Senator James Imhofe of Oklahoma revealed that Hank Paulson, the Bush administration's spokesman, threatened martial law if the bailout was not put through. In other words, the President, elected by the people of the United States, threatened those elected to Congress with the suspension of Constitutional law if the bailout was not passed. So, to my way of thinking, Bush sees himself as a dictator. Plain and simple. He goes much to the right of Nixon's, "If the president does it then it's not against the law."
Bush cannot vacate the White House fast enough.