"No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the press. It is, therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions." --Thomas Jefferson to John Tyler, 1804.

Via the new Capitol Record (of TVW) blog, a blunt quote from Governor Chris Gregoire: “There is literally today no good news in the world about the economy.”

This was from, and may overshadow, an interesting press conference in which she talked mainly about green jobs and environmental regulation. She proposed several moves – notably one related to electric cars – somewhat in response to Obama Administration actions reversing Bush Administration policies.

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One of the startling aspects to the economic mess we’re in is the sweeping nature of it – it seems to be affecting a massive range of business, and presumably others as well.

Cuts of 5,000 jobs at Microsoft (and most of those at Redmond). About 1,000 at Starbucks (a lot of those at Seattle – a third of headquarters). South of the Columbia, Intel is cutting about 1,000 jobs in Oregon (out of 5,000 overall).

And there’s this rundown in the Oregonian (itself wafting through waves of cuts): “A thousand at Intel. Up to 1,000 at Oregon Health & Science University. More at Harry & David, Xerox, Mercy Corps, Medical Teams International, Precision Castparts, Hollywood Entertainment, Daimler Trucks North America and others. And that’s on top of 174,000 Oregonians — double the entire population of a city such as Gresham or Beaverton — who were jobless at the end of December.”


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