This past Thursday night the 71st General Assembly of the Union for Reform Judaism. passed an economic platform that would make the most hardcore progressive proud.
The platform called Proposed Resolution on Principles of Economic Justice in a Time of Fiscal Crisis Sponsored by the Biennial Resolutions Committee called for the government to increase taxes, extend unemployment benefits, make the rich “pay their fair share” and add to entitlements.
How progressive was it? Well, the day after it was passed President Obama lavished it with praise:
And just last night, you took another step towards the change we need and voted for a set of principles of economic justice in a time of fiscal crisis. (Applause.) And I want to thank you for your courage. That statement could not have come at a more important time. For as you put it, we’re at a crossroads in American history. Last Tuesday, I gave a speech in Osawatomie, Kansas, where I described that crossroads. And I laid out a vision of our country where everybody gets a fair shot, and everybody does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same rules. (Applause.) And these are not Democratic values or Republican values; they’re not Christian values or Jewish values or Hindu or Muslim values — they’re shared values, and we have to reclaim them. We have to restore them to a central place in America’s political life. (Applause.)
I said it last week, I’ll say it again: This is not just a political debate. This is a moral debate. This is an ethical debate. It’s a values debate. It’s the defining issue of our time. It is a make-or-break moment for the middle class and for all those who are fighting to get into the middle class. (Applause.) And for those of us who remember parents or grandparents or great-grandparents who had to fight to get in the middle class, but they understood that the American Dream was available to them because we were all in it together — that’s what this is about. (Applause.) And last night, you reaffirmed the moral dimension of this debate. (Applause.)
A progressive organization, even a Jewish one, cannot get a better heckser (approval as Kosher) than one from Barack Obama. The Reform Movement proved definitively what is important to them, a political philosophy which goes against Jewish teachings.