Monday, May 14, 2012

Rothschild portrays left-wing group as "non-partisan"

In the May 9 edition of the Lawrence Journal-World, statehouse reporter/political activist Scott Rothschild writes, "One day before a potential vote on a mammoth tax-cut endorsed by Gov. Sam Brownback, a national tax study group said the proposal would increase taxes on many low- and middle-income Kansans." Rothschild then writes that the group, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), "is a non-profit, non-partisan group that works on state and federal tax policy, focusing on tax fairness."

However, a quick look at ITEP's board of directors shows us that the group is dominated by leftists:

  • Robert Kuttner: The American Prospect. According to its mission statement, the American Prospect was founded as "an authoritative magazine of liberal ideas." According to Wikipedia, Kuttner's "most recent book, Obama's Challenge: America's Economic Crisis and the Power of a Transformative Presidency, presents a vision of Barack Obama's opportunity to transform American politics."
  • Iris Lav: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Lav was associate director of public policy for the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees. She also served as deputy director of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, which Wikipedia describes as a "left of center think tank."
  • Robert Reich, Brandeis University: Bill Clinton's secretary of labor. He was appointed a member of President-elect Barack Obama's economic transition advisory board. He is also chairman of Common Cause, which Rothschild ridiculously claimed was a public watchdog group last year.
  • Dean Tipps, Service Employees International Union: SEIU spent $28 million supporting Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election, making it the "organization that spent the most to help Barack Obama get elected president."

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