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Thursday, 31 May 2007 16:00

Making it in the USA - By Dr,. SB Woo "Making It in the USA" Column 

Subject: Why is a bloc vote so powerful?

David Broder, America's most-respected political columnist, stated that a bloc vote is "one of the unnoticed glories of American life." Why? Because a bloc vote can make a small minority politically powerful enough to protect its members.

   A bloc vote is, in the short run, much more effective than giving millions of dollars to politicians and/or registering tens of thousands of new voters each year. Here is why.

   One year, a Democratic presidential nominee (DPN) was running against a Republican nominee (RPN) in a certain state which has 12 million voters. That state had a small Jewish-American community of one-million votes. It could deliver a bloc vote of 80%-20% to its endorsed candidate. The general community had 11-million votes but didn't practice bloc voting.

   The DPN decided to focus on the general community. The RPN decided to focus on the Jewish community. When the ballots were counted, the DPN won the general community by a margin of 52% to 48%. (Recall that the last two presidential elections resulted in much smaller margin of difference than that.) Hence, the DPN had a 4% advantage in the 11-million votes, or a winning margin of 440,000 votes.

   The RPN won the Jewish vote by a margin of 80% to 20%. Hence, the RPN had a 60% advantage in one-million voters. That is a net advantage of 600,000 votes. As a result, the RPN won!

   Wow, the power of a bloc vote!

   Actually, the above is NOT about a "certain state and Jewish Americans." It is about "California and Asian Americans." Asian Americans in California have 8% of the state's 12-million votes which is just about one-million votes! The story is about our political power when we practice a bloc vote!

   All presidential candidates understand the power of a bloc vote. That was why nine of the 11 presidential candidates in 2004 answered 80-20's questionnaire in 2004 with YES/YES/YES. Their promises were in writing and signed! Go see the signatures and what they had promised Asian Americans:

   The above is the proof of the power of "Political Secret I."

   President Bush and Reverend Sharpton were the two who didn't respond positively. Mr. Bush felt he could give up on California and spend his money and effort more cost effectively in Florida and Ohio. Too bad for us, Asian Americans, in 2004. BUT 2008 can be a very different year.

   The GOP can no longer count on the "solid" South and Mid-West. Many political experts have predicted that a RPN must try to win in California. Hence, the GOP will have to either work with us or lose California and with it the White House.

   WITH YOUR HELP, 80-20 aims to use a bloc vote to get all presidential candidates in 2008 to pay much more attention to our concerns!

   More political secrets to come! Forward this SECRET now to your fellow Asian Americans. Ask your friends to join us in a bloc vote in 2008.

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Editor's Note: Former Delaware Lt. Gov. S. B. Woo is the president of the 80-20 Educational Foundation. (The 80-20 EF can tell you political secrets, but may NOT endorse political candidates. Only the 80-20 Political Action Committee can endorse.)

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