The Senate Unanimously Voted To Make Daylight Savings Time Permanent, a Great Idea
In a rare example of Congress doing something that isn’t totally useless or foolish, the Senate voted Tuesday to make Daylight Savings Time permanent. Impressively, the vote was unanimous.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R–Fla.), one of the bill’s cosponsors, hailed its passage as a step in the right direction.
“Just this past weekend, we all went through that biannual ritual of changing the clock back and forth, and the disruption that comes with it,” he said in a statement. “And one has to ask themselves after a while, ‘Why do we keep doing it? Why are we doing this?’ “
Twice a year, the government requires Americans to change the time on their clocks: In the fall we gain an hour, and in the spring we lose an hour. This ritual dates back to World War I, and its stated purpose was to encourage people to conserve energy. The thinking was that creating an extra hour of light during the evenings would lessen the need for electricity.
Regardless of the merits of that goal, changing the time twice a year has extreme downsides that far outweigh any benefit from gaining or losing light. As the Cato Institute’s Scott Lincicome
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