Why does Socialism get such a bad name?

Outside of welfare being exploited by countless amounts of people-why is the idea of a government universally assisting it's citizens so bad? Besides, doesn't our country(USA) have more than enough money to still have a surplus when it does get cheated?
Update: Socialism never says that you can't reap what you sow. If you work harder, you have more. A better example of socialism is Canada. Every single person who commented about not getting what you have earned are talking about communism-not Socialism.
Update 2: Our country wouldn't be in debt if it wasn't for all of the stingy *** multi-billionaires who set up tax shelters and then lie about their companies profits. Yes it's just how business is done, but it would take $.05 out of every working american's pay check over the course of two years to get rid... show more Our country wouldn't be in debt if it wasn't for all of the stingy *** multi-billionaires who set up tax shelters and then lie about their companies profits. Yes it's just how business is done, but it would take $.05 out of every working american's pay check over the course of two years to get rid of our "debt".
As far as bueracracies go-we have more of them in America then most other industrialized countries of the world do.
Yet again-there is a huge difference between Socialism and Communism.
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