Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
The fact-free world of the GOPropaganda machine at FAUX News Fraudcasting is now being extended to government data by Tea-Publicans in Congress. Several weeks ago, a Congressional Research Service (CRS) report demonstrated that faith based supply-side "trickle down" GOP economics does not work and has never worked. But since this is an article of faith in the socio-economic-politico-religious dogma of the modern-day Tea-Publican Party, this heresy had to be suppressed.
Tea-Publican leaders in Congress demanded that the CRS report be withdrawn, "it's heresy!" And sadly, they succeeded in intimidating the CRS into pulling its report. This is a serious threat to our democracy when anti-science GOPropaganda replaces empirical scientific study.
The truth will set you free. The report Mitch McConnell doesn't want you to see:
- Congressional Research Service: Taxes and the Economy: An Economic Analysis of the Top Tax Rates Since 1945 (pdf)
See earlier coverage by Steve Benen:
UPDATE: Andrew Rosenthal at the New York Times writes, Ideology Over Reality:
In a brazen example of putting ideology ahead of reality, Senate
Republicans seem to have pressured the Congressional Research Service to
withdraw a report
debunking conservative economic orthodoxy. Cutting tax rates at the top
appears “to have little or no relation to the size of the economic
pie,” the report said. “However, the top tax rate reductions appear to
be associated with the increasing concentration of income at the top of
the income distribution.” So charging the rich lower tax rates doesn’t
promote economic growth; it merely increases economic inequality.
The CRS is a highly respected, independent agency that prepares reports for
members of Congress and routinely issues findings that disappoint or
even irritate their clients, who usually just grin and bear it, or at
least bear it. But Congressional Republicans seem to think that the CRS
should function like Pravda.
UPDATE: Jon Perr has documented in "15 Things the GOP Doesn't Want You to Know about Taxes and the Debt," virtually every article of conservative faith on tax cuts is demonstrably false. What the yanked CRS report had to say on the history of tax cuts, productivity, investment, economic growth and job creation was indisputably true.