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Re: Mayor of Plainsville [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2012, 12:30
will vote for A

the principle should strengthen the Citizen's groups concluion: "that the mayor has in mind interests other than Plainsville’s economy"

Premise : building a new business park --> bring in twice the business that your highway would.

(A) Anyone really pursuing a cause will choose the means that that person believes will advance the cause the farthest.
--> relates to the citizen groups premise "bring in twice the business that your highway would" and strengthens the conclusion "mayor has in mind interests other than Plainsville’s economy"

(B) Any goal that includes helping the economy of a community will require public revenues in order to be achieved.
--> out of scope discussion in the prmise is about what is better way and not use of revenue

(C) Anyone planning to use resources collected from a group must consult the members of the group before using the resources.
--> Out of scope

(D) Any cause worth committing oneself to must include specific goals toward which one can work.
--> this was close, the goal is to improve economy for both Mayor and citizen group, but doesnot strengthen the citizen groups conclusion. Its more toward weaken

(E) Any cause not pursued by public officials, if it is to be pursued at all, must be pursued by members of the community.
--> Out of scope
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Re: Mayor of Plainsville [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2012, 13:01
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The citizens' group is faulting the mayor, not for his plan per se, but in his claim that he is trying to help the economy. If such were the case, then he would use the revenues in a project that best helps the economy. Because the mayor is not doing so, the citizens' group concludes that he must have another agenda. The basic principle: if you want to help the economy, you will choose the means that most effectively does so. Generalizing even more, we get answer (A): whatever your cause, you will always choose a course of action that best helps that cause.

As for why the other answer are wrong, see below:

Which one of the following principles, if accepted, would most help the citizens’ group to justify drawing its conclusion that the mayor has in mind interests other than Plainsville’s economy?

(A) Anyone really pursuing a cause will choose the means that that person believes will advance the cause the farthest.

THE ANSWER

(B) Any goal that includes helping the economy of a community will require public revenues in order to be achieved.

The citizens are more focused on how the governor is not taking the optimal path in helping the economy. The use of public revenues in specifically helping the economy is not at issue.

(C) Anyone planning to use resources collected from a group must consult the members of the group before using the resources.

The Citizens' group is not faulting the governor for not consulting it. Instead, it is faulting the governor for not choosing a use of funds that would BEST help the economy.

(D) Any cause worth committing oneself to must include specific goals toward which one can work.

This may be a tempting answer, because it is often true in real life. However, it has nothing to do with the argument.

(E) Any cause not pursued by public officials, if it is to be pursued at all, must be pursued by members of the community.

This answer choice is not relevant to the Citizens' group's objection.

Hope that helps :)
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Re: Mayor of Plainsville [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2012, 21:45
IMO-C
Expert's suggestion needed.
what is the OA?
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Re: Mayor of Plainsville [#permalink] New post 26 Jun 2012, 04:27
From the options available only A ( if accepted as a principle) + the citizen's belief that the business park is the best way to boost business will actually question the Mayor's intention .
Hence A it is .
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