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# Editor: Many candidates say that if elected they will reduce

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Editor: Many candidates say that if elected they will reduce governmental intrusion into voters’ lives. But voters actually elect politicians who instead promise that the government will provide assistance to solve their most pressing problems.
Governmental assistance, however, costs money, and money can come only from taxes, which can be considered a form of governmental intrusion. Thus, governmental intrusion into the lives of voters will rarely be substantially reduced over
time in a democracy.

Which one of the following, if true, would most strengthen the editor’s argument?

(A) Politicians who win their elections usually keep their campaign promises.

(B) Politicians never promise what they really intend to do once in office.

(C) The most common problems people have are financial problems.

(D) Governmental intrusion into the lives of voters is no more burdensome in nondemocratic countries than it is in democracies.

(E) Politicians who promise to do what they actually believe ought to be done are rarely elected.

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18 Sep 2017, 23:08
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Editor: Many candidates say that if elected they will reduce governmental intrusion into voters’ lives. But voters actually elect politicians who instead promise that the government will provide assistance to solve their most pressing problems.
Governmental assistance, however, costs money, and money can come only from taxes, which can be considered a form of governmental intrusion. Thus, governmental intrusion into the lives of voters will rarely be substantially reduced over
time in a democracy.

Which one of the following, if true, would most strengthen the editor’s argument?

(A) Politicians who win their elections usually keep their campaign promises:If this happens>then Govt will provide assistance>more taxes>more intrusion

(B) Politicians never promise what they really intend to do once in office.

(C) The most common problems people have are financial problems.

(D) Governmental intrusion into the lives of voters is no more burdensome in nondemocratic countries than it is in democracies.

(E) Politicians who promise to do what they actually believe ought to be done are rarely elected.

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A strengthens the argument
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18 Sep 2017, 23:49
Imo B as well . Campaign promise is never to provide more assistance

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19 Sep 2017, 01:13
KS15 wrote:
broall wrote:
Editor: Many candidates say that if elected they will reduce governmental intrusion into voters’ lives. But voters actually elect politicians who instead promise that the government will provide assistance to solve their most pressing problems.
Governmental assistance, however, costs money, and money can come only from taxes, which can be considered a form of governmental intrusion. Thus, governmental intrusion into the lives of voters will rarely be substantially reduced over
time in a democracy.

Which one of the following, if true, would most strengthen the editor’s argument?

(A) Politicians who win their elections usually keep their campaign promises:If this happens>then Govt will provide assistance>more taxes>more intrusion

(B) Politicians never promise what they really intend to do once in office.

(C) The most common problems people have are financial problems.

(D) Governmental intrusion into the lives of voters is no more burdensome in nondemocratic countries than it is in democracies.

(E) Politicians who promise to do what they actually believe ought to be done are rarely elected.

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A strengthens the argument

I do agree with the reasoning my choice A.
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19 Sep 2017, 01:40
A is correct choice bcz voters vote for those who promise to provide govtt assistance.So they will be the ones who would win and keep their promise

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27 Sep 2017, 22:43
(C) may sound somehow tangential but it is wrong because argument is saying tax is a form of intrusion, so whether people do have financial problem or not, tax will be an intrusion.

Lets say tax is only 1% , still an intrusion
tax is 30% , still an intrusion.

B is actually strengthening the argument.
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KS15 wrote:
broall wrote:
Editor: Many candidates say that if elected they will reduce governmental intrusion into voters’ lives. But voters actually elect politicians who instead promise that the government will provide assistance to solve their most pressing problems.
Governmental assistance, however, costs money, and money can come only from taxes, which can be considered a form of governmental intrusion. Thus, governmental intrusion into the lives of voters will rarely be substantially reduced over
time in a democracy.

Which one of the following, if true, would most strengthen the editor’s argument?

(A) Politicians who win their elections usually keep their campaign promises:If this happens>then Govt will provide assistance>more taxes>more intrusion

(B) Politicians never promise what they really intend to do once in office.

(C) The most common problems people have are financial problems.

(D) Governmental intrusion into the lives of voters is no more burdensome in nondemocratic countries than it is in democracies.

(E) Politicians who promise to do what they actually believe ought to be done are rarely elected.

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A strengthens the argument

Hi, can you please explain how you got option A as answer?
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KS15 wrote:
broall wrote:
Editor: Many candidates say that if elected they will reduce governmental intrusion into voters’ lives. But voters actually elect politicians who instead promise that the government will provide assistance to solve their most pressing problems.
Governmental assistance, however, costs money, and money can come only from taxes, which can be considered a form of governmental intrusion. Thus, governmental intrusion into the lives of voters will rarely be substantially reduced over
time in a democracy.

Which one of the following, if true, would most strengthen the editor’s argument?

(A) Politicians who win their elections usually keep their campaign promises:If this happens>then Govt will provide assistance>more taxes>more intrusion

(B) Politicians never promise what they really intend to do once in office.

(C) The most common problems people have are financial problems.

(D) Governmental intrusion into the lives of voters is no more burdensome in nondemocratic countries than it is in democracies.

(E) Politicians who promise to do what they actually believe ought to be done are rarely elected.

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A strengthens the argument

Hi, can you please explain how you got option A as answer?

I have highlighted my explanation in option A for your reference.
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Editor: Many candidates say that if elected they will reduce governmental intrusion into voters’ lives. But voters actually elect politicians who instead promise that the government will provide assistance to solve their most pressing problems.
Governmental assistance, however, costs money, and money can come only from taxes, which can be considered a form of governmental intrusion. Thus, governmental intrusion into the lives of voters will rarely be substantially reduced over
time in a democracy.

Which one of the following, if true, would most strengthen the editor’s argument?

(A) Politicians who win their elections usually keep their campaign promises.

(B) Politicians never promise what they really intend to do once in office.

(C) The most common problems people have are financial problems.

(D) Governmental intrusion into the lives of voters is no more burdensome in nondemocratic countries than it is in democracies.

(E) Politicians who promise to do what they actually believe ought to be done are rarely elected.

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Voters will elect politicians who will provide government assistance to solve pressing problems; government assistance will come at a cost generated from taxes; tax is one kind of intrusion which according to the editor will not substantially be reduced as politicians when elected keep their promise, providing government assistance

A wins
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08 Oct 2017, 02:55
(A) Politicians who win their elections usually keep their campaign promises... Defines the causal relationship required to strengthen author claim
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22 Oct 2017, 23:37
To solve this question, we should focus on the second sentence.
"But voters actually elect politicians who instead promise that the government will provide assistance to solve their most pressing problems."

Then everything is clear.

(A) Politicians who win their elections usually keep their campaign promises
Politicians who win their elections -> Politicians who promise that goverment will provide assisstance -> Keep their promises -> intrusions reraley reduce.
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broall wrote:
Editor: Many candidates say that if elected they will reduce governmental intrusion into voters’ lives. But voters actually elect politicians who instead promise that the government will provide assistance to solve their most pressing problems.
Governmental assistance, however, costs money, and money can come only from taxes, which can be considered a form of governmental intrusion. Thus, governmental intrusion into the lives of voters will rarely be substantially reduced over
time in a democracy.

Which one of the following, if true, would most strengthen the editor’s argument?

(A) Politicians who win their elections usually keep their campaign promises.

(B) Politicians never promise what they really intend to do once in office.

(C) The most common problems people have are financial problems.

(D) Governmental intrusion into the lives of voters is no more burdensome in nondemocratic countries than it is in democracies.

(E) Politicians who promise to do what they actually believe ought to be done are rarely elected.

