Why do people think that Obama has ANY intention of improving the economy? The more he improves it, the more he - along with the socialist democrats - are relevant. His entire focus is on DESTROYING the economy, and every action he takes is a step in that direction. That is why he wants more takers and less makers. The bigger the crisis, the more government has to step in, and when they step in, they make it harder for producers.
That is his INTENTION, and he is WINNING. He is winning BIG now, as conservatives (makers, Republicans) will never be able to get the country out of this morass with their current permanent minority status relative to the socialists (takers). And ANYTHING that reverses this course THREATENS socialism (Democrats)