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Economist: Some policymakers believe that our country’s continued economic growth requires a higher level of personal savings than we currently have. A recent legislative proposal would allow individuals to set up savings accounts in which interest earned would be exempt from taxes until money is withdrawn from the account. Backers of this proposal claim that its implementation would increase the amount of money available for banks to loan at a relatively small cost to the government in lost tax revenues. Yet, when similar tax-incentive programs were tried in the past, virtually all of the money invested through them was diverted from other personal savings, and the overall level of personal savings was unchanged.

The author criticizes the proposed tax-incentive program by

(A) challenging a premise on which the proposal is based
(B) pointing out a disagreement among policymakers
(C) demonstrating that the proposal’s implementation is not feasible
(D) questioning the judgment of the proposal’s backers by citing past cases in which they had advocated programs that have proved ineffective
(E) disputing the assumption that a program to encourage personal savings is needed
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Vote A. The author does not believe that the special accounts will improve the amount of saving.
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Tha proposal is not based on what the backers' say.They are just giving their opinion...I think D should be the answer??
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No brainer : D
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I think it is A

Backers of this proposal claim that its implementation would increase the amount of money available for banks to loan

The author challenges the above
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Whats wrong with D??
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New post 19 Mar 2007, 11:20
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Whats wrong with D??


D says that the author is specifically criticizing the backers of the proposal by pointing out other programs where their judgement has been wrong.

In the passage, the author points out that programs similar to the one proposed have been wrong - he says nothing about other programs the backers have supported in the past being wrong.

It's the difference between saying: "The backers support X. But X has been wrong in the past, so X is wrong now" and "The backers support X. But the backers have been wrong about Y and Z in the past, so they must be wrong about X."

I think the answer is A. The author is challenging the idea that offering the plan will increase the amount of savings. What is the OA?
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New post 19 Mar 2007, 11:52
I thought of D as well. Although I was a lil confused with the last line. Can someone help me understand the last line?

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One and only D.
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New post 19 Mar 2007, 17:18
Hey guys.

Without any other reasonings, D is a fallacy in concluding that because the past proposals were useless so the new proposal is also.
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New post 20 Mar 2007, 15:19
I also go with D. Seems quite obvious to me. Not sure of I am not thinking enough.

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I'll go with A

The backers of Legislative proposal base their support to the proposal based on a premise that implementation of the proposal would increase the amount of money available for banks to loan at a relatively small cost to the government in lost tax revenues.

The economist cites a specific example where such effect has not been observed. Thus, he questions the premise on which the proposal is based.

The economist does not directly question the judgment of the proposal’s backers. Hence D cannot be the answer.

I found this one tough... :?
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New post 21 Mar 2007, 18:04
I will go with A.

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New post 21 Mar 2007, 18:28
I would go with A.

The purpose of the proposal is to increase the amount of personal savings (i.e. banks have more money to lend) but the author at the end refutes that a similar proposal (with seemingly similar purpose) failed because "the overall level of personal savings was unchanged."

Although it did not explicity say that the similar proposal in the past was a "failure", we can infer that it did not achieve its goal from the use of the word "yet" to introduce it.
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Thanks guys...the OA is A.
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