I was recently performing a search for quotes from “Cheers” and Cliff Clavin and, to my surprise, Ask Jeeves surfaced up separate videos from Ben Bernanke, Nancy Pelosi, and Fox News on the fiscal “cliff,” as opposed to the mailman “Cliff.”
Just goes to show you how much of a farce the process of financing our government has become and I only hope that our elected officials can come to a sensible agreement that does not kill the goose that laid the golden egg.
In the meantime, the following scene from a 1987 “Cheers” episode reflects some of the sentiment that we are hearing from owner entrepreneurs:
Cliff Clavin: Boy oh boy, talk about your lucky days, huh, I just found twenty smackers back there in the pool room. And to celebrate my good fortune, I’m going to buy a round a drinks for all my friends.
Carla Tortelli: What are you going to do with the other nineteen bucks?
Sam Malone: Woody, that could be your twenty dollar bill, the one you lost.
Woody Boyd: Hey yeah, you know I was in the pool room earlier.
Cliff Clavin: Hey, wait a second. Let’s be fair about this. Give me the serial number.
Sam Malone: Oh, come on man. Nobody knows serial numbers.
Woody Boyd: L21886119B
Cliff Clavin: [hands the bill to Woody] That’s amazing.
Sam Malone: How did you do that?
Woody Boyd: I memorize the serial numbers on all my currency.
Sam Malone: Why?
Woody Boyd: For just such an occasion. Tell you though, I pray every day I don’t get rich.