, truly no problem. Some times extenuating a point or adding a dash of hyperbole, or whatever, is a good tonic in discussions :)
As regarding socialist tendencies in the present administration, even my old friends from former communist countries see the present predilection and propensity for it here. As former communists, they have an uncanny ability to smell it (true communists hate socialists).
Now, less you think because I am friends with these former communists that I appreciate communism, I don't. I hate communism. For that matter i hate socialism, also. I call these people my friends because we'd sit in the evenings at some outdoor cafe and have scandalous arguments and dreadful 'wit lashings :)) It was like going to the gym for a cerebral workout :)
But unlike the Left back in the States, these people had intellectual integrity. They were honest about what they are - and I was honest about what they are, too :) The best part of all was that I could reason with them. There were many times someone would eventually acknowledge publicly or privately I was right about this or that - objectively right. In the states, my experience has often been quite the contrary. But usually they at least become more respectful in conversation :)
I know many in Europe that loved our country for its freedom - the absence of a meddling old mother-in-law style government - and the chance to be a success here because they dared themselves to be.
Not anymore. At least not now. One friend from Eastern Europe living in New York told me, 'Now that I'm a success the government owns me like the communists did in my own country!' Not as bad as he thinks. I joke and tell him, 'At least you net a little bit more after all your Federal, State, and City taxes, bridge tolls, and personal expenses.' :)
People i know or know about mock the president for entirely different reasons than they did Pres. Bush. Where they thought Pres. Bush was dumb, they think Pres. Obama is a fraud, and no more different than any corrupt politician in their own country (which is an extremely insulting comparison). Stunning, since nearly all these people were cheering for Obama 4 years ago.
I just realized how terribly long this is. My apologies and best regards.