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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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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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I got the answer but have a doubt.

Is option D weakening or strengthening the argument?

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A. The political aspect of the privatisation is not being discussed here. It is the benefit to the customers that is being discussed.
B. Nothing that says that it won’t benefit the customers.
C. People can benefit without knowing whether it is run by private or not. To weaken it, one must establish that a particular case will not benefit the customer.
D. The size of the customer base is irrelevant.
E. Argument says that privatisation allowed competition among companies which improved quality given to customers. But id there is no competition, the assumption falls flat. Hence E.

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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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Politician - Privatization of the tele industry has benefited consumers by allowing competition. Service have improved and prices have gone down.
Conclusion - Privatization of the national parks would probably benefit park visitors as well.

We need to weaken this. We can do that by showing how what works for tele industry may not work for national parks.

(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.

Political expediency is irrelevant. The argument doesn't deal with what is best politically.

(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.

We are only talking about the measure benefitting customers. Rest of the impact is irrelevant.

(C) The vast majority of people visiting the national parks are unaware of proposals to privatize the management of those parks.

Irrelevant whether people know or not.

(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.

Doesn't matter. As long as it will benefit consumers to some extent, the argument holds. It doesn't do much either for or against the argument. But if we had to pick one, it helps the argument by saying that consumers will be benefitted. To weaken, we need to increase the probability that consumers will not be benefitted.

(E) The privatization of the national parks would produce much less competition between different companies than did the privatization of the telecommunications industry.

This tells us that the factor that benefitted tele consumers (competition) may not play out that well in case of national parks. Hence the consumers may not benefit.

Answer (E)
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the argument assumes national parks works the similar way as telecommunication industry.We can predict the answer as something that weakens this assumption.

that is national parks and telecommunication industries are structurally different.

only option E comes near that
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I got the answer but have a doubt.

Is option D weakening or strengthening the argument?

kindly help. GMATNinja, GMATNinjaTwo, VeritasKarishma

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thats irrevelent. we are not considering the general public.

Therefore, the privatization of the national parks would probably benefit park visitors as well
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Re: Politician: It has been proposed that the national parks   [#permalink] 29 Mar 2020, 23:31

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