Civil conversations and ways to pass the time,
I deal with a ton of compliance stuff in electronics OSHA, Reach, WEEE, RoHS, Conflict Minerals etc etc. I wouldn't say the US Gov is too far off from a government based economy. It started with Rail Roads, then Social security, now it's Obamacare essentially governmentizing the insurance industry by making it so the government can close down a company if they don't comply with certain requirements. Being young, I wasn't around when public transit and the rail way was governmentalized but I am here for the healthcare. This change in turn will control 99% of the healthcare industry which is one of our bigger sectors. If this sector, the one that controls the QOL for our citizens can have this happen, what can't? Which since people use "bad economy" and "green" as escape goats, it makes perfect sense they look for some way to quick fix a systemic problem that started 3-5 generations ago depending how quickly your family procreated.
Conflict minerals (green/human rights initiative by SEC" is the first real step into controlling the electronics industry (along with other sectors) and it's succeeding beautifully.
It seem governmentalization or socialism if you prefer is something that at this point isn't possible to stop. First trains, then social secuirty, now healthcare, 100 years from now they may hail Social security as the first great step down an amazing road of equality and peace that eventually leads to starships and replicators... we'll see. I'm actually a big fan of socialism but, with our sin nature I just don't think it can happen. Here's a good link that I think perfectly explains why http://www.whowillwinthe2012election.com/college-economics-professor-flunks-entire-class-for-sympathetic-socialistic-views/
To reiterate again, please don't blame Obama, his Father didn't teach him any better, he's just following the example of his forefathers.
Oh but Neal, isn't it fun?