For the GOP, when you're helping the poor and America's middle class that's socialism.
When you're regularly subsidizing, dumping money into, or bailing out Wall Street and their wild-eyed market schemes that threaten to stall or bring down the economy that's another story. We're supposed to refer to these trillion dollar money transfers as market neutral "stimulus packages" or the deliberately opaque "quantitative easing" program.
Either way, it's a subsidy and bailout for greedy and stupid decision-making.
But, socialism it's not. That's for poor people.
Keep this in mind as you look at our current pool of presidential candidates.