Mickelson fed up with high taxes

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Star professional golfer Phil Mickelson normally keeps his political views extremely private, but now he’s breaking his silence because of oppressively high tax rates. Mickelson was non-specific but said he would soon announce ‘drastic’ changes in reaction to the government taking about 63% of his total income.

“Look at Phil Mickelson. This story came out today of Phil Mickelson. He says higher taxes now are going to force him into drastic changes. He might retire. He’s talking about leaving California, maybe leaving the country. Retire. Why? Because his taxes are over 60%,” Glenn said.

Mickelson was speaking at the Palmer Course at PGA West in La Quinta when he was asked about comments he had made regarding the political situation and a possible move from his current state of California.

“I’m not sure what exactly, you know, I’m going to do yet,” Mickelson said. “I’ll probably talk about it more in depth next week. I’m not going to jump the gun, but there are going to be some. There are going to be some drastic changes for me because I happen to be in that zone that has been targeted both federally and by the state and, you know, it doesn’t work for me right now. So I’m going to have to make some changes.”

“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 percent,” Mickelson added. “So I’ve got to make some decisions on what I’m going to do.”

TheBlaze explained, “In November, California voters approved Proposition 30, the first statewide tax increase since 2004. Mickelson lives in Rancho Santa Fe.”

Glenn said that the current tax structure is really hurting people who are producers and small business owners, including himself.

“You know I was talking to my kids, because my kids are fascinated with the tax thing because they’re now starting to make money and so they’re now starting to be fascinated by it. And I was talking to my kids about this, I pay over 60% in income tax and sales tax and everything else. Over 60% of what I make. So all of this company, everything, is run on 40%. My life, my family, this company is run on 40% of what we earn. Now imagine if we were doing the reverse. If all of the taxes amounted to 40% instead of 60%,” he said.

“There comes a point too, where, no matter how much you love something, and you can love your job no matter what industry you’re in,” Stu said, “But at some point when you keep getting kicked in the teeth over and over and over again, you’ve just got to get out.”

  • landofaahs

    We’ve had the tax’n;  Time for the axe’n.

  • landofaahs

    This has been happening for quite a while now.  People are moving their gold, money and resources into different parts of the world.  One place that we have seen, is to “the salta the Earth”.  We are on a downward spiral to attack the upper middle class first. After the middle class is destroyed, the likes of the greedy crony basta–‘s like Buffet, Dimon, and Gates, will have no protection from the masses underneath.  It will be a sad day when the comeupins’ appear.

    • Anonymous

      Money has become more portable than people. California gold has left and they are now holding a bag of dung with hungry mouths to feed. The Golden State now has the highest PROPORTION of poor, surpassing Mississippi and Arkansas. The poor there voted for more taxes so they can be even poorer once Mickelson and thousands like him leave the state. The entire USA is following suit…

      • Anonymous

        Taxation without representation: CA has passed a retroactive-to-2008 tax on selling your business. Now, a lot of the sellers sold them then left the state, so they can’t be taxed by an out-of-state governor. Illegal!

    • Anonymous

      Even the nation of Germany has had second thoughts lately, about Americas ability to regain its fiscal sanity, the Bundesbank (Germany’s Central Bank) is set to start retrieving some 300 tons of gold bars, said to be stored in New York’s Federal Reserve Bank. They figure this will take them until 2020, but at the rate America is burning through dollars now-days, something tells me, this move might be completed much sooner than that. The reason they (Germany) are calling for an eight year withdrawal is not to upset the market by bringing on instant and total collapse of the worlds banking network. Either way, Americas future does not bode well with news like this…how many other nations will follow suit before Washington takes notice of their idiot economics?    

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Now the reality of Democratic taxation continues to show its ugly head. Taxation is their means for control and power over the nation, and to ‘punish’ those they deem to be ‘enemies of the state’ and to redistribute the wealth unto their followers.

    Do not forget, in the new budget for the Democratic party, they have stated $1 Trillion in new ‘revenue” (read: taxes) will have to be included with only promises of future cuts.

    • Draxx

      Now that Obummer has his second term he is going to become much more Vile & Aggressive with his agendas…
      Look forward to More Taxes via Obummer’s Executive Orders & Regulations (People will say that is Not Legal, but how many illegal Executive Orders have been written & implemented already.)

  • http://youtu.be/XEjnyMyJYTI Sam Fisher

    Ladies and gentlemen we are now a socialist country. We have to get back out there before we lose this country permanently. http://youtu.be/cDvBmWOf8m0

  • Anonymous

    We are hading straight into a civil war but maybe thats what we need.

    • Anonymous

      I agree. SFS444!!  Whether we want to or not, it is coming to a revolution or subjugation.  I choose freedom!  I am sure the government black ops will record this message!  So be it!!  I would rather be dead  than subject myself to this totalitarian government!!

      • Anonymous

         A democratically elected totalitarian government…..black ops…..revolution.
        Go and have a wee lie down dude, you are hallucinating.

  • Anonymous

    60%.  Hell, that’s nothing.  Wait till they’re done.  It’ll be closer to 90%.   Why do you think Sean Connery left Britain.  It was the suffocating taxes.  

