Romney: money can buy happiness.

Oh Romney, the things you say when you’re being honest.

Mitt continued, “Sucks you guys are poor!”

My expert analysis: fuck this guy.

(via Andrew Sullivan)

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • invivoMark

    It’s gotten to the point where I literally cannot distinguish parodied Romney quotes, a la The Onion, et al, from genuine quotes spoken by Romney. It’s sort of like a guessing game, except I always guess wrong.

    • John Horstman

      Mitt Romney has crossed Poe’s Event Horizon.

  • Amyc

    It could be argued that money can buy security, which can lead to some happiness though…I mean, if you have money to eat, you’re happier than when you didn’t have enough money to eat.*

    *just realized that this makes it sound like someone is literally eating money. :-)

    • flugel

      I remember reading somewhere (I know, weasel words, but I’m pretty sure this was the gist of it) that money can indeed buy happiness- up to a point. Once you have enough money to provide for your and your dependants’ basic needs and a certain level of comfort, having lots and lots of extra money doesn’t really make you that much happier.
      Basically, a profound LACK of money will tend to make people unhappy, but a profound OVERABUNDANCE of money doesn’t really tend to make people all that happier.
      (Like I said, I can’t recall where I’m getting this from. But it makes a lot of sense to me.)

      • vanbrig

        There have been studies done on people that win the lottery (responsible people, not the kind that blow it all on stupid things). Their happiness level skyrockets at first, but once they have some time to adjust to the excess, it levels out at right about the same point it was at before they won.