Live Long And Gamble!
By Warwick Bartlett
Life is a lottery and it just so happens that where you live can determine how long you will live.
We are told the Mediterranean diet will prolong life, all that sunshine, olive oil and fresh fruit and vegetables. We are told that countries that have an excellent health service will prolong life.
According to the CIA World Factbook which has compiled the latest life expectancy rates from birth the nations that like to gamble most have the highest rates of life expectancy.
Unlike Giovanni in Italy tending his sheep and growing his carrots in the garden, Zhang in Macau has to eat imported fruit and vegetables from China.
Is it the air quality? Hardly Macau is next to one of China’s most industrial regions.
Wait there is another factor. The top eight states are all low tax areas which mean that people keep more of their own money. This enables them to make ends meet more easily. They don’t have to have a whip round every time they full up the car with petrol. They can afford medical insurance and dental care.
Next time you vote for more Government spending just remember that as you do so your taxes will rise and you will shorten your life by three years!