"I am not a Socialist; I believe, like most Americans, that we are best served by a mix of Capitalism and Socialism (hmm, all of Europe seems to have discovered the same thing. Funny!)."
No, not funny. Actually, "most Americans" have firmly rejected socialism and statism. You fail to understand both capitalism and socialism when you believe that we are in any way "served" by a mish mash of both.
Nothing personal, but to elevate Europe as an economic model is pure ignorance. Europe suffers consistently high unemployment and terrible health care systems and has a very high percentage of citizens on the dole. This is HARDLY something to emulate.