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It is not correct that the people of the United States, relative to comparable countries, are the most lightly taxed. True, the United States has the lowest tax, as percent of gross domestic product, of the Western industrialized countries, but tax rates alone do not tell the whole story. People in the United States pay out of pocket for many goods and services provided from tax revenues elsewhere. Consider universal health care, which is an entitlement supported by tax revenues in every other Western industrialized country, United States government health-care expenditures are equivalent to about 5 percent of the gross domestic product, but private health-care expenditures represent another 7 percent. This 7 percent, then, amounts to a tax.

The argument concerning whether the people of the United States are the most lightly taxed is most vulnerable to which one of the following criticisms?
(A) It bases a comparison on percentages rather than on absolute numbers.
(B) It unreasonably extends the application of a key term.
(C) It uses negatively charged language instead of attempting to give a reason.
(D) It generalizes from only a few instances.
(E) It sets up a dichotomy between alternatives that are not exclusive.
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04 Jul 2007, 18:28
I am with A.
In this 5% of GDP or 7% of GDP might be still less than the total amount of tax paid in Western countries and is not a good comparison.

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05 Jul 2007, 15:53
I think its D . A generalisation is made on the basis of an instance where USA citizens pay extra for the services which are cheaply provided by other countries.
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05 Jul 2007, 16:56
I would like more discussion on this...
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05 Jul 2007, 18:05
B.

it's calling the extra 7% a "tax," when that definition is debatable.
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05 Jul 2007, 18:34
B. It extends the term to include the 7% which consumers pay for private health care.
05 Jul 2007, 18:34
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