It seems these days that people have a lower attention span, they want to be entertained at all times, and they’re always looking for that entertainment high. That emotional burst of energy, and often they find it doing things that are probably not in their best interest. One of them happens to be gambling, and it is quite a concern worldwide. Gambling is addicting, but more so it seems to be an innate characteristic of the species. Okay so, let’s talk about this for a second shall we?
It seems unfortunate that we know that gambling can be a problem for many people, although many states now have state run lotteries. Often they make gambling illegal, and yet engage in the same activity themselves. And then there are the bingo nights and the nonprofit groups, but that’s allowed because it’s going towards a good cause. But I ask at what cost, no bingo is not biggie rather, I am talking about the other stuff. And then there are the Indian reservations, they are a sovereign nation within our nation, and they are allowed different rules, so they duly set up gambling casinos to make lots of money off the rest of us.
If you think this is just a problem in the United States you’re wrong, the competition for gambling is ever-increasing. Yes, it’s also happening on home, but it’s also happening globally. Let me explain. In our local paper here there was an interesting article; “The Recession: Indian Gaming – Desert Tribes on Losing Streak – Revenues Still Falling, But Some Positive Signs Emerge,” by Keith Matheny of the Desert Sun on March 7, 2012.
In the Asia there was an article entitled; “Vietnam eyes casino proposals, policies,” published in AsiaOne a Singapore Online News source, March 8, 2012 which talked about how Vietnam is going to allow gambling to bring in tax revenue and tourism, and they will base it on the Singapore model, because they are concerned that new wealthy Vietnamese business people are traveling to Singapore to gamble.
In Tokyo Today there was an article on how the Japanese government is considering doing the same thing in their nation, as revenue is leaving Japan to Macau, Las Vegas, and Singapore, and they want this money kept in-country. Is this really the answer? Isn’t it the miss management of a government’s budget that got them into the problem in the first place, and perhaps the challenges with demographic issues meaning decreased revenue is coming into the country. Either way all of these governments have now resorted to gambling for the answer, allowing companies to manipulate the human psyche?
Apparently, everyone thinks this is okay merely because it solves a problem? Now then, I am a free enterprise type, I believe people should be allowed to engage in any activity they feel like, as long as it doesn’t hurt others, and we should have fewer regulations not more.
However what we’re finding is that governments wish to regulate gambling so they can tax it, and solve the problems they have themselves created through poor fiscal management over the years. If you see don’t problem with all this, then you aren’t looking, and you aren’t thinking. Therefore, I ask that you please consider all this and think on it.