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Tax Policy Center is a big winner in 'Fiscal Cliff' saga

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While reading coverage of the drama surrounding the so-called Fiscal Cliff, I kept coming across references to the Tax Policy Center as an impartial expert--further obscuring the real purpose of the center, which is to advance left-wing economic policies, while enhancing its credibility.

·         Bloomberg: "The budget deal passed by the U.S. Senate today would raise taxes on 77.1 percent of U.S. households, mostly because of the expiration of a payroll tax cut, according to preliminary estimates from the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center in Washington."

·         Washington Post: The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center has just completed a new analysis of John Boehner's "plan B" fiscal proposal, which would raise taxes only on income over $1 million. The analysis makes it pretty clear just how ludicrous it is for House Republicans to be expecting Obama to agree to it."

·         FactCheck.org:  "The scheduled tax increases, if allowed to take effect, would net an additional $536 billion in fiscal year 2013, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, raising more than $5 trillion in 10 years."

It's pretty funny that a fact check group that is itself biased uses as an official source that is also biased. It gets even better when the liberal mainstream media quotes the liberal fact-check group that cites the liberal think tank, while each group fiercely claims to be nonpartisan. It's liberal lying on an Inception scale.

Lying is too strong of a word, though. Technically, the Tax Policy Center is nonpartisan--but only in the sense that they support an ideology instead of party. They are progressives and not necessarily Democrats. All their "research" supports left-wing economics, even when they criticize today's elimination of the payroll tax cut. They oppose that only because it's a regressive tax.

Without going through all of their publications independently, I'll just stop at this. If a conservative think tank like the Heritage Foundation subdivided into the "Tax Policy Group", you can bet the media wouldn't label it "nonpartisan." So when the liberal Brookings Institute and the liberal Urban Institute form the Tax Policy Center, I'd expect the same treatment, if I didn't know any better.

This blog attempts to add perspective and context to local and national politics, through a variety of disciplines, such as history, economics, and philosophy--all tempered with common sense. About the author

Eric Ingemunson's commentary has been featured on Hannity, CNN, NBC, Inside Edition, and KFI's The John and Ken Show. Eric was born and raised in Ventura County and currently resides in Moorpark. He earned a master's degree in Public Policy and Administration from California Lutheran University. As a conservative, Eric supports smaller government, less taxation, more individual freedom, the rule of law, and a strict adherence to the Constitution.