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October 24, 2013
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GOP gall is boundless

There is a wonderful Yiddish word, chutzpah. It means unmitigated gall. A commonly given example of chutzpah is the young man who murders his parents, then cries for mercy because he is an orphan.

The Republicans said the Affordable Care Act had to go or they would not fund the government. Though they knew this was doomed to failure, they were dead-set on shutting the government down if their impossible demand was not met. They also knew that shutting down the government meant, guess what, no government!

Nonetheless, they had the chutzpah to complain that the Democrats were cruel, heartless and unpatriotic because they wouldn’t reopen the monuments, open the National Institutes of Health for special cancer treatment for suffering children, or fund the death benefits for veterans that were eliminated when they, the Republicans, shut the government down.

Sure, the Republicans then offered to fund everything in the government except the ACA, and they portrayed this as a great act of human kindness. However, funding everything but the ACA was exactly the same as simply eliminating the ACA from the budget, which was the ridiculous demand that had failed in the very beginning. Any 2-year-old could have figured that one out!

Still, the Republicans shut the government down then blamed the Democrats for the terrible consequences. Chutzpah! Boundless chutzpah!

Scott D. Mendelson


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The News-Review Updated Oct 24, 2013 11:48AM Published Oct 24, 2013 11:48AM Copyright 2013 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.