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# Contrary to the statements of labor leaders, the central

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Contrary to the statements of labor leaders, the central economic problem facing America today is not the distribution of wealth. It is productivity. With the productivity of U.S. industry stagnant, or even declining slightly, the economic pie is no longer growing. Labor leaders, of course, point to what they consider an unfair distribution of the slices of pie to justify their demands for further increases in wages and benefits. And in the past, when the pie was still growing, management could afford to acquiesce. No longer. Until productivity resumes its growth, there can be no justification for further increases in the compensation of workers.
Which of the following statements by a labor leader focuses on the logical weakness in the argument above?

(A) Although the economic pie is no longer growing, the portion of the pie allocated to American workers remains unjustly small.
(B) If management fails to accommodate the demands of workers, labor leaders will be forced to call strikes that will cripple the operation of industry.
(C) Although productivity is stagnant, the U.S. population is growing, so that the absolute size of the economic pie continues to grow as well.
(D) As a labor leader, I can be concerned only with the needs of working people, not with the problems faced by management.
(E) The stagnation of U.S. industry has been caused largely by factorsâ€”such as foreign competitionâ€”beyond the control of American workers.

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09 Nov 2006, 08:30
A) Although the economic pie is no longer growing, the portion of the pie allocated to American workers remains unjustly small.
this is still a validarg since they are basing increase in wage on size of pie allocated to workers rather than increase in overall size of pie
(B) If management fails to accommodate the demands of workers, labor leaders will be forced to call strikes that will cripple the operation of industry. [b]this is just a tread not valid arg to increase sal[/b]
(C) Although productivity is stagnant, the U.S. population is growing, so that the absolute size of the economic pie continues to grow as well.
[b]pop growth has nothign to do with increase in output or economic growth [/b]
(D) As a labor leader, I can be concerned only with the needs of working people, not with the problems faced by management.
being shelfish Has nothing to do with increase in salary
(E) The stagnation of U.S. industry has been caused largely by factorsâ€”such as foreign competitionâ€”beyond the control of American workers.
Has nothing to do with increase in salary just an accusation
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09 Nov 2006, 10:51
Thanks dude...the OA is A indeed.

But isnt E weakening as well by suggesting an alternate cause?...
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09 Nov 2006, 11:45
Hi Vineet, Please don't post OA so fast....its always good to have opinion of others as well......thanks...
09 Nov 2006, 11:45
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