Mickelson apologizes for commenting on taxes

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Phil Mickelson made headlines this week for comments he made about “drastic changes” he may have to make in the wake of his federal and state tax rates going up. Mickelson hinted that he may be considering moving out of California or even retiring because of the out-of-control taxes he faces.

While his candor and honesty should be viewed as refreshing, Mickelson is already walking his comments back, releasing a statement that reads:

Finances and taxes are a personal matter, and I should not have made my opinions on them public. I apologize to those I have upset or insulted, and assure you I intend not to let it happen again.

“All right. I know I don’t know anything at all about sports, but Phil Mickelson is pissing me off,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “I don’t even understand this… He came out and he said, ‘Look, I’m thinking about moving from California, I’m thinking about maybe retiring because of the tax situation.’”

Considering 70 percent of Americans were impacted by the expiration of the Bush-era tax cuts, Mickelson is certainly not the only person feeling the pinch of a smaller paycheck, so it is unclear why he would need to apologize for his comments. Whether you make $20,000 a year or $200 million a year, an increase in your tax rate is going to affect your way of life.

“I don’t care if you are a garbage collector or a banker; you probably have had this conversation too,” Glenn said. “So what is it that Phil is saying? ‘Something’s got to change because this doesn’t work for me.’”

The outrage over Michelson’s comments is particularly suspect considering his fellow golfer, Tiger Woods, admitted he made a very similar decision in the 1990s.

REPORTER:  Slightly different topic here.  Phil Mickelson made some comments regarding the higher taxes here in California, you being a resident now of Florida but from here any comment or any reaction to what he said?

WOODS:  Well, I moved out of [California] back in, what, ’96, you know, for that reason.

“He just admitted, California, that he left you because of your tax policy,” Stu said. “And he left you to go to Florida because they have zero state income tax. That’s why he just told you. Mickelson’s doing the same thing. How many people that you don’t know of are doing this too?”

Liberals and progressives will always argue that higher taxes are necessary to fund the ever-growing government, and, until recently, many Americans did not seem to realize the impact higher taxes would have on their lives. Perhaps the most effective way to make people aware of how much money they give to the government each paycheck is to think about it in a different way.

“Please, America, think of this: Somebody like Phil is paying 60 percent [between state and federal taxes]. Don’t look at this as money. Look at this as time,” Glenn said. “Ever heard the phrase ‘time is money’? 60 percent of my day is going to pay taxes. 60 percent of every idea that I have, every struggle in business, every tough day I have, 60 percent of that goes to the federal government.”

Take the sport of football, for example. The regular season in the NFL is 16 weeks long. So with a combined tax rate of about 60 percent, how many games does someone have to play before they start taking home any money? 60 percent of the season is about 9 or ten games, which pretty much means they play those first nine or 10 games for free (or, as progressives see it, for the good of the government).

“They are donating the first nine or 10 games to the government,” Glenn said.

There is no doubt that some level of government will always be necessary, and there needs to be a way to fund those services, but there needs to be a conversation at some point about how much is too much.

“It’s not about the money,” Glenn said. “There’s always more money to be made. It hurts businesses because at some point there’s a tipping point, but the tipping point is not about the money.”

When you look at people who have changed the world – people like Nikola Telsa, George Westinghouse, Steve Jobs, or Bill Gates – wealth proved to merely be a byproduct of the work they were doing. These people work because they love what they do. Out-of-control taxes do not bother these people because it takes away their hard-earned money, it frustrates them because it’s a penalty on the time they have put in.

“It’s not about the money.  You are taking 60 percent of my time.  My time,” Glenn concluded. “And if you are not wealthy, every single dollar in tax increases, look at it as time, not money.  Because time is money.”

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

    So what threats were made against Mickelson in this matter of taxation comments? Are the threats from the administration? His sponsors? The CA legislature? 

    He should have stuck with his statement or never made it in the first place; as we have become a nation of PC wimps.

