77 Series: Rogers County
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.
This is the last county in my research and discovery of the economies of Oklahoma’s second congressional district. I did not encounter the same economic hardships as seen in the third congressional district, but I am concerned with health and education in this area. I mentioned health as soon as I noticed the low life expectancy in Adair County. In order to remedy this, I have several ideas that I will take with me to U.S. Congress. Before I continue, I must say that the funding issues we have for our national healthcare lies in our imbalance of military and civilian spending. There are currently two Bills for funding in play; H.R. 3055 for civilians and H.R. 2968 for our military.
We spend much more on our military than we do on our civilians; sometimes that is good, if we are in a time of war. Now we are in a time of peace, I know because the threat level is NORMAL nationwide in our military establishments. NORMAL in the military means no known enemy or threat; I get around I tell you, I have many friends. We can afford a decrease in our defense budget and parlay these funds into our citizen health. This can still be done but it is unlikely that it will occur because I am only a congressional candidate, what could I know.
I have a lot to learn as I continue campaigning for United States Senate in 2020. I have a lot to learn about our industries, our people, and our businesses. I am going to another Tribal Finance Consortium to learn more about rural development in other states as well as a Poultry Tech Summit in Georgia to see what is new in chicken farming. That is on the immediate agenda, but in between I will be making appearances in every county in the state and meeting with business owners and the industry people. I am still in the midst of my county and federal research but I will begin my road campaign soon.
As we conclude the scope of Project D2, I wish to reiterate our objective so we can have a centralized idea of what we are aiming to achieve. We want to increase our life expectancy in congressional district two; we want a new standard of 80 years life expectancy in thirty years. We also want a continuously decreasing amount of new cancer cases and we will have to stay on top of our hospitals in order to have the most accurate data for our scientists to eliminate exacerbating elements; the environmental hazards that create illnesses, disease, and cancer. We will need to create an agency to oversee proper reporting of costs and patient data so that we know where our health issues are; knowledge is key to citizen health.
We will also need to continue focusing on education in our second congressional district. I will address education last, because I will have to examine all 77 counties to make a declarative statement on education. We are doing great building secondary learning institutions; arguably the best in the nation. We need to focus on primary education. This goes beyond the classroom too. We need to focus on educating our citizens on what is happening in Oklahoma; we need them to know that we are improving our economy, we are creating jobs, and that we need our youth to concentrate on their learning because they have a big responsibility when they get older. We are creating a much better place than we experienced when we graduated, and I am happy to lead the way.
I mentioned in my Johnston County essay the layered economy. I know that these concepts are profound so I will draw some diagrams to illustrate what exactly a layered economy is and where our focus points need to be in order to rebuild the layered economy that once existed in Oklahoma. Oklahoma’s layers go beyond our economy as well; we are layered governmentally as well; we have 38 Sovereign Nations, Oklahoma legislation, Federal legislation, and two Federal Reserve Banks. We need to forget the things that distract us from our goal; find our industry, build our economy, protect our environment, improve our health, and focus on our education. We are 77 counties with one Oklahoman vision; we cannot let our many governments pull us apart and lose focus on our citizens; we must unite under one vision, to make Oklahoma the best state for people.