I was chatting with a friend the other day. She asked if I thought our government was broken for good. I reflected and waxed philosophic as I have a habit of doing now that I’m 60. That’s a nice way of saying I’m getting senile.
I had recently read the Wikipedia article on the History of time in the United States. I cannot count the number of people I hear say that daylight savings time should be observed as standard time. It only makes sense. How many times do you come home from a 9 to 5 or 8 to 4 job and have to mow the lawn or rake leaves in the late Fall? The problem is there is no daylight after work and you have to push it off until the weekend and pray it does not rain.
Just read the legislative hoops we have gone through as a nation to establish a standard time on the Wikipedia article linked to in the paragraph above. Heck, you don’t even need to read it. Just scan it to see how long and difficult the process of creating a standard time was, let alone accounting for the laws related to time.
Is it any wonder we can’t fix our immigration system? We can’t even agree on a common sense basis for time! If you read about the money we save as a nation under daylight savings time it is a no-brainer! Yet:
On July 8, 1986, President Ronald Reagan signed the Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1986 into law that contained a daylight saving rider authored by Senator Slade Gorton (R-WA). The starting date of DST was amended to the first Sunday in April effective in 1987. DST continued to end on the last Sunday in October. While the states retain the capability to exempt themselves from DST, they are forbidden by the 1966 federal law (15 USC 260a(b)) from increasing a state’s time spent on DST, unless the United States Congress does this for the entire nation.
I am not going to blame the politicians. We alone are the creators of the problems we face. We got lazy and let politicians stay in office too long. If we keep sending the same people to Washington over and over how can we expect different results? Next time you vote consider sending a non-politician to represent you! We need more business people & regular people in office. That is another reason I support President Trump!
Then I shrugged and said, what did you ask me again?