- Thu Mar 29, 2018 6:22 pm
It seems like you are confusing two concepts here, martinbeslu, and falling into the trap of answer A as a result. The stimulus is about individuals buying cars and comparing the prices of the cars to individual income. Answer A is not about individual income, but about household income. If the author had concluded that households are spending more on new car purchases, answer A would weaken that claim, but that isn't the claim in the stimulus.
Imagine this: I make $40k per year, my wife makes $60k per year, and my daughter, who lives with us, makes $100k per year. I buy a car for $15k. Not "we" buy a car, but "I" buy a car - an individual buyer. The argument is that the price of that car is a larger percentage of my income than it used to be. What do the incomes of my wife and daughter have to do with this calculation? Nothing, because we aren't talking about household income or about a family buying a car.
Now, if "we" all pooled our money and bought the car, then we wouldn't be "an individual" buying a car, but a group buying a car. If that is more common today than it used to be, that hurts the argument. Maybe all cars today are sold to groups, like families and corporations and charitable organizations, and only incredibly wealthy individuals buy cars by themselves anymore. THAT would hurt the claim that individuals are, on average, spending a higher portion of their income on cars now than they used to. That's what answer E is all about, showing us that individual sales may not be the same as they once were.
Put another way, what if the average price of a car went up because a whole new class of super-expensive cars was created, and those cars were only sold to corporations. Maybe self-driving cars, owned only by certain companies, cost a million bucks each, and they are fully responsible for pulling up the average price of new cars? Individuals could be spending the same percentage of their income that they always spent, even though the average price of a car has gone up relative to individual income.
Focus on the individuals here - that's the key to this argument! Don't confuse individuals with households or other groups!
Adam M. Tyson
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