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Certain governments subsidize certain basic agricultural [#permalink]
23 Dec 2003, 10:37
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Certain governments subsidize certain basic agricultural products in order to guarantee an adequate domestic production of them. But subsidies encourage more intensive farming, which eventually leads to soil exhaustion and drastically reduced yields.
The situation above is most nearly similar to which one of the following situations with respect to the relationship between the declared intent of a government practice and a circumstance relevant to it?
(A) Certain governments subsidize theaters in order to attract foreign tourists. But tourists rarely choose a destination for the theatrical performances it has to offer.
(B) Certain governments restrict imports in order to keep domestic producers in business. But, since domestic producers do not have to face the full force of foreign competition, some domestic producers are able to earn inordinately high profits.
(C) Certain governments build strong armed forces in order to maintain the sort of discipline and morale that keeps armed forces strong, those forces must be used in actual combat periodically.
(D) Certain governments reduce taxes on business ventures are not always as successful as their owners hoped.
(E) Certain governments pass traffic laws in order to make travel safer. But the population-driven growth in volumes of traffic often has the effect of making travel less safe despite the passage of new traffic laws.
I chose C, because is the most nearly similar to the situation described in the stimulus.It doesn't fit perfectly, but they asked for the most near similarity.
(E) - the population-driven growth is not a conseqence of the goverment policies. It will occur anyway.
The fact in the stimulus is that an intensive farming leads to reduced yiels. It goes without saying that goverment's policies caused a contra-effect.