It looks like Bush will probably hammer out some sort of stimulus package before the State of the Union. I have really mixed feelings. If it is aimed at the poor, it will be of little benefit to the economy. Even if it is across the board, with no spending cuts it becomes a $80Billion dollar liquidity boost. This is only going to tank the dollar further, which will probably send oil over $100pb. Last year, we had the worst inflation in 17 years. And that was the stated inflation, as opposed to the shadow statistics. I see inflation as enemy #1 in America right now. One the other hand, I think this will get the current candidates on both sides on board for tax cuts/reform. The only real solution for inflation is less government spending and more consumer activity. At the end of the day, I don't think this is a purely political issue as all sides are on board. It does look like Bush will be able to define an issue in this race and as a standing President, I think he has the right to do so.