Most reasonable people, conservative and liberal, agree that we are a compassionate nation with a history of smart 'safety net' programs. We learned from the massive poverty and crime during the Great Depression that it is in our best interest to be proactive in preventing poverty, crime, homelessness, with smart, pragmatic programs. The programs you mentioned are not prefect and have all undergone a lot of fine-tuning over the years. And there will always be someone looking for new ways to beat the system.
You, like Katie Abram, really don't have a grasp on some basic concepts of government and the various types of government. It is difficult to discuss politics with you, because we come from different educational backgrounds. If I sound elitist, well, that may be from your POV.
But I encourage you to brush up on your 20th Century history and poli sci.
The country is indeed swinging, in some respects, to the left with the expansion of the Federal Government. But that's the platform Barack Obama ran on. And he won the election. This is the Democrats attempt to fix many problems in the financial, energy, and health industries. But there are no FACTS that in anyway indicate a move towards socialism or total government take over of any of these industries. If you believe that, you've been grossly misinformed.
Many people come to political forums armed with what they think are the facts. They are content to know what they already know and are not very receptive to new or conflicting information. I would love to sit down with you and Katie Abrams, a computer and several reference books and just spend and hour or so helping you get better versed on basic poli sci, economic, and public policy concepts.
I encourage you to listen to both sides, retreat and do some independent fact checking from a non-partisan source, then listen some more. And go to Wikipedia or your library and read up on Socialism and try to get a better understanding of what socialism in its many forms is and what it is not.