Even the Israeli socialists never said anything like thisFor better or for worse, despite the inroads that capitalism has made in the last 35 years, Israel is still a socialist country. Israelis don't cringe at the word 'socialism' - or even 'communism' unlike their American counterparts. Many - maybe even most - believe that the State is responsible for the welfare of its citizens (Hat Tip: Yaacov Lozowick via Twitter). But in Israel, no one would argue that if you own a successful business, it's due to the collective's efforts and not due to your own efforts. They would simply tell you that you have a responsibility to make sure that your fellow citizen's standard of living meets a minimum, regardless of how much effort they put into that standard of living.
But President Hussein Obama goes much further than Israeli socialists. He argues that there is no such thing as individual effort. You may be working 20 hours per day, but the State is still responsible for the success of your venture, and it deserves to be rewarded.
[i]f you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own. You didn't get there on your own...If you've got a business -- you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen.Four more years?