Monday, August 01, 2005

Daylight Savings Perfidy


While we weren't looking, Congress passed legislation extending Daylight Savings Time. Now it will begin in March and go through Halloween "so kids can trick-or-treat one hour longer in daylight."

Red state, blue state, Democrat, Republican, Independent, conservative evangelical or liberal "progressive" Christian, Jew, Muslim or Hindu--can we please all agree that Congress should quit meddling with our time?

It will probably require an amendment to the Constitution:
"Congress shall make no laws changing the time of the states."

Who's with me?

13 comments:

will spotts said...

I'm with you.

will spotts said...

I'm curious where in the Constitution Congress is empowered to regulate this in the first place. It is not interstate commerce even loosely. It seems to be more about forcing us to call 8:00 9:00 . . ..

Quotidian Grace said...

You would be surprised what Congress has been allowed to do by the Supreme Court in the guise of interstate commerce. That's why I suggest we need a Constitutional amendment telling them to keep their cotton-pickin' hands off of our alarm clocks.

Purechristianithink said...

Hmmm--Nixon did this one time, didn't he?? Or was it Ford? Something about saving energy in the early 70's. I remember walking to the school bus carrying a flashlight because it was still pitch dark at 7:30 in the morning. It's going to be DARK in the mornings in October--this isn't good for small children on their way to school or for the rest of us trying to pry open our eyelids and get on with the day.

Purechristianithink said...

On the other hand, when Easter falls in March we can all hold our Easter sunrise services at a reasonable hour . . .

will spotts said...

purechristianithink: you do seem to have a knack for finding a bright side . . .

St. Casserole said...

I'm not sure how I feel about longer DST. I only like having daylight extend into evening in the summer and I won't like darker mornings. I wonder if this legislation was invented by pharmacutical companies working with Seasonal Affect Disorder stuff.
I thought Republicans wanted less government with less government intrusion. What was I thinking?

Songbird said...

May I add that we will be up half the night on Halloween?

will spotts said...

St.casserole: Only some Republicans want that -- and they never get very far in the party. A lot of the people who vote Republican want that (Reagan voters, for instance), but they don't seem to notice it is not a priority in Washington.

SpookyRach said...

I'm in! I'd even be ok with year-round daylight savings. But lets just pick a time and stick with it, Ok?

Quotidian Grace said...

Is there a grass roots movement forming? Congress seems persuaded that this will result in energy savings, but I'm not convinced. It didn't the last few times it was tried. Anyone else remember the early '70's when they actually advanced the clock TWO hours ahead in an attempt to save energy. Humbug, I say.

Apostle John said...

Amen! I'm with you.

jean said...

I'm with you. I'd even go further and say stick with standard time. The original idea was to get more work out of farmers, as if they didn't work hard enough already. I don't think it's going to save any energy.