The following sentence is from the Wall Street Journal.
The new Inflation Reduction Act has many damaging provisions, but for sheer government gall the $80 billion reward to the Internal Revenue Service stands out.
I can't comprehend after but for. I understand that the editorial writer thinks that the act is bad and the reward too. And as a prepositional phrase but for should be followed by noun or similar one but there is a verbal phrase which is stands out. So I got to see but for not as the common usage which usually means if not or except for.
Should I seperate but and for like this?
The act is bad for most of tax payers, but good for the sheer and gall government, and that point stands out.
If there were not gall of the sheer govenrment, the act is bad, and the reward stands out.
I think the latter rephrasing doesn't make sense.