  • landofaahs

    PC wimpout.  It’s sad when you can’t tell the truth without fear your career will be destroyed.

  • landofaahs

    This is weird.  I posted without looking at at your post.

  • landofaahs

    What he should have done is just speak with his feet.  If asked if he left California for tax reasons, he could have just said “We like paying taxes, we just decided to pay them somewhere else. After many years of paying taxes in California, we decided to redistribute our tax wealth to another state”. 

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

    Obama should be the one apologizing after stabbing 77% of us in the back but the left’s lord and savior will not do so because he thinks he is god.

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

    God works in His own ways for His people.

  • Anonymous

    His sponsors got to him.  That is all this is.

  • Anonymous

    Why is it every time a a politician or famous person says something that makes sense, the next day they “walk it back”?  Who gets to them, and how?

  • http://www.facebook.com/RWLTech Cheryl K. Johnson

    how can we let Phil know we are horribly disappointed that he retracted his comments.  We need a “support Phil Mickelson” day at Chick-fil-a or something – I am serious.  What happened to our freedom of speech amendment rights  - they leaving with our second amendment rights.

  • Pat A

    The fact that Tiger Woods got a pass and Mickelson didn’t is very interesting. It’s disappointing though that he apologized. If it was pressure from sponsors, maybe they should take a lesson from Chik-Fil-A. There are tens of millions of us that still uphold the truth and freedom of speech in this country. Their businesses would hardly suffer. 

  • Anonymous

    It is the problem of today’s technology, whether on internet or through media. The government’s main concern is that its sheeple obey them and deliver the revenue. Reward those who contribute big-time to the party and get rid of those who oppose. That’s why the dems want to destroy the republicans at any cost. People like Phil should act without telling the world his truth, because what he said was NOT politically correct.

  • Anonymous

    Another spineless, emasculated, wussy grovels at the feet of the fuehrer. 

    For being such a pathetic panderer, I say, confiscate 90% of his income and see if that makes him grow a set.   

  • http://drudgereport.com Myles Standish

    Phil, I’d heard a rumor that you haven’t been practicing at all. I found this extremely difficult to believe until today when I discovered there’s a very good reason why you haven’t been practicing — YOU DON’T HAVE ANY BALLS!!

  • http://www.absoluteintensity.com dennis reilly

    And these are people who busted their ass to be the best and continue with that work ethic, while the filthy rich politicians give themselves raises and are super wealthy while not even breaking a sweat . Let’s tax the entire wealth of the politicians and watch them squirm their way out of it
    ,

  • http://drudgereport.com Myles Standish

    Good comment, Dennis. Gibler would be proud!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004770792117 Bob DeLacy Jr.

    Yes Phil should not have aologized he was right.People need to quit being afraid of upsetting
    the progressives because they no matter.No high taxes will resolve anything,but it will
    break alot of homes.I wish they’d wisen up.

  • http://twitter.com/paoligarcy Paolina

     That’s good wording, but I’d suggest even better wording. I’d just say “California has beautiful beaches but dysfunctional government”.

    Texans, let us work together to create a better state, forget the federal government. We need to start laying the groundwork for independence. Volunteer to help your neighbors, start going on missions to convert WITHIN the state not to third world countries where they won’t understand your language. Help find work for your unemployed friends, chip in extra at work, do whatever it takes to improve yourself, your community, and your state!

  • Anonymous

    He evidently needs to keep working to keep what he has. The scarey part is how quickly people who speak out are frightened back into taking back what they said. When dealing with evil people gotta plan when you are going to tell the truth, and plan for the fall out; so you can take care of yourself no matter what the evil pigs throw your way. 

  • Anonymous

    You know I always say if you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything!!  I am very disappointed with Mickelson and not having enough guts to stand for what he believes.  That is pathetic.

