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# Commissioner: Budget forecasters project a revenue shortfall

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1.Commissioner: Budget forecasters project a revenue shortfall of a billion dollars in the coming fiscal year. Since there is no feasible way to increase the available funds, our only choice is to decrease expenditures. The plan before you outlines feasible cuts that would yield savings of a billion dollars over the coming fiscal year. We will be able to solve the problem we face, therefore, only if we adopt this plan.

This reasoning in the commissionerâ€™s argument is flawed because this argument

(A) relies on information that is far from certain
(B) confuses being an adequate solution with being a required solution
(C) inappropriately relies on the opinions of experts
(D) inappropriately employs language that is vague
(E) takes for granted that there is no way to increase available funds
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16 Mar 2007, 18:48
jet1445 wrote:
1.Commissioner: Budget forecasters project a revenue shortfall of a billion dollars in the coming fiscal year. Since there is no feasible way to increase the available funds, our only choice is to decrease expenditures. The plan before you outlines feasible cuts that would yield savings of a billion dollars over the coming fiscal year. We will be able to solve the problem we face, therefore, only if we adopt this plan.
This reasoning in the commissionerâ€™s argument is flawed because this argument
(A) relies on information that is far from certain
(B) confuses being an adequate solution with being a required solution
(C) inappropriately relies on the opinions of experts
(D) inappropriately employs language that is vague
(E) takes for granted that there is no way to increase available funds

What a good question. vote B finally.
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17 Mar 2007, 02:48
Good Q.

Between B and E, choose B.
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21 Mar 2007, 12:51
i actually disagree that this is a good question. (B) sounds like the answer but i would also agree with someone who argued for (D) since the use of the word "feasible" in this situation is pretty vague. in any real life situation, the comissioner would likely be asked to define for others why exactly raising additional funds is not "feasible" and why his proposed cuts are "feasible".

edit: actually, after re-reading the question, i agree that it's pretty clear that it's (B).
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23 Mar 2007, 03:22
i feel its E because he fails to consider other options and sees cut in expediture as only solution. Any other opinion, What the Oa
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23 Mar 2007, 06:32
I arrived at B through POE.

I decided to stick with B because of this reasoning:

reducing costs is adequate to to solve the revenue shortfall in light of no other ways to increase revenue. However, it is not the only (required) way to solve the problem as the mayor stated "only if we adopt this plan".
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23 Mar 2007, 08:01
I vote for E

We are required to find the flaw of the passage, and E gives it in the straight way.

What is the OA?
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23 Mar 2007, 18:11
B it is

plan would yield savings

and this is taken for granted as required
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24 Mar 2007, 20:42
jet1445 wrote:
1.Commissioner: Budget forecasters project a revenue shortfall of a billion dollars in the coming fiscal year. Since there is no feasible way to increase the available funds, our only choice is to decrease expenditures. The plan before you outlines feasible cuts that would yield savings of a billion dollars over the coming fiscal year. We will be able to solve the problem we face, therefore, only if we adopt this plan.

This reasoning in the commissionerâ€™s argument is flawed because this argument

(A) relies on information that is far from certain
(B) confuses being an adequate solution with being a required solution
(C) inappropriately relies on the opinions of experts
(D) inappropriately employs language that is vague
(E) takes for granted that there is no way to increase available funds

I think it as A. How reliable is the budget forecaster's forecasts anyway?

On B my reasoning is - if indeed there is no way to INCREASE available funds AND a revenue shortfall is BOUND to happen then employing CUTS DOES become the REQUIRED solution.
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