Charles Rand Barnett for Congress | 4040in2020 | Home



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You can commute to a job, but work is always right in front of you.

If we want to take action on climate change, then it makes sense to stop driving all over town (or across the country) to use a computer and the phone (and talk to people). Electric, autonomous cars are more efficient, but if we use them more and more (with our current sources of fuel), we haven't made a savings.

If we think that we need to address heath care... They say that the majority of cancers are preventable. The main enemies are smoking, drinking and obesity. I lost 40 pounds (2.5 bowling balls) through calorie reduction. I did not exercise. Exercise in not a requirement. The people who need to lose weight are typically ones that don't like to exercise. Losing weight was the hardest thing I did. Smoking, drinking and drugs can be fun. That is why we do them. But when you are doing them all the time, they are less fun and they are damaging. Everything in moderation they say.

So much manufacturing going to Asia is a problem. I can't fault President Trump for trying to address that. Is it working? This is a complicated problem that I devote a lot of thinking to. I want to get elected and assemble a team to research it. I do not have enough time and resources to figure it out. I've written code for a CNC machine. I watch How It's Made a lot. The one on fiber optics is interesting. I'm up in the air as to whether our global trade is good or bad. I want to continue thinking about it.

Politics is more than campaigning, passing laws and funnelling money around. It's about coming up with ideas to solve a common problem. It's about what we talk about at the dinner table. Your actions matter more than you may realise. What we have now is a result of what people did in the past. If you overeat consistently, you may be in a position where you need to lose weight. If you don't lose weight, then you may get sick. If you don't get medical help, you may die. No one's perfect. Do your best to nip it in the bud. The saying "it's never too late" isn't the whole truth.

I am self-admittedly not a normal politician. We need normal politicians as much as we need non-normal politicians. I'm not the kind of person who is going to go to Washington to negotiate money for a pet project. I am about driving the bigger issues. I want to draw national attention by creating an arcade game on Capitol Hill. I'll create an online tutorial of all the code and the physical building. It will probably involve the law of cosines. It'll be educational and will hopefully inspire a whole generation of engineers and scientists. Music should be inspiring too. My idea of progress is taking action on climate change, not a flying car in everyone's garage. Establishing a sustainable coloney on Mars is one of the best goals we have, but if we can't find uranium and a carbon source for smelting, it just isn't going to work. We need a lot of robots on Mars, not people. We need robots to make Mars work, not to do our dishes.


Charles Rand Barnett
2018 Democratic Primary Candidate: US Representative, Oregon, 3rd District
Occupation: Software Developer
Occupational Background: Jazz Trombonist US Navy
Educational Background: Wilson High School (Portland, OR), Some College
Prior Governmental Experience: none |

My 4040 plan is for immediate action on climate change; without spending money. It calls for 40% of people to drive 40% less primarily by working from home. My proposed 4040 bill will put the power to make this change in the hands of the people.

Bills I will put in the hopper:

As long as those people working from home do not crank up their AC/Heating for their whole house while working, this would have a huge impact on CO2 emissions. Achieving 4040 would save a tanker ship of oil every day. It would hopefully start a movement where the other 60% of people chip in too. All the proceeds from the taxes would go to utility-grade solar programs, wind farms and fusion research.

We're not going to buy our way out of climate change. Ramping up renewable energy is necessary, but will take decades. Bickering about keeping a fragile economy together so we can all have the newest smartphone and SUV is simply missing the mark. What people do every day does make a difference, but taking our bags to the grocery store isn't enough.

Being elected to congress and putting these bills in the hopper isn't nearly enough: a movement needs to be created. The bills must be passed AND individual people must take action. We had the technology to do this 20 years ago. Let's not let yet another generation pass that did nothing about this serious issue.