Our society is now so entrenched with derision for the successful and wealthy that golfer Phil Mickelson felt compelled to apologize — that’s right, apologize — for saying he might leave California because of the oppressive taxes.
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 on them public,” Mickelson said.
The fact he thinks he may have “upset or insulted” people because he doesn’t want to be soaked tells where this country is in 2013 — careening down the road toward European-style democracy, government dominance, crushing debt, and the belief that wealth should be confiscated and redistributed.
Memo to Phil: Stop apologizing and instead speak out proudly about your success and the fact that you have earned your money. Don’t be bullied by the Left, which believes government is entitled to take huge chunks of the fruits of your labor, your sweat, your tears, your commitment, your hard work.
Here is how Mickelson is about to be soaked:
“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 percent,” Mickelson said. “So I’ve got to make some decisions on what I’m going to do.”
And his first decision should be to rescind his apology.
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