Washingtonians were greeted with unwelcome news last Friday when they learned that the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, long a hazardous site, found storage tanks were leaking “nuclear and chemical waste.”
“At least six underground-storage tanks each holding tens of thousands of gallons of nuclear and chemical waste are leaking at the Hanford nuclear reservation, the nation’s most contaminated Cold War weapons-production facility.” (Craig Welch, “6 Nuclear-Waste Tanks Leaking At Hanford,” The Seattle Times, 2/22/13)
“And federal officials say more of the aging steel waste tanks also may be dribbling out nuclear material left over from a half-century of atomic bomb-building.” (Craig Welch, “6 Nuclear-Waste Tanks Leaking At Hanford,” The Seattle Times, 2/22/13)
Over the course of the past few years, folks have finally focused on Washington’s inability to rein in out-of-control spending, unsustainable deficits and potentially catastrophic debt. The question has been, and continues to be, who will stand up and lead? Who will shoulder the responsibility of getting our fiscal house in order?
A little more than a year ago, I noted here that it sure as hellfire won’t be Senate Democrats that can be counted on to lead. Why? To truly force Washington to live within its means, not spend more than it takes in, we need a Balanced Budget Amendment. Guess who it was to vote in lockstep against a Balance Budget Amendment in the 1990’s? Yup, Senate Democrats, including the likes of Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Tim Johnson (D-SD), John Kerry (D-MA), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Pat Leahy (D-VT), Carl Levin (D-MI), Barbara Mikulski, Patty Murray (D-WA), Jack Reed (D-RI), Harry Reid (D-NV), Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), and Ron Wyden (D-OR).
Yesterday, The Spokesman-Review highlighted how worried national Democrats are about Senator Patty Murray’s (D-WA) reelection chances. So worried, the Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) has been going after potential Republican challenger Dino Rossi with “hammer and tong.” Rossi, who was robbed by King County in his battle against Christine Gregoire for Governor in 2004, would be a formidable opponent.
But what if Rossi doesn’t run? Do Democrats breathe a sigh of relief? In short, no. Beyond the current hot-button issues of ObamaCare, jobs, unemployment and a number of other issues, there's plenty in Murray's record to cause more than just heartburn for the Democrat Party.