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# The number of cases in which prison inmates manipulate the welfare sys

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Updated on: 05 Apr 2019, 04:21
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The number of cases in which prison inmates manipulate the welfare system to provide themselves with benefits is very small. But the widespread public outrage over such cases makes them tempting examples to use in arguments for severely limiting welfare programs. This is because these rare but extreme cases of welfare fraud help to harden public attitudes towards welfare more effectively than standard cases, in which needy, law-abiding individuals manipulate the system to receive larger benefits.

The claims above can best serve as part of an argument against the view that

A. those who wish to change public attitudes towards the poor should focus public attention on welfare

B. a type of welfare fraud can both be common and lead to widespread public outrage

C. the public is interested in welfare fraud

D. the frequency with which a type of welfare fraud occurs is a good indicator of its effect on public opinion

E. cases of welfare fraud occur less often than cases in which welfare benefits are not fraudulently received

Answer is D - the answer should be E - argument is against the view - if anything D is for the view if correctly read...

Originally posted by DebbieChats on 05 Apr 2019, 03:38.
Last edited by Bunuel on 05 Apr 2019, 04:21, edited 1 time in total.
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07 Apr 2019, 04:52
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Sneha333 wrote:
Please explain this question.
None of the options look correct.
D cannot be the answer as it is supported by the argument.
Also,E cannot be as Welfare fraud and fraudulently received welfare benefits are essentially welfare frauds.

understanding from question: inmates manipulate welfare system rarely compared to law abiding citizen , but those cases in which inmates are the culprits, make more public outrage than do those in which normal people are the culprit.

mental structure:

inmates committing fraud < public committing fraud - by number
inmate committing fraud >>> public committing fraud - by public outrage

therefore,
The claims above can best serve as part of an argument against the view that

d) the frequency with which a type of welfare fraud occurs is a good indicator of its effect on public opinion

since , if frequency of crime was a good indicator of effect in public opinion then a commoner committing fraud must create more outrage than a inmate committing fraud
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07 Apr 2019, 02:28
Please explain this question.
None of the options look correct.
D cannot be the answer as it is supported by the argument.
Also,E cannot be as Welfare fraud and fraudulently received welfare benefits are essentially welfare frauds.
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07 Apr 2019, 04:53
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gmattodreamschool wrote:
Sneha333 wrote:
Please explain this question.
None of the options look correct.
D cannot be the answer as it is supported by the argument.
Also,E cannot be as Welfare fraud and fraudulently received welfare benefits are essentially welfare frauds.

understanding from question: inmates manipulate welfare system rarely compared to law abiding citizen , but those cases in which inmates are the culprits, make more public outrage than do those in which normal people are the culprit.

mental structure:

inmates committing fraud < public committing fraud - by number
inmate committing fraud >>> public committing fraud - by public outrage

therefore,
The claims above can best serve as part of an argument against the view that

d) the frequency with which a type of welfare fraud occurs is a good indicator of its effect on public opinion

since , if frequency of crime was a good indicator of effect in public opinion then a commoner committing fraud must create more outrage than a inmate committing fraud

by the way some kudos would be nice
Re: The number of cases in which prison inmates manipulate the welfare sys   [#permalink] 07 Apr 2019, 04:53
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