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# Politician: All nations that place a high tax on income

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Politician: All nations that place a high tax on income produce thereby a negative incentive for technological innovation, and all nations in which technological innovation is hampered inevitably fall behind in the international arms race. Those nations that, through historical accident or the foolishness of their political leadership, wind up in a strategically disadvantageous position are destined to lose their voice in world affairs. So if a nation wants to maintain its value system and way of life, it must not allow its highest tax bracket to exceed 30 percent of income.

Each of the following, if true, weakens the politician’s argument EXCEPT:
(A) The top level of taxation must reach 45 percent before taxation begins to deter inventors and industrialists from introducing new technologies and industries.
(B) Making a great deal of money is an insignificant factor in driving technological
innovation.
(C) Falling behind in the international arms race does not necessarily lead to a strategically less advantageous position.
(D) Those nations that lose influence in the world community do not necessarily suffer from a threat to their value system or way of life.
(E) Allowing one’s country to lose its technological edge, especially as concerns
weaponry, would be foolish rather than merely a historical accident.
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13 Nov 2009, 01:02
Politician: All nations that place a high tax on income produce thereby a negative incentive for technological innovation, and all nations in which technological innovation is hampered inevitably fall behind in the international arms race. Those nations that, through historical accident or the foolishness of their political leadership, wind up in a strategically disadvantageous position are destined to lose their voice in world affairs. So if a nation wants to maintain its value system and way of life, it must not allow its highest tax bracket to exceed 30 percent of income.

Each of the following, if true, weakens the politician’s argument EXCEPT:
(A) The top level of taxation must reach 45 percent before taxation begins to deter inventors and industrialists from introducing new technologies and industries.
(B) Making a great deal of money is an insignificant factor in driving technological
innovation.
(C) Falling behind in the international arms race does not necessarily lead to a strategically less advantageous position.
(D) Those nations that lose influence in the world community do not necessarily suffer from a threat to their value system or way of life.
(E) Allowing one’s country to lose its technological edge, especially as concerns
weaponry, would be foolish rather than merely a historical accident.

I choose E here.

A, B, C, D really weaken the argument.

E doesn't weaken. In the argument it says about both foolishness and historical accident. So, the affirmation that one outweigh another doesn't inpact on the argument.
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13 Nov 2009, 01:39
Correct answer is E. What is OA ?
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13 Nov 2009, 02:13
IMO E.
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13 Nov 2009, 02:33
IMO E.
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09 Jul 2010, 07:56
Do we have OA on this?
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09 Jul 2010, 08:23
E here. No sense discussing the probability of the type of cause.
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10 Jul 2010, 04:53
E is my take as well. Rest all weaken.
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10 Jul 2010, 07:24
E
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10 Jul 2010, 08:51
imo A
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10 Jul 2010, 11:02
+1 E
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13 Jul 2010, 23:28
what is the rationale for (E) and why not (B), which states that taxes does not impact technological innovations ?
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15 Jul 2010, 01:26
B,C,D- OOS
A not weakening..nithr suportin strongly
E is best
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15 Jul 2010, 02:22
My choice is E.
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02 Aug 2010, 13:05
E for me too............
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20 Aug 2010, 23:13
E it is.
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21 Aug 2010, 02:35
I go for E
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21 Aug 2010, 03:00
E
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24 Aug 2010, 00:59
Clean E
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25 Aug 2010, 09:30
E for me as well
Re: 30% tax   [#permalink] 25 Aug 2010, 09:30

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