Monday, July 30th, 2012
As he travels Israel rehearsing and endorsing war crimes, Mitt “the Barber” Romney apparently dropped this schtick on the host religious-staters:
I was thinking [sure he was!] this morning as I prepared to come into this room of a discussion I had across the country in the United States about my perceptions about differences between countries. And as you come here and you see the GDP per capita for instance in Israel which is about 21,000 dollars and you compare that with the GDP per capita just across the areas managed by the Palestinian Authority which is more like 10,000 dollars per capita, you notice a dramatic, stark difference in economic vitality. And that is also between other countries that are near or next to each other. Chile and Ecuador, Mexico and the United States.
In his remarks at the fundraiser, Romney also reflected on books he’s read by Jared Diamond, David Landes and his adviser Dan Senor to help him better understand Israel. The Landes book, The Wealth and Poverty of Nations, helped him understand decline in great civilizations, he said.
If you could learn anything from the economic history of the world it’s this: culture makes all the difference, Romney said.
So, Romney claims that culture makes all the difference in determining wealth and poverty. And on his reading list of proof for that hoary old claim is Jared Diamond, who won a well-deserved Pulitzer Prize for showing that culture makes none of the difference!