We’re Not Congressmen, We’re Gods

Once in a while Congressmen get the strange idea that they are gods, able to play with time. The Energy Bill making its way through Congress will expand Daylight Savings Time to, in the words of one congressman, “make more hours of light.”


There are twenty-four hours in a day. Congress could, constitutionally, decree that there are going to be forty-eight thirty minute hours in a day, but that would no more affect the amount of sunshine the earth receives on a given day than it would improve the lives of Americans. Congress should stop tinkering with time and should not increase Daylight Savings Time beyond what it already is.

DST was supposedly to benefit farmers, but farmers don’t want it. It was suppose to cause more daylight, yet daylight is not really controlled by Congress. If Congress really wants to benefit the American worker, how about setting fall back to Monday morning at 8 and spring forward to Friday afternoon at 4. Otherwise, Congress should stay out Father Time’s business and get on with enacting sound energy policies that include drilling in ANWR.

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  • The DST bill is going to become a “Full Employment of Computer Programmers” bill when it create a second Y2K condition. Any computer which needs to track time (all of them) will need to be updated with the new rules. A new herd of computer consultants will arise to fix the ancient mainframes where the source code as been lost to the ages. Microsoft will love it. They no longer support Win95/98 or NT so everyone using those versions will have to upgrade.

    As for ANWR, I’m opposed to drilling – but not for all the lefty reasons you usually hear. I think we should get a better read on how much oil actually is there – and leave it. Lets use up everyone else’s oil first. ANWR should be kept as a strategic reserve.