I guess it’s a good thing that I’m spending more time actually working and less time blogging. Still, it’s easy to start justifying not blogging for awhile, and I do think I’d miss it.

I’ve been receiving e-mails pretty steadily since launching my survey nearly a week ago. I’ll reach the halfway point sometime tomorrow, but I’ve only received about 1/3 of what I’m aiming for. I’m not nervous yet, but hopefully the three classes I talk to this week (one has 100+ people) will yield a few more participants. I also know I’ve sent out quite a few links to people who haven’t completed the survey yet, and I’m still getting e-mails from people who I talked to nearly a month ago. Rather than worry, I’m going to be optimistic. (OMG, speaking of optimism, have you seen this commercial ? CUTE!) Optimism may not get me more participants, but it will keep me sane.

On another note, I feel like I have something to say about the election. I’ve tried not to be political here. However, one thing that’s been on my mind is the McCain campaign’s accusations that Obama is a socialist. Um…OK. First, from my personal perspective, I really don’t see a problem with that. However, I believe in the European models of healthcare, public services, and education, so take that for what you will. I don’t mind paying taxes if it means that society ultimately benefits from it, and I don’t mind planting a few trees I’ll never sit under.

Second, Obama is a lot of things, but he’s hardly a socialist. Most Americans wouldn’t know socialism if it ran up and hit them over the head. Obama’s not pushing a true universal healthcare policy, and he’s said many times that he doesn’t think that government exists solely to solve people’s problems. While no doubt the government would play a larger role in society according to his plan, it would be likely be only slightly larger. Our government is already pretty huge anyways with all of this Patriot Act/Homeland Security crap.

Third, last I checked, McCain voted in favor of the bailout. $700 billion, possibly more, of my money, your money, and everyone else’s money given to banks (private entities) because of their mistakes. It’s not OK to pay for healthcare for the down-and-out because that’s socialist, but it’s OK to prop up companies when they’re down and out, because that’s capitalism? Just sayin’.

Finally, in an interview with Joe Biden, some dingbat in Florida (I won’t dignify her by calling her a journalist) quoted Marx and made the comparison to Obama’s remarks on spreading the wealth. The exact quote was, “From each, according to his ability. To each, according to his need.” Ok, fair enough. Try this one on: “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required” Is it Marx? Engels?

Try the Bible. (Luke 12:48, for the curious.)

Just sayin’.