Mickelson apologizes for commenting on taxes

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.”

On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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Fellow BlazeTV host, Mark Levin, joined Glenn Beck on his exclusive Friday episode of "GlennTV" to discuss why the declassified list of Obama administration officials who were aware of the details of Gen. Michael Flynn's wiretapped phone calls are so significant.

Glenn argued that Obama built a covert bureaucracy to "transform America" for a long time to come, and Gen. Flynn was targeted because he happened to know "where the bodies were buried", making him a threat to Obama's "secret legacy."

Levin agreed, noting the "shocking extent of the police state tactics" by the Obama administration. He recalled several scandalous happenings during Obama's "scandal free presidency," which nobody seems to remember.

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Colleges and universities should be home to a lively and open debate about questions both current and timeless, independent from a political bias or rules that stifle speech. Unfortunately for students, speaking out about personal beliefs or challenging political dogma can be a dangerous undertaking. I experienced this firsthand as an undergraduate, and I'm fighting that trend now as an adjunct professor.

In 2013, Glenn Beck was one of the most listened to radio personalities in the world. For a college senior with hopes of working on policy and media, a job working for Glenn was a ticket to big things. I needed a foot in the door and hoped to tap into the alumni network at the small liberal arts school where I was an undergrad. When I met with a career services specialist in early March 2013 about possible alumni connections to Glenn Beck, she disdainfully told me: "Why would you want to work for someone like him?" That was the beginning and end of our conversation.

I was floored by her response, and sent an email to the school complaining that her behavior was inappropriate. Her personal opinions, political or otherwise, I argued, shouldn't play a role in the decision to help students.

That isn't the kind of response a student should hear when seeking guidance and help in kick starting their career. Regardless of the position, a career specialist or professors' opinion or belief shouldn't be a factor in whether the student deserves access to the alumni network and schools' resources.

Now, seven years later, I work full time for a law firm and part time as an adjunct teaching business to undergraduate students. The culture at colleges and universities seems to have gotten even worse, unfortunately, since I was an undergrad.

College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions.

I never want to see a student told they shouldn't pursue their goals, regardless of their personal or political beliefs. College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions. I never got access to the alumni network or schools' resources from the career services office.

Lucky for students in 2020, there are several legal organizations that help students protect their rights when an issue goes beyond what can be handled by an undergraduate facing tremendous pressure from a powerful academic institution. Organizations like Speech First and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), for instance, are resources I wish I knew about at the time.

When I experienced mistreatment from my college, I spoke up and challenged the behavior by emailing the administration and explaining what happened. I received a letter from the career services specialist apologizing for the "unprofessional comment."

What she described in that apology as a "momentary lapse of good judgement" was anything but momentary. It was indicative of the larger battle for ideas that has been happening on college campuses across the country. In the past seven years, the pressure, mistreatment and oppression of free expression have only increased. Even right now, some are raising concerns that campus administrations are using the COVID-19 pandemic to limit free speech even further. Social distancing guidelines and crowd size may both be used to limit or refuse controversial speakers.

Students often feel pressure to conform to a college or university's wishes. If they don't, they could be expelled, fail a class or experience other retribution. The college holds all the cards. On most campuses, the burden of proof for guilt in student conduct hearings is "more likely than not," making it very difficult for students to stand up for their rights without legal help.

As an adjunct professor, every student who comes to me for help in finding purpose gets my full support and my active help — even if the students' goals run counter to mine. But I have learned something crucial in my time in this role: It's not the job of an educator to dictate a student's purpose in life. I'm meant to help them achieve their dreams, no matter what.

Conner Drigotas is the Director of Communications and Development at a national law firm and is a Young Voices contributor.