Taxation has always been about obtaining revenue from a certain group of people or business in order to keep the government and all of its functions running. Unless you're an extreme Libertarian, most people agree that the government has a role in providing certain services to the public; these services are approved by state and federal lawmakers, whom are all elected by the people to make these decisions on their behalf. It is debatable how much government should provide services to the people, as well as how much funding government should provide to these services, but the truth is that socialism does have an important role in improving the lives of everyday Americans and maintaining a certain quality of life. Take the following services, for example, many of which we could hardly do without and take for granted: the postal service, social security, medicaid/medicare, funding for firefighters and police, funding for our veterans, maintaining a strong military, public libraries, our public infrastructure- roads, highways, bridges, the electric grid, dams, protected lands and parks, the development of the space program and development of nuclear power. Even tax cuts for a certain group of people must be funded somehow. Providing tax cuts for the wealthy and the powerful corporations comes at the expense of hard-working everyday middle and lower class Americans, yet somehow this doesn't get called "socialism." Government has, for decades, bailed out large corporations, yet this rarely gets called "socialism." Now that our next potential president, Barack Obama, wants to let the tax cuts for the wealthy expire in order to give tax cuts to the middle and lower class, many everywhere are calling this "socialism." To be quite honest, most people have no idea what "socialism" is. Most people have been spoon-fed for decades that socialism is somehow anti-American; this comes from the days of the cold war when socialism became equated with communism, but these two ideals are nowhere near the same. If that were true, then your local postman is a communist, and so are the policemen and firefighters on which you depend everyday for help and security. I'm not here to promote the idea that America should become a socialist-welfare state at all but I just have one question..
How is it not called socialism when George W. Bush gave tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations (which McCain was originally against but now supports), but when Barack Obama wants to let these tax cuts expire and give these tax cuts to the hard-working middle class, it's called socialism? In my opinion, it's a trade off. Please discuss.