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Mayor of Plainville: In order to help the economy of Plainsville

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Re: Mayor of Plainville: In order to help the economy of Plainsville  [#permalink]

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New post 10 Sep 2015, 10:42
The citizens must be "accusing" the mayor of having other interests in mind because they know that - he also knows that - the business park is a better deal. Otherwise they probably would have "informed" him rather than "accused" him.
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Re: Mayor of Plainville: In order to help the economy of Plainsville  [#permalink]

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Could someone please shed some light on this?


B is alright. If the Major thinks that a new highway would be more beneficial than a business park, then it is not likely that he has some other intentions - he genuinely intends to bring economic benefit for the town. Though he may be wrong in his decision, his intention cannot be questioned.

On the other hand, if the mayor knows that a business park will be more beneficial, yet he is investing in highway rather than a business park, then his intentions can be questioned.

Since the citizens question Mayor's intentions, they must have assumed that the Mayor thinks that business park is more beneficial, but still he is planning to invest in highway.
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New post 31 Oct 2016, 05:35
B is the correct answer

Conclusion: Mayor has some personal interest in the highway project (A kind of doubt being raise on mayor's integrity)

Premise: mayor is favoring Project - A (highway project) over Project - B (business park project) inspite of knowing revenue flow potential of later over project - A

As with all Cr arguments, lets assume that all that is said here is TRUE. Then,

Either mayor is pressing for project - A knowingly or unknowingly

If mayor is doing so knowingly, it means, he has definitely some personal interest for project - A.

BUT, if mayor does not agree with peoples view (maybe because of people unrealistic thinking, or lack of project knowledge, etc), it means, mayor has no personal interest for project - A and instead, he is trying to do so for some genuine reason.
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Mayor of Plainville: In order to help the economy of Plainsville, I am using some of our tax revenues to help bring a major highway through the town and thereby attract new business to Plainsville.

Citizens' group: You must have interests o&er than our economy in mind. If you were really interested in helping our economy, you would instead advocate the revenues to building a new business park, since it would bring in twice the business that your highway would.

The argument by the citizens' group relies on which one of the following assumptions?
(A) Plainsville presently has no major highways running through it.
(B) The mayor accepts that a new business park would bring in more new business than would the new highway.
(C) The new highway would have no benefits for Plainsville other than attracting new business.
(D) The mayor is required to get approval for all tax revenue allocation plans from the city council.

(E) Plainsville economy will not be helped unless a new business park of the sort envisioned by the citizens' group is built.


There can be 2 sides/opposing views/Assumptions for this argument -

1. Mayor's assumption : Effect of building an highway to the Economy is more than building new Business parks.
2. Citizens' assumption : Positive effect of building new Business parks is more than building highway.

Only contenders for the correct answer are (B) and (E)...

(E) states that building new business park is the only possible course of action for improving the economy of Plainsville , hence we may reject this option...


Thus correct answer is in line of our Pre thinking, option (B)

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New post 06 Nov 2016, 09:05
Here is my analysis:

Mayor of Plainville Conc: In order to help the economy, I will built a major Hwy to attract new business to Plainsville.

Citizens' group's Conc: You must have interests o&er than our economy in mind.
P1: If you were really interested in helping our economy, you would use money to build a new BP.
P2: BP would bring twice the business that Hwy would.

Pre-thinking
Find citizen's assumption
1st Falsify Citizens' conc: In which scenario Mayor don't have interest other than Plainvile' economy?
Well, if he didn't acknowledge that BP would bring more benefits for the economy that does the Hwy.
So the assumption would be that Mayor knows about the better benefits that would bring the BP.

Answer choice Analysis
The argument by the citizens' group relies on which one of the following assumptions?
(A) Plainsville presently has no major highways running through it. Irrelevant.
Even if Plainsville don't have major highways, Citizen's assumption is based on the knowledge of the better benefits that BP would bring to the economy.


