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4. Giselle: The government needs to ensure that the public consumes less petroleum. When things cost more, people buy and use less of them. Therefore, the government should raise the sales tax on gasoline, a major petroleum product. Antoine: The government should not raise the sales tax on gasoline. Such an increase would be unfair to gasoline users. If taxes are to be increased, the increases should be applied in such a way that they spread the burden of providing the government with increased revenues among many people, not just the users of gasoline.

As a rebuttal of Giselle’s argument, Antoine’s response is ineffective because

(A) he ignores the fact that Giselle does not base her argument for raising the gasoline sales tax on the government’s need for increase revenues

(B) he fails to specify how many taxpayers there are who are not gasoline users

(C) his conclusion is based on an assertion regarding unfairness, and unfairness is a very subjective concept

(D) he mistakenly assumes that Giselle wants a sales tax increase only on gasoline

(E) he makes the implausible assumption that the burden of increasing government revenues can be more evenly distributed among the people through other means besides increasing the gasoline sales tax

please explain.
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2004, 09:24
A. Giselle wants to increase gax tax to subdue consumption, NOT to increase government revenues.
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2004, 10:54
Geethu wrote:
Why not D or E ?


D) he mistakenly assumes that Giselle wants a sales tax increase only on gasoline

Giselle DOES want a sales take increase only on gasoline, so he doesn't make a mistake, hes actually correct.

(E) he makes the implausible assumption that the burden of increasing government revenues can be more evenly distributed among the people through other means besides increasing the gasoline sales tax.

basically saying, he assumes their is a better way of distributing the burden of revenue than just increasing gasonline tax. WHile he does make this assumption, it's outside the scope of what Giselle says, because Giselle DOESNT CARE about government revenue.
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2004, 11:44
Agree with A
G's main concern is to reduce consumption of petroleum and not govt revenues
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2004, 12:42
got A with the same reasoning given above.
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