As my dislike for the current occupant of the White House grows and festers, I see more and more of the clandestine socialist in him. His throwaway insult during the 2012 election about those who would claim ownership of, and credit for the businesses they built has a deeper meaning than merely his typical reflexive insult of anything remotely Republican, American and capitalist.
Classic Marxism sees the use of labor by the capitalist as theft, because the surplus value of labor is not returned to the worker. That of course is the basis for a market economy and capitalism, and without it we would be wallowing in filth and disease and living a “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short” life, to expropriate Hobbes’ famous quotation.
In all likelihood Obama doesn’t understand the connection between his words and Marxism, but he doesn’t have to. The message is clear, if subtle, and he learned his lessons well, even though he is just parroting them.