Does Mitt Romney Think The Red States Are Culturally Inferior?

Last week, at the tail end of his world tour of epic fail, Willard claimed that Israel's culture is superior to the Palestinians' because of their higher per capita GDP. "As you come here and you see the GDP per capita, for instance, in Israel

Last week, at the tail end of his world tour of epic fail, Willard claimed that Israel's culture is superior to the Palestinians' because of their higher per capita GDP.

"As you come here [Israel] 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."

"Culture makes all the difference,” 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.” Among them, he cited “the hand of providence.”

Let's apply Willard's analysis to the United States.

Of the top 10 states (and including DC) in per capita GDP, only two -- Alaska and Wyoming -- are Republican. And Alaska is heavily subsidized by the federal government.

Of the bottom 10 states in per capita GDP, only two -- Michigan and New Mexico -- are Blue.

So, 8 of the 10 most prosperous states are Blue, and 8 of the 10 poorest states are Red. A rather "stark difference in economic vitality," is it not?

And there's more.

Red states have higher rates of divorce, teen pregnancy, higher crime crates, and lower education levels than Blue states.

So what gives?

...why haven't Republicans had more success rejuvenating the economies of deep red states? Why are so many deeply conservative states among the worst performers on a range of statistics, from output and income, to educational attainment, to life expectancy and literacy?

Sounds like an inferior culture to me. Does Willard agree?

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