I find it perplexing that Sen. Mike Lee would cite the national debt as a way to justify voting against the Restore Our Parks Act, a proposal to set aside funds to cut a maintenance backlog at America’s national parks.

We have an increasing national debt largely as a result of President Donald Trump’s tax plan, which Lee supported. This plan was designed largely to benefit the ultra-wealthy. Trump’s tax plan contrasts with the Restore Our Parks Act that clearly benefits all Americans, rich and poor, through supporting our national parks that are enthusiastically used by many millions of Americans. I would like to remind Sen. Lee that these are the same national parks that promote the tourism industry that is very financially beneficial to Utah.

As the final insult, according to a recent New York Times article, “President Trump participated in dubious tax schemes during the 1990s, including instances of outright fraud, that greatly increased the fortune he received from his parents.” Perhaps if people like Trump paid their fair share of taxes we would not have a budget deficit for Lee to use as a pawn against our public lands.

Tom Mader, Moab