Late last week, the House and Senate approved the final version of an energy bill that includes a provision extending Daylight Saving Time by a month. The bill is now on President Bush’s desk, and he says he will sign it. So, it’s as good as official: DST will start three weeks early and end one week late, starting in 2007.
The DST extension was cut in half from two months because of complaints from the airlines that it would disrupt international flight schedules, of all things. (It’s good to know that Congress is on the side of the little guy, as usual. Heh.)
I meant to post this quote two weeks ago, as I figured the local anti-Daylight Saving Time denizens would appreciate it, but then I forgot all about it, what with the various hardware and website crises that have befallen my digital world recently. But now it’s newly relevant, so here it is:
I think Washington likes DST because, having regulated everything else, it now wants to regulate time. (Maybe next year it can regulate space, and form a continuum.) At least the Jacobins, for all their calendar-related crimes, did not claim that they were making the sun shine longer. It takes a 21st-century American congressman to utter such nonsense.
But, hey, at least Congress has good, solid reasons for making this change:
[Co-sponsor Fred] Upton [(R-Mich.)] noted that the extension means daylight-saving time will continue through Halloween, adding to safety.
“Kids across the nation will soon rejoice,” he said, as they get another hour of daylight trick-or-treating.
Oh yes, the kids will rejoice… but what of their parents, the actual voters? What will you tell your constituents when their children, and indeed children all across America, are stricken with unprecedented sugar highs come Halloween 2007, all because of your DST bill?!? Their blood sugar will be on your hands, Congressman!!! :)
Then there’s this, from fellow co-sponsor Ed Markey (D-Mass.):
“The beauty of daylight-saving time is that it just makes everyone feel sunnier.”
LOL! God bless America…
P.S. South Bend Tribune columnist Jack Colwell says this whole thing is Mitch Daniels’s fault — and also the South Bend Tribune’s fault, in a way.
P P.S. Bush may be slightly perturbed that he was unable to get this provision passed. :)