From NRO’s The Corner:
During my recent trip to Israel, I had suggested that the choices a society makes about its culture play a role in creating prosperity, and that the significant disparity between Israeli and Palestinian living standards was powerfully influenced by it. In some quarters, that comment became the subject of controversy.
But what exactly accounts for prosperity if not culture? In the case of the United States, it is a particular kind of culture that has made us the greatest economic power in the history of the earth. Many significant features come to mind: our work ethic, our appreciation for education, our willingness to take risks, our commitment to honor and oath, our family orientation, our devotion to a purpose greater than ourselves, our patriotism. But one feature of our culture that propels the American economy stands out above all others: freedom. The American economy is fueled by freedom. Free people and their free enterprises are what drive our economic vitality…
Read the rest of it here. Romney is completely correct – is the the culture of barbarism which prevents the Palestinians from enjoying a better life. Give up the terrorism, give up the “death to Israel” nonsense and get rid of the kleptocrats who run the place and the Palestinians will swiftly be as prosperous as the Israelis. It is up to the Palestinians – they have to decide what kind of life they want to live. The world waits – you can be sure of it that the United States, alone, would pour untold billions in to the West Bank and Gaza. Make the West Bank and Gaza a free market enclave like Hong Kong used to be and in 20 years you wouldn’t recognize the place…and you’d have Israelis asking real nice if they can join in (Israel does have a lot of success, but they still over-tax and over-regulate a bit; a leftover from the socialist days of the past).
Things can change. People can change. But they have to want to – and as an aside, all you liberals out there who are supporting the current Palestinian regime: you’re part of the problem. You’re propping up the very people who ensure endless war, endless oppression and endless poverty for the Palestinian people.
UPDATE: Yet another reason to vote for Romney – our recovery weakest in all the world since 1970.