Why would you run for congress again? You lost badly in the last two elections!
I still believe in the core principle of my platform. I believe I performed poorly in the previous elections because of bad presentation and my introverted personality type.
What is the problem you are trying to solve?
Putting energy/carbon taxes on businesses increases the prices of American goods which encourages them to outsource manufacturing to other countries. This is bad for climate change because these other countries are likely not using clean energy either.
What is your solution to this problem?
Tax residential energy usage. The point of the energy tax is to get money to build renewable power. Putting the tax on business drives manufacturing out of the country and raises the cost of their products, so it is ineffective as a tax. Taxing citizens makes it harder for them to buy all products, foreign and domestic. Therefore it is a relatively fair tax and encourages people to conserve.
What about cap and trade?
Time will tell, but I believe cap and trade is simply a tax on business. I'm providing an alternative to cap and trade.
This sounds more republican than democratic.
I identify with being socially liberal and financially conservative. I believe that if you honestly look at how I've lived my life, my beliefs and where I stand on political issues, you'll understand that I'm more democratic than republican. I'm a moderate. I will not sell out my socially liberal ideals.
What do you think about tariffs?
I think a flat tax on imported products makes more sense than deals with individual countries. The problem is that we want to have our cake and eat it too. If we want to encourage American manufacturing, we'll have to create some suffering. Sure, a trade war could end badly. The alternative isn't that great either.
What do you think about immigration?
Wherever a person is in the world, they are supporting the local economy. They use local transportation, food, and housing. No country can handle massive immigration, so we have to have to put some limits on it.
Where do you stand on other issues?
My old site 4040in2020.rand-barnett.com (moved) talks about where I stand on other issues. I want to make this site more concise.
OK, you've sold me on the idea of a residential energy tax. How are you going to win the election?
I need some people in the media to step up and give my idea a chance, plain and simple. I don't have a background in debating. I don't have a background in politics. I can talk clearly about my platform. I can be entertaining and educational with my music and life story. My money is very limited. I don't think my platform is that complicated. I'm mystified as to why this isn't a common political platform.
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