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A nastier, more brutish budget

Posted: Thursday, June 1, 2017 8:30 pm

National Jewish organizations are notoriously prolific when it comes to issuing press releases. So the near silence that followed the issuance of President Donald Trump’s $4.1 trillion budget on May 23 was surprising. In general terms, the budget raises defense spending at the expense of social programs and argues that it will pay for itself through a dubious projection of a 3 percent annual growth in GDP.

A prominent exception to the Jewish organizational silence was Rabbi Dov Pesner of the Reform movement’s Religious Action Center. He said in a statement, “Drastic reductions in spending on health care, food assistance, education, affordable housing and family planning would do profound harm to the most vulnerable members of our society and abdicate the government’s responsibility to those most in need of support.” A similar sentiment was expressed by Abby J. Leibman of Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger. But there wasn’t much more from any other of the otherwise vocal Jewish organizations.

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