointments.
Q3: (S) ".... as President, I would make nominations that are just as diverse, thoughtful and talented, including considering qualified Asian Americans."
Q4: (PS) "Disaggregated data can show where some students may face greater challenges than what the overall data may suggest."
To learn that AsAm applicants to IVY League schools must yield about 140 points to white applicants, 270 to Hispanics, and 450 to blacks requires disaggregated data, which in the past was only available through private research e.g. by Princeton sociologist Prof. Thomas Espenshade. We may now inform the Dept. of Education what type of disaggregated data we need.
Sen. Clinton didn't answer our question at all, perhaps due to worrying over offending other minorities whose votes she MUST have during the general election. We disagree with her. But we understand her needs. 80-20 understands the real world.
Q6: (S) " ... As President, I will continue to engage Asian American leaders throughout my term, including from 80-20, to hear their ideas and concerns and update them on the efforts I have undertaken so that every Asian American can achieve his or her potential. "
Q7: (S) " ... While it is critical that we continue to keep our country secure and protect our trade secrets, we cannot do so at the expense of our civil liberties."
The above answer is satisfactory, although 80-20's belief is that the profiling of Asian/Chinese-Ams in national security matters may no longer be an issue. The new rule pronounced by DOJ in a front page NY Times article might have made Q7 obsolete. 80-20 has a copy of the new rule. We discussed it with many reporters and experts in national security matters to find the new rule satisfactory.
Click here to see Secretary Clinton's complete answers. Note that these are promises in writing, not just spoken words which are NOT enforceable.
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Let's show both Hillary and Bernie how effectively AsAms can help or defeat their respective causes. When we do that, our children's future will be bright.
Who but 80-20 will fight for you as hard and as effectively?
S. B. Woo
President and a volunteer for the past 18 years
80-20 Initiative, Inc.
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