Phil Mickelson shouldn’t apologize for speaking truth

Liberals Barack Obama, Jerry Brown impose outrageous taxes on earnings

Championship golfer Phil Mickelson lives in California, the biggest tax-and-spend state in the nation. The state’s income tax rates were already the highest in the U.S. before Proposition 30 pounded successful residents even more. There’d be something wrong with him if he didn’t feel he was overtaxed.

But he got hammered after stating that he might have to make “drastic changes” because he was in the “zone being targeted both federally and by the state” and that it “doesn’t work for him right now.”  Mickelson said, ‘If you add up all the federal and you look at the disability and the unemployment and the Social Security and the state, my tax rate’s 62, 63 per cent, So I’ve got to make some decisions on what I’m going to do.’

Surprisingly, those words were so controversial that he apologized for speaking them aloud, saying he “shouldn’t have spoken out on such a personal topic.”

What’s the problem with speaking the truth?

California, deeply in debt under uber-liberal Gov. Jerry Brown, is ranked as the worst run state in the nation for the second year in a row due to massive debt levels, soaring unemployment and terrible credit ratings from Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s. The state’s unemployment and foreclosure rates also contributed to its rank at No. 50, according to 24/7 Wall St. while Business Insider reports California’s colossal debt actually is 6-12x higher than previously estimated.

California native Tiger Woods has readily admitted* that he moved to Florida in 1996 to escape the state’s massive taxes on his estimated $600 million. Why not? Even Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is talking about moving to London to avoid a potential 75 percent tax rate in his native France. Other European notables are also bidding adieu to excessive taxation.

The flap is over the fact that Mickelson has been highly successful, having earned an estimated $73 million. For him to protest the excessive rate upsets the class warfare contingent who consider it poor form for a rich guy to complain about taxes. The fact that he has long been generously philanthropic matters not at all to those who think it‘s a privilege to indebt your children, while the government takes well over half of your earnings.

Mickelson attended Arizona State University on a golf scholarship. We’d welcome him back to Arizona!


8 Responses to Phil Mickelson shouldn’t apologize for speaking truth

  1. blained13 says:

    I agree we would love to have him back, we don’t have the lowest taxes here but we do have great golfing weather.

    • Anthem Al says:

      Arizona’s taxes, while not the lowest, can’t hold a candle to those of California. Mickelson spent part of his childhood here and attended ASU, so he knows the lay of the land. And you’re right on target regarding our glorious golfing weather. We ought to begin a petition for him to return!

  2. Orion says:

    The greater Phoenix Metro area has approximately 200 courses, according to this Golf Guide. This is definitely the place for Phil Mickelson!


  3. Louise Ann says:

    You might note the Wall Street Journal’s editorial – The Michelson Vote – Jan 23 – page A14. “take his … income to a more friendly locale, such as Florida, Nevada or Texas.” Obviously, the WSJ knows that Arizona is not very tax friendly. And, with Brewer’s new push for more Medicaid spending – it will be even more ‘unfriendly’. Don’t forget that several states are contemplating eliminating the state income tax (Lousiana and Nebraska?). Mickelson knows all about Arizona – and so do his tax accountants.

  4. patriotmom says:

    No one trying to keep more of their hard earned money, despite income level, should have to apologize to “progressives” bent on redistribution of wealth. 62% of earned income for anyone is insane. Even the uber-libs in Hollyweird look for ways to dodge the tax man.
    Look for more bartering and a growth in the underground market as Nobama comes after more of our money.

    Meanwhile, Brewer is taking the wrong road. Instead of expanding health benefits, she should be working at doing away with state taxes like other states have done. California is ripe for the picking and we could get many more businesses moving here if we had a better business climate.

    As a former Pharmacy Tech, I have tons of stories of people who get paid in cash in order to get state and federal freebies, as well as young gals who get pregnant and know that the taxpayer will pay for their kids.They talk about it freely and are proud of cheating the system. The entitlement mentality is alive and well here in Arizona. Brewer is nuts to expand a program that is being unfairly used at taxpayer expense.

  5. Westnash says:

    Arizonan’s should insist that our taxes should be in the range of Florida, Texas, or Nevada. Nevada can tax the casino’s but Arizona does a very good job in heavily taxing visitors too with high rates on lodging and rental cars. The problem in Arizona is that the tax money received is wasted and all the politicians (including the conservative icons) are in cahoots.

    • Joseph Bickley says:

      This is really profound, Westnash. Our tax money is “wasted.” Politicians are “in cahoots.” Yes, we are unique among states in that we suffer from such unbridled corruption that, apparently, others don’t. Well by golly you have come upon a real revelation here.
      Hardly any conservative has that level of insight to delve deep enough into the inner workings of the system to drag out that nugget. I’m glad you are starting to learn by reading SRA; it is doing you good. Hang in there buddy…….