Re "Spending cuts needed," by Orrin Hatch (Tribune, Jan. 5):
Sen. Hatch speaks with forked tongue. He announces he will not vote to increase the debt limit and postures as a great defender of balanced budgets, thinking we will forget six years of Republican out-of-control spending.
In 2001, when President George W. Bush and Hatch took over Washington, the national deficit was $5.5 trillion and the Treasury showed budget surpluses. Eight years later, they left a deficit of $11.4 trillion. I guess deficits only matter when Democrats occupy the White House.