The NY Times is reporting that the Congressional Research Service (CRS) — Congress's nonpartisan research arm — found "no correlation between top tax rates and economic growth," contradicting what the Times terms "a central tenet of conservative economic theory." The CRS withdrew the report, however, "after Senate Republicans raised concerns about the paper’s findings and wording."
Aides to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell reportedly objected to the use of the terms "Bush tax cuts" and "tax cuts for the rich," claiming that they carried partisan overtones. The Times reports that the study was withdrawn on September 28 over the objections of the CRS's economics division.
The revelation comes amid news of other Republican claims of partisanship in what are generally considered scientific method and quantitative analyses, including the Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs reports; the private, independent Tax Policy Center's finding that Romney's tax promises are mathematically impossible; and public opinion polls that have shown consistent leads for Obama in swing states.