The Washington Post featured an article in their Style section today about the 2010 Plain Writing Act and how little it has been implemented. It was supposed to force government bureaucracies to write their regulations with the brand of English most commonly used to communicate. However:
With no penalty for inaction on the agencies' part, advocates worry that plain writing has fallen to the bottom of the to-do list, like many another unfunded mandate imposed by Congress...What's more, the law's demand for clearer language seems like make-work to skeptics who say there is no money to pay for the promotion of clarity and that the status quo is the best path to accuracy.
The plain language coordinator at USAID said: "We're not getting very far with this. No one has the resources."
So, unless taxpayers empty their pockets for this cause, it is impossible for government employees to write like ordinary people? I should have used this logic in Sophomore English class when I thought thesis paragraphs looked better at the end of a paper. If my teacher wanted to find out what my argument and three supporting ideas were right off the bat, it should have cost her.