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World Issues Book Review Shooting The Hippo by Linda McQuaig Linda McQuaigs most recent book Shooting the Hippo is about the causes and results of the debt It is a look at both the factual causes and the arguments which are merely presented to us through the various elements of the media McQuaig delivers an insightful overview of the extensive media coverage which has bombarded us over the past few years With the excitement of a mystery writer McQuaig tells the real story behind the debt This book explains the history of the deficit myth and enables people such as myself who are not experienced in these types of problems to get to the heart of the arguments presented so frequently about our financial situation I found her book an inspiration which will hopefully help us all to devote ourselves to the enormous challenge which we will face in the future We are responsible to inform and educate ourselves our friends our families and neighbours in the difficult days ahead To explain McQuaigs title Ill briefly describe the beginning of the mystery A baby hippo born in a zoo is to be shot because of recent government cutbacks which leave nothing to feed or care for the hippo This image grabs the attention of the reader and leads to numerous other examples which McQuaig uses to break down the popular myths about the deficit McQuaig determined to expose one by one several of the current myths about the state of the Canadian economy backs up her arguments with interviews and publications These include a chief statistician at Statistics Canada who has been working on the statistics of social spending since the middle 60s the man at Moodys bond rating service in New York who is in charge of setting the credit rating on our federal debt and noted economists among others The book goes on in its investigation as to why
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