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Editorial: The premier s economic advisor assures her that

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Editorial: The premier’s economic advisor assures her that with the elimination of wasteful spending the goal of reducing taxes while not significantly decreasing government services can be met. But the premier should not listen to this advisor, who in his youth was convicted of embezzlement. Surely his economic advice is as untrustworthy as he is himself, and so the premier should discard any hope of reducing taxes without a significant decrease in government services.

Which one of the following is a questionable argumentative strategy employed in the editorial’s argument?

a) rejecting a proposal on the grounds that a particular implementation of the proposal is likely to fail
b) trying to win support for a proposal by playing on people’s fears of what could happen otherwise
c) criticizing the source of a claim rather than examining the claim itself
d) taking a lack of evidence for a claim as evidence undermining the claim
e) presupposing what it sets out to establish


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The editorial maintains that the premier should not trust the economic advisor based on the economic advisor's prior unseemliness. What the editorial does not do is address what is wrong with the economic advisor's plan (this is a classic ad hominem - or attack the man - fallacy). Only (C) captures this fallacy.

a) rejecting a proposal on the grounds that a particular implementation of the proposal is likely
to fail

The editorial does not address the proposal itself.

b) trying to win support for a proposal by playing on people’s fears of what could happen
otherwise

Does not talk about people's fears.

c) criticizing the source of a claim rather than examining the claim itself

Answer.

d) taking a lack of evidence for a claim as evidence undermining the claim

Again, the editorial does not address the advisor's plan, and thus it never mentions a lack of evidence of that plan.

e) presupposing what it sets out to establish

The editorial does not presuppose that the proposal is not valid. It simply attacks the advisor's past record.
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Editorial: The premier’s economic advisor assures her that with the elimination of wasteful
spending the goal of reducing taxes while not significantly decreasing government services
can be met. But the premier should not listen to this advisor, who in his youth was convicted
of embezzlement. Surely his economic advice is as untrustworthy as he is himself, and so the
premier should discard any hope of reducing taxes without a significant decrease in
government services. Which one of the following is a questionable argumentative strategy
employed in the editorial’s argument?
a) rejecting a proposal on the grounds that a particular implementation of the proposal is likely
to fail
b) trying to win support for a proposal by playing on people’s fears of what could happen
otherwise
c) criticizing the source of a claim rather than examining the claim itself
d) taking a lack of evidence for a claim as evidence undermining the claim
e) presupposing what it sets out to establish


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This type of argument called " ad hominem", "in which an argument is rebutted by attacking the character, motive, or other attribute of the person making the argument, or persons associated with the argument, rather than attacking the substance of the argument itself."
Answer choice "C" restates that.

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