Paul’s Perambulations

July 17, 2021

Speaking with Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon

Filed under: Education,General,Peace,Politics — admin @ 8:28 am

Had an appointment with my Congressperson, Mary Gay Scanlon, day-before-yesterday as part of a small group arranged by WILPF and PeaceAction.  My five-minute “ask” was for her to support (1) the U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and (2) to use President Biden’s infrastructure plan as the opportunity to convert military companies toward productive work for this country (they already have the skills and experience for this). I particularly referenced what I had heard from engineers employed at Boeing Vertol (voters in her district) in this regard. I don’t want to put good people out of work – I want good people to be doing good work for this country. She appeared to listen attentively and take some notes, and responded with a fairly extended reply about the importance of the proposed infrastructure program and engineers contribution to it. When she finished, I made sure to repeat that I was asking her support for using this occasion as a unique opportunity to escape our dependence on a military economy by substituting infrastructure contracts for those companies that otherwise would be getting military contracts – to keep skilled good folks employed by reducing military expenditures and replacing them with these new contracts that actually contribute to the welfare of this country.

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