We hear a lot of negative talk about socialism from Utah legislators and other conservative groups like the Tea Party Express. However when it comes to their actions and/or proposals for legislation, they forget that their agendas can also be deemed socialistic.
Let me first explain socialism. In socialism the government controls means and quantities of production, as opposed to communism where, in addition to production, government also determines quantities of consumption. Just like the U.S. economy, Utah is a mixed economy where private markets, by and large, function in most private goods (a generic term which includes services as well), but the government plays a significant role in the provision of public goods and in other areas. For example, it fosters competition in markets, regulates damage and promotes beneficial spillover effects.