Category Archive for: Domestic Policy

MEASURES THAT UNDERMINE GOVERNMENTS’ ABILITY TO ADDRESS CRITICAL HUMAN NEEDS

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  • Posted on February 25, 2007

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  • Anti-Poverty

Beginning in the mid-1990s, welfare reform accelerated the funding of entitlement programs by means of capped block grants, shifting responsibility for national anti-poverty programs to cash-strapped states. In addition, the tax cuts passed by Congress since 2001 have resulted in fewer federal dollars available to states, forcing state governments to cut Medicaid, senior programs, child…



U.S. DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN ENERGY SOURCES

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  America’s increasing dependence on foreign oil for transportation, electricity, industry and other uses poses great risks for our nation and the world, specifically threats to national security, economic stability, and the health of our environment. In particular, our dependence on foreign oil enriches some countries that are hostile to the United States and support…



CIVIL RIGHTS AND INDIVIDUAL LIBERTIES

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   The American Jewish Community has historically supported civil rights and individual liberties.   The mission statement of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs expresses a commitment to protect, preserve, and promote a just American society.  The American Jewish community has a “direct stake” in promoting individual liberties, and an “ethical imperative” to do so, recognizing…



PROTECTING PLURALISTIC DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA

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  The success of pluralistic democracy in America and the success of Jews and other religious minorities within this society are directly linked to the strength of our democratic institutions and Constitutional freedoms including religion and speech.  The JCPA mission statement concludes that “the Jewish community has a direct stake and an ethical imperative to…



Voting Rights

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The achievement of a government that is responsive to the needs and aspirations of its people is possible only through maximum citizen participation in the electoral process. No right is more central to the function of a democracy than voting and, as such, the Voting Rights Act remains one of the most important pieces of…



Opposition to Torture

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  Judaism holds that every human being is created b’tzelem Elokim (in the divine image) and, as such, is entitled to dignity and respect.  Our government’s duty to protect the lives of our citizens must be balanced with the obligation to protect the precious rights guaranteed each individual. The war on terrorism has challenged law…



The Non-Profit Sector

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The nonprofit sector enriches America and the world through varied programs and charitable deeds.  A vibrant and independent charitable community is vital for a strong America. Periodically, legislation is introduced that would restrict the rights of nonprofit organizations to engage in certain activities such as issue education and advocacy  or engaging in nonpartisan election-related activities…



SEIZING THE MOMENT: APPLYING THE LESSONS OF HURRICANE KATRINA

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 Some moments in history transform the ways in which societies operate.  Others constitute a call to action that goes unheard.  Before the history is written about the 2005 hurricane season, and the flood that devastated much of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, the Jewish community and all Americans must seize this moment to create…



Racial Disparities in Healthcare

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  • Posted on February 25, 2006

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  • Healthcare

Census data for 2004 revealed that the number of uninsured Americans rose for the fourth year in a row resulting in 45.8 million Americans uninsured. In light of this growing problem the JCPA reaffirms its support for quality, affordable health care coverage, regardless of income, in accordance with our 2000 resolution on healthcare.  We call…



Climate Change and Energy Independence

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The United States and many other countries have become increasingly dependent on oil in the Middle East. U.S. foreign policy is constrained by the burden of protecting oil supplies in nations whose autocratic governments are often hostile towards democracies and the West in general and the U.S. and Israel specifically. As stated at the 2001…