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October 27, 2008 at 4:34 PM

Race for the White House

Consider this

Recently, there has been much talk about the “Bradley effect” mentioned in your story [“Are white voters telling the truth?” Nation and World, Aug. 18].

Many people believe that because of the Bradley effect, Sen. Barack Obama will take a 4- to 8-point hit on Nov. 4 in relation to the current polls.

While this may happen, I firmly believe that this election will be unique in that there will be a surge of people under the age of 24 voting. This surge has not been considered in the polls and this will easily offset any casualties to Obama’s votes because of the Bradley effect.

In 2000, how many kids did you see walking around wearing former Vice President Al Gore T-shirts? In 2004, how many songs and displays of art were made of Sen. John Kerry?

I think this newfound enthusiasm from the younger citizens in America will help carry Obama to victory this election year.

— Jeff Bellesiles, Seattle

And the paranoia begins

It seems that Sen. John McCain’s road to victory in the upcoming election gets narrower and narrower as the days go by (“The last dash — and what it tells us,” Politics & Government,” Oct. 26]. After pulling out of Michigan a couple of weeks ago (without telling Gov. Sarah Palin) he has basically put all of his political eggs in one basket — Pennsylvania.

Although many of the polls today have Sen. Barack Obama leading by as many as 10 percentage points, I’m still not getting the feeling that the election is safe for him. After hearing about the “Bradley effect,” I can’t help but wonder how much of a role race will play when people fill out their ballots.

Living in Seattle, racism isn’t a very big issue. I know that this isn’t the way people think everywhere in the U.S.

I guess we’ll find out soon enough whether or not I’m just being paranoid.

— Brett Cates, Seattle

Practice what you preach

Sen. John McCain likes to liken himself to former President Teddy Roosevelt.

However, Roosevelt was an advocate of inheritance taxes. He was concerned about the dangers to the American republic posed by concentrated wealth and power.

Former President Lincoln and Former President Franklin D. Roosevelt also supported an inheritance tax. They felt without such a tax America would move from democracy toward aristocracy.

In other words, three great presidents felt it was important to “spread the wealth” in America.

I recently saw figures stating that the top 1 percent of Americans have close to 40 percent of the wealth. A much greater difference, I’m sure, than when presidents Lincoln and the two Roosevelts expressed their concerns.

Sen. Barack Obama plans to cut taxes for lower-income people and raise them for those with higher incomes. In other words, he plans to spread the wealth. If McCain is truly a supporter of Teddy Roosevelt, he should congratulate Obama, but apparently feels it is more important to continually ridicule and mock Obama’s plan.

So much for “country first.”

— Harry McAlister, Tacoma

America is a country, not a business

Has anyone at The Times noticed that Sen. John McCain has been telling us that he will not raise taxes and at the same time, he endorses taxing, for the first time, employer-provided health-care benefits.

As a card-carrying member of the “middle class,” I resent what is, in effect, an attack on my financial health and safety. McCain’s proposed programs clearly benefit lenders buying discounted mortgages at face value. The programs also benefit insurance companies and those employers too cheap and too greedy to provide health care for their workers while decreasing the tax burden of the wealthiest of Americans.

Nothing is trickling down here, the wealth is not spreading, it is leaving us and going to those who have more.

McCain has been running against what he tries to portray as Sen. Barack Obama’s personality but his own campaign and proposed programs speak volumes about his own.

His campaign has been deceitful about taxes, among other things. If this reflects his personality, it does not speak well of him.

— Marc DeMartini, Seattle

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