I believe Obama is very much in control of his actions, and that he understands the consequences of his spending. It is to make people dependent on the government in general & his party in particular, while presenting himself as the benevolent bestower of . . . well, you name it. But mainly money. He is working with a tradition where the rules have been established some 70-odd years, and which has had a great deal of success. So much success, in fact, that last year the "opposition" party felt it had to explicitly ditch the US constitution and pledge to preserve, protect and defend the medicare laws of the United States.