The Physical Cliff

Lunch is usually a sandwich standing at the kitchen sink, or a coffee and Payday bar behind the steering wheel. Today, I decided stop for lunch at the counter in a local Denny’s.

CNN was on the set next to the register, and the gal at the anchor desk was smirking over something Speaker Boehner had just said in his two-second remarks before the press.

A waitress to my right asked, “What’s a physical cliff?”

My personality type lets me talk to anyone about anything. What a great opportunity to…

  1. DocJay

    Hilarious and sad.

  2. HeartofAmerica

    And this my fine friends is what we are up against. 

  3. wmartin

    We need to reform the Electrical College.

  4. 2Evil4U

    America gets the presidents it deserves.

    I have seen the enemy and he is us.

  5. kesbar
    wmartin: We need to reform the Electrical College. · 2 minutes ago

    I can hear the waitress asking more questions in response to this:

    “How will that help the ones who already graduated?  Will it bring the price down?”

    Face it.  We need less James Madison and more Madison Avenue.

  6. Nanda Panjandrum

    Congratulations on your self-possession, Cal…I probably would’ve caressed her toes with my front wheels as I rolled out – and had her apologizing to *me* for getting in *my* way.  Gotta love ‘em.

  7. MBF

    You should have asked her if she was for or against women’s suffrage.

  8. Leigh
    wmartin: We need to reform the Electrical College. · 2 hours ago

    This reminds me of an experience trying to help a foreign student in an American government class.

    “Wait, you were British?”

    She thought the Electoral College was where people learned how to vote.

  9. William Albright

    I bet the waitress’s name was Julia… She’s in between obtaining her financial aid and small business loan, maybe?

  10. Casey

    Yes, this is so so important for our side to understand.

    We’re never gonna win by selling our steak.

  11. Barkha Herman

    Physical cliff

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  12. Nick Stuart

    I would have attempted to simply explain as neutrally as possible what the “fiscal cliff” was and then start in with questions beginning to “so what do you think about that?”

    Explaining the Electrical College might be a little more difficult.

  13. The Mugwump

    The proper maintenance of a republic requires an informed and engaged electorate.  When citizens degenerate to this level of ignorance and apathy, the end is truly nigh.  

  14. Barkha Herman

    To be fair, the reality is that there was never and will never be a an informed and engaged electorate.  You may tell me that every one in early United States knew all about the issues of the time but I will find it hard to believe.

  15. Fricosis Guy

    I like Nick’s approach… at least she’s working.

    I’ll save my scorn for more deserving targets like disability layabouts and the docs and lawyers who get fat on their bogus claims.

    Nick Stuart: I would have attempted to simply explain as neutrally as possible what the “fiscal cliff” was and then start in with questions beginning to “so what do you think about that?”

  16. Capt. Spaulding

    People are busy. Especially waitresses. I see that you cut her some slack, and that was gracious. The news can be boring, especially political and financial news. You have to apply yourself to get past the headlines and,  sadly, many people never learned to love reading. The challenge is to reach these people, not scorn them. Breitbart was good at it.

    The first time I heard “fiscal cliff” was back in May, on Larry Kudlow’s Saturday radio show. I thought he was saying “fiscal clip.” 

  17. Pencilvania

    I bet she owns a credit card.  Might have started some neurons firing if you explained “It’s the place you’re standing when you get word that your credit card is maxed out.”

  18. Illiniguy
    Mark Belling Fan: You should have asked her if she was for or against women’s suffrage. · 17 hours ago

    She’d have probably answered that after a day on her feet, she was truly suffering.

  19. Tran Quil

    Makes me think of a “man in the street” (but it was a woman) questioned on some t.v. talk show some time ago.  She was asked about the dire straits of the economy and, wasn’t she concerned about the national debt???  “Nah,” she said, “they can just print more money.”   Of course, that’s already being done.

  20. The Mugwump
    Barkha Herman: To be fair, the reality is that there was never and will never be a an informed and engaged electorate.  You may tell me that every one in early United States knew all about the issues of the time but I will find it hard to believe. · 27 minutes ago

    If you review the proceedings of the Lincoln-Douglas debates, you will see exactly how engaged the citizenry used to be.  Despite the lack of information technology people understood in the main what they were voting for.  Everyone understood the issues at stake in the election of 1860.  Every single person.  And again in 1864.  Nobody was voting for bromides like “hope and change.”

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