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602. Recently there has been increased debate over if a budget surplus should go towards lower taxes or increased spending on social programs.
(A) over if a budget surplus should go towards lower taxes or increased spending
(B) over whether a budget surplus should go towards lowering taxes or increasing spending
(C) about a budget surplus going towards lower taxes or increasing spending
(D) about if lower taxes should come from a budget surplus or spending increases
(E) concerning a budget surplus and its going towards lower taxes or increased spending
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I will go with B.
We need "whether" instead of "if", as the sentence is not a conditional sentence.
Highlighted parts (below) are parallel
"debate over" is the correct idiom

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602. Recently there has been increased debate over if a budget surplus should go towards lower taxes or increased spending on social programs.
(A) over if a budget surplus should go towards lower taxes or increased spending
(B) over whether a budget surplus should go towards lowering taxes or increasing spending
(C) about a budget surplus going towards lower taxes or increasing spending
(D) about if lower taxes should come from a budget surplus or spending increases
(E) concerning a budget surplus and its going towards lower taxes or increased spending
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602. Recently there has been increased debate over if a budget surplus should go towards lower taxes or increased spending on social programs.
(A) over if a budget surplus should go towards lower taxes or increased spending
(B) over whether a budget surplus should go towards lowering taxes or increasing spending
(C) about a budget surplus going towards lower taxes or increasing spending
(D) about if lower taxes should come from a budget surplus or spending increases
(E) concerning a budget surplus and its going towards lower taxes or increased spending


B.

Over if... akward. GMAT favors whether as well.

C akward
D changes the meaning of the sentence. lower taxes should come from budget surplus?
E: don't even need an explanation here. This sentence is just plain awful.
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Easy one eh?

OA is B.
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