SOTU for 9th graders

Posted: 2016/01/13 by Punkonomics (@dearbalak) in Links/Articles/Video

Maybe if he had used some pop-rhetoric and embraced the swagger he employed yesterday to push through his promised “change” in 2008, we’d be in a better shape today >:/

LBO News from Doug Henwood

Back in 2013, I old-fartishly complained about the declining complexity of State of the Union Addresses:

Obama is a highly literate and thoughtful guy, yet this speech adhered to the depressingly low standards of American public discourse. It was written at a 10th grade level, slightly below the 11th grade level of his 2009 speech, and even more below the 12th grade level of Clinton’s 1993 state of the union. At least it was above George W’s 9th grade level speech in 2001. (See here for the texts of all State of the Union addresses; see here for the grade level analyzer.) Remember, 87% of Americans over the age of 25 have a high school diploma or more, and over 30% have college degrees (Census source), so the president isn’t addressing a nation of dropouts.

How we’ve come down in our expectations. As recently as 1961, when only 41% of…

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