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October 20, 2008 at 4:18 PM

Barack Obama’s tax plan

We are sick of it

We have all listened intently to Sen. Barack Obama in his addresses, speeches and in his presidential debates.

He has a clear unmistakable message: He wants to cut taxes for 95 percent of Americans. He wants to cut taxes for small businesses, because small business is the engine that drives the economy that provides jobs for 95 percent of Americans.

He said that all small businesses earning less than $250,000 would not have tax increases. And businesses earning $150,000 or less would get tax cuts. We all heard him over and over again making all of this crystal clear.

Sen. John McCain has either lost his hearing or is plainly telling lies at his meetings. He is telling his constituents Obama is going to “kill” small business, because he is going to raise their taxes, and put them out of business.

It is a shocking state of affairs, that a respectable gentleman like McCain would stoop to this kind of conduct just to get votes.

I am appalled by the negativity and nitpicking of both McCain and his running mate Gov. Sarah Palin.

Why don’t they have a good plan for the good of the country?

Stop the lies, stop the nitpicking. We are all sick of it.

Do we want a leader who tells lies to stay popular, or a leader whose word we can trust?

— Jim McKinley

Please raise taxes

I am a high-income voter whose tax bracket will increase if Sen. Barack Obama’s proposals are enacted into law. It is easy to resent paying higher taxes for policies I oppose. But it is even easier to overlook government’s successes.

My mother’s life was saved because of federal taxes. Two years ago, she was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. She underwent surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. She remains disease-free.

The research that led to her diagnosis and lifesaving treatment was funded by federal taxpayers. The universities and medical schools that trained her doctors were funded by the taxpayers. The nurses, radiology technicians and pharmacists were able to attend professional school due to federal student loans. Federal money helped to build the chemotherapy clinic. Medicare paid for the lion’s share of her treatment and the highway on which she traveled to reach the clinic was federally constructed.

I want similar benefits to be there for my children.

Those of us who have profited the most from America’s greatness have a civic responsibility to ensure its fiscal future.

I will vote for Obama/Biden in 2008.

–Dorcas Dobie, Sammamish

Small business makes the world go ’round

As a small-business owner, I am pleased that Sen. Barack Obama will reduce my taxes.

While the future looks good to expand my business, I need extra cash flow these next two years, especially with the banks cutting off credit.

I am sure many other small business are in the same situation. Sen. John McCain’s tax plan will benefit large businesses, but will hurt small ones.

— Robert Hermanson, Lynnwood

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