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October 24, 2008 at 5:49 PM

Presidential politics

Millions want it

As a young salesman years ago, I was cautioned by a sales-veteran about prospects and clients who heard what they wanted to hear, and not what you actually said. So it seems is the problem with Robert Johnston in his recent letter [“Change you can’t invest in,” Times, Northwest Voices, Oct 23].

He has fallen for the tired old Republican line of Sen. Barack Obama’s “huge-spending programs, tax increases on business and massive transfers of wealth,” when Obama is actually proposing a tax cut for 95 percent of the population, not giving certain businesses, such as oil companies, further tax cuts (as Sen. John McCain would do), and trying to ensure that all sections of our population are equally represented.

Of course the majority of the heads of major corporations are opposed to Obama, as he wants to curtail the insanely extravagant salaries, perks and bonuses they receive, even as their companies are laying off employees.

As for making our country into a socialist state, what does Johnston think Medicare, Social Security and the graduated income tax are? These are the foundations of our form of social democracy, and I imagine Johnston will gladly accept his Medicare benefits and Social-Security payments, as millions of our other citizens do.

To answer Johnston’s question: Yes, Obama is exactly the change millions of us want.

— Ken Kreps, Puyallup

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