I have a different take on this scenario. I don't think that they believe we are dumb, in as much as they have proved their own foolishness by thinking they are more clever and more intelligent than their intended audience.
Truth is, I am put-off by the attempt of the White House and other governmental agencies, who think that whatever they say will be swallowed whole by "we the sheeple".
Having said that, how can you blame the politicians? All they have to do is slap sexy secretary glasses on Britney Spears and half the female population in America will be wearing them by week's end.
Fact is, many people are stupid and allow themselves to be led around like brain-dead sheep. Our government knows this and takes full advantage of comatose Americans on a daily basis.