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Mickelson backtracks on further
comment on taxes after speaking
out over high rate

Fox News, by Staff

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Posted By:JoniTx, 1/22/2013 9:16:40 AM

Golf star Phil Mickelson says he regrets publicly commenting that he may have to leave California over high taxes, saying he should not have spoken out on such a personal topic. In a statement to Fox News late Monday, Mickelson apologized to anyone he may have "upset or insulted" with the comments that his high tax bracket was causing him to consider “drastic changes” in his life, including possibly moving his family out of state and even retiring from the game of golf. "Finances and taxes are a personal matter and I should not have made my opinions

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Safari Man, 1/22/2013 9:29:36 AM     (No. 9131953)

We already live in fear of our government -- people like Mickleson dare not speak out against the leftists. Imagine what it will be like when the guns are taken away.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: jackson, 1/22/2013 9:31:32 AM     (No. 9131957)

Cowardly.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Sinatra5, 1/22/2013 9:32:05 AM     (No. 9131959)

Why is it that Conservatives feel the need to apologize for everything....? The sun came up in the East today?....Oh, I apologize. Just one time I´d like to hear them say...I make X, I pay pay Y in taxes, and I´m moving to Fl. because I´m sick of supporting parasites in California...have a nice day....Maddening...Liberals are the enemy and should be treated accordingly. PUSH BACK...No more rope- a - dope.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Garage Logician, 1/22/2013 9:40:47 AM     (No. 9131979)

Somebody must´ve whispered to Phil that a large percentage of Phil´s fans are libtard Obamatons, and that offending said tards would hurt Phil´s standing with his lucrative sponsorship deals. Better to have just shut up and moved, buddy.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: lakerman1, 1/22/2013 9:49:49 AM     (No. 9131998)

Of course he should speak up. California cannot continue to increase income taxes and expect people to stay...

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Coy860, 1/22/2013 9:52:47 AM     (No. 9132007)

The Whole Foods guy did the same thing! Spoke out, then back tracked..are people who speak up receiving visits from the Gestapo?
What´s happening to free speech?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Periwinkel, 1/22/2013 9:55:47 AM     (No. 9132013)

I wish Phil Mickelson would have left his remarks just hanging out there. Let people think what they may. An apology is too timid. We need stronger conservatives or just keep your mouth shut.

The best news is that Nicolas Sarkozy and his family are leaving France for England!!! Same reason.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: MaMe2, 1/22/2013 9:59:33 AM     (No. 9132019)

If Chris Rock and Jamie Foxx can speak up about the way they really feel about white people ( who form a part of their fan base) then Phil can speak up about the way he feels about taxes. He gets sponsorship deals because people want to emulate him, including the leftists who may not agree with his politics.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: AltaD, 1/22/2013 10:06:30 AM     (No. 9132040)

So who put the pressure on him - the PGA, a sponsor, the networks, his agent? A real man would have stood up to all of them, what a coward.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 1/22/2013 10:08:41 AM     (No. 9132047)

Every time conservatives apologize for their statements, they dissuade other conservatives from speaking out.

Remember Phil, living well is the best revenge.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: tnorling, 1/22/2013 10:13:57 AM     (No. 9132061)

A sincere apology from Phil? I doubt it. His position is clear. Texas and Florida will be happy to see you.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: KingBubo, 1/22/2013 10:19:40 AM     (No. 9132075)

A coworker asked me why I am eating Papa John´s Pizza. I beleive it was because of his political views.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: pinger, 1/22/2013 10:44:13 AM     (No. 9132140)

First, for those who think Phil is a rich, fat cat who deserves to be stripped of his wealth.....you have no idea what it took for Phil to become one of the best in the world at what he does. No idea.

I opine that Phil should do whatever it is he has to do....then if (when) asked about his changes....share his reasoning. In the mean time, he´d be better off not to have this kind of junk in the media distracting from his golf and concentration efforts for his game.

That said, everyone who´s working...take one step forward if you´d like a 14% pay raise. Move to Texas, Florida, et. al., if you can find a job there and, voila, you´ve got your raise. From purely a financial standpoint, anyone who stays in California who doesn´t have to, well, I offer my condolences.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Crashnburn, 1/22/2013 10:45:15 AM     (No. 9132142)

All these rich people moving from high tax states to low tax states puts the lie to Warren Buffets´ ridiculous statement that tax policy does not effect behavior.

Actually, it even affects his behavior. I´m sure he doesn´t live in Omaha, Nebraska for the weather!

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Reply 15 - Posted by: jimmiet, 1/22/2013 10:45:19 AM     (No. 9132144)

Phil they forced you to either pay extortionist taxes or move from the community you have made home for your whole life. You have paid their required taxes for all these years when you´ve seen Tiger skate to Florida faster than Ellen in an SUV, declined ownership in your local baseball franchise and are planning to uproot your life because you´ve had enough. Apologies and backtracking aren´t necessary at all.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: jimmiet, 1/22/2013 10:49:24 AM     (No. 9132156)

Sorry for the additional post. Tim Rostaforte who makes his living on the backs of these guys can go to hell.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Marzon, 1/22/2013 11:00:13 AM     (No. 9132188)

A profile in courage - NOT! Speaking truth to power - NOT!

That said, I hear they are working on an "exit tax" to grab as much as many golden eggs as they can when the geese move out.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 1/22/2013 11:07:41 AM     (No. 9132211)

There´s nothing personal about taxes, Phil. We all have to pay them, some more so than others. Like others above, I don´t understand the immediate retractions by celebs when they speak the truth: Howard Stern (re lena dunham), Anna Burns Welker (re Ray Lewis), and now this. No need to apologize when you´re merely presenting facts.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 1/22/2013 11:32:30 AM     (No. 9132274)

You can thank Bill Clinton for that #20. He perfected the philosophy of ´truth is a personal attack´ and his ´politics of personal destruction´. He picked that trick up from the current Oregon liberal governor King John Kitzhaber from Kitzhaber´s first campaign. Nothing ties a decent person up in knots worse than being viscously attacked for simply voicing the truth.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: VAfreedomluver, 1/22/2013 11:41:57 AM     (No. 9132312)

He didn´t apologize or retract his statement. He merely stated that he shouldn´t have commented publicly on his personal finances. I happen to agree with him. A big part of his business involves publicity, and alienating the idiot Obamabots is not wise business.

Besides, the statement is already out there and having an effect. Nothing he says now will change that.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Bevan, 1/22/2013 11:44:24 AM     (No. 9132317)

Phil, its leave first, talk later.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: shamus, 1/22/2013 11:51:32 AM     (No. 9132348)

Phil must pay his fair share.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Attila DiMedici, 1/22/2013 12:05:22 PM     (No. 9132393)

Note everyone: He did not say that he was not moving. He is saying that he should not have TALKED about moving. That is really not much of a "backtrack".

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Safari Man, 1/22/2013 12:29:12 PM     (No. 9132446)

I went to Phils website and sent an email to his agent showing my support for his original comments. I also extended a warm, open invitation for him to be my neighbor here in The Woodlands, Tx. We´ll keep the light on.


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Reply 25 - Posted by: vaughan, 1/22/2013 12:31:21 PM     (No. 9132450)

The concern for anyone he ´may have upset or insulted´ is, IMO, the weasly part. Who gets insulted by people complaining about taxes? They may disagree, but to feel personally insulted? And why would one care about the opinion of such a clearly unbalanced and confused entity that did feel such a sense of aggrievement? Come on, Phil.

I thought Mickelson was an Arizona guy, in the first place. They´d like him back, I´m sure.

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