Congress may be out, but that doesn't mean President Obama can't score some political points from its inertia.
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He's been doing that since the end of June, repeating at virtually each public appearance a mantra-like list of actions that Congress could do "right now" to help the economy.
The President was at it again Monday, speaking to an audience in Cannon Falls, Minnesota. Trade deals, rebuilding projects, red-tape slashing... President Obama said these were all things Congress could tackle "right now," or at the very least once it's back in session.
One item he included in that list is shaping up to be a key part of the White House's strategy in the coming months: the payroll tax holiday.
Contrary to conservative smears against the President as a tax-raising liberal, this is a tax break he is battling to keep in the face of Republican opposition.