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Romney is doing it again and sounds like he is going racist.

Mitt Romney’s global tour of offensive remarks has moved on to the Middle East. Fresh off of telling Londoners their Olympic preparations stunk, Romney offered his analysis of the economic disparity between Israel and Palestine at a $1 million fundraiser in Jerusalem today. Occupation didn’t make the list. But “culture” and the “hand of providence” did. The Guardian recounts his speech:

“And as I come here and I look out over this city and consider the accomplishments of the people of this nation, I recognise the power of at least culture and a few other things,” the presumptive Republican candidate told his audience. He cited a climate of innovation, the Jewish history of thriving in adversity and the “hand of providence”.

The remarks are among the most revealing thus far of Romney’s view on economic inequity. It’s a striking analysis to conclude that the dramatic poverty in Palestine, laid next to the wealth of Israel, is driven primarily by culture and God, rather than generations of occupation.

As the Guardian points out, it’s also notable that Romney far underestimated the actual economic gap between the two, er, cultures.

“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.

In fact, according to the World Bank, Israel had a per capita gross domestic product of about $31,000 in 2011, while the West Bank and Gaza had a per capita GDP of just over $1,500.

Romney didn’t go to the West Bank or Gaza to see that poverty for himself. He did however declare Jerusalem to be Israel’s capital—a hotly contested point throughout decades of negotiations and one that all sides have agreed remains unresolved.

Palestinian official Saeb Erekat asked the obvious question: “Isn’t this racism? Israelis and Palestinians have a conflict, but they are people, they are equal, it is not a better culture or advanced culture.”

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Fallout from Romney's 'culture' remarks in Israel continues

Fallout from Romney's 'culture' remarks in Israel continues - latimes.com
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1. Romney was right when he said London was not prepared for the Olympics and that has been born out by all the empty seat at the various venues, and no one knows why all these seats are empty.

2. If the palestinians put as much energy into actually building a country instead of trying to destroy a neighbor they might have a GDP worth applauding. Instead, their energy is going for more rockets and missiles and teaching their children how to hate.
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1. Romney was right when he said London was not prepared for the Olympics and that has been born out by all the empty seat at the various venues, and no one knows why all these seats are empty.

2. If the palestinians put as much energy into actually building a country instead of trying to destroy a neighbor they might have a GDP worth applauding. Instead, their energy is going for more rockets and missiles and teaching their children how to hate.
This has nothing to do with Romneys comments. Go ahaed and change the thread
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Once again Romney said nothing inacurate.
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Fallout from Romney's 'culture' remarks in Israel continues

Fallout from Romney's 'culture' remarks in Israel continues - latimes.com
We're hearing attacks on Romney's comments from two sources...

1) Liberals

2) People who elect terrorists as their leaders
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If Mitt Romney had talked about Palestinians the way Obama spoke about Pennsylvanians

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Mitt Romney is under furious attack from the Palestinian Authority, Hamas, and pro-Obama media for pointing out the truth about why culture matters in the economic success of Israel.

How would these people have reacted if Romney gave this speech:

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You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania the Palestinian Territories, and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest Middle East, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton Rabin administration, and the Bush Netanyahu administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not.

And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrantIsraeli sentiment or anti-tradeJewish sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.
I suspect the reaction would have been what it now is, with absurd charges of racism and cultural insensitivity.

What a difference a continent makes.
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We're hearing attacks on Romney's comments from two sources...

1) Liberals

2) People who elect terrorists as their leaders
Haaretz
New Zealand Herald
Los Angeles Times
MiamiHerald.com
The Ledger
New York Daily News
Fox News
And on and on and on


Look, Can't this guy make a simple trip to three countries without screwing the pooch and pissing a lot of folks off. It's ain't that hard to do. You may agree with his positions and the crap he says at a fundraiser to get money from elites but it makes him look insesitive and unable to understand that it stirs anger. Why do it? This guy would make a really bad POTUS. He knows squat about being diplomatic.
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You're forgetting Santorum and Gingrich


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Haaretz
New Zealand Herald
Los Angeles Times
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The Ledger
New York Daily News
Fox News
And on and on and on
You're confusing those complaining with those REPORTING on who is complaining...
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