77 Series: Adair County
The Flair of Adair
I am now beginning my research on Oklahoma’s 2nd congressional district to find weak points and try to devise a plan to bring
about new levels of economic prosperity to our state through industrial
development. I started with Adair County and the first thing I noticed was the abundance
of poultry farms and poultry related businesses in the area. This took me by surprise
as we noticed in congressional district three that poultry farming does not
exist anymore. To find it so strong and expansive in the east is perplexing. When
the list of poultry farms came up as I began to search for any annual reports I
could find, none were available. It cannot be determined through online research
what is going on behind the scenes in the dense chicken breeding area of the
country; it includes Arkansas too. Nonetheless, I want to make it clear that I
am not attacking the chicken industry at all; I am not attacking the hog
industry either. I am attacking the dark curtain that hides these industries
and keeps out market participants. With that being said, a whole new battle has
begun as I have located where in Oklahoma the chicken industry resides. I see
where the businesses provide the equipment, where the farms are located, and
the jobs that are available. Had I been 22 in Stilwell, I would have undoubtedly
worked for Tyson to provide for my family; there were not jobs like those one
can find in Stilwell anywhere else at the time.
Adair County is really special. I do not feel that the county is struggling as bad as it appears from my research thus far. Also, given the amount of Census jobs available in the area, I believe the United States government concurs. The population is growing steadily and when I did a job search in Stilwell, there were numerous jobs that paid upwards of $20 an hour. This area seems to be a hub for production and there are many businesses that cater to the food industry and overall, the economy looks healthy in this area; it is much healthier that the economies I reviewed in Oklahoma’s 3rd congressional district. In addition to catering to the chicken industry, there is an abundance of jobs in other food manufacturing facilities. The same type of manufacturing that I suggest congressional district three participate in to take advantage of our available resources.
As I dive in further and reveal economic opportunities that exist in Oklahoma’s second congressional district, I hope to find out why Stilwell has the lowest life expectancy out of any town in America, as of 2018. Furthermore, I want to discover why in 2015 the Wall Street Journal claims that this is one of the poorest areas in Oklahoma. These published facts do not correlate to the economic activity present in Adair County and as the 77 Series continues deeper into our second congressional district, I am certain that evidence will surface as to how and why things are not adding up.
Having lived in another country, islands and a dozen states, I have a unique perspective when it comes to how others view Native Americans. They think we have it easy and that the government mails us checks each month and hands us unlimited resources to thrive. That could not be more inaccurate and as I research Cherokee Territory, please bear in mind that the Cherokee Nation Enterprise is a conglomeration of businesses that together produce nearly a billion dollars a year. They focus on manufacturing high technology for companies such as Lockheed Martin and Raytheon and they built this from nothing over the course of a hundred years. We as Oklahomans can do the same. We can take the resources we have and build an Oklahoman Enterprise that brings a whole new level of success to every county in the state and as I continue the 77 Series, do not hesitate to harness economic opportunities as you see them. Once I am in Senate I plan on introducing federal bonds that can be purchased globally to finance our growing industry. I believe a 12 year maturity is fair and annual coupons that pay 2.5% interest per $500,000 and 3% interest on a $1,000,000. Opening the bonds to the world will quickly bring billions in capital as no one can resist investing in an already developed, developing country.
As many of you know by now, I am Cherokee and my family was on the Dawes Enrollment when our tribe was relocated. Being the ranchers and businessmen we were, my family spread out as far south as Ganado Texas, east to Baton Rouge Louisiana, but my direct lineage made home along the Red River and we still have thousands of acres of prime farm land that is leased to ranchers, mined for limestone, and harvested for its pecans. We are all educated, my father builds tribal heath care systems and my uncle selflessly helps the Choctaw Nation’s social services. Myself, however, I am an industrialist. I see the economic opportunity that rests in our state and I am dedicating the prime of my life to ensure that our people see a better tomorrow. There is no reason not to, we have the most resource rich state in the United States and there is no reason that we are not globally known for our production of quality goods and refined metals and hydrocarbons.
My name is Bevon Rogers and I am running for U.S. Senate in 2020 as a Democrat. In order to support me in the Primary Election on June 30th, you will have to be a registered Democrat or Independent because Oklahoma has closed primaries. I have been closely examining each county in Oklahoma to discover where the weak links are in our state’s economy and I have compiled each economic essay in a project called the 77 Series. You can find the series on my campaign website, www.bevonforsenate.com. As I begin writing essays on the counties in Oklahoma’s second congressional district, I will piece together Project D2, an economic endeavor to bring about higher standards of living throughout congressional district two.
*Update 10/25/2019: US-59 proposal to expand highway and eliminate inefficiencies.