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# Politician: Those economists who claim that consumer price

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Politician: Those economists who claim that consumer price [#permalink]  26 Jul 2012, 11:05
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Politician: Those economists who claim that consumer price increases have averaged less
than 3 percent over the last year are mistaken. They clearly have not shopped anywhere
recently. Gasoline is up 10 percent over the last year; my auto insurance, 12 percent;
newspapers, 15 percent; propane, 13%; bread, 50 percent. The reasoning in the politician’s
argument is most vulnerable to criticism on the grounds that the argument
a) impugns the character of the economists rather than addressing their arguments
b) fails to show that the economists mentioned are not experts in the area of consumer prices
c) mistakenly infers that something is not true from the claim that it has not been shown to be
so
d) uses evidence drawn from a small sample that may well be unrepresentative
e) attempts to persuade by making an emotional appeal

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Re: CR - Flaw in Argument [#permalink]  27 Jul 2012, 16:28
I marked D. However i need a reason for eliminating C .
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Re: CR - Flaw in Argument [#permalink]  28 Jul 2012, 15:55
c) mistakenly infers that something is not true from the claim that it has not been shown to be
so - this answer is irrelevant to the statement: the claim "has not been shown to be" true; however, it hasn't been shown to be false either. Politician; however, says that the claim is wrong on the basis of a few items that did increase in price more than 3%; however, those items don't represent ALL consumer prices (let's say prices for make up, shoes...etc went down 30%). That's the main flaw in the politician's reasoning. D it is.

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Re: Politician: Those economists who claim that consumer price [#permalink]  06 Aug 2012, 03:14
Clear D.

Took some time to solve this but got it at the end.
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Re: Politician: Those economists who claim that consumer price [#permalink]  10 Aug 2012, 07:25
why you marked it in 700 level question ?? do tag accurately
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Re: Politician: Those economists who claim that consumer price   [#permalink] 10 Aug 2012, 07:25
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