(B) The mayor accepts that a new business park would bring in more new business than would the new highway. Correct!
Aligned with pre-thinking. If negated, the conclusion of the group of citizens is weaken.
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Mayor of Plainville: In order to help the economy of Plainsville, I am using some of our tax revenues to help bring a major highway through the town and thereby attract new business to Plainsville.

Citizens' group: You must have interests o&er than our economy in mind. If you were really interested in helping our economy, you would instead advocate the revenues to building a new business park, since it would bring in twice the business that your highway would.

The argument by the citizens' group relies on which one of the following assumptions?

(A) Plainsville presently has no major highways running through it.
(B) The mayor accepts that a new business park would bring in more new business than would the new highway.
(C) The new highway would have no benefits for Plainsville other than attracting new business.
(D) The mayor is required to get approval for all tax revenue allocation plans from the city council.
(E) Plainsville economy will not be helped unless a new business park of the sort envisioned by the citizens' group is built.


The core of the CG's argument is:
P: new business park would bring in twice the business that the highway would
thus
C: The mayor, in suggesting to build the highway, must have some interest beyond the city's economy in mind.

(A) "No" is too extreme. It doesn't matter whether there are currently no major highways or some. It could still be true that building the new major highway would attract new business.

(B) This is a weird answer, but the CG does need to believe that the mayor is aware of and in agreement that a new business park would attract more business than the new highway.

Here's a quick analogy:
Paul: I'm gonna ask Betty to the prom.

Dave: Well, you must be picking your prom date for reasons beyond attractiveness, because Veronica is more attractive than Betty.

Dave is assuming a couple things:
1. Paul is aware that Veronica exists (if he isn't, he could very well be picking Betty based purely on attractiveness; Betty just happens to be the most attractive girl he knows)

2. Paul would agree that Veronica is more attractive than Betty (if he doesn't, then he could still be picking Betty based purely on attractiveness).

Now, obviously, attractiveness sounds more subjective than "which proposed course of action would bring in more business". But those are still speculative ideas, not facts. So both of these assumptions still apply to the Mayor.

Has the Mayor ever heard of this new business park idea? If not, then she might be picking the highway based on it being the most economically beneficial proposal she's aware of.

Does the Mayor accept that the new business park would bring in more business? If she doesn't, then she might be picking the highway because she believes it to be the most economically beneficial proposal.

(C) Why does the Citizens' Group have to assume that the ONLY benefit of the new highway to Plainsville is attracting new business?

They don't. I agree that if there are other economic benefits besides attracting new businesses, that would indeed weaken the Citizens' Group's argument. BUT, the negation of (C) is not "the new highway would have some ECONOMIC benefits other than attracting new business". The negation of (C) is just "the new highway would have SOME benefit other than attracting new business." That statement is not precise enough to hurt the Citizens' Group's argument.

(D) is out of scope; whether the mayor is "required to get approval" is irrelevant to the CG's argument.

(E) This is again extreme ("unless"). The CG acknowledges that the economy would be helped by the new highway, just half as much as the new business park would help.
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Mayor of Plainville: In order to help the economy of Plainsville, I am using some of our tax revenues to help bring a major highway through the town and thereby attract new business to Plainsville.

Citizens' group: You must have interests o&er than our economy in mind. If you were really interested in helping our economy, you would instead advocate the revenues to building a new business park, since it would bring in twice the business that your highway would.

The argument by the citizens' group relies on which one of the following assumptions?

(A) Plainsville presently has no major highways running through it. -The conclusion is that mayor is interested in things other than in improvement of economy. Number of major highways has no bearing on the conclusion.
(B) The mayor accepts that a new business park would bring in more new business than would the new highway. -Correct. This proves that even though mayor knows that business parks are a better solution, still he is willing to build a highway.
(C) The new highway would have no benefits for Plainsville other than attracting new business. -Too strong statement. Also it has no impact on the argument. If only it weakens the stand of citizens.
(D) The mayor is required to get approval for all tax revenue allocation plans from the city council. -Out of scope
(E) Plainsville economy will not be helped unless a new business park of the sort envisioned by the citizens' group is built. -This is again too strong statement.
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