My merit badge is missing

In case you missed it, here’s a link to my column in the business section of Sunday’s Knoxville News Sentinel.

In a nutshell, the column asserts that the economy remains painfully slow, but it is creating jobs and isn’t as bad as some on the far right suggest.

Not all readers shared my point of view, but thanks to all who took the time to post a comment.

Some readers posted a few questions that I will attempt to answer.

CheshireDog asked: Does the News Sentinel give columnists “PROgresive” merit badges when they work this sludge up into a story?

Answer: No. Far as I know, the News Sentinel does not give any merit badges.

Shoes questioned the validity of quoting the Business Roundtable: And how many of those roundtable CEOs are in Tennessee? Very few. Take it further – how many of those 13 million employees are even in this country?

Answer: I don’t know exactly how many Roundtable employees work in the US, but it’s safe to say millions, including thousands in Tennessee. Roundtable members are top executives of US businesses that make up about a third of the value of US stock markers. Members include Alcoa, Aetna, Bank of America, Boeing, Deere & Co., Dow Chemical, FedEx (based in Tennessee), General Electric, IBM, Intel, Humana, Morgan Stanley, Norfolk Southern, Verizon, UnitedHealth Group, Xerox. … I could go on through the alphabet, but you get the idea.


Cheshire Dog also asked: Has Mr McElroy been cracking that ole reelection whip?

Answer: I assume Cheshire means Jack McElroy, my boss and editor of the News Sentinel. And, no, I don’t think he owns a whip.