Forget Christmas, we need a War on Daylight Savings Time!

Ah, the days are growing shorter, the leaves are changing colors. The days are cool and crisp, and the nights are chilly. It means that Bill O’Reilly, Glen Beck, and the other right-leaning commentators and conservatives will be screaming about the War on Christmas.

Well, let’s not worry about that right now, we have more important things to deal with. Daylight Savings Time.

Daylight Savings time was originally conceived by Benjamin Franklin. The concept is that by setting the clocks ahead one hour during summer months, one could get more stuff done before and after work. It really caught on during WWII, because it was able to save energy. That rationale persists with us today. We’ve also expanded the time from roughly Easter to Halloween to mid-March through usually mid-November.

So, if there are all these benefits, why do we need a war against it?

Good question. You see, first and foremost, the original rationale has been outdated. Back then, EVERYONE either worked in the city, 8-5, or on a farm. Now, with 24-hour Wal-Marts, convenience stores, and restaurants, its been pretty well negated. Not to mention, parts of Indiana were the some of the last hold-outs on switching. And guess what happened….Their energy consumption went UP!

Well, if it doesn’t actually save us energy, why do we keep it around? Tradition? Nostalgia? Masochism? You’re guess is as good as mine, but I’m willing to fire the first shots across the bow and call for a

WAR ON DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME!!!

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