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Consumer activist: By allowing major airlines to abandon, as they promptly did, all but their most profitable routes, the government’s decision to cease regulation of the airline industry has worked to the disadvantage of everyone who lacks access to large metropolitan airport.
Industry representative: On the contrary, where major airlines moved out, regional airlines have moved in and, as a consequence, there are more flights into and out of most small airports now than before the change in regulatory policy.

Which one of the following is assumption on which the consumer activist’s argument depends?
(A) Before the recent change in regulatory policy, there was no advantage in having easy access to large metropolitan airport.
(B) When any sizable group of consumers is seriously disadvantaged by a change in government policy, that change should be reversed.
(C) Government regulation of industry almost always works to the advantage of consumers.
(D) At the time of the regulatory change, the major airlines were maintaining their less profitable routes at least in part because of government requirements.
(E) Regional airlines lack the resources to provide consumers with service of the same quality as that provided by the major airlines.
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P1 : the government’s decision to cease regulation of the airline industry has worked to the disadvantage of everyone

The keyword here is the "Govt" decision.

D allows the consumer activist to state P1 more affirmatively. Because the airlines was in losses "partly" due to Govt's fault, it is the govt which is responsible for the losses before the regulation. D reiterates who is at fault.

(A) Before the recent change in regulatory policy, there was no advantage in having easy access to large metropolitan airport. ----> This is 180 degree wrong choice.
(B) When any sizable group of consumers is seriously disadvantaged by a change in government policy, that change should be reversed. ----> Out of scope
(C) Government regulation of industry almost always works to the advantage of consumers. ----> Out of scope
(E) Regional airlines lack the resources to provide consumers with service of the same quality as that provided by the major airlines. ----> Out of scope
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21 Aug 2010, 03:29
D it is..took me 3 mins though

Major airlines abandoned their less profitable routes after government's decision to cease regulation -> activists assumes that only this regulation forced airline industry to hold their less profitable routes.
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22 Aug 2010, 17:46
D.

The argument is that the consumers became disadvantaged --- only the choice D demonstrates that the consumers were better off before the change in regulatory policy.
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12 Sep 2011, 10:29
I agree
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12 Sep 2011, 11:36
yup... D it is... it is the only option that talks stuff closer to the argument...

rest all are way off the mark
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Consumer activist: By allowing major airlines to abandon, as they promptly did, all but their most profitable routes, the government’s decision to cease regulation of the airline industry has worked to the disadvantage of everyone who lacks access to large metropolitan airport.
Industry representative: On the contrary, where major airlines moved out, regional airlines have moved in and, as a consequence, there are more flights into and out of most small airports now than before the change in regulatory policy.

Which one of the following is assumption on which the consumer activist’s argument depends?
(A) Before the recent change in regulatory policy, there was no advantage in having easy access to large metropolitan airport.
(B) When any sizable group of consumers is seriously disadvantaged by a change in government policy, that change should be reversed.
(C) Government regulation of industry almost always works to the advantage of consumers.
(D) At the time of the regulatory change, the major airlines were maintaining their less profitable routes at least in part because of government requirements.
(E) Regional airlines lack the resources to provide consumers with service of the same quality as that provided by the major airlines.

tough one..took me as well 3 mins to solve..I hate assumptions questions...
no regulation -> only \$ routes
thus, the activist must assume that the airlines were forced to keep the non-profitable routes because of the regulation.
if such is not true, his argument falls apart.

A is irrelevant
B that's smth that can be inferred from his statement.
C almost here is the black sheep. moreover, how can it work, if in this case people are disadvantaged?
D if we negate this one, the argument is shattered. looks good.
E irrelevant, as he does not speak about regional airlines.
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