Professional golfer Phil Mickelson told reporters Sunday that he is considering “drastic changes” in response to state and federal income tax hikes — including possibly leaving the United States. “It’s been an interesting off-season. And I’m going to have to make some drastic changes. I’m not going to jump the gun and do it right away, but I will be making some drastic changes,” Mickelson said during a press conference following the Humana Challenge golf tournament in La Quinta, Calif.
We will be seeing more of these kinds of stories as long as demagogue Obama and his ´´Fairness´´ ilk promote higher tax rates over growth and actual revenue. In his economic ignorance and ideology, hellbent Obama would have us explore ever more punishing sections of the Laffer Curve.
One effective argument I´ve used with Obamanomics fans is the fact that if Obama´s big government, big benefits plan worked, then Greece should be a booming economic paradise today, or at minimum a pleasant viable place to live. I´ve yet to get get a reasonable response when I´ve made that point.
#6 should recall that taxes are the reason many, many athletes live in Florida. Mickelson is probably considering a move to that state or maybe Texas.
I have many liberal friends who will scream bloody murder about this; Phil is just saying out loud what many are thinking. Thoughts and words are still legal in this country...unless saying you are leaving a state because of oppressive taxes is now akin to shouting "Fire!" in a crowded theater.
Good for you, Phil. Do what is best for you and your family...don´t worry about California because they certainly are not worrying about you.
Good for Mickelson. I would not blame any rich person for taking his money and moving out of the country entirely. Why should they submit to being shorn like a bunch of sheep? Take your money away, don´t let Obama get it. Come back after the inevitable collapse and help us pick up the pieces.
Greedy Capitalist Pig! He should pay his fair share. IThe purist form of patriotism is for those with the money to give to those without the money. Our collectivism wellbeing is centered on the few supporting the many. How dare he consider his own greed above the needs of the middle class. Where is he going? The last bastion of open capitalism, Communist China?
Yeah, isn´t it true and obvious that Mickelson stole all his money from the little guys? I mean, none of his wealth has anything to do with him or his talent, right? His wealth started with government who built the roads.
And if anything #6, "his country" has turned its back on him. Remember it was Obama who said he has made to much money anyway. Do you really think he should work hard to earn that money just to have Obama take it for a vacation to Hawaii?
#6 Are you one of those people that think that people with a lot of money just have that money piled up in one big room? No, that money is actually out working, invested in companies that create jobs. Yes, in the process they make a profit (pardon me for using that nasty word). The article mentions that he pays Workmans Comp so he employs people as well. Jobs created by this filty rich man, golly gee.
The phrase Taxation Without Representation keeps running though my head and I’ll bet Phil feels the same way. How many of us voted to have our tax money bail out solar panel companies that went bankrupt but still managed to contribute to BO’s reelection campaign? Or wanted relief money legislation for Sandy victims to be laden with pork for Alaska and other non-storm related states? I’ll be interested in Phil’s decision and the discussions it spurs.
He should not complain about taxes. Obama needs more money for his bloated staff, bloated vacations, bloated staff for the Mrs, bloated income for those who prefer not to work, bloated increased millions now getting social security bucks for not working, bloated government and etc etc etc.
when you make $40 mil per year in endorsements and only $ a couple mil in winnings, you may want to consult your sponsors. The media will turn you inside out and the sponsors will be timid. Where´s he going to go? Texas? Florida? To save 7%? I doubt it. Monaco, baby!
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Rather Read, 1/21/2013 7:32:59 AM (No. 9129450)
I suspect Phil is going to move somewhere in the United States where he isn´t taxed to death. Tennessee, Florida, Texas. I don´t blame him a bit. I´m thinking about moving to Tennessee myself when I retire.
Golly, we should just pass a law that slams that door on his nose as he tries to keep the money he´s been stealing from the little people. Then we should fine him for not fighting for his country or sticking his neck out far enough for conservative causes. I mean, some of us can´t even afford those country club dues.
