Believe it or not, Socialism and Communism are not the same thing. Calling something 'socialist' is not necessarily meant as an insult. Consumer protection laws and bodies (Both exist in America, albeit in different forms. OSHA, labor unions, the FDA, and similar bodies of government are good examples) are a part of a socialist government. Communism has nothing to do with that, since Communism is an ecomomic system, and nothing more. Communist countries have Socialist governments, but Socialist countries don't always have a Communist economic structure.