Guru, relying on government law and regulation IS socialism.....it is the text book defenition. Does that mean we should have no government? No, rather it means that the federal government should be strictly bound by the constitution and all other powers are granted to the states. When the states have power, there is competition amongst them. When the federal gov't has power, there is no competition and essentially has a dictatorship. What do the words "Congress shall make no law" mean to you?
As for wage differences, if you are for all being equal then you are indeed a socialist, or worse a communist. Would you rather be poor in the US or in India or China.
The problem isn't with the people in power in government, the problem is that the people in government have power.
BTW, Yesterday I heard Allen Dershowitz say the he does not believe in natural law. Natural law, in summary, says that certain human rights are independent of government. Man creates government to protect rights, not to grant rights.
Are you a believer that rights exist because government grants them? If so, then you too are a socialist.