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Congress Officially Dumber, Study Finds, Republicans in Particular Showing Marked Decline

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If you feel that Congress has gotten dumber in recent memory, you might be inclined to think it’s just present dissatisfaction at the direction of the country, blatant obstructionism, or failure of our legislators to make any progress at all, it seems- but a new study by the Sunshine Foundation suggests otherwise.

It’s almost a bit gratifying to read that measured techniques to quantify stupidity have discovered that Congress is literally getting dumber, because otherwise you kind of get the feeling they’re kind of just gaslighting America. Then again, this is the same America that voted in the current batch of yahoos- or, the dudes that held the country hostage for a month last summer and paved the way for a reduction of our debt rating because they feel like they need America to feel hurty in order to save it.

The issue of a stupid Congress (that may or may not be influenced by an infusion of candidates from a certain “grassroots” party named after a certain hot beverage that tend to know little to nothing about the workings of government) is not new, brilliantly satirized in the Onion article “Emergency Team Of 8th-Grade Civics Teachers Dispatched To Washington.” But the study puts the actual dumbness of Congress into perspective with some cold, hard numbers, explaining on the Sunshine Foundation’s website:

“Today’s Congress speaks at about a 10.6 grade level, down from 11.5 in 2005. By comparison, the U.S. Constitution is written at a 17.8 grade level, the Federalist Papers at a 17.1 grade level, and the Declaration of Independence at a 15.1 grade level. The Gettysburg Address comes in at an 11.2 grade level and Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech is at a 9.4 grade level. Most major newspapers are written at between an 11th and 14th grade level.”

According to the study, Republicans have made the sharpest gains in stupidity, entering a marked decline compared to Democrats in 2005. To which again, we say, *cough cough* Tea Party *cough*.

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29 Responses to “Congress Officially Dumber, Study Finds, Republicans in Particular Showing Marked Decline”

  1. Pete Beck IV

    enjoy it now, the leftist socialist pipe dream is either going to end, or it will bankrupt us all…as it is doing now. either way, you will soon know why fiscal conservatism is the order of the day…but dont worry, for now, keep believing in your dream…

  2. Marcaleen 'Marcy' Blake Seddens

    Don't you people know that we all have an opinion here… I am neither a millionaire or a dumb person and I am a Republican and darn proud of it… I vote Republican most of the time, but 'dumocrat' if I want to because I can… This coming presidental election, I WILL VOTE REPUBLICAN because if we keep the dictator in there we may all be like Saddam 'Hussain's people were, 'dead'… I don't blame the republicans or dum-o-crats in congress for not passing his crap, because they know he just wants to be a one person ruler… There again 'dictator' or dick tater…

  3. John Palmer

    They sure do act like high school kids. I loathe the derisive comments made by right ring commentators, it reminds me of a ninth grader deriding his schoolmates.

  4. Gene Stephens

    all I have to say is Patty Murray or.
    the Congressional Black Caucus. I'll put any republican up against the brightest dim bulb in that group.

  5. Jan Shirley

    It reminds me more of 3-year-olds fighting over getting their own way & wanting to keep all their toys away from everyone else, even if they don't play with them…

  6. Norm Higgs

    Add your God Obama to the list – his state of the union address measured at a paltry 8th grade level.

  7. Norm Higgs

    "Most major newspapers are written at between an 11th and 14th grade level.”.
    Bwahahahaha! Tha'ts absolutely ludicrous. This article just lost ALL credibility with that statement.

  8. Michael Huber

    Can you correct the foundation's name in the story. Should be Sunlight Foundation. Thanks.

  9. Anonymous

    yeah, right, just like that kid making over 7k a month using nothing but his computer and this site

  10. Michelle Israel Ortiz

    This is what voters asked for. I find it sad that intelligent leaders are shunned in favor of elected officials that rely on nothing more than party affiliation to get elected, then keep office by falling in line with a party vote. Elected officials are supposed to balance the needs/ desires if their constituents with their knowledge of the proposed legislation given that Congress is in a special position to hear testimony, facts and reports that the general public does not have access to.

  11. Nando Atencio

    You know what I think is funny? That you are easily swayed by the very same progressive think thanks that not only have a agenda but have very biased views….Do you do any research at all? How do you decipher what you are reading? Do you look at the roots of who are the individuals behind the "Sunshine Foundation"?…….Well Michael Klein is the Chief Executive Officer of Modulus Guitars. Klein also serves on the Board of Directors of Redefining Progress. And Redefining Progress is a progreesive think thank with ties to Billonaire George Soros……..Unfortunately, the supporters of The Sunlight Foundation are suspect and funding is provided, in part, by George Soros. Therefore, the transparency and the claim of participants of self-policing blogs etc., while reducing corruption and increasing accountability, is highly doubtful and most likely is being used to an extent as a propaganda outlet………….The Sunlight Foundation was launched in April 2006 with a $3.5 million contribution from co-founder Michael Klein, a securities lawyer……….

  12. Nando Atencio

    Another Senior Fellow at the Sunlight Foundation is veteran journalist and editor Bill Allison, who for nine years worked for the George Soros-funded Center for Public Integrity, where he co-authored The Cheating of America, whose central thesis holds that “the rich and powerful shirk their responsibilities”………Hmmmm No bias at at I am sure……Another Senior Fellow at the Foundation is Larry Makinson, who was a journalist in Alaska in the mid-1980s and then worked for fifteen years at the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP), including two years as its Executive Director. After leaving CRP he spent a year as Senior Fellow at the Center for Public Integrity…..Guess which Billionaire he has ties to? And The National Director of the Sunlight Foundation is Zephyr Teachout, who formerly worked as a lecturer at the University of Vermont and was Director of Online Organizing for Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign……..Wow! With such left of the political fence ties, do you think they have a slight bias? Naaahhhhh They just tell you and people gullibile to drink the lefty kool-aid and propaganda to trust them…….Go ahead sheeple! Be my guess……,.Toot your own horn and pat your own backs…….

  13. Nando Atencio

    If one to really uncover the truth…..Always follow the money……The truth after all wants to be known and it never has an agenda….

  14. Nando Atencio

    Why the left loves this vile man George Soros and Nazi collaborator which helped to round up and ID Jews is beyond me…..Especially since the democrats claim that they are champions of human rights….He has help collapse foreign banks and economies for his own personal gain…..Talk about evil capitalist! And the hypocrites on the left loves this 1% guy….All because he funds and gives them money…..Oh the hypocrisy at the highest order……

  15. Nando Atencio

    Way to stand up and support the little guy! *****Golf clap******

  16. Nando Atencio

    In July 2011, he decided to return money to outside investors in his hedge fund in favor of managing his own. The move was more symbolic than substantive. Of the roughly $26 billion the fund managed, less than $1 billion belonged to outside investors.

    A month later, Europe’s highest human rights court ruled that Mr. Soros violated insider trading laws when he pocketed more than $3 million from dealing in shares of the French bank Société Générale two decades ago.

    The court ruled that France’s insider trading laws were sufficiently clear at the time to hold Mr. Soros criminally responsible, even though a separate investigation by the country’s stock market regulator failed to find wrongdoing……..From the article

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