Once upon a time facts were facts. It wasn’t all that long ago. But politics infused facts. Could a Republican administration release a report that was contrary to its party platform? If a Democratic administration found that something was opposite its beliefs/goals, would they release it? That used to be the mantra and philosophy of government study and reporting...very Adam 12: just the facts. No longer.
Taxpayers underwrite the cost of research so that whatever the result is going to be whatever the result is. The government shouldn't be 'rooting' for one perspective. Interests – whether they were business, labor or something in-between – were deliberately out of the process. Now the reports that come out of Government are framed to support a particular legislative goal or policy initiative. The result is that people can have their own facts, their own reports and their own positions. The loss of an objective ability to have core facts must be remedied before further political polarization takes place.