    • Anonymous

       I’m Scottish like Sean, in fact we both come from Edinburgh, he left because he was greedy, and…he likes hot weather. He chooses not to come back now, because he prefers his life in Spain, which is very highly taxed at the moment. Anyway you lot are right wing lunatics, and G Beck is radge.

  • Anonymous

    Phil should relocate to Texas or Florida. Maybe move into the neighborhood of Tiger Woods and Greg Norman. I bet he brings a dozen or more jobs with him. The truly greedy are not citizens making lots of money like pro golfers. Their sport gives tens of millions to charities annually, not counting the foundations of the most successful pros. The most greedy are governments. I say we should starve the insatiable maw. If we quit feeding them they will shrink back to a reasonable size.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Dressler/100001596950793 James Dressler

    Just who produces more and so contributes more to nation’s wealth should pay more taxes? Shouldn’t be the opposite?

  • http://www.facebook.com/ladygailcooper Beverly Gail Cooper

    I hope he moves and doesn’t retire: he’s my favorite pro golfer. Really a sweet guy, devoted husband and dad, and a blast to watch play.

  • Anonymous

    Phil Mickelson comes across as the nicest guy in pro-golf, humble, generous and just plain nice guy, I hope he moves to Canada.

    • Anonymous

      And what makes you think that Canada is a safe haven from taxes? When taxpayers in Canada are done paying the three levels of goverment all the taxes, the combimed rate is MORE than 60% for upper earners. In Ontario, one pays 13% HST tax on pretty everything one buys!

      • Anonymous

        Canada is a safe haven from the nut cases in Washington; not taxes… I hope all nice Americans move to Canada.

        • http://www.facebook.com/mary.t.delbuono Mary Theresa Del Buono

          nope they have taxes too…and controlled medicine

          • Anonymous

            LOL… and so do we now.

      • http://www.facebook.com/mary.t.delbuono Mary Theresa Del Buono

        People are done everywhere this is the UN agenda 21 creeping into our lives…

    • Charlene Carrier

      Mickelson made his money in the great USA! Stop crying!

    • Anonymous

       Greedy multi-millionaire.

  • william russell

    Hey all the usa will never wake uop because 47 of the american viotes receive something from the government and the other top 10% pays 70% of all taxes.  As obama and democrats continue to take away vfrom the successful people and give it to those that do nothing, than those successful people will make changes being leaving the coountry, or moving to a different state, but they will leave.  People are not going to work 24/7 to grfow a business and land up giving 60-70% of all income to the government in taxes.  Just think at 65% tax rate a person has to work 237 days of the year just to pay taxes.  The golden goose that supports the usa government is being killed before our own eyes and what do obama and the liberal democrats say they want even more in the form of higher taxes.

  • Anonymous

    Patriots Day , April 19th, 7pm at a federal building near, TORCHES AND PITCHFORKS. 

    Bring people who are like minded. Disdain for the bloated monster called government. Bring torches and bring pitchforks. Stand there for 2 hours, silently with your torches and pitchforks. We are not advocating violence in way shape or form. The symbolism of this , with millions across the country will send a strong message to the government. ” We’re mad as hell and we’re not gonna take it anymore”. 

    Come join your fellow patriots. 


  • Anonymous

    Go Phil!!

  • Ken Henkel

    Seventy years ago, Ronald Reagan did his war effort by selling war bonds.  He later still worked the late forties, paid his 70% federal tax and helped pay the war debt with his taxes .  But in the fifties, he stopped making as many movies and only made two movies per year.  When asked, he replied that his rate was $400,000 per movie and under his contract, he could not deduct expenses on certain items and ended up working for near nothing or at a loss on a third movie.  

    No great loss to Hollywood as far as great cinema goes in my opinion, but it shows how the most loyal of Americans will refuse to become slaves to the Fed.  Maybe he was influenced by Ayn Rand who’s “Atlas Shrugged” had a working title of “the strike”.

    • Anonymous

      Reagan raised taxes when he was President numerous times.

  • Anonymous

    I agree with Stu.The taxes are out of control.Government keeps taking til they run out of other
    peoples money.Then what are they gonna do.I live in Illinois and they are just as bad as Californias if not worse.

  • Anonymous

    Phil, you need to move to Texas like Glenn did.  Maybe our golf courses aren’t as fancy as those elsewhere, but, they are playable.  Maybe you could design some yourself.  Moving to Texas won’t solve all of your tax problems, but they would improve.  We are still a very red state that wears its conservatism on its sleeves. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_G75RVM5S3L2G2BHBHGAXG6X5PI Jim

    Back when Tiger moved to Florida,  he saved something like 6 million dollars a year in taxes. Of course, now that he’s making practically nothing, he could use some of that money.

  • Anonymous

    Awwwww, another poor rich white man complaining that he’s not quite rich enough. No sense of community, no sense of the country, no patriotism, nothing but blind greed. They are the worst elements of society. They never realize the privileged position they were born into and how much the government and society helped them, or they ignore it, but they have no sense of giving back or setting up the next generation. n

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Irina-Krasnyuk/745534442 Irina Krasnyuk

    Stu is asking for exception, isn’t he?

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