Last fall, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray ran a TV ad that is turning out to be prophetic. She was sitting in an orchard, holding an apple, talking about local jobs and the economy. She said she was angry we're spending $100 billion rebuilding another country, Iraq, when we have so many needs right here. "It's time we took care of our own," she said defiantly.

I think Murray was onto something. Hurricane Katrina crystallized it. It's now a major political issue: We aren't taking care of our own. - (Full Article)

- The Seattle Times - September 2, 2005