There are tens of thousands of public golf courses in the United States. Except for a group of Milton Friedman economists, I doubt that the millions of right-wing Republicans who play them consider that to be socialism.
The same may be said of other public services. Water systems, streets, and libraries are all forms of socialism under the modern definition.
The right wing has a convenient mechanism for sorting out what is socialism and what is not. If there is a public good, then the government should provide the service. National defense is the most common example. If the subject is a private good,and if the government provides the service, then we have socialism. Heath care and education come to mind.
After all, there is water for sale from Nestle and many others. As for national defense, we have Blackwater and others providing on-the-ground combat service in war zones.
All of which gets us to the central point, namely the definition of public good and private good. My public good is a government function; your public good is socialism.
That reminds me. If we ever do privatize the golf courses, obviously we sell the land to the bidder with the most cash who will undoubtedly put the land to the highest and best use, which is probably not golf. Maybe a factory or a real estate subdivision when the economy improves.
I do not recall the few thousand people who gathered at the April 15 Tax Party applauding Representative Paul Ryan suggesting he was a socialist although he voted for the bailout bill. This the same Paul Ryan that accuses the President of bringing European Socialism to the United States.
All of which takes us back to the best definition of all this which is my own turkey theory of government. If there is no profit in it, and the right wants government to provide it, then it is a legitimate function. As soon as a profit is to be made and delivery of the service is no longer a turkey, it is socialism and needs privatization.
(A friend recently wrote and asked my thoughts on President Obama's 'socialism' which inspired these thoughts.)