Will the U.S. step back from the ledge with Iran, or is the worst yet to come? It’s too soon to say. But this week in OtherWords, I explain why war with Iran would be catastrophic — and why it deserves full-throated opposition, not meager complaints about process.

Meanwhile, my colleague Sarah Anderson does some remarkable number crunching on the military contractor CEOs who got an early payday when their stocks spiked after the latest U.S. aggression toward Iran. War profiteering is real, she argues — and Congress needs to act to end it. Don’t miss this one!

Also this week, Nicole Braun explains why working Americans need a new deal for housing. Jim Hightower honors America’s felonious (small-d) democrats, and Khalil Bendib mocks Trump for parroting far-right talking points on Iran.

We’re still clearing out the cobwebs in the new year but will be back to full steam soon enough. If you need more OtherWords, take another look at the great year-end pieces from our “in case you missed it” pile for compelling offerings on everything from Sesame Street to student loans, and liquefied natural gas to liquidated minor league baseball teams.

Happy New Year, we hope!

New This Week…

Congress: War Profiteering Is Real. We Need to End It. | Sarah Anderson
Surging stock prices for military contractors gave several CEOs an early payday after Trump’s Iran aggression.

Trump’s Iran Aggression Deserves Full-Throated Opposition | Peter Certo
Trump is betraying his voters and threatening millions of lives. Call him on it before it’s too late.

We Need a New Deal for Housing | Nicole Braun
I’ve worked hard my whole life and will probably never own a home. This is a policy shame, not a personal one.

Felonious Democracy | Jim Hightower
The leaders of our democracy don’t actually like it when people participate, but Americans are a rebellious bunch.

Pulling the Strings | Khalil Bendib
Who wants a war with Iran?

In Case You Missed It…

Sesame Street Saved My Young Mind — Now We Need to Save It | Bobbi Dempsey
President Trump wants to cut off support for the show, now celebrating its 50th year and still drawing a huge audience.

Save the Minor Leagues! | Brian Wakamo
Driven by greed, Major League Baseball wants to kill 42 franchises in the towns that made baseball America’s pastime.

Stop the Spread of Liquefied Natural Gas — Before It’s Too Late | Olivia Alperstein
A liquefied natural gas disaster could make an oil spill look like a picnic.

The Education Department Is Ripping Off Defrauded Students | Jill Richardson
Students who got defrauded by for-profit colleges were going to get loan forgiveness — until Betsy DeVos showed up.

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Peter Certo is the editorial manager of the Institute for Policy Studies and editor of OtherWords.org.

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