77 Series: Beckham County
Bend it Like Beckham
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 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 began writing essays on the counties in Oklahoma’s
third congressional district, I began to piece together Project D3, an economic
endeavor to raise the median per capita income of the congressional district by
30%, or $15,000. In order to do so will require legislation and a whole lot of
industrial grit; I am the perfect man for the job.
I was thrilled when I first noticed that Beckham County was still producing cotton and that mineral industries have come and gone. I am a major advocate for cotton production and textile mills because I know that combined with technology, we can be competitive globally. All it takes is for fellow Oklahoman’s to be innovative, motivated, and help us carry the industrial torch that was lit when I first began researching Caddo County and the 77 Series began. I see that Beckham County has an industrial torch too, and I believe we can work together to expand the economic growth throughout the state.
Imagine if every politician campaigned like this? What if they spent little money on large committees, commercials, and media presence? What if they rolled up their sleeves, dug into economic research as I have done? It requires ambition, compassion and grit. What if the billions of billions of dollars were spent building industry in their respective communities? Just think for a moment about the economic implications. There is no better campaign than an industrial campaign in our 2020 elections. The best candidates will be the ones who bring the most industry, and I truly believe that I am the ideal industrial engineer.
I am a major advocate of wind energy due to its ability to produce abundant, cheap energy. I am happy to see that Acciona Energy in Elk City was able to construct 82 turbines in their wind farm that powers 40,000 homes. Elk City is also a large producer of Natural Gas and I would like to see that it has a plant to separate the valuable resource into residential and commercial products. The per capita income is too low in Beckham County for such a resource rich area. Polishing counties like Beckham County will allow them to shimmer as they are able to receive the full economic benefit that their market impact commands. The economy is growing strongly and Elk City as at the heart of this growth. Elk City is a leader of industry in Oklahoma’s 3rd congressional district and the other counties that make up the scope of Project D3 can learn by observing what is taking place in Beckham County; look at the wind farms and the grant received in 2009. The $2.2 million grant that was provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and helped with the economic growth observed in this county. As a legislature, I can ensure that money keeps rolling in because I know where the dollars are, I have done my research.
One of my federal objectives in legislation is to set limits on how our major insurance companies invest their money overseas. Right now, Aflac has a $120 billion investment fund for developing countries. Our state is now a developing country as we are building our industrial complexes. I will ensure that some of the $120 billion is redirected into our state proportionate to the amount of income they receive from our people. I believe this is fair and I believe that this will help immensely in our economic endeavor. Investing in our state will yield good returns too and the investment will pay dividends. There are enormous of amounts of capital available in some of our largest companies, and as a legislator new markets will be opened, investment capital will become increasingly more available, and all we will need is people to be ready to take ownership of processes in any number of the industries headed our way.
One thing that I would like to drive home in this essay is the fact that I want to see no environmental impact result from our industrial initiatives. I believe that our industrial capabilities and scientific understanding of processes enable our nation to develop processes that do not create toxic by-products. I believe that we can build industrial Oklahoma without impacting our environment. After all, this is one of our performance indicators and controls will be in place to ensure that our new industries are environmentally safe. We are too smart and too capable to forgo environmental balance for economic gain.
I will be visiting the county seat for each county in Oklahoma’s 3rd congressional district coming up in September. I have yet to draw out the visitation sequence but I will post it as soon as the method is designed. I will need signatures in order to be placed on the Oklahoma ballot for United States Senate; it is made this way in our state constitution, I am already a congressional candidate with the Federal Election Commission. I hope that some of the people of Beckham County will be in Sayre when I come to drop off signature sheets; I would love to discuss economic potential as well as needs that I did not uncover from my research. The people from the communities in the county know better than anyone what is needed and I am eager to learn how I can best represent those needs in Washington D.C.
There is a lot of ground to cover to launch Project D3 and see the development of our state’s industrial complex. As a United States Senator representing Oklahoma, I will need to cover the remaining 45 counties and develop the economic recovery projects for those congressional districts as well. By the time the 77 Series is complete, I will have five projects that will bring a new era of prosperity to the state. I will bring these projects with me to Washington D.C. with your support in 2020.