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Editorial: This political party has repeatedly expressed the view that increased spending on education is a worthy goal. On other occasions, however, the same party has claimed that the government should not increase spending on education. So this party's policy is clearly inconsistent.
The argument in editorial depends on assuming which of following:
(a) It is inconsistent for a legislator both to claim that increasing spending on education is a worthy goal and to vote agst increasing spending on education
(b) A consistent course of action in educational policy is usually the best course of action that will reduce spending on education in the long run
(c) Even if a goal is morally good one, one should not necessarily try to achieve it
(d) A consistent political policy does not hold that an action that comprises a worthy goal should not be performed
(e) Members of one political party never have inconsistent views on how to best approach a political issue.
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The editorial is aruging that the party has expressed that increased spending on education is a worthy goal, but it is inconsistent by claiming that the government should not increase spending on education.
This is based on the assumption that a legislator must do what he claims is worthy. This is stated in (A).
(B) is out of scope
(C) is not the assumption, but someting that weakens the editorial's stand
(D) if true, would debunk the conclusion of the editorial since it says it is entirely consistent for a party to say one thing and do another
(E) out of scope as this is not about how to appraoch, but whether the party is being consistent or not in their belief and their stance