Barack Obama's election is historic by any measure, and Americans believe this is a positive event for the US in many ways. The time of good feeling may be short lived, however, as the Democratic leadership has many far-reaching goals. Front and center for the Democrats next month will be the controversial check-card legislation allowing unions to organize without holding elections. Congressional leadership will also seek new regulations, mandates and higher taxes. Democrats believe spending more money on programs that don't work will somehow produce a different result. Meanwhile, from a woodworking perspective, there are still unresolved key issues.