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When daylight saving time(DST) stops or starts, shouldyou adjust the clock on yourlight timer?
—Adrienne Kerr,Plano, Tex.
Nope. Changing to standard time(ST) makes no difference.Say you’ve set your timer toturn the lights on at 6 p.m. andoff at 7 a.m. Then DST stops,and ST resumes. That day, it getsdark at 5 p.m. To your unchangedtimer, it’s still 6 p.m., so the lightsgo on, which is what you want. The same thing happens thenext morning. It gets light at 6a.m., but to your timer it’s still 7a.m., and the lights go off, also what you want.If you occasionally reset youron-and-off times throughout the year as daylight hours get shorteror longer, you can switch yourtimer clocks to the current timethen, if you like. But you neverneed to do this on the officialtime-change dates.
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than by winning. If you win, everythingis glorious; one’s own brilliance hasbeen proven again. Losing and beingforced through a period of self-exami-nation is useful and important. It’s easy to ignore the private side of life whenone is in the public arena, because theconstant drumbeat of the media over- whelms the things that ultimately mat-ter much more. It’s a cliché, but themoments that really matter are theones with the kids.
Have the last few years made you humbler, more forgiving?
The short answer is yes. The moresubtle answer is that the image of meas attorney general—that I wouldcome into Wall Street and say, “Hereare the rigid rules! Boom! You aredamned!”—was a caricature.
What do you say to Americans who have been watching failures inthe corporate world and in politics?
Our plutocracy has failed. Every society has a plutocracy, a structureof decision-makers across institu-tions—private sector, public sector,not-for-profit, religious—and wehave lived through a 20- or 30-yearperiod where the social contract hasfallen apart. In the ’40s and ’50s,there was a sense of responsibility that no longer exists.
How do we ﬁnd our way back?
We need a Barack Obama. Idon’t say this as an endorsement of him, but we need someone whospeaks with the stature he had whenhe was campaigning in ’08 to say,“Here is what we owe each other.” That’s what Ronald Reagan did. There are certain remarkable leaders who project that capacity of socialpurpose that we have lost.
You’ve criticized President Obama for not doing enough tochange how Wall Street operates.
He needs to bring in more cre-ative vision. I would have loved to seehim bring in [former Federal Reservechairman] Paul Volcker as Treasury secretary. Volcker is a person of integrity and trust; he also has thestature to say, “Here’s what we havebecome. The ﬁnancialization of oureconomy was ultimately destructive. The creativity that we see on WallStreet was a remarkable exercise inintellect but not in asset allocation.”
There must be things you want-ed to do as governor…
It would be hubris on my partto say, “If I had been there…” WhatI wish I
done—as attorney general—was speak with a louder voice about the structural flaws Isaw. The conﬂicts of interest inher-ent in the structure and centraliza-tion of decision-making on WallStreet led to fundamental ﬁssuresand violations of ﬁduciary duty thatpermitted enormous wealth to becreated by those who were at this vortex of control of capital. But they did not ultimately benefit those whose capital they were playing with—the pension funds, the indi- vidual investors, the mutual funds.Or our economy.
Martin Luther King Jr. biogra-pher Taylor Branch once told methat King took great chances in hispublic life because he wanted toatone for the inner issues he wasstruggling with.
That’s interesting—he felt com-pelled to push hard in order to seek the redemption he believed was nec-essary. That’s the great tension: Weare better at understanding morality than we are at living it. And thatmay be one of the great—
—of humankind. I’m not awareof any other species that even has amoral sensibility. So we are blessedin having one but cursed in our in-ability to abide by it.
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