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77 Series: Harmon County

                                                               Harmon-y

      It does not fall on the shoulders of our people, rather, it falls upon the shoulders of our representatives and industrialists; people like me who see the vision and are capable of bringing the changes to your front door. I hear the news blaming China for currency manipulation and that is how they pay for the tariffs that the United States is placing on our imported goods. The games that are being played are not helping us win the game at all. As citizens in the United States we must be competitive and we must stop pointing fingers at a culprit as the responsible party for our economic demise. One thing that my great grandfather always told me was that when you point a finger at someone, there are three more fingers pointing right back at you. This is true in the case of our trade imbalance. We are the reason that we have fallen behind globally; to accept this is the first step in our transition back to economic prosperity.
      Globalization is in full gear now and it is no longer our responsibility to help nations build their infrastructure. It is up to developing countries, like the United States, to make use of their raw materials and to come up with processes to add value to produce goods. There was a time when we needed more players in the game for globalization to be realistic and for the entire world to capture economic opportunity and to increase standards of living. The game is set up now, the players are playing the game, and we are confused where all of our wealth is disappearing to. I have a global vision, I know how the game is played, and I am dedicating my life to ensuring that the United States is the Tom Brady of global commerce, always winning.
      I am evaluating the last two counties in Oklahoma’s 3rd congressional district and Harmon County is no different than its neighbors to the east. I would hope to see the county perform like Beckham County to the north, but we will have to establish industry here first. I must differentiate between business and industry; each county has businesses, but very few have industry. A business is a service; it is selling food, selling gas, selling goods, providing a service like legal, healthcare, or even construction. Industry, however, is making the food, making the goods, making the gas and making the construction tools and materials. What we need is industry. An economy without industry is no different than a human body without flesh, a walking skeleton with skin. We must build our flesh back on Oklahoma by making up our minds that we are now industrial leaders.
      I wonder if the people of Harmon County can look over their fences and see the cotton production in Texas. I wonder how many of your grandparents raised hogs and chickens back in the day. I wonder how many Oklahomans went to college, medical school and law school off of hogs and poultry. Those were once legitimate sources of revenue. As Project D3 develops and we begin building a textile industry with our cotton and Texas cotton, we build toys and other goods with our plastics manufacturing, and our refineries produce our gasoline and metals, we will forget what it was like to be struggling and confused as we are today. The economists try to explain this and that, avoiding placing the blame on the United States at all costs. How many of you have friends in industry overseas? It is insulting to blame competitive global businessmen for our own lack of ingenuity. That stops and we hold our heads up, rebuild, redesign, and re-innovate. Then when we are at the horse races in Hong Kong we can all share in the excitement because there is no animosity, only our Kentucky Thoroughbreds against their best.
      I am going to enjoy visiting Hollis in Harmon County. I am anxious to look at the city that was once flourishing. The county population has decreased by 75% in the past hundred years and the area is poverty stricken. This will change with industry. I have yet to evaluate the economies of our larger cities, but I believe it is safe to assume that they are stressed; stressed at providing jobs to the thousands upon thousands who have left their home cities in search of better opportunities. I believe that by building our industrial foundation in the smaller communities, we will see our communities grow again as the people flow back into the desolate areas that were once lively and full of commerce.
      Someone has to have my job in a state. Someone must be in Washington D.C. to represent the needs of the people. The people have jobs too; their jobs are to run industries, create new enterprise, and raise their families; see their children hit grand slams and obtain college degrees. My job is to make sure that legislation meets those demands. I want that job because I know that I am the man for the people. I believe that we can build our industry without impacting the environment. We are a new generation of industrialists and our concerns are ensuring fair wages, environmentally safe processes, and impeccable precision in production. We like it that way and it is what is going to make America great again. I loved hearing that slogan in 2016, we all did. However, the engine was started but the industrial train did not budge. We are screaming at the hunk of iron to move, but it remains motionless. Not anymore. I hold the industrial torch that was lit when I decided that we have what it takes to power the machine and I will stop at nothing to ensure that the United States’ industrial expansion is underway. My family needs it, my people need it, and the world needs it.
      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 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.



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