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Which of the following best completes the passage below? [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2010, 17:03
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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 concerns 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: “Government” does not exist as an independent entity [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2010, 19:26
Clear E, will explain if E is the OA :-)
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Re: “Government” does not exist as an independent entity [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2010, 03:47
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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 concerns 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 policyCorrect.


A and E are the most relevant to the argument.I choose E because of the argument put fwd in the preceding sentence "who establish policies that will result in their own reelection".Thus if a policy is hostile to a certain group then it means that the majority does not wish for the policy , as if it were the case that the majority wishes for the a favorable policy then it would have been implemented.
I hope i did not complicate things.
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Re: “Government” does not exist as an independent entity [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2010, 07:31
A) environmentalists would be extremely difficult to satisfy with any policy, however environmentally sound
doesnt say why a certain policy is more adhered to
(B) environmental concerns are being accommodated as well as public funds permit
doesnot reason out why a particular policy is being oursued
(C) the public is overly anxious about environmental deterioration
contradcits the reasoning
(D) the majority of voters vote for certain politicians because of those politicians’ idiosyncratic positions on policy issues
CORRECT..thought the positions are idiosyncratic and crazy,these politicinas donot chnage the poisitions and hence
the policies because of their assumtion .
(E) the majority of voters do not strongly wish for a different policy
this sounds close but somehow "DONOT WISH STRONGLY" doesnot really map well to the assumtions of the politicns about what would get them back to power.
IMO D
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Re: “Government” does not exist as an independent entity [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2010, 07:40
I am confussed can any one clear it with detail explanaletion
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Re: “Government” does not exist as an independent entity [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2010, 12:46
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Re: “Government” does not exist as an independent entity [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2010, 23:07
I think e as it would not jeopardize reelection.

c is my second choice :)
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Re: “Government” does not exist as an independent entity [#permalink] New post 10 May 2010, 06:01
IMO E. My 2 cents:

1. Whenever I face such CRs in which an example is quoted to explain a phenomenon then usually all the choices mentioning that example are INCORRECT.

2. As per the argument. These politicians are interested in their re-election. How?
If the electorate is unhappy with the the stated policy then they will oppose to it and in that case these politicians will loose chances to get re-elected. So, it must be the lazy voters.

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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 concerns 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: Which of the following best completes the passage below? [#permalink] New post 14 Oct 2013, 07:21
SudiptoGmat 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 concerns 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


Actually I changed my mind. Correct answer is clearly E
It was a piece of nugget

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Re: Which of the following best completes the passage below? [#permalink] New post 14 Oct 2013, 19:16
jlgdr wrote:
SudiptoGmat 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 concerns 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


Surprised to see E as the correct answer. Would someone provide a detailed explanation to answer choices and explain why?
I will give my 2 cents on this one.

So if I understood correctly we are being told that the elected politics just wish to establish policiies that result in their own reelection so what they really care about is what people think
So I chose (C). But I'm defeinetely missing something here.

Would be happy to discuss further
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I will try and give a detailed explanation of the answer choices and why the answer is E.

The argument says Politicians establish those policies that can get them re-elected. Then the fill in the blank is supposed to be a reason why the government officials not made any policy on environmental concerns...
Like you said, they care about what people think because in the end they will the one who votes for them. (So public does not want the policy)

(A) environmentalists would be extremely difficult to satisfy with any policy, however environmentally sound---- Incorrect because environmentalists are only a small part of the public. Environmentalists cannot be satisfied but what percent of the public are the environmentalists?
(B) environmental concerns are being accommodated as well as public funds permit---- Out of scope.
(C) the public is overly anxious about environmental deterioration---- This contradicts the arguments. If the public is concerned, then the government officials would be making the policies on environmental concerns, but since the policy on environmental concerns is hostile it is not what the public wants.
(D) the majority of voters vote for certain politicians because of those politicians’ idiosyncratic positions on policy issues---- Politicians idiosyncratic position on policy issues. This is just a lot of difficult words to comprehend and does not give an idea on why are government officals not concerned about the environment.
(E) the majority of voters do not strongly wish for a different policy---- Correct, because if the public does not wish for a different policy then the government will follow what they want. Hence the environmental policies are not being made.

A tough one. Used a bit of reasoning and POE to get to E. But hopefully it is of some help to you.
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