You underetimate the potential benefits of somewhat socialist systems. That is the current state of the British system, by and large. To my mind, more than anything else, it is better in some respects than pure capitalism as it introduces a greater degree of public accountability - something is run by the government, so the voters exercise control by booting people out of office.
The way things are going, with the US Treasury possibly being given the power to seize substantial stakes in US banks, I think America is looking at a UK-influenced system to some degree. Really, I doubt it could do any more harm to the US infrastructure than has already been done.
While I don't believe America will move towards Communism (which in it's pure form may be idyllic, but corruption kills it), I think socialism is a real part of its future.