Did Lefty Need to Apologize for Tax Comments?
Phil Mickelson is being targeted for his comments on California’s and the Feds’ tax hikes. The offending statements, as reported by the Chicago Tribune, are as follows:
“Well, it’s been an interesting offseason, and I’m going to have to make some drastic changes,” Mickelson told reporters Sunday after tying for 37th place at 17 under at the Humana Challenge in his first tournament of the season.
“I’m not going to jump the gun and do it right away, but I will be making some drastic changes. I happen to be in that zone that has been targeted both federally and by the state and it doesn’t work for me right now.”
It is estimated that California and the Feds take between 50 and 60 percent of his earning. Shocked that someone would want to keep their earnings, a Daily Kos blogger has opined:
I once thought he was a cool guy; now I see he’s just another over compensated [Expletive Deleted], who thinks it’s all about ME!
Phil, why don’t you and Lance get together and whine about how tough life has been lately.....???
Charming. This sort of reaction has caused Lefty to issue an apology. He lives in the biggest tax and spend state in the US (California), yet apparently has no right to opine on tax policy because he earned a approximately $61 million last year.
In a sane world, no apology would be needed. Mickelson was not crying poverty or claiming he could not feed his family on $30 million a year. He simply said folks in his tax bracket are being targeted and implied that he would like to keep more of the money he earns from playing on PGA tour and endorsing products. But our world is not sane. It is infested with class warfare like the garbage posted at the Daily Kos.