The poor need help

To the editor:

As decent as Barack Obama was, most white Americans did not vote for him even though they had two chances, first in 2008 and again in 2012.

The reason that they did not vote for the first black president was probably because they did not agree with his policies, not just because he was black.

Hillary Clinton, the first female to be a major party’s top nominee for the presidency, may get close to 90 percent of the black vote. Her policies are much closer to Obama’s than to Donald Trump’s. But they are quite different. She definitely intends to support Obamacare but she will change it significantly, and those changes will make the Affordable Care Act a lot better.

Trump, on the other hand, will surely destroy Obamacare. But he has not spelled out exactly what the replacement will be, if anything. Obamacare has some obvious problems, but virtually all agree that it is far better than what existed previously.

Trump will struggle to get just 15 percent of the black vote. This is due almost entirely to the fact that blacks do not believe his policies will help them, and at least half the experts agree.

Clinton has to continue to make the case that poor people generally and most white middle class males are in the same situation as blacks. She’s devoted her entire life seeking to improve everyone’s lot, while Trump has spent his making billions. Clinton may be rich, but Trump is 100 times richer.

Booker C. Peek