Mark Pelavin and Jonathan Backer

A New Path: Rep. Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, holds up a copy of the House Republicans? 2012 budget proposal at an April 5 news conference on Capitol Hill.

Four Questions on Our Budget Debate

As American Jews prepare for Passover, Congress is in the midst of the most far-reaching budget debate in generations. At Seder, we tell an old story and attempt to draw new lessons from it. The budget debate is, similarly, both an old and a new story. So in the spirit of Passover, when we study the past in order to learn from it, we’d like to suggest that the American Jewish community ask Four Questions about the federal budget debate: