Apology not accepted

Golfer had every right to speak out on confiscatory tax rates

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Phil Mickelson has apologized for recently pointing to high state and federal taxes as a reason he might take “drastic” action to avoid them.

The popular multiple Masters tournament winner quickly regretted having been so open with so private a matter, and issued an apology.

For what it’s worth, we don’t accept the apology, because we don’t feel one is necessary. We’re not sorry he said something about the confiscatory tax rates Washington and Sacramento are laying on big earners. It needs to be said.

It needs to be said because, however unsympathetic folks can be toward the very successful among us, success isn’t something that ought to be punished. And by confiscating over 60 percent of a person’s earnings, as in Mickelson’s case, governments are increasingly punishing success.

So much so that speculation ran rampant that Mickelson might move from California, or even to another country – or might even retire from golf. Certainly he might look at reducing his exposure in whatever ways he can.

The other thing that needs to be said is: his is not only a natural reaction, but it’s a healthy one. No one else earned what Phil Mickelson or any other successful person gets paid. They did. It’s inarguably a good thing for hard work, talent and popularity to be rewarded.

And he wouldn’t be doing anything either illegal or unusual; every taxpayer, big or small, tries to limit his or her tax liability. Whole industries have sprung up around helping people do just that.

Nor would Mickelson be the only high-profile taxpayer in the world to be doing his best to avoid unreasonable taxation. The wealthy are said to be fleeing France in droves to avoid a 75 percent high-end tax rate. The refugees famously include actor Gerard Depardieu – and might even include former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who is said to be planning a London home and business.

Fellow American golfer Tiger Woods also acknowledged Tuesday that “I moved out of (California) back in ’96” due to high taxes. And they’re even higher now.

In his mea culpa – in which, notably, he didn’t take back anything he said – Mickelson apologized to anyone he “insulted.” What? Insulted? Why would anyone be insulted by Mickelson’s speaking the truth? Unless they just don’t want the truth spread around?

It’s not an insult, Phil, to point out punitive tax rates, or to seek to keep more of what you earn. You have every right to do so, and every obligation to your family, staff and the charities you benefit.

When all is said and done, Mickelson’s pitch on taxes may be quickly forgotten – as many other examples of overtaxation and avoidance, both individual and corporate, crop up in the years to come.

He just was among the first in the media glare to say something.

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myfather15
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myfather15 01/24/13 - 05:48 am
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The only people he might have

The only people he might have "insulted" are some left wing liberals sitting in their living rooms sipping on some Penfolds "2004 Block 42" wine and smoking a cigar. I'm sure they said "Phil said what? Yeees, we've got to act very offended and use this against the republicans; saying it's all about the rich republican greed."

My real question is; when are we in this Country going to stop giving a crap about people being offended? Does being offended cause you physical torture? Does it take money from your pocket? Does it take possession from you? No, No and No. So who cares about someone being offended? People can be offended at the slightest of things. I say they are just being pathetic weakling wimps. Hey, its perfectly fine to be a pathetic weakling wimp in this world. You shouldn't be beat up, bullied or made fun of for being a wimp. BUT, if someone says something that offends your poor little feelings, it should be paid exactly ZERO attention. Give you enough time and you will get over that offended feeling, it will go away.

My favorite two sayings; "If the truth offends, does that make it any less true?"

"If the truth offends, maybe it should!!"

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 01/24/13 - 07:01 am
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when anyone who makes money

when anyone who makes money honestly has to apologize then we are losing our soul as a country..but when you have to apologize for paying 62-63 percent in taxes you know we lost our soul as a country..we need to fight this insanity..phil...tiger moved because of taxes..dont apologize for needing to move for the same reason...its greed and envy that has to be defeated not making a good living..

LuvMyTown
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LuvMyTown 01/24/13 - 07:02 am
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Jon Lester
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Jon Lester 01/24/13 - 07:08 am
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We'll never see Carter-era rates again.

