How did the Brookings/Urban Institute Tax Policy Center go from being a purveyor of “objective third-party analysis” to being just another “liberal” group? In Romney-land, it was easy. When TPC analyzed Rick Perry’s tax plans and found that they would be disastrous for the middle class, that was objective analysis, according to the Romney campaign. When the same group did the same analysis of the Romney tax plan and reached the same conclusion, that was just liberal spin.
According to the Romney campaign, the Tax Policy Center is a “liberal” group, and its finding that the Romney tax plan would be bad for the middle class is to be ignored. But when the same group reported the same conclusion about Rick Perry’s tax plan, that was “objective third-party analysis.”