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From 1996 to 2004, the average family income in a certain country decreased by 10 percent, after adjustments for inflation. Opponents of the political party that ruled during this time claim that this was due to mismanagement of the economy by that party.

Each of the following rejoinders, if true, directly counters the opponents' explanation of the decrease in average family income EXCEPT:

(A) There had been a rise in family income in 1996, after adjustments for inflation.

(B) For noneconomic reasons, fewer families had multiple incomes at the end of the period than at the beginning.

(C) During the period, international events beyond the control of the country's government had a negative effect on family incomes in the country.

(D) Younger wage earners usually earn less than older ones, and the average age of household wage earners fell during most years in the past several decades.

(E) The biggest decreases in family income resulted from policies enacted before the ruling party came to power in 1996.
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Opponents of the political party claim that the decrease in the average family income was due to mismanagement of the economy by that party.

(A) There had been a rise in family income in 1996, after adjustments for inflation.

There had been a rise in family income in 1996 and then decreased from 1996 to 2004. This option directly supports the opponents claim.

(B) For noneconomic reasons, fewer families had multiple incomes at the end of the period than at the beginning.

This option again echoes the fact stated in the argument i.e fewer families had multiple incomes at the end of the period than at the beginning and supports the opponents conclusion INCORRECT

(C) During the period, international events beyond the control of the country's government had a negative effect on family incomes in the country.

The opponents claim is that the mismanagement of the economy by the party caused the average family income to decrease. This option talks about the international events beyond the control of the country's government and hence doesn't directly affect the opponents claim INCORRECT

(D) Younger wage earners usually earn less than older ones, and the average age of household wage earners fell during most years in the past several decades.

Unrelated to opponents claim INCORRECT

(E) The biggest decreases in family income resulted from policies enacted before the ruling party came to power in 1996.

If the previous govt's policies caused the decrease then opponents claim then there is a good chance that those policies accounted for the decrease from 1996 to 2004. This option doesn't directly attack the opponents claim as this option talks about the policies of previous government. INCORRECT

Hence option A
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