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.

[Cross-posted at The Reality-based Community]

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Mark Kleiman is a professor of public policy at the New York University Marron Institute.