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October 31, 2008 at 4:45 PM

Presidential race

Cut something else

America is at a crossroad and on Tuesday we will have to decide upon a direction.

I was among the 3 percent of blacks who voted for Gov. Hillary Rodham Clinton. Since her primary defeat, I had to reassess Sen. Barack Obama’s message and concluded that his nebulous plans for social reform will place a greater debt on hardworking American families and compromise national security.

Obama promises a tax cut to the middle class at a time when our national debt is approaching $11 trillion and the deficit is skyrocketing. He also proposes nearly $1 trillion in new spending. To pay for this, he will increase taxes on wealthy Americans, cut military spending and end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

His Robin-Hood tactics and ending the wars will not achieve a balanced budget nor diminish the national debt. Does Obama honestly believe the rich won’t pass their higher taxes on to consumers? Increasing taxes on the rich will be the same as a backdoor tax on low-income families.

Having been deployed to Iraq, I believe Obama’s cut-and-run policy will only ensure that he will be tested by a terrorist organization, but at what price?

We started the mess in Iraq and we must ensure a stable sovereign government is in place to protect the millions of Iraqis who supported us.

Reducing our military will ensure an inadequate response in the event Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad continues his nuclear-weapons ambitions and attacks Israel.

But look at the other potential hot spots such as North Korea, Syria, nuclear-armed Pakistan, the resurgence of the Taliban and the growing threat of al-Qaida, and ask yourself if this is a good time to cut military spending.

— Kerry Watkins, Lake Stevens

Aye aye, captain

A final thought about the election: One of the two U.S. senators running for president is going to be working out of the Oval Office soon. The other will be returning to his job on Capitol Hill.

Whichever candidate ends up back in the Senate, he is destined to play an important role in launching or opposing the new president’s agenda.

Given the enormous challenges this nation faces, I hope it’s the former and not the latter.

After all, winning an election is the easy part; governing is much more difficult. The 44th president of the U.S. is going to need all hands on deck.

— Denny Freidenrich, Laguna Beach, Calif.

Down-under is bombarded, too

Our news bulletins are mainly about the global economic crisis or the U.S. election. I find it hard to believe that many voters think Sen. Barack Obama is a Muslim, a friend of terrorists and a socialist or a communist.

Even we down here at the end of the world know that Obama is a Christian, not a friend of terrorists and that he is neither a socialist nor a communist.

All he wants to do, as any other like-minded head of state should do, is spread the wealth.

Why should 1 percent or so of the population have 60 percent of the wealth?

I am with Obama on letting everyone share the good times. What’s wrong with that?

The rich can afford to pay more taxes to help those less fortunate.

— Robert Pallister, Punchbowl, Australia

Sounds fishy

Let me see if I’ve got this right: Sen. John McCain makes Joe the Plumber the focus of his campaign, but his name is not Joe, it’s Samuel, he doesn’t have a plumber’s license but still calls himself a plumber, and he’s worried about how much income tax he will have to pay if he ever buys the company for which he now works.

What’s he doing at an Obama rally anyway? Sounds like the perfect choice for secretary of labor in a McCain administration. Unbelievable.

— William A. Looney, Tacoma

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