A sequel is seldom as good as the original. Still, reader e-mail alerts me that it?s already time for a sequel to a couple of recent columns.
On the eve of the Athens Olympic games, I jokingly outlined a plan to film a documentary based on a little known corporate titan of the ancient world named Dick Cheneyopolus. The column was intended to reveal the ?evils? of corporations (through the use of fictional facts) and expose a conspiracy that?s been developing unnoticed right under our noses for millennia. After all, that seems to be the way to make a successful documentary these days.
But a couple of readers called my research into question. ?I visited the site of the ancient Olympics in Olympia in the NW Peloponnesus in 1968. The games were never held in Athens,? one noted. ?They were held in Olympia, Greece, hence the name: Olympics, Not Athens. Pleeeeez,? pointed out another.
I apologize for the errors, and promise to be more historically accurate when I satirically create history in the future.
Another reader took me to task for this observation: ?In the real world, journalists don?t cheer. Not even if they?re delivering good news, like that the nation created 32,000 new jobs last month and the unemployment rate dropped from 5.6 to 5.5 percent -- oh, wait, bad example. For some reason, that was bad news.?
A Mr. Drew Chappie wondered, ?Are you actually that ignorant to believe that 32,000 new jobs created this July was good news, or did you just realize that the majority of your high-school graduate readers will see a number with zeros tailing it and think, ?Ooohh, that?s a lot!??
Well, I?m not especially ignorant.
First of all, let?s stipulate it?s a good thing when our economy generates jobs. We can all agree on that. So the argument is over how many did we generate. Was it enough?
The Heritage Foundation has done plenty of research on this, and good news abounds. For example, the July unemployment rate of 5.5 percent is far better than the 6.3 percent reported last July. And it even beats the average of 5.8 percent unemployment in the go-go 1990s. Plus, unemployment is dropping as our population is growing. We?ve now got more Americans working than ever before. More good news.