April 01, 2006

Daylight Saving Time is the Handiwork of Beelzebub

SOMETIME IN THE dead of night on Apr. 2, millions of Americans will have a precious hour of their time involuntarily taken from them, without so much as a by-your-leave. Many won't discover the theft until long past sunrise, when television shows start appearing at the wrong hour, or church services come to an end when they ought have just started.

All this, of course, is due to Daylight Saving Time, that wretched and foul device which stands as an affront to both God-fearing citizens and natural law. Every year, Americans "spring forward and fall back," and every year, bad things happen as a result. For instance, there are more auto accidents, and people at work are grumpy and irritable. And don't get me started on what happens in Indiana.

Yet even though there's no good reason to make the Daylight Saving Time switch, we keep doing it. It's absolute madness and I hate it.

This is not to say that I'm entirely opposed to the idea of Daylight Saving Time. In times of national emergency, I can see that Daylight Saving Time might prove useful. However, the only emergency most Americans are facing right now involves a shortage of potato chips and not finding the remote control prior to the big game. Thus, having DST, and turning me into EVEN MORE of an irritable grouch for the next week or so, sucks something fierce.

I suppose I can look at the bright side: in October, I'll get my stolen hour back, although without any interest or compensation for it. Besides, next year, it'll be even worse: back in 2005, Congress voted to extend the DST period starting in 2007.

Gee, that's just swell.

Posted by Benjamin Kepple at April 1, 2006 09:44 PM | TrackBack

I hate it. I wish it would just go away. Are we in the 21st century yet?

Posted by: Jesse at April 2, 2006 04:02 AM

Yes, I expressed many of your same concerns last year on my blog. There, I posted a letter that I had sent to President Bush regarding the situation. I will repost it here for your analysis.

Date: Sun, 3 Apr 2005 03:24:46 -0400
From: "Matthew S. Schwartz"
Reply-To: mss68@law.georgetown.edu
To: president@whitehouse.gov
Subject: Daylight Savings Time

Dear Mister President,

I lost an hour tonight. It was 1:59 a.m. and then, just like that, BOOM, 3 a.m. As a concerned citizen, I must complain. I don't like the fact that the government steals my hour every April. Sure, I get it back in October, but who needs an extra hour in October? I, and everyone else I know, need all my hours NOW.

Furthermore, since when is the government in the business of hour savings and loans? The government should provide for the common defense, and maybe provide highway money. That's it. And what is the government *doing* with all the hours it has confiscated from its citizens? Are you using them to take another vacation on your ranch?

Additionally, since I *am* loaning my hour to the government, why on earth am I not earning any interest? After six months, I should realistically get at least an hour and a half back, if not two hours.

As my president, I trust you can convince Congress to repeal Daylight Savings Time.

Thank you.

Matthew S. Schwartz
"Concerned Citizen"

Posted by: Matthew Schwartz at April 3, 2006 04:22 AM

"I, and everyone else I know, need all my hours NOW."


Posted by: Benjamin Kepple at April 3, 2006 09:27 AM

Hey Ben,

I must respectfully disagree. For it is the extra hour of daylight that makes all the difference in my mood. Turning the clocks "back" in the fall is what pisses me off. Perhaps we could could just stay at Daylight all the time???? Plus, Indiana finally got with the program, and now is Eastern Daylight and Central Daylight. No funny business anymore. Now it is Arizona and Hawaii that need help.


Posted by: simon from jesey at April 5, 2006 11:59 AM
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