Professional golfer and ASU grad Phil Mickelson has recently spoken about his combined tax hit from the federal government and the State of California going into the 60% to 63% range. Understandably, Phil is unhappy about such a situation and is considering leaving the golden state.
Mickelson has always come across as one of the really good guys in sports. He is mannerly, a good family man, and a fan favorite who has had his share of heartaches over his wife’s and mother’s battles with breast cancer. Through it all, he has smiled, never brushed off autograph seekers, given balls to and gloves to kids, and helped charities.
Phil shows his trophy received for winning the
2000 Buick Invitational
As expected, the day after Phil declared his unhappiness with the tax situation, the $1.98 an hour liberals started coming out of the woodwork calling his statements “controversial” and criticizing him as being a greedy athlete. Being the guy he is, he actually apologized unnecessarily for his comments about moving from tax heavy California.
On another blog I do (AZC Voices, Politics) one of the fiery female liberal loudmouth contributors took issue with Phil trying to point out that with all the money he makes, he should be glad to pay the higher taxes and that even after paying up would still have more than most people. It’s as if she is the one who should decide how much money Mickelson should make and how much he deserves to keep. One of the favorite statements from liberals is: “Gosh, how much do you need?” My answer is “None of your damned business”.
This is the classic liberal mentality that we have to put up with today. They believe that taking more than half of someone’s income is only right because it is their supposed “fair share”. Of course, with the above mentioned female blogger who derogatorily referred to Mr. Mickelson as “dear sweet Phil”, she loves looking at successful people as needing to pay more taxes to prop up the almost 50% who don’t pay any taxes. Maybe if she tried to play golf, she would realize what an impossible game it is and give guys like Mickelson the respect they deserve.
Actually, she wouldn’t because that is not the way liberals think. They don’t want a wealthy class; they want everyone equal with the rich doing the heavy lifting and giving more to those beneath them. That’s the type of mentality that saps initiative away from the makers of the world and why we have a liberal president who wants job killing items like a $9 per hour minimum wage while squandering millions to losers like Solyndra and Tesla.
The good news is that his approval ratings have slipped in a couple of important polls. Maybe America is finally seeing the light.
Meanwhile, Phil Mickelson is doing well this weekend in the Northern Trust Open in Los Angeles. I would love to see him win it and pocket another million bucks.