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Equine January/February 2009 (Vol 4, No 1)

The Editor's Desk — The New World Disorder and the New Year

by James N. Moore, DVM, PhD

    Tired of hearing about the "Down" Jones average and the nearly $1 trillion bailout? I sure am. From everything I've seen and read, it appears that those of us in the working middle class are the culprits behind this fiasco. Collectively, we wanted to live too high on the hog, borrowed too much, spent too much, and now owe too much to too many banks. Of course, the fact that three banks sent credit card applications to our cat, and that every car maker in the world still advertises 0% financing and "no payments until the end of time," has nothing to do with the pickle we're in.

    The other critical aspect of this financial crisis is that it is fueled by poor consumer spending. So not only did we mess things up by buying too much, we're now making things worse by spending too little. The fix for this crisis? Parcel out $1 trillion (that's a 1 with 12 zeros trailing along) to the banks and companies that we either bought too many things from or are now ignoring. Given the stack of 1 trillion greenbacks and the fact that there are about 100 million workers in this country, why not send each of us a check for $10,000? I don't know about you, but I'd promise to spend just the right amount.

    On a much brighter note, 2009 is going to be a great year for Compendium Equine. In response to feedback from you, this year we'll be starting new topical series on equine dentistry, nutrition, and surgery. From the Horse's Mouth will ruminate on topics such as wolf teeth, Food Stuff will serve hot topics such as nutraceuticals, and Cutting to Cure will take an in-depth look at topics such as urolithiasis. We're hopeful that you'll find these new series as informative as the others we've been providing these past few years. The journal will also contain some great articles on other topics of interest, including ultrasonography of the stifle, pleuropneumonia, hemostasis, head shaking, colitis, and cantharidin toxicosis. As you know, Compendium Equine is your journal, so please let us know what you'd like to see, and we'll do our best to provide it.

    Happy New Year, and enjoy the bailout!

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