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The fact that several of the largest senior citizens’ organizations are constituted almost exclusively of middle-class elderly people has led critics to question the seriousness of those organizations’ commitment to speaking out on behalf of the needs of economically disadvantaged elderly people.
Which of the following generalizations, if true, would help to substantiate the criticism implicit in the statement above?
(A) The ideology of an organization tends reflect the traditional political climate of its locale.
(B) The needs of disadvantaged elderly people differ in some ways from those of other disadvantaged groups within contemporary society.
(C) Organized groups are better able to publicize their problems and seek redress than individuals acting alone.
(D) Middle-class elderly people are more likely to join organizations than are economically disadvantaged elderly people.
(E) People usually join organizations whose purpose is to further the economic, political, or social interests of their members.

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 [#permalink] New post 18 Sep 2006, 08:01
We need to prove that middle class senior citizens wont be able to speak for disadvantaged elderly.

(A) The ideology of an organization tends reflect the traditional political climate of its locale.
political climate is irrelevant
(B) The needs of disadvantaged elderly people differ in some ways from those of other disadvantaged groups within contemporary society.
we are not comparing different disadvantaged groups
(C) Organized groups are better able to publicize their problems and seek redress than individuals acting alone.
irrelevant
(D) Middle-class elderly people are more likely to join organizations than are economically disadvantaged elderly people.
it's not about joining the organization, it's about speaking for the cause
(E) People usually join organizations whose purpose is to further the economic, political, or social interests of their members.
Yes. if this is so middle class people may not speak for disadvantaged ones
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Sep 2006, 08:19
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We need to prove that middle class senior citizens wont be able to speak for disadvantaged elderly.

(A) The ideology of an organization tends reflect the traditional political climate of its locale.
political climate is irrelevant
(B) The needs of disadvantaged elderly people differ in some ways from those of other disadvantaged groups within contemporary society.
we are not comparing different disadvantaged groups
(C) Organized groups are better able to publicize their problems and seek redress than individuals acting alone.
irrelevant
(D) Middle-class elderly people are more likely to join organizations than are economically disadvantaged elderly people.
it's not about joining the organization, it's about speaking for the cause
(E) People usually join organizations whose purpose is to further the economic, political, or social interests of their members.
Yes. if this is so middle class people may not speak for disadvantaged ones

Agree E it is
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Sep 2006, 17:13
E too.

the organization serves their members' interests, such as the Bush election team. :roll:
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Sep 2006, 19:12
B could have been a good answer. But it is worded too generally.
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Sep 2006, 01:41
One more for E.

ak_idc wrote:
B could have been a good answer. But it is worded too generally.

yeah..our focus is on economically disadvantaged elderly people, NOT disadvantaged elderly people
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Sep 2006, 02:59
Yes (E) focus is not on middle-class elderly people.
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Sep 2006, 07:54
Evidence 1: More elderly middle-class people in organizations
Evidence 2: The organizations speak out on behalf of economically disadvantaged elderly people.

Conclusion : Organizations unsuitable to advance cause of economically disadvantaged elderly people as their constituents are not in fact economically disadvantaged.

We are looking for something that would strengthen the assumption/conclusion here.

A - Is out of scope.
B - Again out of scope. We don't care about other people in the society.
C - True, but has no impact to conclusion, so out of scope.
D - Probably true, but again but has no impact to conclusion, so out of scope.
E - Only option left. It suggests that these organizations further the interests of their constituents who are elderly middle-class people, which in other words mean that they don't care for people who are not their constituents that is economically disadvantaged elderly people.
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Sep 2006, 11:18
E for me as well.
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