As for Mickelson, he obviously knows how club membership works; you pay your dues and you enjoy the benefits. I don't much care what he has to say before we see him again in April.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 01/24/13 - 07:27 am
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Phil

Never been a big fan. I am not surprised he caved. Always been a bit of a phony to me.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 01/24/13 - 07:48 am
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Phil did not need to

Phil did not need to apologize for stating the obvious. Florida and Texas are just loving California's new state tax rate. They are picking up a lot of celebrity citizens. Wouldn't be surprised if CA lost an entire sports team to a neighboring state pretty soon. People are getting tired of being sucked dry to support welfare.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 01/24/13 - 09:28 am
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Luvmytown, it's been a
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Luvmytown, it's been a quarter century since Regan was president. Is that the best u can do to rationalize over taxing and over spending?

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 01/24/13 - 08:16 am
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rates were lowered when

rates were lowered when deduction were eliminated..that was the trade off..now obumler and calf. raises the rate and we hear the phoney arguement all over again...

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 01/24/13 - 09:10 am
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jl**pay the dues and enjoy

jl**pay the dues and enjoy the benefits????***thought he was***what about all those who dont pay dues and still enjoy the bennies..and keep asking for more.***guess we keep sticking it to those who pay---and demonize those who pay, when you all want more and more..to apologize for paying 62-63 of your gross income is nuts**

Jake
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Jake 01/24/13 - 09:13 am
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Well.....

You know the old saying, "Don't let the door hit you on the .........."

JRC2024
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JRC2024 01/24/13 - 09:27 am
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I would not apologize to

I would not apologize to anyone for making a good living as I do not care what other people think about the money I earn. To avoid paying more you can buy tax free bonds or into tax free funds that help you with a steady flow of tax free interest and the state with a lower interest rate than the open market.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 01/24/13 - 09:29 am
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Jake

Phil heard that Trader Joes was raising the price of "$2 Buck Chuck". It was the final straw.

Jake
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Jake 01/24/13 - 10:10 am
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justthefacts

Good one!

Seriously, this is still a free country and folks can move to where ever they want to for whatever reason if they can afford it. Calif will miss his tax money but people with wealth will still move here.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/24/13 - 10:43 am
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I wonder just what California

I wonder just what California considers wealthy? It it simply the upper half paying?

daphne3520
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daphne3520 01/24/13 - 11:19 am
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I know this is wayyyyy OFF TOPIC but.... I just heard of a 13 yr
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old boy in Grovetown committing suicide because he was bullied in school. Any truth to this?

Jake
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Jake 01/24/13 - 11:39 am
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Upper half

Not sure what the "upper half" is but I know my wife and I sure pay our "share".

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grinder48 01/24/13 - 12:57 pm
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I got a nice raise
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I got a nice raise effective Jan 1. With the tax increase and inflation, I went in the hole. I don' know about y'all but I'm gettin' sick of obama stealing my money for his social programs ...

ultrarnr
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ultrarnr 01/24/13 - 01:03 pm
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Real Important Editorial
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With all the really important things that are currently happening the good old AC chooses yet another fringe topic to comment on.

Mudge
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Mudge 01/24/13 - 02:02 pm
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Luvmytown

Reagan lowered the highest tax bracket from 70 to 28 percent. Unlike the current president Reagans policies had some going up and others going down. We all shared in supporting the government. Currently it appears that our boss only wants to raise taxes on the wealthy. Everyone else is just a victim of their greed according to him. Of course this is always followed by "fair share". What does that even mean? I have not even heard a number put on that.

oneofthesane
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oneofthesane 01/24/13 - 02:20 pm
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It is not just the "rich".
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It is not just the "rich". Has everyone noticed there paychecks are missing a large chunck.......started 01/13? I can't tell you the number of ppl taking about hiking it to a diff country. I have researched some online. Interesting and intriguing.

ultrarnr
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ultrarnr 01/24/13 - 03:09 pm
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Tax Cuts????
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But to combat a rising deficit and debt burden, Reagan also approved increased taxes.

In 1982, The Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act raised taxes by $37.5 billion per year, and the Highway Revenue Act raised the gasoline tax by $3.3 billion.

In 1983, Reagan signed off on legislation to raise payroll taxes and tax Social Security benefits for some higher earners.

