The most recent step in Obama’s makeover as a centrist was his olive branch visit to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He prefaced his speech by remarking that the White House and the Chamber might have gotten off to a better start if someone had brought over a fruitcake. There wasn’t much laughter.

Commerce is the engine of prosperity for the nation. His audience was a gathering of drivers of that engine. Obama stood before the group and told them they must take money that rightfully belongs to the owners of companies and give it to the workers. Here are the words he used to say it.

“If we’re fighting to reform the tax code and increase exports, the benefits cannot just translate into greater profits and bonuses for those at the top. They have to be shared by American workers, who need to know that opening markets will lift their standard of living as well as your bottom line,”

The two tenets most essential to an efficient free market society are the Right to Private Property and the Rule of Law. With just two sentences Obama undermined both of them. If that’s considered to be centrist it must be because it is somewhere in the middle between Marx and Engels.

At the end of the speech one listener is said to have turned to his neighbor and said of the speech, “If that’s his olive branch, I would rather have the fruit cake.”

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