Unless Obama is able to make Congress accelerate their work, the economy should hopefully be improving by the time any of Obama's major economic policies take effect, likely in 2010 or later. Several economists note that his plan to let the Bush tax cuts expire for the "wealthy" will happen naturally anyway, so there is likely no need to rush them along when other legislative issues are important. I expect another type of stimulus check to be issued as a temporary patch. Obama will have a 100 day honeymoon period. The big question will be what he chooses to tackle - social security, health care, the tax code, the economy, social issues, the war in Iraq, or ? After the honeymoon's over you have to bet that it will be tougher to get big policies implemented. The laundry list is just too big for it to get done in a single term, yet he has to do something to placate the diverse voter base otherwise risk defeat in the midterms. Obama has the opportunity to transcend the traditional Democrat "eyes bigger than their stomach" approach to introducing sweeping changes when they take power. If, of course, he can keep Pelosi and Reid in check.