Our form of socialism is a little more insidious than the Hammer and Sickle. Our government doesn't take ownership of your business, it just taxes it to the limits of existence to buy votes and power. Votes are bought with "free" education that does not teach, federal "aid" that does not help (ask a New Yorker about that), "free" medicine that is just not available, and other such goodies. We seem to prefer our iron fists safely clad in velvet gloves. But they are still iron fists, and they still serve the same purpose. If you really ever lived in the Soviet Union, you would know that.