I'm told that daylight savings time was the brain child of Benjamin Franklin. I don't know if that is true or not, but he's dead, so it's safe to blame him. Old Ben was one of America's founding fathers. He is considered a renaissance man, a statesman and a scientific visionary. He was instrumental in America's war of independence. He is widely
As the story goes Benny thought it would be better to make the days longer in the summer and shorter in the winter. Apparently this had been happening in the northern hemisphere since God started the world spinning, but no matter. Ben thought it would be a good idea to switch the clocks. Being that he was a contemporary of Washington, Jefferson, Adams and a lot of other respected American revolutionaries, people went along with it.
I'll admit that I haven't done extensive research into whether or not moving the clock forward saves energy. I've heard folks say that in our modern industrial society that having it be lighter latter saves on electricity, makes the evening commute home from work safer and does other good stuff for our country as a whole. This may be true. I can't say its not. If it is true, why not just leave the clock set forward all the time?
In the winter time it gets dark sooner. It would seem like keeping it light latter would be more important than in the summer. If the premise is true about saving energy etc then we should stay on day light savings time all the time.
Washington, Jefferson, Adams all were elected president, Benjamin Franklin was not. I think this might have had something to do with his insistence we mess with the sundial. The people of his day saw what he did and said, "there's no reason to let him tinker with anything else". It's time to stop the madness, leave the clock set forward and forget about changing it back.