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Daylight or Standard Time: Pick One, Congress

 

It’s time for our biannual ritual – moving the clocks forward this time – effective at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 13th. It was just four months ago that we drove them back. And with it, of course, will come our equally ritualistic grumbling or celebrations, depending on whose side you fall on this centuries-old debate unless you live in most of Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, or American Samoa. Under the Uniform Time Act, those jurisdictions have exempted themselves from Daylight Savings Time. Our trusty US Department of Transportation regulates the process.

It isn’t much of a debate anymore. According to an Economist/YouGov poll from last November, by an almost 2:1 margin, most Americans want 1) to end the practice of clock-changing and 2) prefer to permanently “spring forward” than “fall back.” That’s a change from just two years ago, which an Associated Press poll had Americans split three ways: about 40 percent in favor of standard time; 30 percent for daylight savings; and another 30 percent who love changing their clocks twice a year (who ARE those people?).

Rob Long is in for Jim. join Rob and Greg as they cheer efforts to end changing the clocks twice a year and get a kick out of the fierce rivalry between activists trying to put an end to time changes. They also groan as inflation swells at the worst pace in more than 30 years. And they listen to another radical whom Loudoun County, Virginia, paid half a million dollars to stress that schools are no longer about learning.