--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
> In a message dated 6/23/06 11:35:36 A.M. Central Daylight Time,  
> > I  think from comments I have read in this forum before,
> > there are a lot  of people that want more government
> > controls over the economy and  means of production. Just
> > how much control is a big  question.
> Yes, that's a big question, typically unexamined by
> those  who like to label liberals "socialists,those 
> the only two choices  were unbridled capitalism and
> Marxian socialism.
> But it's a lot  easier to decide which side you're on
> if you can make yourself believe  there are only two
> with nothing in between. Otherwise you might  actually
> have to *think* about what's involved.
> (General "you," not  you personally.)
> Yes I think the question is where do you draw the line from  
referring to a 
> country as being capitalistic and being socialistic. There is a  
point where it 
> tilts from one side to the other. The more one pushes that  
balance beam 
> towards more social programs paid for by the wealthy, the closer 
it  is to tipping 
> to being called a socialist  country.

The U.S. is a mixture of both, with a very large leaning towards 

But there is an incredibly large segment of the economy that is fed 
and controlled by the government...to the tune of $2.8 trillion a 
year (that's the federal government budget): Social Security, 
Medicaid, Medicare, Education agriculture subsidies, etc.

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