A incomplete background/summary of Obama's recess appointments....
The appointments Obama made are related to the Nation Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Of note is that the CFPB is relatively new and was part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (thanks Wikipedia!). It has proven to be controversial from a conservative standpoint which is why Republicans are being "obstructive" and Obama feels he must get things done on his own terms. I won't be cliche and provide a link to some Soviet dictator...
Sources of the aforementioned controversy seem to be around the structure of the CFPB (conservatives say it is too centralized) and perhaps that with HUGE national debt the last thing needed is ANOTHER Bureau. According Richard Shelby (the structure link) the CFPB-
"In its current form, the bureau is headed by a single director. Over a five-year term, the director will have unfettered authority over thousands of American businesses, not just banks. While the bureau receives hundreds of millions of dollars of public money annually, the elected representatives of the American people have no say in how it spends this money. Moreover, other regulators have no meaningful ability to prevent bureau mandates that may threaten the financial health of banks. This is dangerous because American businesses depend on banks, large and small, for funding to grow and to create jobs."
Perhaps Republicans are loonies, maybe conservatives have no idea what is good for them...But when did people stop remembering all the tyrannical governments of the past? Government is not our friend, it does not want/know what is best for us, this is a historical fact. So when all around us our government is gaining power/control over everything, and a President sidesteps the constitutional procedures of our country, who are the real loonies?
If you think Democrats are above the crumbling financial situation, read Throw Them All Out
If you think a government in control of everything is a good thing, read Wild Grass