jobs & welfare

on to 2008

Election years are notoriously bad times to get any legislation done, especially when you have a lame duck executive - the president has virtually no political capital to push any bills, and both parties are happy to avoid controversial issues that could create awkward sound-bites during campaign season.

While real issues get ignored, what you can expect to see are must-pass bills (like the budget) as well as dead-end votes that earn easy political points even though they never make it past a veto (like a time-line for withdrawal from Iraq or funding for stem-cell research).

With that said, Dems as well as the GOP know they can't go home with nothing done, so they may try to find easy issues where they can look useful. An economic stimulus plan and measures to prop up the sagging mortgage market are two good bets.

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