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Politician: It has been proposed that the national parks

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Politician: It has been proposed that the national parks in our country be managed by private companies rather than the government. A similar privatization of the telecommunications industry has benefited consumers by allowing competition among a variety of telephone companies to improve service and force down prices. Therefore, the privatization of the national parks would probably benefit park visitors as well.

Which one of the following, if true, most weakens the politician’s argument?

(A) It would not be politically expedient to privatize the national parks even if doing so would, in the long run, improve service and reduce the fees charged to visitors.
(B) The privatization of the telecommunications industry has been problematic in that it has led to significantly increased unemployment and economic instability in that industry.
(C) The vast majority of people visiting the national parks are unaware of proposals to privatize the management of those parks.
(D) Privatizing the national parks would benefit a much smaller number of consumers to a much smaller extent than did the privatization of the telecommunications industry.
(E) The privatization of the national parks would produce much less competition between different companies than did the privatization of the telecommunications industry.

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Re: Politician: It has been proposed that the national parks  [#permalink]

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Politician: It has been proposed that the national parks in our country be managed by private companies rather than the government. A similar privatization of the telecommunications industry has benefited consumers by allowing competition among a variety of telephone companies to improve service and force down prices. Therefore, the privatization of the national parks would probably benefit park visitors as well.

Which one of the following, if true, most weakens the politician’s argument?

(A) It would not be politically expedient to privatize the national parks even if doing so would, in the long run, improve service and reduce the fees charged to visitors.
(B) The privatization of the telecommunications industry has been problematic in that it has led to significantly increased unemployment and economic instability in that industry.
(C) The vast majority of people visiting the national parks are unaware of proposals to privatize the management of those parks.
(D) Privatizing the national parks would benefit a much smaller number of consumers to a much smaller extent than did the privatization of the telecommunications industry.
(E) The privatization of the national parks would produce much less competition between different companies than did the privatization of the telecommunications industry.

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Proposal to manage national parks by private companies. Similar privatisation of the telecom industry INCREASED competition that eventually benefited the consumer. Thus, privatising national parks will benefit in the same way.

This entire argument hinges on competition creating value for the customer.

A - Neither strengthen nor weakens the argument. OUT
B - The argument is talking about benefit to consumers, and not the economy, or the job market. OUT.
C - Customer knowledge isn't under discussion, OUT.
D - Close, but still not the answer as we have a better option in E. This option states that it will only benefit some consumers, but it will still benefit consumers. The number of customers it benefits isn't up for debate. OUT.
E - YES!!! If privatisation doesn't generate enough interest, then it will not benefit the consumer in the same way as the telecom industry, or it may not benefit the consumer at all. It might be a non-event.

Answer is E.
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