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Letter: Retire the 'tough old bird,' Sen. Hatch

Published: Tuesday, May 29 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

Re-election should be based on the person's record. Rather than running on his record, Sen. Orrin Hatch is running on his flawed balanced budget amendment, a notion that chairmanship of the Finance Committee would be a godsend for the nation and implied endorsements. For over 30 years, Hatch has been trying to get a balanced budget amendment passed through Congress. This amendment (S.J. Res. 10, 112th Congress, 1st Session) has many loopholes with phrases such as "Congress may waive", "unless", "except", "estimates;" the amendment is not enforceable, does not reduce the national debt principal, allows for debt increase and does not take effect until five years after ratification.

We should not re-elect Hatch who has dazzled his peers and the voters for 30 years with the good sounding words — "a balanced budget amendment," which is a very flawed amendment. Hatch introduced a bill (S.160, 111th Congress, Jan. 2009) to give the District of Columbia a voting member in the House — which is unconstitutional. Hatch also voted for the Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999 that allowed banks to merge and led this nation to the brink of financial disaster. It is now time to retire the "tough old bird" (as Hatch describes himself), and replace him with Dan Liljenquist who is a fighter that can win in November.

E. Grant Rees

Logan

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