  • Anonymous

    Hey Paolina I like that.  We need to take care of our own.  And I am born and proud to be Texan. We do need to start keeping it real and at home.  I’m with ya!!

  • landofaahs

    Our govt is going to steal more and more until confiscation of even the smallest amouint until total collapse. I fail to see how your strategy will stop that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Perry-Wall/100002811879244 Perry Wall

    Maybe obama sent the IRS to see mickleson,it wouldn’t be the first time obama has done it.

  • http://suzeraining.wordpress.com/ suz

    the government steals this money.  they pocket it.  they like to say that they “invest” it, but a good amount of it is pocketed.  they hide it in “initiatives” and “projects” — it’s pocketed.  a good amount of it goes to unconstitutional foreign entities, etc.

  • Anonymous

    Mickelson was just expressing his displeasure of the new CA tax system.  Most of America has been doing this for the last several decades.  Nothing new here.  The feds are not helping, either.  He probably could buy a small island somewhere and build a fortress and retire.  I wouldn’t blame him, more and more hard working Americans are becoming frustrated with the high progressive taxes that assure ‘more free stuff’ and bigger government.  No wonder the Tea Party is so popular.  Phil, you need to follow Beck to Texas. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4FVCXOYDQPXFJWOGIRXAQOYRPM Brian

    Seems to be the play of the day…these days.  Someone in the lens says something that they feel…..the thin-skins stir up a fracas….and then the apology tour starts.  I’m not happy with the taxes I pay so that they can spend it like a…..like a…….well….a politician.  I couldn’t imagine having to give up 60%.  I don’t care HOW MUCH MONEY I MAKE.

  • Anonymous

    It is ridiculous to apologize for telling the truth, but it is safer to just do what your thinking about and not advertise it ahead of times these days and let them wonder.

  • Anonymous

    I guess obamo’s secret police are at work.  Mickelson you are a whimp!!!

  • Anonymous

    Phil has the right to live anywhere he wants! He will probably move to a state where there is no state income tax, such asTexas and Florida. Many other athletes and self employed persons have done the same and who can blame them????

  • Guest
  • Guest

    “Considering 70 percent of Americans were impacted by the expiration of the Bush-era tax cuts”

    More misinformation from Glenn Beck. 1% were impacted by the expiration of the top rates, over $250,000/year. The 70% number was the end of the temporary, Obama prompted cut in the SS tax rate.

    How come Beck’s followers don’t catch these parades of factual errors that come out of Beck’s mouth/website?  Maybe they want to believe more than what is healthy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scott-Todd/1424651317 Scott Todd

     When they do something like that go public about it as well so as to draw more attention to them for the threat.

  • Anonymous

    This new round of taxation is designed to punish those who have the ideas that drive our entrepreneurial spirit. New innovations are the lifeblood of the American free enterprise system. We are watching as taxation seeks to control the working class to support the non-worker, Obama has no desire to create jobs and increase productivity because that makes for less people needing the government handout programs and less people controlled by the government. Can we not see this is an attempt at enslaving people to the government.

    When people who are successful speak out about the truth of this confiscatory act on wealth, they are heard. But because they are, they must be silenced. They fall into the “ungrateful” category, the “intolerant” category, and the “uncaring” category and face reprisals from their “sponsors,” their “government,” and their “acquaintances”, In order to not be exposed to ridicule, they have to backtrack on their thoughts and publicly apologize for criticizing the oppressive nature of our President and the present government.

    If the average citizen makes these statements they feel no threat from. Most of the opposition to these statements come from those who are not willing to put in the work necessary to allow them to excel at something. Many of them would rather be on the government programs and do nothing, than to work and produce something. So the more jobs that the government can destroy, the more people need them to “solve” the problems plaguing America.

    But the government’s fear is an informed citizenry that is the source of their power. We may get enough of their high handedness and in the next election cycle, vote for the change that we needed in 2012. Wake up silent majority. Let your thoughts be heard.  We are needed now!!!!