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77 Series: Sequoyah County

                                                  Sequoyah was a Genius

     Sequoyah County is beautiful; I spent a holiday or two in Sallisaw and enjoy the landscape and the fried cheese balls at this little gas station in town. I am sure you know the name of it, but I cannot recall the name. I look forward to visiting and enjoying them again when I come up to campaign and gain support for Project D2. We have a lot going on and I know the people of Sequoyah County will enjoy reading all about the industrial agenda as it unfolds before them. In Oklahoma’s third congressional district we are encouraging the growth of cotton and the building of textile mills to compete in the booming markets in Canada, Mexico and soon to be South America. We will need to work with the governments in the south to encourage growth in trade. For example, South American economies are struggling so it will be in everyone’s best interest to increase trade both ways. For the textiles we export we should import something from them as well. Establishing trade is the name of the game and balancing the trade is how you keep playing indefinitely.
     I am curious about Oklahoma lumber, as I am about the water, because growing up I was told so many different things by many different ranchers and businessmen. One thing I have discovered in my experience is that you must dive in yourself to test the water; everyone has their own perception as to whether the water is too cold or just right. One thing I was told growing up is that other states are stealing our lumber. I cannot confirm this to be true yet as I see the Sallisaw Lumber company in business. The company based in Sallisaw offers a complete line up of building materials. I will have to call the company to determine if they are using locals mills for their supplies. Should they not, then we will have to see about setting up mills throughout the state to properly take advantage of the economic opportunity from our lumber. Should our state’s lumber companies be ordering our lumber from mills that use our trees out of state, then we will have to make an adjustment, for the interest of Oklahoma.
     There are a lot of things we can do to increase industry in this area and given the large gypsum deposit in the state, I would like for Oklahoma to manufacture all of the building supplies used within the state’s construction; even so far as refining copper ore for use in residential and commercial construction. Quite possibly the biggest problem I see in our national economy is the loss of margins in our industrial businesses. Producing the raw materials is one thing, such as crude oil, metal ores and lumber. But if we do not refine these products and we allow others to do it, we are really destroying ourselves economically. If we produce something, we must also refine it to fully grasp the economic opportunity. We create a damaging effect should we have another industry in another state or another country refine our raw materials and sell them back to us. It causes us economic loss instead of the inherent economic gain of yielding global amounts of industrial supplies.
      I am also a cotton man now in addition to the many other industrial hats I wear. I know that Sequoyah County was once a large produce of cotton but has turned its focus since the 1920’s. Upon looking at the land for sale here, I see some very promising areas for cotton farms. As I begin to explore the economic opportunities of hemp, I believe Sequoyah County is on the cusp of an industrial revolution. We have the land, now we must develop it and grow things that we can use; such as cotton and hemp. The Europeans are designing some incredible machines to make use of hemp fibers and industrialists are estimating the value of hemp to be $1500 an acre and cotton is debated to yield nearly $600 an acre; land that is not used for cattle and advertised as “hunting pastures” will quickly become used for our state’s industrial agenda. I am not sure how you feel, but to me, shooting a twelve point buck in a field of hemp is no less appealing than shooting one in an open field; venison is a commodity any way you take it.
     The economic formula is rather simple for us to begin observing economic gain from our valuable resources. Currently we are not keeping up with our production as a state. We produce more oil than we refine and by the looks of it we produce way more lumber than we mill. By building a refinery to process our production, as well as Texas overproduction we can take advantage of a massive economic opportunity. Furthermore, we need to construct larger lumber mills to ensure that we are taking full advantage of our state’s resources. I do not wish to cause conflict with any state, but when it causes economic hardship in our communities, something has to give. You cannot be upset with the player when we are all playing the same game; we are playing to do what is best for our communities. I have a vision for a better Oklahoma too and with your support, I can be on the legislative end to ensure our communities are taken care 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. 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.


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