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week 9 CRT205 appendix E final

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Axia College Material Appendix E Critical Analysis Forms Fill out one form for each source. Source 1 Title and Citation: Raising the minimum wage will not reduce poverty Sherk, J. (2007, January 8). Raising the Minimum Wage Will Not Reduce Poverty []. Message posted to http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2007/01/Raising-the-Minimum-Wage-Will-Not-Reduce-Poverty 1 Identify the principal issue presented by the source. The principal issue is that raising minimum wage is not an effective strategy for fighting poverty. 2 Identify any examples of bias presented by the author. If none exist, explain how you determined this. The bias by this author is that he state “poor Americans do not work at all, for any wage”. This is his perception of what poor is however, he gives no explanation to what determines who is poor. 3 Identify any areas that are vague or ambiguous. If none exist, explain how you determined this. Although I completely disagree with the author I didn’t really see any vagueness and I didn’t detect any of the argument that was misleading. 4 Do you find the source credible? Explain your reasoning. I found this source credible his argument was based on researched information from notable economists. 5 Identify and name any rhetorical devices used by the author. If none exist, explain how you determined this. Yes he used negative comments to persuade the reader that an increase in wages would make it harder to find employment. I believe he used Dysphemism. 6 Identify and name any fallacies used by the author. If none exist, explain how you determined this. The fallacy I found was the poising the well fallacy. Again the author states facts from notable economists but also uses statements like “a majority of the minimum wage earners are between the ages of 16 and 24”. This is leading the reader to believe that only young individuals earn minimum wage and everyone else is making good money. 7 State one argument made by the author. One argument the author states are “Most estimates suggest that each 10 percent increase in the minimum wage reduces employment by roughly 2%, causing 8% of worker to lose their jobs”. 8 Identify the premises and conclusion of the argument. The premise is that increase in minimum wage does not help the poor. The conclusion is that hiking wages will do little for low income workers.
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9 Is the author’s argument valid or invalid, sound or unsound, strong or weak? Explain how you determined this. The author’s argument is invalid and weak. He never proves that poor people will still be poor even if minimum wage is increased.
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