For Obama and congressional Democrats, it's create jobs ... or else


The universal health care debate has dominated President Barack Obama's legislative agenda so far, and with good reason: Cost-containing health care reform is a prerequisite for balancing the federal budget. But assuming he gets a signed health care reform bill in December, what should Obama's top three legislative priorities be from there? Jobs, jobs and more jobs.

No issue other than jobs, (outside of an unexpected major domestic/international crisis or a major scandal), has so great a political capacity to short-circuit both the Democratic Party's majority party status in Congress and the Obama administration's tenure.