Bush administration wins the prize for chutzpah | TheUnion.com

Bush administration wins the prize for chutzpah

In Yiddish, “chutzpah” means “nerve” or “gall.” The definitive example is the story of the child who murders his parents and then throws himself on the mercy of the court because he is an orphan. The Bush administration is currently employing a strategy that might become the new gold standard for the term.

After 12 years of Reagan/Bush and with the same gang of corporate lackeys again in power, a tiny group of wealthy oligarchs has managed to exert global control on a scale never before imagined. Not satisfied with the 40 percent of the country’s wealth they now control, they are bellying up to the public trough to give themselves greater tax breaks at the expense of the rest of us.

Ordinarily, that alone would qualify for advanced chutzpah status. But here’s the really incredible part: When a few journalists had the temerity to point out the injustice of this plan, they were attacked for inciting class warfare!

Picture a woman who is violently raped and beaten. When she goes to the police, she is accused by the rapist of inflaming the war of the sexes! Chutzpah, thy name be George!

Rick Silberman

Grass Valley

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