Is there anything scarier than not having food to feed your baby — or more scandalous than politicians who refuse to help when you can’t?

That’s the situation facing millions of parents in this country — including our contributor TiffanyAnn Goodson — as the national formula shortage goes unresolved.

Although the Biden administration has intervened to help, Congress needs to do its part too.

This week in OtherWords, TiffanyAnn writes about her fury over nearly 200 Republicans voting against a federal effort to increase formula capacity. “This crisis — which has literally taken food from the mouth of my baby — has awakened a passion in me,” she writes. “It’s made me realize that we can’t be silent anymore.”

She’s not the only one demanding the federal government do more to help regular people. This week, my colleague Robert P. Alvarez writes about working at McDonald’s to support himself through college, but still ending up weighed down by debt many years after graduating and getting a job in his field.

He points out that the federal government could cancel every penny of student loan debt and it would still cost less than the GOP’s tax cuts for the wealthy — while doing more to stimulate the economy.

Finally, cartoonist Khalil Bendib mocks up the real “Great Replacement” happening inside the erstwhile Party of Lincoln.

New This Week….

200 Members of Congress Voted Against Baby Formula. That’s An Outrage. | TiffanyAnn Goodson
Politicians who cry that they’re “pro-life” are voting against feeding babies. Others look away while monopolies undercut food safety.

Cancel Student Loan Debt. Bail Out Regular People. | Robert P. Alvarez
Even writing off every penny of student debt would cost less than Trump’s tax giveaways for corporations and the rich.

The Real ‘Great Replacement’ | Khalil Bendib
The Party of Lincoln has been replaced by a party of clownish white supremacists.

In Case You Missed It…

Tucker Carlson’s ‘Great Replacement’ Theory Comes from an Anti-American Nazi | Juan Cole
Why has the American far right adopted an anti-American conspiracy theory as its rallying cry?

A Pandemic of the Poor | Karen Dolan
As we mark 1 million COVID-19 deaths, Americans in poorer counties have died at double the rate of wealthier counties.

ICE Probably Spied on You | Farrah Hassen
A new investigation reveals the immigration agency has collected data on most Americans. It’s the latest case in a worrying trend.

It’s Time to Stop Profiteering at the Pump | Lindsay Owens and Hebah Kassaem
High gas prices, climate change, and the war in Ukraine share a common cause.

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Peter Certo

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

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