77 Series: Okfuskee County
Okfuskee and Healthy
Okfuskee County is making a comeback on its own and I am
happy to see that. I am also happy to examine the county in search of ways to
continue this upward trend. The growth is due in large part to Okemah’s
population growth. This area was a connection point for St. Louis to the
Pacific and should have seen significant expansion in the past 100 years, but this
was not the case. I forget the exact term, but momentarily before an explosion,
there is a vacuum created and then suddenly there is an exponential increase in
volume; that is what is happening to the United States economy, we are in a
vacuum, but on the cusp of an industrial explosion. I am partly saddened as I
write this essay on the economy of Okfuskee County. I can never say that I am
sad, because I am alive. But I am finding it more difficult than it should be
to build industry in an area that so desperately needs it for survival, and
that saddens me because my people are the ones who lose.
I do not believe any person, group, or organization is to blame for our current economic state. For a single entity to have tangled such a web out of economic principal, industrial legislation and geopolitical boundaries is in no way feasible given the stretch of time and extent of contradictory legislation. Rather, this is an aggregation of numerous factors. In our Constitutionally Democratic Republic, we have a system in place. We use it to govern ourselves, as we are all aware. Over the past one hundred years though, the advance of technology, socio-political evolution, and global economic progress has changed rapidly and relentlessly; past legislation has met new legislation or no legislation and we are left with an impassable mess of yarn as we have woven or own demise. Dr. Hammel taught me this concept at the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics; to be hoisted by one’s own petard.
To be hoisted by one’s own petard means to die by the thing that you created. Essentially, this is what is happening today with our economy. We are stepping over ourselves because we have overcomplicated something so simple; we overcomplicated making money with our national resources and we have blocked ourselves from industrial expansion when we need it the most. It will take time and a clear understanding of our nation’s needs and the global market, but we can fix this problem. We will need the smartest and most dedicated people for this undertaking; the duty to restore our national economy.
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 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.
So far, in Oklahoma’s second congressional district, we have discovered the strength of the northeastern part of the state. We have a mess to clean up in Ottawa County, but we have an industry waiting for us underneath the chat and future generations to protect. There is abundant land ideal for agriculture that has economic potential for the booming hemp market in Europe or cotton for our state’s textile industry. We have lumber making an appearance and we can make mills to ensure we are refining our valuable forestry resources. We also are honing in on our position in the global market and are determining who are major trading partners are; we are discovering where we are weak, and where we are strong.
As we move on with the 77 Series we are designing the objective of Project D2. Our objective is less focused on the median per capita income as it was in Project D3. Oklahoma’s third congressional district is hurting badly and immediate attention must be paid to increasing household income. In the second congressional district we do have industries coming, but I believe our objective is going to be more focused on health. It was alarming to me about the conditions in Ottawa County and the low life expectancy in Adair County; the economic strength of these areas is not reflecting on the health of its citizenry. So moving forward, we will be examining how to promote industrial growth while focusing sharply on ways to increase life expectancy and decrease the number of new cases for diseases and cancers.