Romney’s Comments on Palestine: Why Latinos Should Be Angry Too.

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30 Jul 2012

Showing, yet again, his complete ignorance when it comes to diplomacy and foreign policy, Mitt Romney recently implied that the Palestinian economy was weak and the Jewish economy was strong thanks, at least partially, to “cultural differences.”  This, of course, has sparked outrage among the Palestinian and Muslim communities.  Many have gone so far as to call Romney a racist.

What you might not have noticed is that Romney’s full quote also explains away the differences between the economies of the U.S vs. Mexico and Chile vs. Ecuador:

“As you come here and you see the GDP per capita, for instance, in israel which is about $21,000 dollars, and compare that with the GDP per capita just across the areas managed by the Palestinian authority, which is more like $10,000 per capita, you notice such a dramatically stark difference in economic vitality,” he said.
“And that exists also between other countries that are near or next to each other. Chile and Ecuador; Mexico and the United States. And I noted that part of my interest when I used to be int the world of business as I would travel to different countries was to understand why there was such enormous disparities between the economic success of various countries…I recognize the power of culture.”

I am assuming that Romney has never heard of the Mexican-American War, NAFTA, or any of the major policies that the U.S. has undertaken in Latin America that may have had an effect on Latin American economies.  Culture must be the culprit.  Those lazy Latinos sure look a lot like those lazy Palestinians.  Of course, he does praise Chile–thank God for Pinochet who clearly had the right culture when he invited the Chicago Boys in.  Chile’s white elite certainly had the superior culture compared to those lazy Indians in Ecuador. (Not that Chile’s non-elites are doing that great either).

Well, I guess the world is full of idiots running for President these days.  I’m thinking that if Romney does win, he will be in good company with Mexico’s Enrique Peña Nieto–clearly Romney has never read a book either.

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4 Responses to Romney’s Comments on Palestine: Why Latinos Should Be Angry Too.



July 30th, 2012 at 6:54 am

Is it ignorance or intentional pampering to groups of voters.



July 30th, 2012 at 7:25 am

both. Pandering while pissing everyone else off. There are less stupid ways to pander. Outside of off-shoring and out-sourcing, he doesn’t seem to know a whole lot.


Pierce Randall

July 31st, 2012 at 9:53 am

Thanks for covering this. I read about the Palestine-Romney spat yesterday, and it just clicked to me today that Romney’s “broader context” explanation is just an extension of the same bizarre statement to explain the divergence of Mexican and American economic growth. (I googled to see if anyone was saying that, and found your site.)

I wonder why no one else has pointed this out yet? 10% of the US population is Mexican-American. Does Romney really think that all of these potential voters come from a lazy or otherwise economically-handicapped culture?



July 31st, 2012 at 10:15 am

wehave been harassing all our reporter/tweeps today about why they haven’t said anything. Foreign Policy mentioned it finally and so did NBC Latino…
he seems to believe his own non-sense.

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