Both Obama's appointments and massive spending plan directed at the states have one thing in common, they are part of his plan to centralizing power in his own hands, bypassing Congress and State governments.
Obama's appointments are slowly creating two layers of government, one of Senate vetted appointees holding down conventional seats in the Cabinet while having next to no power, while the second consists of Czars or entirely new positions that do not require Senate vetting and are not accountable to congress-- but hold the real power.
upset Senator Byrd, but it's only part of a larger picture. Obama does not want his appointees to be accountable to Congress or anyone but himself. This would be dangerous in even a political leader with the most benign agenda, because it strikes at the very heart of the Constitutional separation of powers. Obama is investing absolute power in the Executive Branch, working to create a chain of command that functions outside the Constitution.
Obama's approach jettisons the precedents and manners of the office, crafting a constant stream of new innovations and new positions that give him direct control over policy, while cutting everyone else out of the loop. What began with an absolute control over press conference, is now morphing into an attitude that characterizes everything that Obama does. An attitude that says that power and control matter more than the law.
The misnamed Stimulus Bill meanwhile is meant to fundamentally alter the relationship between States and the Federal government. With several states already headed for bankruptcy, Obama's plan is meant to be the first step in pushing many more states down the same sinkhole that California is in, by creating a permanent category of expenses that the states will not be able to afford once the stimulus bill runs out.
This will put state governments further under the control of Obama, while his "Czars" will be directing the programs in ways that foster dependency and creating an addiction impossible to break, outside the purview of Congress. It's why so many State governors are reluctant to accept the money, with only Schwarzenegger, who has mismanaged California (or is that Kahlifornia) into bankruptcy, chomping at the bit to take them money. And no wonder. With the state that California is in now, the money is the equivalent of giving a heroin addict another dose while he's lying there in the gutter. And that kind of desperate state of dependency is what Obama wants for every state government.
While Obama's Czars gain control of the States for the Executive branch, centralization takes hold not merely for the Federal government, but the White House alone, thereby completing a process that has been long underway with brutal efficiency, and turning State Governors into little more than puppets dancing on a string being dangled out of the Oval Office.
Since Obama's likely opponents are State Governors themselves, a targeted attack on them, is also a political assassination of his potential rivals. The Stimulus Plan serves as a carefully wrought trap.
Taking the money will put them in a bind that will require them to either make some very unpopular decisions and cut down on the entitlement programs when the money runs out, or keep spending money they don't have to maintain them. Alternatively they can refuse the money up front and handle the public outrage now. Either of these courses of action will cripple their public image and their potential to run against Obama.
That is not the sort of thing people used to expect from the White House, but it is exactly the kind of ruthless and ugly tactics that should be expected from those currently occupying that symbol of American governance.
When State governments are dependent enough, the Federal government becomes the center of a Water Monopoly Empire, taking from one state and giving to another. The very dependency of states on a centralized Federal government, controlled by Czars, rather than Cabinet members subject to Congressional oversight, essentially transforms America from a Democratic Republic to an Empire of Debt, funded by taxation and deficit spending, and administered out of Washington D.C. and cheered on by a media mandate of endless worshipful propaganda.
Obama is attempting to subvert the Constitution and centralize power in his own hands, bypassing Congress and State Governors this is a dangerous precedent and a slippery slope into absolute tyranny. The radical expansion of government is meant to serve only one end, his.
One of the first things that mark a transition by a democracy into tyranny is a growing emphasis into centralization, particularly targeting regional governors. Early on Putin demonstrated his intent to create a one man state by moving to appoint regional governors. While Obama doesn't wield that kind of power yet, he is moving to sideline all sources of power besides himself. If the media's propaganda haze allows him to continue along this route, under the guise of a national economic emergency, there is no telling how far he will choose to go.