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Weaken. The correct answer choice is (B)
Answer choice (A): Even if the government does not provide a full 100 percent of the program’s funding, it does not change the fact that government funding is needed for the program to continue. This answer thus does not weaken the report authors’ position.
Answer choice (B): This is the correct answer choice. It suggests that the report authors’ quick-fix approach will not work since the problems will continue precisely because they lack a coherent vision. As a result, there will be no end to the problems because the report authors are not getting to their roots. Moreover, if serious problems continue to surface, the report authors’ attempt to create a reputation for competence would also fail, and the government funding needed for the program would in turn be lost.
Answer choice (C): If it is impossible to sustain a coherent vision, then surely there is nothing wrong with the position taken by the report’s authors.
Answer choice (D): This is not the correct answer since it does not state why the government has threatened to cut off funding for the program. As such, it does not undermine the report authors’ position.
Answer choice (E): If the program has a worse reputation for incompetence than it deserves, then it seems like the report authors’ position is correct, in that they should be working to regain this reputation first. In any case, it does not weaken the authors’ position.