So that's where we are right now, the Republicans and the Tea Partiers have Obama over the same legislative barrel where the Conservative Coalition had FDR in 1937-38. FDR was not able to impose his will on Congress to get them to do what was necessary to bring America out of the Depression; it took the massive government stimulus that was WWII to do that. Likewise, Obama is not able to impose his will on Congress to get them to do what is necessary to keep us from going into the second dip of the Great Recession. I can only pray that it won't take another world war or similar catastrophe to pull us out of it.
Apparently, President Obama has not learned the historical lesson of the Great Depression, and the unmistakable political parallels that forced its prolongation despite FDR's best efforts. The Republicans and the Tea Partiers didn't learn the lesson either, and almost certainly don't realize how closely they're copying the playbook of the Conservative Coalition and its efforts that resulted in the second dip of the depression.
But the man in the White House is the one who bears the ultimate responsibility for the all-but-certain second dip of the great recession, if for nothing else than his failure to educate the American people about this crucial lesson of history. Sadly, it looks as if we're all doomed to repeat the lesson.