State: All Will Be Well in the Garden | The Wandering Eye
Search
Settings

Your support for independent local news is important.

The Source Weekly has been Central Oregon’s locally owned news outlet for over 23 years. We have always been the definition of "support local." Our success in navigating this new world is tied to the success we experience in pulling together for the common good.

Quality local journalism takes a group of dedicated reporters passionate about democracy and open government. This story is the result of our hard work, and in normal times, the result of the support of the advertisers in Central Oregon. In the age of COVID-19, however, that support has taken a hit—but that’s where you come in.

Before you read on, we ask you to consider becoming a member of our Source Insider membership program at bendsource.com/insider.

Support Us Here

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

State: All Will Be Well in the Garden

Posted By on Wed, Mar 17, 2010 at 7:41 PM

“Oregon calls flat unemployment a win,” said the headline in yesterday’s Oregonian.

The gist of the story was that although the state lost 1,200 jobs in February, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained the same as in January at 10.5% — and that was good news. In February 2009 the rate was just a tad higher at 10.8%.

Construction “continued its rapid decline,” the state report said, losing 1,800 jobs from January to February. Manufacturing also dropped 1,100 jobs, “a steeper decline than the typical seasonal decline of 300 for the month.”

The numbers are still horrendous any way you look at them. But Amy Vander Vliet, the Oregon employment department’s economist for the Portland area, strove to put a positive spin on things.

“Vander Vliet expects initial recovery stages will be ‘somewhat bumpy,’ picking up steam later this year and beyond,” The Oregonian story said. “Not all local economists agree. But some admire her chutzpah.”

The whole situation reminds me of a scene in the 1979 movie “Being There” in which dimwitted Chance the gardener (Peter Sellers) impresses the president of the United States and billionaire Benjamin Rand with his economic astuteness by uttering reassuring platitudes:

President: Mr. Gardner, do you agree with Ben, or do you think that we can stimulate growth through temporary incentives?

Chance: As long as the roots are not severed, all is well. And all will be well in the garden. 

President: In the garden. 

Chance: Yes. In the garden, growth has it seasons. First comes spring and summer, but then we have fall and winter. And then we get spring and summer again.

President: Spring and summer. 

Chance: Yes. 

President: Then fall and winter. 

Chance: Yes. 

Rand: I think what our insightful young friend is saying is that we welcome the inevitable seasons of nature, but we're upset by the seasons of our economy.

Chance: Yes! There will be growth in the spring! 

Rand: Hmm! 

Chance: Hmm! 

President: Hm. Well, Mr. Gardner, I must admit that is one of the most refreshing and optimistic statements I've heard in a very, very long time.


Pin It
Favorite

Comments (3)

Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

Newsletter Signup

Get Central Oregon daily news
directly in your inbox

More by The Source Staff

  • I Heart Soup

    I Heart Soup

    When it comes to comfort food, Vietnamese soups deliver a flavor- and nutrition-packed punch
    • Jun 17, 2020
  • Summer Events? Nope.

    Summer Events? Nope.

    But are we planting the seeds for a festival-filled fall? We checked in with event organizers to find out.
    • Jun 17, 2020
  • Building a Nesting Box with Jim Anderson ▶ (with video)

    Building a Nesting Box with Jim Anderson ▶ (with video)

    Make one for pygmy owls. Make one for another bird. But in any case, spend some time with our resident naturalist Jim Anderson.
    • May 25, 2020
  • More »

Latest in The Wandering Eye

  • Moonshine Magic in Bend Still on the Down Low

    • Aug 9, 2012
    Get ready for our great close-up on the home distilling community out next week in our "Best of" issue. We interviewed a mixed bag of legal and anarchist distillers in Bend to find out why distilling is so very, very against the law in one's home. More »
  • The Eye Wanders Off Into the Sunset

    • Dec 26, 2010
    I’m really sorry to break the bad news to them during this season of peace and goodwill, but after this week the right-wingers in Bend and vicinity won’t have The Wandering Eye to kick around anymore. The decision to stop writing this blog was my own, and it was prompted by several factors. More »
  • DADT, Gay-Bashing and the "Icky-ness" Factor

    • Dec 19, 2010
    For the past week or so, “Zeo” of the NW Republican blog has had his jock strap in a knot over the prospect of Congress repealing the military’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” rule. To hear Zeo tell it, if DADT is repealed and gays are allowed to serve openly in the US military it will mean the end not only of our armed forces but of America, its economic system and civilization in general. More »
  • More »

© 2020 LAY IT OUT INC | 704 NW GEORGIA AVE, BEND, OREGON 97703  |   Privacy Policy

Website powered by Foundation