We Stupid Americans

At first I was angry about MIT Professor Jonathon Gruber’s comment about the American people: “It’s a very clever, you know, basic exploitation of the lack of economic understanding of the American voter,” Gruber said at the Honors Colloquium 2012 at the University of Rhode Island.

Later while visiting Washington University at St. Louis in 2013 he said, “They proposed it (Obamacare) and that passed, because the American people are too stupid to understand the difference.”

But the more I thought about it – he’s correct – we American’s are stupid. There is plenty of proof online showing people (especially recent high school graduates and current college students)  can’t even answer the most basic of history, political or science questions:

  • Who won the Civil War?
  • Who did the U.S. gain its independence from?
  • What year was the Declaration of Independence signed?
  • Who is our Vice President?
  • Is President Obama a lame duck?
  • What is the largest state in the Union?
  • How many hydrogen molecules in water?
  • What is the name of the closest star to the earth?
  • Pure water has a pH level of about?

Time and again we’ve watched late-night segments on the ‘Tonight Show’ with Jay Leno, ‘The Jimmy Kimmel Show’ or maybe Fox News’ ‘Watter’s World,’ with Jesse Watters, laughing at the answers people give to the simplest of questions. But if you think about it – while it  ‘makes’ for ‘good TV’ – it isn’t funny at all.

ANSWERS: The North, Great Britain, 1776, Joe Biden, yes, Alaska, two, the Sun, seven.

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