Originally Posted by countrygun
I am at least willing to admit that many Administrations may have bent the numbers when it suited them and this is just an example.
If that's your position, then that is perfectly reasonable (although I don't agree with it).
However, when it plays out in the mind of a republican, this thinking usually turns into those "many" administrations you mentioned as being all of the liberal ones, and the opposite would be true for a democrat who abides by this mentality. So this person who is sometimes skeptical
of the numbers can just turn out to be a partisan that trusts or distrusts the numbers whenever it makes their party look good. I find that to be the case most of the time, but there are always exceptions.