Also from Business Insider:
The problem with conspiracy theories is that there have to be people involved. In order to manipulate data within the BLS, you would have to get a surprisingly large number of people to cooperate. The fact is that many of these people have been with the BLS for many years and started working there during many different administrations, so presumably, they have different political affiliations, making it very unlikely that everyone would have cooperated in a conspiracy to cook the books this past month. Someone would have blown the whistle. It would be a career- ending move to try to manipulate the data, not to mention that I’m sure there are many laws against such manipulation.
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/mauld...#ixzz29H8KZXiL
I think that an inappropriate line has been crossed with this particular conspiracy theory. This office that does the job reports is no more political than your local DMV or post office (in fact, I suspect that many if not most of the economists and other officials working there are Republican). Very poor form, they're simply releasing data that you don't like, and you're casting aspersions on their honor rather than dealing with it.
It does seem that the Republicans have moved into a "I'm very disappointed that the country is recovering" mindset.