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The President is No Expert
Wednesday, June 17, 2009

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Wayne Shepherd

Wayne Shepherd: Welcome to today's edition of The Public Square® with our host Dave Zanotti, President of the American Policy Roundtable. Dave, I don't remember that President Barack Obama is a particular expert on healthcare? Is he?

Dave Zanotti: I know this is different, Wayne. Normally we don’t talk about the President, regardless of who is in office. We’ve turned the Presidency into an idol in this country. We have placed way too much importance on the White House and disregarded the Congress. That’s a big mistake.

But today we have to make a case for the common good. The President is leading the charge for a federal takeover of healthcare. He is not being honest with us in many ways. We have written to him and asked for a meeting. He has refused to meet with us. We got a post card in return.

The President is not an expert in healthcare. He is not a doctor. He has never run an insurance program, sold a policy or owned a company. His background is in community organizing and education. He is way over his head on this subject.

Most members of Congress are too. The difference is, many of them are willing to admit they are in way over their heads.

WS: So what does this mean for us?

DZ: A little honesty can go a long way in Washington, Wayne. What it should mean is that we move very carefully because mistakes here can literally cost people their lives. The biggest mistake we can make here, is to be in a hurry. That kind of pride can lead us into a very big fall.

WS: There's no question this kind of legislation is on a fast track in Washington.  We need to do something, and we need to do it now.  We'll continue talking about this on The Public Square®  everyday at this time. For Dave Zanotti, I'm Wayne Shepherd.

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The President is No Expert - June 17th, 2009

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