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Obama is trying to buy the youth vote

In his efforts to energize young voters, President Barack Obama is depicting Republicans as obstacles to an affordable college education, which could be a crucial issue in his re-election campaign.

Mr. Obama now wants Congress to extend a law that cut interest rates on a popular federal loan program for low- and middle-income undergraduates. If the law expires, the rates will double on July 1, from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent.

For Mr. Obama, this is a question of values, as he said in a recent weekly radio and Internet address. He argued we cannot let America become a country where a shrinking number of people do really well while a growing number of people struggle to get by.

Is this merely an attempt to buy the youth vote? If so, this kind of shady politics must be stopped.

Al Eisner, Silver Spring

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