Dumb and Dumber: Congress, the Language, and the Facebook Fiasco

by Keith Fitz-Gerald.

You’re not imagining things. Congress is dumb and getting dumber. According to the Sunlight Foundation, the median grade level for Congressional proceedings and speeches has dropped nearly a full grade level from eleventh to tenth grade. The result of studying the Congressional Record for the past seven years, the Foundation’s data also suggests that both conservatives and new congressmen are responsible for dumbing the entire legislative body down. But I don’t know if I buy that wh…

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