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Which of the following best completes the passage below?

“Government” does not exist as an independent entity defining policy. Instead there exists a group of democratically elected pragmatists sensitive to the electorate, who establish policies that will result in their own reelection. Therefore, if public policy is hostile to, say, environmental concerns, it is not because of governmental perversity but because elected officials believe that ------.

(A) environmentalists would be extremely difficult to satisfy with any policy, however environmentally sound
(B) environmental concern are being accommodated as well as public funds permit
(C) the public is overly anxious about environmental deterioration
(D) the majority of voters vote for certain politicians because of those politicians’ idiosyncratic positions on policy issues
(E) the majority of voters do not strongly wish for a different policy
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Re: CR - GMAT Retired Test Code 37 [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2008, 21:55
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Which of the following best completes the passage below?

“Government” does not exist as an independent entity defining policy. Instead there exists a group of democratically elected pragmatists sensitive to the electorate, who establish policies that will result in their own reelection. Therefore, if public policy is hostile to, say, environmental concerns, it is not because of governmental perversity but because elected officials believe that ------.

(A) environmentalists would be extremely difficult to satisfy with any policy, however environmentally sound
(B) environmental concern are being accommodated as well as public funds permit
(C) the public is overly anxious about environmental deterioration
(D) the majority of voters vote for certain politicians because of those politicians’ idiosyncratic positions on policy issues
(E) the majority of voters do not strongly wish for a different policy


the premises support E as a conclusion
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Re: CR - GMAT Retired Test Code 37 [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2008, 22:04
Straight E!
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Re: CR - GMAT Retired Test Code 37 [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2008, 22:16
I will go for D with the reason that "reelection" is ensured by public voting and not by public wish (as in E).
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Re: CR - GMAT Retired Test Code 37 [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2008, 22:22
Please explain ur choices.....im not convinced with E though u guys r correct
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Re: CR - GMAT Retired Test Code 37 [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2008, 22:27
GODSPEED wrote:
Please explain ur choices.....im not convinced with E though u guys r correct


Do paper tests have OE? I am unable to comprehend how E could be the OA.
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Re: CR - GMAT Retired Test Code 37 [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2008, 23:03
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GODSPEED wrote:
Please explain ur choices.....im not convinced with E though u guys r correct


Do paper tests have OE? I am unable to comprehend how E could be the OA.


Nopes they don't have....
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Re: CR - GMAT Retired Test Code 37 [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2008, 06:58
GODSPEED wrote:
Which of the following best completes the passage below?

“Government” does not exist as an independent entity defining policy. Instead there exists a group of democratically elected pragmatists sensitive to the electorate, who establish policies that will result in their own reelection. Therefore, if public policy is hostile to, say, environmental concerns, it is not because of governmental perversity but because elected officials believe that ------.

(A) environmentalists would be extremely difficult to satisfy with any policy, however environmentally sound
(B) environmental concern are being accommodated as well as public funds permit
(C) the public is overly anxious about environmental deterioration
(D) the majority of voters vote for certain politicians because of those politicians’ idiosyncratic positions on policy issues
(E) the majority of voters do not strongly wish for a different policy


Instead there exists a group of democratically elected pragmatists sensitive to the electorate, who establish policies that will result in their own reelection.

Assuming the officials want to get reelected they will do what the majority wants to do and will not do what the majority does not want to do. As in D, if they stick to idiosyncratic positions on policy issues, they will get ousted because majority does not side with them.
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Re: CR - GMAT Retired Test Code 37 [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2008, 09:07
GODSPEED wrote:
Which of the following best completes the passage below?

“Government” does not exist as an independent entity defining policy. Instead there exists a group of democratically elected pragmatists sensitive to the electorate, who establish policies that will result in their own reelection. Therefore, if public policy is hostile to, say, environmental concerns, it is not because of governmental perversity but because elected officials believe that ------.

(A) environmentalists would be extremely difficult to satisfy with any policy, however environmentally sound
No information is given to support this. Nothing is said of environmentalists.
(B) environmental concern are being accommodated as well as public funds permit
No information is given to support this. Nothing is said of amount of funds.
(C) the public is overly anxious about environmental deterioration
This contradicts the conclusion. How can public policy be hostile to enviro concerns if the public thinks its important?
(D) the majority of voters vote for certain politicians because of those politicians’ idiosyncratic positions on policy issues
As mentioned above, if positions are idiosyncratic, politicians wouldn't be voted in.
(E) the majority of voters do not strongly wish for a different policy
So if the majority of voters don't care for a different policy, than all requirements are satisfied: politicians get re-elected, environ policy remains hostile b/c the voters don't care.
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