You guys are right. Time zones really are outdated relic. With the world being flat (Friedman rocks!), I'd think the economic incentives behind having the entire nation on the same timezone would far outweigh the crybabies in San Francisco who will whine about the sun setting later in the day. If you look at this time zone map, you'll see that the dividing lines aren't straight anyways. China, India, and Europe are all in their own timezones and they're kicking our butts. Maybe if people could conduct business on the west coast without having to wait for people east of the Mississippi river to wake up, we might chip away at their competitive advantage of our economic rivals.
Speaking of time, why do we still have Daylight Savings Time? We've been saving daylight since I was a kid, but what good does it do if we're never going to do anything with the daylight we've been saving?