Vote for the future

imgresThere are a variety of referendums on each states ballots on Tuesday.  The two that I am interested in is the legalization of marijuana in CA and the charter school budget in MA.  What interests me about both of these are the pivotal direction that these bills (if passed) will shift us into the direction of our future.

Let’s begin with weed.  The data is that there are multiple benefits from cannabis probably more than anyone realizes because it has been suppressed as a drug to do research on.  Nobody ever overdosed on weed.  Alcohol can reek more havoc on someone who is an abuser than weed.  Legalizing weed gives states control over the product and the tax benefits are huge to the bottom line of state budgets.  Just look to the Netherlands for what it has and hasn’t done.

Charter schools.  As a product of the public school system I was very anti-charter school when they first came on the scene.  I have completely turned around.  Charter schools are giving kids a chance particularly kids who will end up in public schools that are just treading water vs truly helping their students be the best that they can possibly be.  The public school system has many challenges.  I am not convinced that it can be changed from the ground up after so many years of heavy handed unions taking the lions share of the tax dollars given to the school system.  We live in a different world with kids use their fingers to swipe a screen at age 2.  Perhaps the only way to blow up the school system is to have multiple competitors.  There is no silver bullet in education and charter schools seems to have one in Massachusetts that is shining and working.  By uncapping the amount of tax dollars driven towards the charter schools they will see another few thousands kids get an education they deserve.  The long tail of that is huge.

If possible, close your eyes and think about what the world will look like in 10 years.  We will be a more diverse country, weed will be accessible everywhere and used for many other things and sold across the counter like alcohol.  The charter school system will have made some major headway and there will be more shared practices among all of them as some of those schools will prove that their curriculums are game changing.  On another note we will have a different farming system, we will look at GMO’s differently, transportation will be a combination of more light rail, self-driving cars and high speed trains, suburbs will change, malls and retail will look very different, there will be a slew of new brands from food to clothing, and hopefully Pharma and other large lobbies won’t rule our Government.

I won’t continue but tomorrow is not only a vote for these referendums it is a vote for the future path we are already heading towards.  One of the two candidates will win.  Don’t toss your vote away by not voting for either of these candidates.  Go out and vote.  Regardless the many issues that people have with Hillary, she understands the future.  Rolling us back into the past with borders, putting money back into coal, shutting down insurance for all and more is a big disconnect from where we are going including Trumps distain for women and immigrants and anything that doesn’t look like him.  He is proven to be a man with very little intellectual curiosity, aka he doesn’t read.  He is a bully and a liar.  He doesn’t care about anyone but himself.  The world has changed and we should be the leaders of that change not the latter.  Ozzie and Harriet are long gone.

There is a great quote I saw that Jason Hirschhorn put on MediaRedef that speaks loud and clear.  This is from Alexander the Great.  “I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.”