I'm not sure if America is becoming more socialist or not. Government has never been run like a "for profit" business.
Neither side suggests doing away taxes altogether. We fight over (how) our money is spent. If we really thought everyone should be left to their own devices there would be no social security, unemployment, Medicare, welfare/food stamp programs, planned parenthood, public schools, or various government subsidized programs. There would be no "tax deductions or breaks" for donating to charities.
The truth about welfare is the vast majority of people dependent on welfare are (children). None of which had any say regarding their parent's "choices" or lack of responsibility. Until we can come up with a way to help these children without somehow benefiting the adults it's really a waste of time and energy to fight over it unless we are ready to throw those kids under the bus. This hardly seems like the "Christian" thing to do.
Our only other option would be to create a "National Adoption Agency" where we take kids away from poor, uneducated, and unmotivated parents. Now that would be the ultimate socialist (nightmare) movement.
Whether the country spends (trillions of dollars) on wars under the guise of hidden weapons of mass destruction or if it spends it on social programs the money is going to be spent. A "superpower" is judged by the living standards of it's citizens. I don't have the answer as to whether it's bad for the government to bail out or help the less fortunate the way it does for big business. I suspect no matter what, there will always be the haves and have nots. Most of us are just trying to stay ahead of the game by not having to rely on government help.