Socialism? I don't think so.
Anyone who is claiming that the policies that are being proposed by Obama are reminiscent of socialism are sorely mistaken. It would take a mere glace at wikipedia, let alone reading one of the greatest political, social, and literary works of all time, "The Communist Manifesto", to understand that what Obama is proposing is not even close to central planning socialism.
Under Socialism, there operates a Board of Central Planners. This board makes decisions that, at best, represent the best interests of the working class--the same class that all of you in this forum are in. Under the discretion of these planners, the state would control, as well as own the rights to production of goods, and also control their distribution. This is contrary to supply and demand, the system that some how ran it's self into the ground after banks offered loans to people who they knew couldn't afford them. Big business, and corporations are the result, and we, as consumers get the short end of the stick. Subsidizing health care, a fundamental right in the opinion of many, should be the foremost concern to everyone in society. Quality of care will not diminish, and you will be able to choose the provider you want. We are currently, the only western, first world country without some type of universal health care. Obviously, the outrageous salaries of CEO's (who's worth is speculative at best) are more important than the few hundred dollars it would cost to insure your average citizen. The real way in which the system will change will be from the end of the insurance providers. They are the greed driven, maniacal tyrants that are systematically allowing close to a third of our population to be without coverage, or under covered. Secondly, with out governmental subsidies for things like education, the overall productivity of society would greatly diminish. There would be even more poor people, who through no fault of their own, would remain in the same economic condition that they were born into, perpetuating the cycle of poverty. So any idiot can see, that these programs, while not resembling true socialism in any way, are really in the best interest of everyone in society. Take a minute to think about that. Society, not the individual--not just you. It's a hard concept for many, especially the right. And for all you libertarians out there, socialism has historically, and even currently, had a better run than your self interested, self absorbed theory of individual liberty. We have just about as much individual liberty as is possible, while still providing a decent standard of living for everyone is society. Progressivism, not conservatism (the mindless adherence to principles that stress tradition and maintaining the status quo), should be the mentality of everyone in society. For it is far more beneficial for everyone in that society, including ultimately one's self. The proposed ideas for distribution of what are ultimately fundamental human rights in our current day and age, should be at the highest level of concern for every individual in our society. However, about half of our country is still cling to their own greedy motives, claiming that the left is taking their hard earned money. If you make enough money to live comfortably, then you have a moral obligation, especially if you identify with republicans who through some sort of twisted logic claim to be Christian, are on the moral grounds for at least choose the candidate who's tax policy helps those who have nothing.
In short, the same convoluted, unintelligible, uninformed arguments that are coming from people who ultimately accuse Obama of being an atheist and a Muslim, which is of course a contradiction, are the same people who largely claim to be Christians and Conservatives. There is then another logical contradiction on hand. Those who cling to the teaching of Christianity, largely out of fear, aren't even willing to sacrifice which will ultimately, under Obama's tax plan, amount to less than 100 dollars annually, to help their fellow man. Trickle down economics does not work, and it never has-- it was called the Regan Administration. Those who claim that Obama wants to take their "hard earned" dollars and spread the wealth around, into a system that is according to the right socialism, are sorely mistaken. It is not socialism, you are just greedy hippocrits.