In socialism the gov't OWNS all the businesses in whole or (less frequently) in part. What you are feeblely trying to pervert is facism, where the indivibual owns the business but turns the profits over to the gov't for redistribution. obama has managed to do both (like FDR) but to a lesser degree, so far. I have no idea who you talked with (had school ended for the day, and you were employed as a crossing guard, so you attempted to discuss politics with the 7th graders?) but they were NOT Republican. My guess is libertarian (in the American style).