No matter what happens on Election Day, the US has the opportunity to curb presidential power and to force Congress to become more accountable to the voter-citizen-taxpayers who have been increasingly disenfranchised.
There are a number of issues I would like to see on the 2017 Congressional plate. At the top of my list is to abolish Daylight Savings Time. This semi-annual Congressional jerk-around forces me to reset no less than eight clocks every six months. The time change has caused me to be late for Easter brunch (for which I was never forgiven), to be late for my first day of work at a new job, and for a number of other social and professional blunders that I’ve repressed.
The guy pictured above could care less about Congressional mandates. He starts his insistent crow the moment the sun peeks over the horizon. Nor is the sun influenced by US law, so why is everyone who goes by clock time so easily manipulated by a bunch of lobbyists in Washington DC?
Wikipedia gives an exhaustive account of the history around the world of Daylight Savings Time. For our purposes, Congress made created a national standard in 1986-7 (PL 99-369) at the behest of Clorox and 7-Eleven lobbyists. Both Idaho senators voted for it under the pretext that fast-food outlets would sell more french fries (made from Idaho potatoes). Arizona is the only continental state that does not observe it.
Today, November 6, 2016, on this first day of freedom from the abhorrent DST, I make my semi-annual bid for doing something practical and achievable without causing anyone undue stress.
Where does your Congressperson stand on Time?
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go re-set some clocks.