“My dad, as you probably know, was the governor of Michigan and was the head of a car company. But he was born in Mexico … and uh, had he been born of uh, Mexican parents, I’d have a better shot at winning this. But he was unfortunately born to Americans living in Mexico. He lived there for a number of years. I mean, I say that jokingly, but it would be helpful to be Latino.”
Mitt Romney [Huff Post]
Mitt forgot to note that if his parents were “Latin@” Mexicans, they would have been persecuted upon arriving to the United States of America during the heart of the eugenics movement. In addition, they would have been schooled in barns, away from actual schools which was common at the time, and there’s simply no way that a Mexican would have become governor of the state of Michigan. ZERO. PERCENT. CHANCE.
Romanticize about it now if you’d like but if you were Mexican you wouldn’t be in this presidential candidate position in that awful political party.
“Culture makes all the difference,” Mr. Romney said. “And as I come here and I look out over this city and consider the accomplishments of the people of this nation, I recognize the power of at least culture and a few other things.”
“As you come here and you see the G.D.P. per capita, for instance, in Israel which is about $21,000, and compare that with the G.D.P. 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.”
Mitt Romney as quoted in the NY Times. A senior aide for Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority had this to say,
“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,” Mr. Erekat said. “It seems to me this man lacks information, knowledge, vision and understanding of this region and its people.”
But he was also wrong about the G.D.P. per capita,
In fact, according to an estimate by the Central Intelligence Agency, in 2009 Israel had a per capita G.D.P. of roughly $29,800, while in 2008 — the last year the C.I.A. has numbers on their Web site for the Palestinians — the per capita G.D.P. of the West Bank and Gaza was $2,900.
Please don’t vote for this man.