77 Series: Johnston County
My blooming White Rose and I used to watch fireworks in
Tishomingo; The Choctaw Nation hosted a fireworks display at their tribal
health clinic on Independence Day. It was a long drive from Hugo, but we
enjoyed the scenery; all the timber spreading as far as the eye can see in any
direction. Tishomingo is beautiful and those were good times. The Choctaw Nation
always knows how to throw a celebration; they have activities for our youth,
good food, and good music. I recommend going to any tribal event when you have
the chance, we welcome our entire community and it is a good chance for your
family to enjoy solid, wholesome activities; we Oklahomans love our
togetherness and that is something we do have an abundance of.
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. I have been designing an economic endeavor to increase the health and life expectancy of our people in Oklahoma’s second congressional district. I named this Project D2 and I will have a project for all five congressional districts.
I am approaching the end of Oklahoma’s second congressional district. I left Rogers County for last because I felt as though it would be good to travel North to South in my research, then return for an analysis of everything we encountered from the research of the 26 counties in this congressional district. As I begin examining Johnston County, I am finding a consistent trend; I am discovering that we were devastated by the Civil War. I do not believe we do our Oklahoma counties justice in our history, the ones before statehood anyway. We do not speak of the educational institutions that were springing up that were transformed into hospitals and prisons during the war, then burned as the Confederates surrendered to the Union. We also do not speak of how only one in four railroads made it to the 21st Century.
I do not write these truths aggressively, nor do I seek retribution for the destruction of 70 years of development. All I wish to do is express how resilient we are as a state and that even the most devastating war the United States has experienced did not keep us down. We experienced a major war, a major drought, an economic recession, and the boll weevil infestation that completely destroyed the Oklahoman economy. Slowly over a hundred and fifty years we have been rebuilding, most of that credit is owed to our Sovereign Nations; in rural Oklahoma, it is the only thing keeping us alive. This becomes evident as you compare and contrast the economies of congressional district three to that of congressional district two.
In the United States today, we hear on the news and from our government officials that “the economy is doing great, more jobs, etc..”. But we know better, we live a much different existence than what is portrayed in the media. I write a lot, as you know, and I must because what is happening in the U.S. today is so complex, the problems are so convoluted, that one must write 100,000 words to explain and arrive at solutions that will repair all 77 of our counties. One thing I want for Oklahomans to know about me is that I will never point blame on an individual, nor an entity; that is not right at all. What I will say is that the people have the power to choose who leads and represents our state and who is going to fight for our restabilization; the restabilization we have been waiting on for over 100 years and counting. Believe it or not, I had to make up the word restabilization. As we rebuild and restabilize our great state, I am encountering more and more situations where there is no word to explain what is transpiring; we will have a whole new industrial lexicon with me in Senate, no one knows how to appropriately explain why we cannot stand up on two feet; one thing is for certain, our crawling days are over and we will be sprinting with the rest of the world soon.
Nonetheless, I want to spend the rest of this essay describing the layers of an econonmy; each one is essential to a healthy economy because each layer builds on top of another. The first layer of an economy is production; this is growing, extracting, cutting or mining raw materials. This is our natural resources such as coal, oil and gas, timber, metal ores and anything we grow; corn, sorghum, oats, alfalfa, wheat. This is the most important layer as it is the foundation upon which we build the second layer of an economy, the milling, processing, and refining layer. This second economic layer is taking our raw materials and then adding value to them by milling timber into usable construction materials, processing food into enriched ingredients, and refining oil, gas, and metal ores into usable products. Some of the products from the second layer will drop down directly into the fourth layer, but most will be the foundation for the third layer of an economy; the manufacturing layer. In this layer, our milled, processed and refined materials have more value added as they undergo processes that turn them into a marketable good; this is where the margins increase significantly depending on the complexity of the processes and the demand for the good.
With our manufacturing layer, we now have the fourth layer, which is the retail layer. In the retail layer, we market our finished goods to any buyer who will pay our suggested retail price; this can be anyone in the world, as is our right as industrialists building an economy. After the fourth layer, the ownership of the finished good is now the consumers’. There can theoretically be a fifth layer, where ownership of the good transfers back to industry and it is recycled in a process that reverts back to the second layer; we cannot go back to the raw material, only the milled, refined, or processed material. It would not be economical to revert back to a raw material as you are greatly losing economic value; the second layer is all that is necessary to seize economic opportunity from recycled goods.
As I conclude this essay and move onto the next county, I would like for Johnston County to be cognizant of this layered economic approach. We need to find ways to expand our industry by adding to our first economic layer as much as possible because it is the most efficient way of exponentially increasing our economic opportunity. We will need a legislator in Washington D.C. to ensure that no obstacles stand in our way; I want nothing more than to spend the prime of my life representing Oklahoma’s needs in Washington D.C.; I will ensure our needs are met and that our industrial expansion is not interfered with.