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# It is not correct that the people of the United States,

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It is not correct that the people of the United States, relative to comparable countries, are the most lightly taxed. True, the United States has the lowest tax, as percent of gross domestic product, of the Western industrialized countries, but tax rates alone do not tell the whole story. People in the United States pay out of pocket for many goods and services provided from tax revenues elsewhere. Consider universal health care, which is an entitlement supported by tax revenues in every other Western industrialized country, United States government health-care expenditures are equivalent to about 5 percent of the gross domestic product, but private health-care expenditures represent another 7 percent. This 7 percent, then, amounts to a tax.
The argument concerning whether the people of the United States are the most lightly taxed is most vulnerable to which one of the following criticisms?
(A) It bases a comparison on percentages rather than on absolute numbers.
(B) It unreasonably extends the application of a key term.
(C) It uses negatively charged language instead of attempting to give a reason.
(D) It generalizes from only a few instances.
(E) It sets up a dichotomy between alternatives that are not exclusive.
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12 Mar 2007, 20:14
Is it A?
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12 Mar 2007, 21:05
could you pls explain your choice ?
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12 Mar 2007, 23:38
I think its D

Explanation:

A)It bases a comparison on percentages rather than on absolute numbers.
(comparison based on percentages is perfect)
(B) It unreasonably extends the application of a key term.

(It doesnt matter)

(C) It uses negatively charged language instead of attempting to give a reason. (Extreme)
(D) It generalizes from only a few instances. ( Authur should represent overall picture rather than few instances, in wholesome it appear that taxes in US are lighter then others)(E) It sets up a dichotomy between alternatives that are not exclusive.

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13 Mar 2007, 02:24
I think the ans. is (A).

Because by only comparing percent of Govt health care expenditures with percent of Private health care expenditures does not not give clear idea whether the people of the United States give more tax or not.
13 Mar 2007, 02:24
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