In 1984, the Deficit Reduction Act included increases in taxes on estates and distilled spirits and ended some business tax breaks, to the tune of $18 billion per year.

In 1985, Reagan signed legislation making permanent a 16-cent federal excise tax on a pack of cigarettes, then worth about $2.4 billion a year.

In 1986, the Tax Reform Act lowered the top income tax bracket from 50 percent to 28 percent. To pay for the reductions, however, the legislation closed a number of tax loopholes.

In 1987, Reagan signed the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act that extended the telephone excise tax and eliminated a real estate tax deduction loophole.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 01/24/13 - 05:31 pm
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Something must
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be terribly wrong. I don't see "techfan" lambasting Mr. Mickelson

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 01/24/13 - 06:54 pm
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A few questions to the Whiner wanting more tax revenues

1. Do you pick a Tax preparer who knows all the deductions or just take the standard deduction?

2. Have you ever contributed extra $$$ to the IRS willingly, you can you know?

3. At what point do you become a WORKING SLAVE TO EVERY ONE wanting more of your income? 30, 40, 51 or 75% of your life?

4. Have you ever read the history of the US Income tax code?

5. So you feel good about being taxed more by a government that refuses to spend within it budget?

A little quick 1930's History
Originally ONLY the filthy rich , the top 1% of 1%were to pay taxes about 1200 people nationwide. Not working people, just railroad Barons, steel barons, and big industry barons. Like the Rockefeller's, Vanderbilt's, Carney's.

After WWII , the scale got lowered, the filthy rich got tax exemptions, after Korea War another adjustment and the Arms industry got richer. Cold war, Arms Race, Vietnam, Star Wars, another adjustment plus with the 1960-70's riots in the USA and more social programs kicked in and more taxes.

BTW:Golf is a job.

An our Tax Code has been nothing more than a way to ROB the working man and reward both ends of the social scale and keep the middle working to stay in the middle.

BTW: one of those filthy Rich industrialists actually bailed out the USA Government about 120 years ago.

Read some history an feel screwed like the rest of us taxPAYERS.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 01/24/13 - 07:20 pm
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He must have read

Atlas Shrugged?

WIJG

Darby
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Darby 01/24/13 - 08:43 pm
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"Lower than when St Reagan was president."

Only when you manipulate the data to get the conclusion you're looking for. I said it before and I'll say it again. I will NEVER, ever click on the web site links provided by "progressives" which allegedly support or document their position. For some reason, these folks are unable or unwilling to formulate and state a position of their own without linking to a biased web page.

If you are so inclined, Google Annenberg, Obama, William Ayers. Factcheck was founded by and funded by the Annenberg Foundation. Obama and Ayers (the American domestic terrorist) served together on the board. Would you call that unbiased? Neither would I!

Those guys start with a conclusion, then go back and cherry-pick facts to support that conclusion.

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eagle 01/24/13 - 09:43 pm
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Phil has absolutely nothing
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Phil has absolutely nothing to apologize for. He made money, he was successful...oops...got to share it with Obuma and his cronies. When is enough taxation enuf??

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dahreese 01/24/13 - 09:54 pm
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Cheney said
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"Reagan proved deficits don't matter [we can collect a lot less in taxes while we're in office and it won't matter]" and conservatives ate it up!

Now, judging from all the conservative criticism of Obama's spending, they seem to matter after all.

Darby
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Darby 01/24/13 - 11:18 pm
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Cheney said, "Reagan proved deficits don't matter...."

Unlike Democrats, most Republicans have the ability to disagree with our party leadership. That might account in part for our lack of success at the polls recently, but winning isn't everything. In the end, character counts more.

On the other hand, the deficits that Bush ran up in the years in which the country was teetering on the verge of a serious recession had the beneficial effect of righting the economy. In that (limited case), deficits not only didn't matter, but were temporarily a force for economic good.

Contrast that with the failed stimulus, green energy boondoggles etc of Obama World and I guess then it might just make some small difference in just how the money was spent.

Either way, intentional deficits, Republican or Democrat are just plain wrong and dumb.

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