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SANTA CLARA -- It was only a ribbon-cutting, but in a flagging economy and with statewide unemployment above 12 percent, even a minor victory can get a politician to show up.

The opening of a new research and development center by Dell Inc., Gov. Jerry Brown said in Santa Clara this morning, "exemplifies the tremendous dynamism of the California economy."

The Democratic governor spoke for less than two minutes and didn't stay to mingle. His office issued a release: "Governor Brown Opens New Dell Facility, Welcomes Hundreds of New Jobs to California."

It was not lost on anyone in the audience that Dell is from Texas, where the governor, Rick Perry, boasts frequently about luring companies from California.

Brown didn't mention the Lone Star State.

But he did say, "We continue to be a place of pioneers, of people who have left one place because they want to make something better, and that's the genius of California."


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