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.”

Countless leaders on the left are now arguing that removing President Donald Trump from office won't be enough — they're now calling for the president's "cult-like" supporters to be "deprogrammed." And it's not just fringe politicians.

During an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher" last week, former NBC anchor Katie Couric said, "The question is, how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump."

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi questioned whether the nation needs "a 9/11-type commission" to determine whether President Trump was colluding with Russian President Vladimir Putin "the day that the insurgents invaded our Capitol." Clinton also made sure to include her favorite "deplorables" in her unsubstantiated conspiracy theory:

"But we now know that not just [Trump] but his enablers, his accomplices, his cult members, have the same disregard for democracy," Clinton said to Pelosi.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and New York Times Magazine's Nikole Hannah-Jones agreed that there is a need for "millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans" to be deprogrammed and punished, during an MSNBC interview last week.

Now, a story from the Washington Post is also preaching that narrative and even added that we need more restrictions for conservatives on social media and in the broadcast industry.

"So now we have to be deprogrammed? We've heard this over and over and over and over again, for months," said Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday. He read through the shocking details of the Washington Post op-ed and discussed the extraordinary dangers of the latest anti-conservative movement in America.

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As calls for censorship and restrictions against conservative voices get louder, Glenn Beck said he feels an "awesome responsibility" to speak, not the words he'd personally like to say, but those he believes the Lord would want him to share.

"It's an awesome responsibility, and one that I am not worthy of," Glenn said. "I want to say ... what He wants me to say. And I have to listen very carefully, because I feel the same way you do. But that will get us nowhere."

Glenn said it's time for Americans who are awake — not woke — to come together, no matter which side of the political aisle you're on, and stand with the truth.

"We are the Alamo, we will stand. But we desperately, desperately need you," Glenn said. "We need the people who are awake — not woke — awake. You may disagree with us. We are your allies, not your enemies. And if you will not stand with us in our hour of need, there will be no one left to stand with you in your hour of need. We must all come together, anyone who is awake."

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The incoming Biden administration plans to waste no time in overturning much of the progress achieved by President Donald Trump.

On his radio program Monday, Glenn Beck ran through 10 executive orders President Joe Biden plans to announce on "day one" of his time in office — including rejoining the Paris climate accord, canceling the Keystone pipeline, mask mandates on federal land and during interstate travel, and a proposed federal minimum wage of $15 an hour.

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Eric Weinstein, managing director of investment firm Thiel Capital and host of "The Portal" podcast, is not a conservative, but he says conservative and center-right-affiliated media are the only ones who will still allow oppositional voices.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Eric told Glenn that the center-left media, which "controls the official version of events for the country," once welcomed him, but that all changed about eight years ago when they started avoiding any kind of criticism by branding those who disagree with them as "alt-right, far-right, neo-Nazi, etc.," even if they are coming from the left side of the aisle. But their efforts to discredit critical opinions don't stop there. According to Eric, there is a strategy being employed to destroy our national culture and make sure Americans with opposing views do not come together.

"We're trifling with the disillusionment of our national culture. And our national culture is what animates the country. If we lose the culture, the documents will not save us," Eric said. "I have a very strongly strategic perspective, which is that you save things up for an emergency. Well, we're there now."

In the clip below, Eric explains why, after many requests over the last few years, he finally agreed to this podcast.

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