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Mayor of Plainsville [#permalink] New post 15 May 2010, 04:42
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Mayor of Plainsville: In order to help the economy of Plainsville, I am using some of our tax revenues to help bring a major highway through the town and thereby attract new business to Plainsville.
Citizens’ group: You must have interests other than our economy in mind. If you were really interested in helping our economy, you would instead allocate the revenues to building a new business park, since it would bring in twice the business that your highway would.

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.
(B) Any goal that includes helping the economy of a community will require public revenues in order to be achieved.
(C) Anyone planning to use resources collected from a group must consult the members of the group before using the resources.
(D) Any cause worth committing oneself to must include specific goals toward which one can work.
(E) Any cause not pursued by public officials, if it is to be pursued at all, must be pursued by members of the community.
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Re: Mayor of Plainsville [#permalink] New post 15 May 2010, 11:28
Mayor of Plainsville: In order to help the economy of Plainsville, I am using some of our tax revenues to help bring a major highway through the town and thereby attract new business to Plainsville.
Citizens’ group: You must have interests other than our economy in mind. If you were really interested in helping our economy, you would instead allocate the revenues to building a new business park, since it would bring in twice the business that your highway would.

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.
(B) Any goal that includes helping the economy of a community will require public revenues in order to be achieved.
(C) Anyone planning to use resources collected from a group must consult the members of the group before using the resources.
(D) Any cause worth committing oneself to must include specific goals toward which one can work.
(E) Any cause not pursued by public officials, if it is to be pursued at all, must be pursued by members of the community.

Ans:
mayor interest - Allocate colected revenues ----- build highway ----- attracts new business ( increase economy )
Citizen interest - Allocate collected revenues -----Build Business park --- twice new business ( increase economy )

Conclusion: Mayor has other interest than increse economy.(Citizen's group )
Citizen's Assumption: Business park will increse twice the economy than putting road.

Ans: C)
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Re: Mayor of Plainsville [#permalink] New post 15 May 2010, 19:23
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Mayor of Plainsville: In order to help the economy of Plainsville, I am using some of our tax revenues to help bring a major highway through the town and thereby attract new business to Plainsville.
Citizens’ group: You must have interests other than our economy in mind. If you were really interested in helping our economy, you would instead allocate the revenues to building a new business park, since it would bring in twice the business that your highway would.

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.
(B) Any goal that includes helping the economy of a community will require public revenues in order to be achieved.
(C) Anyone planning to use resources collected from a group must consult the members of the group before using the resources.
(D) Any cause worth committing oneself to must include specific goals toward which one can work.
(E) Any cause not pursued by public officials, if it is to be pursued at all, must be pursued by members of the community.

It has to be C.
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Re: Mayor of Plainsville [#permalink] New post 16 May 2010, 13:04
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noboru wrote:
Mayor of Plainsville: In order to help the economy of Plainsville, I am using some of our tax revenues to help bring a major highway through the town and thereby attract new business to Plainsville.
Citizens’ group: You must have interests other than our economy in mind. If you were really interested in helping our economy, you would instead allocate the revenues to building a new business park, since it would bring in twice the business that your highway would.

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.
(B) Any goal that includes helping the economy of a community will require public revenues in order to be achieved.
(C) Anyone planning to use resources collected from a group must consult the members of the group before using the resources.
(D) Any cause worth committing oneself to must include specific goals toward which one can work.
(E) Any cause not pursued by public officials, if it is to be pursued at all, must be pursued by members of the community.

It has to be C.


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Re: Mayor of Plainsville [#permalink] New post 16 May 2010, 14:56
IMO A
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Re: Mayor of Plainsville [#permalink] New post 17 May 2010, 00:51
IMO C
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Re: Mayor of Plainsville [#permalink] New post 17 May 2010, 05:49
I think it is a Strengthen question.
(A) reinforces the group's claim. If Mayor's goal is to help the economy, he would use the public funds for the purpose that contributes most to the cause.

noboru wrote:
Mayor of Plainsville: In order to help the economy of Plainsville, I am using some of our tax revenues to help bring a major highway through the town and thereby attract new business to Plainsville.
Citizens’ group: You must have interests other than our economy in mind.[Conclusion] If you were really interested in helping our economy, you would instead allocate the revenues to building a new business park, since it would bring in twice the business that your highway would.

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.
(B) Any goal that includes helping the economy of a community will require public revenues in order to be achieved.
(C) Anyone planning to use resources collected from a group must consult the members of the group before using the resources.
(D) Any cause worth committing oneself to must include specific goals toward which one can work.
(E) Any cause not pursued by public officials, if it is to be pursued at all, must be pursued by members of the community.
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Re: Mayor of Plainsville [#permalink] New post 17 May 2010, 05:59
IMO A.... Source and OA please with explanation.
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Re: Mayor of Plainsville [#permalink] New post 17 May 2010, 10:33
it is between A and C.....i would pick (C).

I would be interested in a detailed explanation if the OA is A.
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Re: Mayor of Plainsville [#permalink] New post 17 May 2010, 12:51
I could not contain myself and looked into my LSAT resources. The question is there.

OA is A. Well, someone else need to do a better job in explaining the answer.
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Re: Mayor of Plainsville [#permalink] New post 17 May 2010, 13:59
I agree with A.
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Re: Mayor of Plainsville [#permalink] New post 19 May 2010, 11:21
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Mayor of Plainsville: In order to help the economy of Plainsville, I am using some of our tax revenues to help bring a major highway through the town and thereby attract new business to Plainsville.
Citizens’ group: You must have interests other than our economy in mind. If you were really interested in helping our economy, you would instead allocate the revenues to building a new business park, since it would bring in twice the business that your highway would.

