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Friday, November 2, 2012

Republicans: Don't confuse us with facts

Posted By on Fri, Nov 2, 2012 at 6:45 AM

I'd say this beats all. But, really, it's more of the same from the faith-based Republican dogma that distinguishes every campaign for office, from president on down. Facts don't matter. Faith alone will triumph, beginning with tax cuts for the wealthy.

The Congressional Research Service has withdrawn an economic report that found no correlation between top tax rates and economic growth, a central tenet of conservative economic theory, after Senate Republicans raised concerns about the paper’s findings and wording.

This is a familiar strategy by now. Don't like the polls? Say they're skewed. Don't like the improving employment numbers? Say they're rigged. Don't like a nonpartisan research group's blowup of Mitt Romney's tax plan math? Trash the people who did the arithmetic.

When independent agencies like the Congressional Research Service and the Tax Policy Center and the Bureau of Labor Statistics or distinguished climate scientists no longer have any credibility whenever they depart from Republican dogma, we will have reached the point that science no longer matters. Turn policy over to Grover Norquist and Rush Limbaugh. And pray.

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