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People gather along Beach Road in Apia, Samoa, as the time approaches 12 midnight on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011. At midnight the country will jump forward in time, crossing westward over the international date line and effectively erasing Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, from the country's calendar.

Congress has begun choosing members of a new bipartisan committee that will negotiate an extension of the two-month payroll tax cuts. To quote Han Solo, "I've got a bad feeling about this."

All this new committee has to do is find a way to compromise two irreconcilable philosophies on how to govern. No word yet on what they plan to do after lunch.

Looming behind all this is the fact that neither party can afford to let payroll taxes increase. My money is on a series of two-month extensions that continue into infinity.

Samoa decided to eliminate Dec. 30 from the calendar last month. The idea was to move the nation to the other side of the international dateline to enhance trade with Australia and New Zealand. Eliminating a day is something every nation ought to consider — only make it a personal option. People should be able to choose one really bad day and just pretend it never happened.

Better yet, let's move around and around the international dateline until we get back to a year we liked better.

Along those lines, a Utah lawmaker wants the state to opt out of daylight saving time. It's controversial. One side thinks this would be confusing. The other side worries about public health and safety. Why not compromise? We can move the clock back a half-hour.

Some Utah lawmakers have resigned lately in order to run for higher office. Maybe we should greatly expand the number of higher offices.

Jay Evensen is the associate editor of the Deseret News editorial page. Follow him on Twitter @jayevensen.