Phil Mickelson, the great golfer, caused quite a stir recently when he said (and this is really all he said) that the new higher taxes at the federal level and in his home state of California “doesn’t work for me right now.” Lefty, as golf aficionados refer to him, said he might be taking some drastic action. Mickelson is a really rich guy. His net worth is in the $100 million plus range. And the liberal elites hammered him for being selfish. He was pilloried for not being grateful for his riches and having the nerve to complain about his rising tax burdens. They want him to want to hand his money – and let’s be clear, it’s his money – to the state. There are after all bridges to be repaired, teachers to be paid, and poor people to be fed. The left would like Lefty to be more generous. Of course it’s always easier to be generous with other people’s money.
In response to the barrage from the left, Lefty issued an apology. He said "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 to not let it happen again." So the pro tax people managed to shut Mickelson up. Rather than engaging in a discussion about why it is okay to take his money, they stifled him. Bully for the liberal elites. I remind everyone that most professional athletes choose to live in Florida where there is no personal income tax. I am sure Florida or Texas, or Nevada would love to have another multimillionaire athlete living (and spending money) in their midst.