The post is entitled “Time to Give It Up Already.” Honestly, I intended to let it rest, but I just can’t help myself when DST proponents are telling me to shut up. Probably a character flaw on my part, but whatever.
Cox responds to Thomas with these bullet points:
1. Maybe DST is an economic boon (or maybe not — it’s not clear whether Cox thinks it actually was or wasn’t or whether he agrees that the whole jobs thing was just a good marketing pretext); in any case, we just can’t tell because the economic situation is so bad even the power of DST couldn’t overcome it.
2. Don’t blame Gov. Daniels – 47 other states adopted it too!
3. Not having DST is “REALLY STUPID” (sic – allcaps).
My response at his blog:
Really, itâ€™s time to give it up? But it wasnâ€™t time to give it up for the decades in which DST proponents were defeated? Awfully convenient, donâ€™t you think? (â€Ah yes,â€ comes the obvious response, â€œbecause DST proponents were right and its opponents were wrong.â€) Still, fair is fair and equal time and all that.
DST canâ€™t overcome the horrible economic situation, Iâ€™ll concede. But is there any actual evidence that the job situation is better than it would have been because of DST? It was sold as a jobs bill, but I get the sense that was just convenient marketing and DST proponents usually advance it only half-heartedly anymore.
Really, for most Hoosiers, this boils down to personal preference: â€œI like later evenings better than I like earlier mornings.â€ But, plenty of folks would trade those 10 oâ€™clock sunsets in mid-summer for 7 oâ€™clock sunrises just about now.
As for synchronizing with the rest of the world, business and everyone else manages to coordinate things with Japan and Arizona and an array of different time zones. It just wasnâ€™t that complicated when Indianaâ€™s time remained as constant as the north star.
Ultimately, I concede, Indiana probably wonâ€™t change back. Maybe the U.S. will go off DST since it is actually less energy efficient than Standard Time. Or, maybe the U.S. will finish off the remaining 4 months of â€œStandard Timeâ€ and put us on year round DST. And, weâ€™ll live. These 8 oâ€™clock sunrises and periods of groggy adjustment are annoying but not life threatening. In the meantime, I donâ€™t suppose many of us DST opponents will refrain from a bit of sleep-deprived grousing just because DST proponents suggest, â€œWe finally won after decades of trying, now could everyone please shut up?â€