So I got a call from a survey company, I can’t remember the name but it wasn’t that one the media is always quoting. Or “are” always quoting. Whatever.

Anyway, this is how I responded:

Party affiliation: Independent

Conservative, liberal, moderate?: moderate

Do you think Obama is a good president?: No

Do you blame the Obama administration for the financial crisis or do you feel it started with the Bush administration:
I blame Bush more than Obama, although I’m not sure where it started

Do you always vote: yes

Are you planning to vote for the Democrat or Republican candidate for Congress in November? Democrat

Do you feel the health care bill is a good thing for the country?: No

I can’t remember the other questions. But these were the main ones. I will now explain. I’m actually a registered Republican, but I only did that so I could vote for a specific person in a local election. I eschew party politics. I’m fairly moderate, I think. I don’t think Obama has been a good leader. I don’t blame him for a lot of the problems we as a nation are facing, but he has turned out to be a disappointment as a president, to me, at least.

My vote in November is one that troubles me. I believe Jim Matheson has been a very good congressman, but I wonder about his vote in the health care issue. He voted against. I hope he voted his conscience, but he had no chance of re-election if he voted for it, so was it practicality? Which would be a disappointment. I think he really had to fight this out in his own soul before he decided and I wish he hadn’t had to consider it so long. Because I don’t think he studied the bill to determine what he thought. I think he studied the political climate—what would happen to him within the Democrat party if he voted against vs. what would happen to him in Utah if he voted for. The actual vote seems like a no-brainer to me, you were either for or against. And not necessarily for health care reform or against it, but for or against a rather heavy-handed effort on the part of Nancy Pelosi and Obama to ramrod their way through, damn the feelings of the electorate. So what did he really have to think about?

I don’t feel good about the Republicans who seem to be coming to the forefront to oppose him, but I might change my vote. I have to think about it. I would like to vote straight Republican as a protest, but I might not, I’ll see.

There are parts of the health care bill that appeal to me. But I do feel it will cost us in dollars and cents and also in liberty. I just don’t feel good about it. I’m not all that in favor of health care reform anyway, having experienced Canadian health care first hand. I think we’ve got it pretty good here in America and those awful stories we hear are the exception rather than the norm. And that’s coming from somebody who cannot get health insurance unless I get it as a group plan from my or my husband’s work. I’d like to be accepted, but I’m not sure that’s a good law for our country.

Remember Bill Clinton’s wake-up call in that election where the Republicans kicked the Democrats butt? Boy, Obama’s memory must be really short because I think his wake-up call is going to a lot louder than Clinton got. I think a lot of people are really unhappy. Not just Limbaugh, O’Reilly, and Palin. Normal people.

I wish I could remember the name of the company. I think it starts with T. or S. The survey company, I mean.