Speaking of using plain language (yes, politicians, the news media and the rest of us should do that), here's some advice about how to do it: Garbl's Plain English Writing Guide. It describes a seven-step process for clear, concise writing that meets the needs of readers (and writers):
- Focusing on your reader and purpose
- Organizing your ideas
- Writing clear, effective paragraphs
- Writing clear, simple sentences
- Using suitable words
- Creating an enticing design
- Testing for clarity.