Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Suite101.com: Why Don't US Senators Filibuster Anymore?

Have you ever wondered why you don't see senators actually filibustering anymore? Read my post on Suite101.com to find out.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Repost: Abandon Daylight Savings to Conserve Energy

As I was adjusting to the time change this weekend, I was reminded of this post from last November:
Daylight savings time was implemented by Congress to conserve energy. Two researchers at UC-San Diego have found that it actually has the opposite effect, however. They discuss their findings in this New York Times editorial. While daylight savings does reduce the need for lights in the evening, it also increases the need for heating (in late Fall or early Spring) or cooling (in the Summer) in the morning. Hence, the overall energy consumption increases.

Daylight savings has long been an annoyance to cow farmers (from what I hear) and parents of young children (from what I've personally experienced), who have difficulty readjusting their schedules twice a year. Now that we know daylight savings has the opposite of the intended effect, Congress should do away with it and reduce our energy consumption.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Stimulus Bill "Lost" in Time: CQ Politics

Here is a video from CQ Politics showing how fundamental differences between Republicans and Democrats on fiscal policy have not changed much: