As reported Monday by the Associated Press, Mitt Romney told 40 wealthy Jewish donors in Jerusalem that their culture is part of what has allowed them to be more economically successful than the Palestinians.
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.
Borrowing from the 2008 liberal playbook, Saeb Erekat — a senior aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas – played the race card.
It is a racist statement and this man doesn’t realize that the Palestinian economy cannot reach its potential because there is an Israeli occupation.
Of course, Erekat applauded President Barack Obama’s 2011 State Department speech, wherein he ordered Israel to capitulate to Palestinian demands and return to those indefensible 1967 borders.
Romney often highlights culture as a key component to economic success and emphasizes reliance on the power of the American entrepreneurial spirit as a way out as opposed to depending on the government for a hand-out.
Rasmussen’s July 18 survey already showed that “most Americans think there are too many people on welfare who should not be getting it and believe overwhelmingly that those who do receive welfare benefits should be required to work.” Rasmussen’s July 23 survey showed 72 percent “believe that people who start small businesses are primarily responsible for their success or failure.”
So what’s wrong with bringing the message to African Americans at the June 11 NAACP National Convention in Texas that hard work is the ultimate path to the pursuit of happiness?
Free enterprise is still the greatest force for upward mobility, economic security, and the expansion of the middle class. We have seen in recent years what it’s like to have less free enterprise. As President, I will show the good things that can happen when we have more – more business activity, more jobs, more opportunity, more paychecks, more savings accounts.
Of course — just as when Erekat didn’t like getting smacked in the face with the truth about the correlation between “work” and “success” — Charlette Stoker Manning, the chairwoman of Women in NAACP, played the race card.
“I believe his vested interests are in white Americans,” Manning told BuzzFeed after the speech.
You cannot possibly talk about jobs for black people at the level he’s coming from. He’s talking about entrepreneurship, savings accounts — black people can barely find a way to get back and forth from work.
Tell Oprah Winfrey and Bob Johnson that you can’t talk about “jobs for black people at the level he’s coming from.”
Romney was booed several times during that speech. The loudest descent came when he spoke of his plans to have “Obamacare” repealed.
It doesn’t matter that Monday’s Rasmussen survey showed 55 percent of all Americans still want the law repealed. It was the use of the word “Obamacare” that was “racist.”
Never mind NPR’s Monday reminder that David Axelrod said in March that he’s “proud” of Obamacare.
So if you’re with me, say it: ‘I like Obamacare.’
And let’s not forget about the shirts, buttons, bumper stickers and other campaign paraphernalia that followed.
During a July 11 interview on Bloomberg TV, Democrat Minority Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Romney’s acceptance of the NAACP’s invitation to speak at the conference a “calculated move.”
Dutifully playing his part to carry the new Romney-bashing message, NBC’s liberal “Last Word” host — Lawrence O’Donnell – expanded upon Pelosi’s charge, saying Romney “actually went into that room” with “the hope of getting booed, at least three times, because” his campaign wanted to have “the video of their candidate being booed by the NAACP to play in certain racist precincts.”
O’Donnel’s equally liberal guest, Goldie Taylor — managing editor of the Goldie Taylor
Project and a contributor of thegrio.com, which is part of NBC News – agreed.
Well, we learned his heart tonight, because he left that speech and went to a fund-raiser and
said out loud, and I quote, “If all they`re looking for is more free
government stuff, they should vote for the other guy.”
The only problem with Taylor’s “quote” was that Romney didn’t say: “If they are looking for more free stuff, they should vote for the other guy” – “they,” implying “African Americans.”
“If you’re looking for more free stuff, you should vote for the other guy.”
Furthermore, he delivered the comment to a white woman, who said that her idea of the “pursuit of happiness” is having the government hand her “free birth control.”
Nevertheless, the NAACP did give Romney’s comments some applause. The loudest ovation came when he vowed to protect traditional marriage.
In the meantime, party sources confirmed to Politico Monday that “Democrats are set to include a pro-gay marriage plank in their convention platform for the first time in history.”