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Golfer Phil Mickelson has apologized for expressing his frustration for paying increased taxes and musing about leaving California because of it.
Speaking at a news conference at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego yesterday, Mickelson said, “I’ve made some dumb, dumb mistakes, and obviously talking about this stuff is part of it. Finances and taxes are a personal matter. I apologize to those I have upset or insulted, and assure you I intend not to let it happen again.”
For good measure, Mickelson also said, “I’ve never had a problem paying my fair share.” He also said his comments were “insensitive” to “people who are not able to find a job, that are struggling paycheck to paycheck.”
How is it dumb for Phil Mickelson to talk about his finances much less upsetting? How is it insulting to the unemployed or those living on modest incomes? Most people don’t like paying high taxes regardless of their economic status.
I cringed when Mickelson said he never had a problem paying his fair share. It was as if he was trying to curry favor with the Obama Administration. Mickelson appeared chastened like a Russian dissident who suddenly sings the praises of the Soviet system.
The First Amendment allows us to criticize the government for levying too much income tax and last I checked the Constitution does not read that millionaire golfers are excluded from participating in this discussion.
It seems to me that it is those who object to Mickelson’s argument are the ones with holes in their argument.
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