So Sen. Orrin Hatch supported the automatic sequestration budget cuts even though they will adversely impact Utah, the country and millions of people ("Sequestration: Hill Air Force Base's civilians may face 22 unpaid days," Tribune, Feb. 22).
Hatch is partially to blame for the national debt mess. When both he and President Ronald Reagan took office, the national debt was less than $1 trillion. Twelve years later, after the Republican administrations of Reagan and President George H.W. Bush, the national debt had quadrupled.
Hatch supported all of the tax cuts of Reagan and President George W. Bush. When Bush took office, in 2001, the national debt was $5.7 trillion; when he left office, it was almost $12 trillion.