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October 17, 2008 at 2:05 PM

Presidential politics: the last debate

We want to change, not charge

Editor, The Times:

Watching former Navy pilot Sen. John McCain’s performance Wednesday night reminded me of another military man’s failed strategy.

Like George Armstrong Custer’s last stand, McCain was firing in all directions during the debate, but wasn’t inflicting any collateral damage to his opponent.

Just as the Sioux warriors methodically closed in on Custer, so too, the economy has closed in on McCain.

I imagine the Arizona senator’s instinct is to say “charge” in the face of our financial crisis.

The trouble for McCain is, the public is yelling “change.”

— A. L. Cynton, Laguna Beach, Calif.

Peter will hate Paul

Take from Peter to pay Paul.

That’s Barack Obama’s promise: “If you vote for me, I’ll spread the wealth around.”

Naturally, it will work — as long as there are enough Pauls excited about getting Peter’s money.

But wait.

What would my husband and I do with $250,000 a year?

We’d invest in Home Depot, its employees and home values by doing much-needed repairs on our home.

We’d also help my retired parents, who’ve devoted their lives to ministry and service, by restoring their historic home.

The extra money in our pockets would allow us to give more to our nephew’s Diabetes Walk and various other charities serving our community.

Don’t be fooled. Under a President Barack Obama, the community would receive only 60 cents of each dollar because of the steep tax increase on our $250,000.

I’m frightened that Obama’s “pay the people to vote” notion has never been questioned.

If it’s patriotic for the government to take from Peter, the Pauls will be happy in the short term.

Eventually, the Peters will have no money left, which results in mediocrity for all.

— Sarah Viers, Bothell

We should all be plumbers

Things I learned from Sen. John McCain during the last debate:

If you want to earn a quarter of a million dollars, become a plumber.

AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., left, answers a question from plumber Joe Wurzelbacher in Holland, Ohio, Oct. 12.

When you get called on rabble-rousing the scared and frustrated masses akin to what the Nazis did during the Depression or the segregationists in the 1960s — so that Americans lose sleep worrying that some whacko might be incited to try to assassinate our first black presidential candidate — pout and demand an apology from the very man whose life you’ve put at risk.

— Lesley Reed, Vashon

Crotchety does not belong in the White House

As a Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Joseph Biden supporter, I was quite uneasy during the first three debates.

I was afraid that Sen. John McCain was doing a better job of appealing to Middle America.

You see, as a Democrat and Mariner fan, I’m always concerned that presidential politics and sports will not work out in my favor.

The final debate, however, was no contest.

We saw a president vs. a crotchety old man.

— Ed Rankin, Seattle

Winking all the way

You may have preferred to have a beer with President George W. Bush or go to a hockey game with Gov. Sarah Palin rather than with their opponents.

But didn’t we learn something from the last time we elected Mr. Congeniality rather than Mr. Rationality?

We aren’t voting for buddies; we are voting for leaders who have the calm and wisdom to get us out of the mess that an unqualified president got us into.

I sometimes think that some people don’t realize that the vice president becomes president in the event of incapacity of the president. He/she must be prepared to deal with a world that has never been so complex in terms of global economics, energy needs, wars in the Middle East, nuclear issues, climate change, population growth and resource limits.

We need someone who not only understands the needs of people, but who can gather the best and brightest minds to address those needs, and who will use that expertise to make calm, rational decisions to resolve problems.

If we truly care about our children, we will learn from our past mistake and elect the Obama-Biden team.

Sen. John McCain made a very selfish decision when he chose Palin as his shiny red convertible to show off.

Cute and fun is insufficient.

President Bush’s inability has driven us to the edge. Palin’s could drive us over. But she would be smiling and winking all the way.

— Judy Bevington, Lake Forest Park

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