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Flaw Practice – Budget Proposal

Identify the flaw in the argument: “Ricardo’s budget proposal would allow us to cut costs while maintaining productivity. Meanwhile, Angelica’s proposal would cause severe damage to the environment.  Thus, Ricardo’s budget is preferable.”

Answer

This is a comparison flaw.  Whenever you make a comparison between two things, it should be a fair one.  If we’re looking at Ricardo’s budget in terms of cost-effectiveness, we should do the same for Angelica’s.  Similarly, if we are looking at Angelica’s budget’s environmental impact, we should do the same for Ricardo’s budget.  Because this argument fails to do either, it is an incomplete comparison.

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