A read of the article tells us he is unhappy with Jerry Brown´s new tax on those earning millions. That he is could leave the state. The part about leavint the country is dropped in after his saying "or even".
The headline writer picked up the most sensational thing he could out of an otherwise blah article about an athlete´s contemplating moving from the place where he was born and raised to another place where taxes are not so high.
You don´t have to be rich or taxed at a high rate to have thoughts of leaving the US. I have thought a lot about it for the past four years. This country is being turned over to the thugs and immoral elements. Who wants their grand children growing up in such an environment?
Good for Phil. He is our Gerard Deprieudeu........but wouldn´t he be wiser to do as the Kennedys and Pelosis and Michael Moore do (In the wonderful real book "Do As I Say, Not As I Do") and use gimmicks to hide his $ offshore.
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Former lurker, 1/21/2013 7:56:23 AM (No. 9129485)
#6, if you think that people who are sucessful are evil for not wanting to "donate" more than half of their income to bloated buracracies to waste you must really hate people like Buffet, Gates and their fellow progressives who put billions in tax -exempt foundations and then lecture the rest of us about paying our fair share.
All proceeding according to the leftists plans. They drive away the productive (their only real competition), leaving themselves in control by default. Wherever Democrats/Leftists/Statists seize control the place turns into Cuba, North Korea, Detroit, Venezuela, etc. Some go quicker, some slower but they all go to the same place. That´s why the low info voter is key (gotta love that education establishment). Leftists are the political vultures, the bottom feeders, everything seems alright while there´s still a lot of meat left on the body politic carcass for them to feed on. The true enormity of the mistaken actions of giving them control only becomes more apparent when there are no more crown jewels left to sell. Take Venezuela for example, Chavez and his group have been stripping that country since 1999 and there´s still much more deprivation to be meted out to those poor people. Phil Mickelson is just another signpost. One other thing, it appears from the article that not only will his additional tax revenue be leaving, his much larger and longer term investment capital will be leaving as well. That´s a signpost of note too...
Tiger Wooods did this YEARS ago. He grew up in southern Californin and played briefly at Stanford but moved to a lower tax jurisdiction (Florida) when he turned pro. I expect Phil will do the same thing although a few star athletes do establish residency offshore as well.
It is not Phil Mickelson´s job to be political. His sponsors may even forbid it. The fact is that Mr. Mickelson is generous. He and his wife fund an educational foundation. With no fanfare he underwrote former NFL player Conrad Dobler´s daughter´s college education at an expensive school. No matter though, as there will always be resentful, naive individuals who demand that people like Phil Mickelson "pay their fair share."
If Mickelson wants to move to another state or out of the country, I say fine - going Galt is the only thing that will have any impact. Why should his money go to fund corrupt politicians and their pork boondoggles? There is plenty of money in the country to fund the necessary, yet our politicians have figured out a way to buy votes with the treasury.
I watched the History Channel´s shows yesterday about the history of the presidency. George Washington had an $2 million budget. That won´t even cover one of the Poseur´s vacations. (I know you have to adjust for inflation, but the point is still valid.)
Maybe it’s not just the money the Phil is upset about. Maybe being sneered at by his president as a greedy one percenter who doesn’t so his fair share has something to do with it. Perhaps while we’re on the subject of money and fair share, we could compare Phil’s and Obama’s charitable contributions. Maybe the it is the whole direction and tone of this national conversation that Phil doesn’t appreciate. I’m with Phil.
Mickelson: "But if you add up ... all the federal and you look at the disability and the unemployment and the Social Security and the state, my tax rate´s 62, 63 per cent," he said. "So I´ve got to make some decisions on what I´m going to do."
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Old Army Vet, 1/22/2013 11:18:54 PM (No. 9133396)
He´s a U.S. citizen and can do as he likes. I don´t blame him for wanting to leave Cal. I lived in an overtaxed state for years and then moved to one with no state tax. I should have done it years ago.
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