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.
(B) Any goal that includes helping the economy of a community will require public revenues in order to be achieved.
(C) Anyone planning to use resources collected from a group must consult the members of the group before using the resources.
(D) Any cause worth committing oneself to must include specific goals toward which one can work.
(E) Any cause not pursued by public officials, if it is to be pursued at all, must be pursued by members of the community.



My pick 'A'. We looking to justify citizens argument that Mayors intention of raising tax revenue to fund highway IS NOT to attract new business.

'Only 'A' does this. It seem mayor is inflating his idea to attract new business.

I dont how 'C' is questioning mayors intention. It just says what one should have done before planning, which is more general and doesnt affect the argument.

Hope it makes sense
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Re: Mayor of Plainsville [#permalink] New post 26 Jun 2010, 07:16
Citizens' group cites the fact that because the mayor is not doing the BEST that SHOULD be done (according to the citizens' group) THEREFORE he must have other intentions in building the highway. Only A states the generic principle that mirrors this thought process -if one is pursuing a cause - one must choose the BEST possible means to get the best result among the available possibilities. Only thing is that A is worded in a rather verbose, cryptic fashion.

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Mayor of Plainsville: In order to help the economy of Plainsville, I am using some of our tax revenues to help bring a major highway through the town and thereby attract new business to Plainsville.
Citizens’ group: You must have interests other than our economy in mind. If you were really interested in helping our economy, you would instead allocate the revenues to building a new business park, since it would bring in twice the business that your highway would.

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.
(B) Any goal that includes helping the economy of a community will require public revenues in order to be achieved.
(C) Anyone planning to use resources collected from a group must consult the members of the group before using the resources.
(D) Any cause worth committing oneself to must include specific goals toward which one can work.
(E) Any cause not pursued by public officials, if it is to be pursued at all, must be pursued by members of the community.
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Re: Mayor of Plainsville [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2010, 19:28
it would bring in twice the business that your highway would.
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Re: Mayor of Plainsville [#permalink] New post 29 Jun 2010, 13:31
A should be the correct answer. OA please. Thank You.

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Re: Mayor of Plainsville [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2010, 19:02
choice b/w A and C
C can be eliminated because it is an assumption that can be made but not something that will strengthen the arg therefore A prevails
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Re: Mayor of Plainsville [#permalink] New post 16 May 2012, 09:21
[please ignore this post, responded to the wrong question]

I am surprised the OP didn't provide the OA. The OA is (B). Below is my reasoning.

With rough paraphrasing, the mayor is saying that he is interested in helping Plainsville economy therefore he will allocate revenues to build a major highway. Citizens' Group response is no, if you are interested in helping the economy you would build a new business park instead. Therefore, you have other interests in mind.

The question asks about citizens' group assumption. Therefore, we have to assume that Citizens' group is true and what reasoning does the group make that makes their argument valid.

A) Irrelevant
C) False. Citizens' group assume that the high way has some external benefits separate from the economy ("you must have interests other than our economy in mind"). Also, Citizens' group doesn't care about other benefits, just about one thing, Plainsville economy.
D) Irrelevant
E) False. Citizens' group implied that the highway will bring in business, but just that the business park will bring in twice as much.

(B) is correct because if the mayor doesn't accept that the park will bring in new business, then the citizens' group's argument is irrelevant. The group should be arguing then as to WHY the park will bring in more new business (this will be the conclusion) instead of the mayor having other interests in mind. This is also reinforced by the negation technique, "the mayor does not accept that a new business park would bring in more new business than would the new highway." This statement weakens the stimulus. Another way of explaining (B) is that if the mayor doesn't accept that the new business park will bring in more business, then the mayor does have the economy's sole interest in mind.

When in doubt, use the negation technique. For example, some say (A) is the right answer, which is wrong because the negated statement is "plainsville presently has major highways running through it." This has no impact or does not weaken Citizens' group's argument that the mayor has other interests because a new business park will bring in more business.

Hope this helps!

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Re: Mayor of Plainsville [#permalink] New post 18 May 2012, 23:36
Dear JSY, are you sure you gave the reasoning for same question given in this post. The way you gave you explanation for different options gives me an impressions that u might be trying to solve another similar question.

Anyway Why D should be the right answer :
Argument states :
Mayor - major highway through the town would attract new business to Plainsville.
Citizens' group - a new business park would bring in twice the business that highway would. So revenues should be used for park not for highway.

Here, you can see, Citizens' group is assuming that
- Mayor agrees that Park would bring double business than highway would. (Although Option C says about discussion between mayor and citizen's, it doesn't say Mayor agrees/disagrees to Citizen's argument. Besides that, there is no option which could help to justify/question this assumption. So let's consider this true.)

- anybody who doesn't have any other interest and really want to work for a cause will choose that option which gives the biggest benefit.

And that's what Option A is essentially saying. If Mayor is really concerned for the economy, he would implement the measure that would be more beneficial for economy.

So IMHO A.
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Re: Mayor of Plainsville [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2012, 05:24
'A' matches the spirit of a correct option but the wording is slightly ambiguous.

What if the major really believes that the highway would advance the cause the farthest? Doesn't that weaken the accusation that he has other things in mind other than communal welfare?

Anyway, A seems to be the best of the worst.

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