Few, if any, economic conditions improved during Obama's first term when a booming recovery was forecast by his administration. President Obama has become completely unwilling to work with Republicans in Congress in a way every president before him has. Is there anything that conservatives and Republicans can do to get Obama to work with them for real solutions? If not, the economic problems will likely persist throughout the next year, if not throughout the next four years. Here are the top five persistent problems that continue to drag the economy down.