Does anyone else thing these stories might be related?
- Phil Mickelson: High Taxes Discourage Me from Working Harder
- Investor, Bettor, Golfer: Insider Trading Inquiry Includes Mickelson…
- And today’s news: Golfer Mickelson’s Role Said to Be Overstated in Insider Inquiry
Here’s how it sounds to me: Famous rich athlete complains about the negative incentives caused by high taxes. Government usees especially aggressive tactics to try to find him guilty of securities violations, not least perhaps intentionally leaking the existence of an investigation, a story which the Obama-cheerleading, tax-loving NY Times is only too happy to cover. The Times then reports that “Mr. Mickelson’s ties to the investigation are weaker than previously reported.” But of course much of the damage to Mickelson is done, harming his reputation as well as distracting him from his profession and the rest of his life.
To me, and I’m not a particularly conspiracy-minded person, this smells like a mini-repeat of the IRS targeting of conservatives, except this time the “rogue” agency is the SEC, which is hardly less frightening for its victim.
The Times, not wanting to appear to be as biased as they are, notes that today’s details “may also raise questions about the government’s decision to deploy what appear to be unusually aggressive tactics in the investigation, particularly when the F.B.I. agents publicly approached Mr. Mickelson even though he is known to have a lawyer and a sports agent.” If they want to prove that they still have a shred of true journalistic spirit left in them, I dare the paper to chase this down, to figure out why they were given such harmful and (at least mostly) false information about a public figure.