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The Teddy Factor
Thursday, June 18, 2009

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Wayne Shepherd

Wayne Shepherd: Welcome to The Public Square®  with Dave Zanotti of the American Policy Roundtable.  You know there's something called the Teddy factor. Dave, have you heard of that?

Dave Zanotti: We are not talking about Teddy Bears or Teddy Roosevelt on this one, Wayne. We are talking about a PR scheme, in all honesty, that is just not right.

The President’s PR team is trying hard to rally support for a federal takeover of healthcare.  One of the way that they are doing that is by using the illness of Senator Ted Kennedy.

WS: That's tragic.

DZ: The Senator appears to be a willing participant, however, in this drama. Ted Kennedy is dying of a brain tumor. That is a very sad story and we certainly are praying for the Senator and for his family.

The Senator has been receiving the very best medical care in the world—right here in America. He's getting that care from a system built on private enterprise and free markets. If the Senator lived under a nationalized healthcare plan, chances are very good he would be denied the care he is receiving today.

WS: Really.

DZ: Using this tragic illness is a poor excuse for dismantling the system that is saving lives right here every day. It is a very dishonest end to a noble struggle. Using celebrities to spin public policy agendas is an old-school trick that seldom plays out well. As sad as we all feel for Senator Kennedy, his illness doesn’t make his politics any wiser.

We've disagreed with his approach when he was well. We disagree with his approach today. We pray for his full recovery and for his family as well.

WS: We sure do. But whatever we vote on now is going to be with us for a very long time.

DZ: For a very long time, so we've got to make sure that in spite of the emotions, Wayne, that we stick with the facts.

WS:  For Dave Zanotti, I'm Wayne Shepherd.  We'll see you next time on The Public Square®.

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The Teddy Factor - June 18th, 2009

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