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    Quote Originally Posted by Quaggas View Post
    Definitely. But speeches using 8th grade language are presumably only be a subset of all comprehensible speeches.
    Well, depends. Most of the newspapers are written at or around an eighth grade level. That's true for a reason - if you want your speech to be processed by a wide number of people, that's what you have to do. Otherwise what's the point? It'd be like sending out newsletters outlining your positions if most of your electorate is illiterate.

    And I don't think America is unique in this. Making things unnecessarily complicated is not a good thing - and in a speech like the State of the Union - you hardly have time to give an academic lecture and go into complicated details.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fusion View Post
    Did you listen to the speech? Did you think it was unnecessarily dumbed down? If so, how/where?
    My post was a quote was from the article in response to Spark's post. Of course it was dumbed down, and it's not unique to Obama, nor do I see the article as a criticism of him vs anyone else. Sound bites help get votes and no party has a monopoly on idiots. So the joke's on the system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker View Post
    Well, depends. Most of the newspapers are written at or around an eighth grade level. That's true for a reason - if you want your speech to be processed by a wide number of people, that's what you have to do. Otherwise what's the point? It'd be like sending out newsletters outlining your positions if most of your electorate is illiterate.

    And I don't think America is unique in this. Making things unnecessarily complicated is not a good thing - and in a speech like the State of the Union - you hardly have time to give an academic lecture and go into complicated details.
    Change your subscriptions, dump the LA Times et al ASAP.

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    Obama: Jesus would back my tax-the-rich policy

    President Obama offered a new line of reasoning for hiking taxes on the rich on Thursday, saying at the National Prayer Breakfast that his policy proposals are shaped by his religious beliefs.

    Obama said that as a person who has been "extraordinarily blessed," he is willing to give up some of the tax breaks he enjoys because doing so makes economic, and religious sense.

    "For me as a Christian, it also coincides with Jesus's teaching that for unto whom much is given, much shall be required," Obama said, quoting the Gospel of Luke.

    Obama wants to allow the Bush tax cuts to expire for the richest Americans, and he has embraced the idea that wealthy Americans should not be paying a lower effective tax rate than those in the middle or lower classes.

    Obama: Jesus would back my tax-the-rich policy - Feb. 2, 2012


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    Lol not only did he say that he doesn't care about the poor but that the opposition party does. What a stupid thing to say. That's a hundred million dollar soundbite if I ever heard one.

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    The great about that is, most people are gonna be up in arms about "I'm not concerned about the very poor", but the republicans will be up in arms about "if it needs repair I'll fix it"
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