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(A) Politicians who win their elections usually keep their campaign promises. If politicians keep their campaign promise - that the government will provide assistance to solve people's most pressing problems - then it would be a case of government assistance. Since Government assistance = Government intrusion, this strengthens the argument

(B) Politicians never promise what they really intend to do once in office. If the promise is to provide assistance to solve the most pressing problems but once elected politicians never deliver on their promise, then this actually weakens the argument

(C) The most common problems people have are financial problems. This has no impact on the argument

(D) Governmental intrusion into the lives of voters is no more burdensome in nondemocratic countries than it is in democracies. I would consider this to be out of scope as the comparison between democratic & non-democratic countries was never in question

(E) Politicians who promise to do what they actually believe ought to be done are rarely elected. This weakens the argument. If those who deliver on their promise are rarely elected, then governmental intrusion should definitely reduce.
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Editor: Many candidates say that if elected they will reduce governmental intrusion into voters’ lives. But voters actually elect politicians who instead promise that the government will provide assistance to solve their most pressing problems.
Governmental assistance, however, costs money, and money can come only from taxes, which can be considered a form of governmental intrusion. Thus, governmental intrusion into the lives of voters will rarely be substantially reduced over
time in a democracy.

Which one of the following, if true, would most strengthen the editor’s argument?

(A) Politicians who win their elections usually keep their campaign promises. --Correct. If they keep their promises then they will solve problems and taxes will never be reduced and thus, government intrusion will never be reduced.

(B) Politicians never promise what they really intend to do once in office. --Weakener. If they never do what they promise then they won't solve public's problems and they will not increase taxes and government's intrusion will not increase.

(C) The most common problems people have are financial problems. --Out of scope

(D) Governmental intrusion into the lives of voters is no more burdensome in nondemocratic countries than it is in democracies. --Wrong comparison (unrelated to the argument)

(E) Politicians who promise to do what they actually believe ought to be done are rarely elected. --This option is similar to option B. Weakener.
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GMATNinja can you please explain why A? Here one promise is not to intrude the voters life too. what if politicians keep this promise instead?
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GMATNinja can you please explain why A? Here one promise is not to intrude the voters life too. what if politicians keep this promise instead?

Take a look at this:
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Many candidates say that if elected they will reduce governmental intrusion into voters’ lives. But voters actually elect politicians who instead promise that the government will provide assistance to solve their most pressing problems

The text marked bold shows that candidates who promise to reduce governmental intrusion usually don't get elected. Hence, if politicians who promise this don't get elected they can't keep that promise.

So if candidates who fight for more intrusion because they want to assists voters get elected and these candidates keep their promises then it appears likely that the governmental intrusion won't be reduced.

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broall wrote:
Editor: Many candidates say that if elected they will reduce governmental intrusion into voters’ lives. But voters actually elect politicians who instead promise that the government will provide assistance to solve their most pressing problems.
Governmental assistance, however, costs money, and money can come only from taxes, which can be considered a form of governmental intrusion. Thus, governmental intrusion into the lives of voters will rarely be substantially reduced over
time in a democracy.

Which one of the following, if true, would most strengthen the editor’s argument?

(A) Politicians who win their elections usually keep their campaign promises.

(B) Politicians never promise what they really intend to do once in office.

(C) The most common problems people have are financial problems.

(D) Governmental intrusion into the lives of voters is no more burdensome in nondemocratic countries than it is in democracies.

(E) Politicians who promise to do what they actually believe ought to be done are rarely elected.

Source: LSAT

This is a great example of cycle logic . Tis logic is often tested in GMAT.

now the cycle will only complete if all the links follow. All you have to do is find one link which can be broken and hence the following logic wont follow.

the argument :
X: politicians concerned abt public's issue
Y : need money
Z: taxes
A: govt. intrusion

you can join all the links and check if one of the links can be broken !!
for eg : X - what if public no more cares about issues?? logic falls OR whtat if politicians supporting issuesdont get elected or dont keep their words
Z: what if we get money from somewhere else??

Keep this in mind ...there are GMAT Q's in which the conclusion mentions " vicious cycle"
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