On more than one occasion, Republican friends have simply denied the accuracy of the data that now suggests the economy is improving. Instead of arguing about it, I've decided that the simplest way to deal with this is to quickly agree and then say, "Even worse, they made up all the data about the Great Recession. Not only is the economy not recovering but it, in fact, never went into a recession. None of it even happened. It's like the moon landing."
For folks with theories about the world that they hold fondly, it is indeed as David Byrne sang: "Facts just twist the truth around."