This is so funny. I find the charge that Obama's a socialist so retrograde and ridiculous. By that measure, anyone who supports a graduated tax system is a socialist, since that's the form of "sharing the wealth" that McCain asserts is the basis of Obama's alleged socialism.
"Barack Obama accused Republican rival John McCain on Wednesday of stooping to low tactics by labeling the Democrat a socialist. "I don't know what's next," Obama, the presidential candidate, said at an outdoor rally in North Carolina. "By the end of the week, he'll be accusing me of being a secret communist because I shared my toys in kindergarten. I shared my peanut butter and jelly sandwich."
Obama ridicules McCain charges he's socialist, A.P., October 29, 2008
And this article gets at exactly what I'm talking about. It's certainly not radical to advocate that government "redistribute wealth". In fact, it's one of the main functions of government. "Spread It Around: Barack Obama favors redistributing wealth. So does John McCain", Jacob Weisberg, Slate, Nov. 1, 2008