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During New York City’s fiscal crisis of the late 1970s, governmental leaders debated whether to offer federal assistance to New York City. One economist who opposed the suggestion asked, “Are we supposed to help out New York City every time it gets into financial problems?” The economist’s question can be criticized because it

(A) uses ambiguous terms
(B) assumes everyone else agrees New York City should be helped
(C) appeals to emotions rather than using logic
(D) relies upon second-hand reports rather than first-hand accounts
(E) completely ignores the issue at hand

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During New York City’s fiscal crisis of the late 1970s, governmental leaders debated whether to offer federal assistance to New York City. One economist who opposed the suggestion asked, “Are we supposed to help out New York City every time it gets into financial problems?” The economist’s question can be criticized because it

(A) uses ambiguous terms
(B) assumes everyone else agrees New York City should be helped
(C) appeals to emotions rather than using logic
(D) relies upon second-hand reports rather than first-hand accounts
(E) completely ignores the issue at hand

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(A) uses ambiguous terms------Irrelevant
(B) assumes everyone else agrees New York City should be helped------No information given in the passage. Out of scope
(C) appeals to emotions rather than using logic-----Irrelevant
(D) relies upon second-hand reports rather than first-hand accounts--------No information given in the passage. Out of scope
(E) completely ignores the issue at hand-----Correct. The issue was of assistance to New York, but the economist completely ignores the issue
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During New York City’s fiscal crisis of the late 1970s, governmental leaders debated whether to offer federal assistance to New York City. One economist who opposed the suggestion asked, “Are we supposed to help out New York City every time it gets into financial problems?” The economist’s question can be criticized because it

(A) uses ambiguous terms
(B) assumes everyone else agrees New York City should be helped
(C) appeals to emotions rather than using logic
(D) relies upon second-hand reports rather than first-hand accounts
(E) completely ignores the issue at hand

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(A) uses ambiguous terms We are not sure about how financial problems is ambiguous wrt to fiscal crisis. Out.
(B) assumes everyone else agrees New York City should be helped. We are not told whether everyone supports or disagrees with this move. Out.
(C) appeals to emotions rather than using logic Again, we do not know how the economist is bringing emotions into his argument. Out.
(D) relies upon second-hand reports rather than first-hand accounts we are not told how the economist is relying on any first-hand or second-hand experiences.
(E) completely ignores the issue at hand The situation at hand could be different from the earlier situations when the govt had to bail out NYC. This argument weakens the economists view.
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I think the Amswer Choice is B)

Let's apply Negation test

What if No one agrees that New York should be helped.
The assumption is false ?

In this case the Economist question is flawed.


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I think the Amswer Choice is B)

Let's apply Negation test

What if No one agrees that New York should be helped.
The assumption is false ?

In this case the Economist question is flawed.


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I am not sure whether negation technique can be applied here because there is no argument here. I don't see any conclusion presented here rather only premises are given.
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