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Phil Mickelson Releases Half-Hearted Apology For Being Honest About Hating The New Tax Hikes
Business Insider ^ | 01/22/2013 | Jay Yarrow

Posted on 01/22/2013 2:23:27 PM PST by SeekAndFind

Just a day after Phil Mickelson said he needed to make "drastic changes" in his life because his tax rate was going through the roof, he is trying to walk back his comments.

He released a statement through his spokesman T.R. Reinman in which Mickelson apologizes to anyone who may have been offended: "Finances and taxes are a personal matter and I should not have made my opinions on them public. I apologize to those I have upset or insulted and assure you I intend to not let it happen again."

This is absurd. There is no need for a half-hearted apology to those who might have been offended (as if they'd accept it).

He meant what he said, which is, "If you add up, 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. So I've got to make some decisions on what I'm going to do.

In other words, I think I'm getting hosed and I want to figure out how to fix that.

It sounds pretty terrible coming from the mouth of a guy who made an estimated $60 million last year, even though he only won one tournament. The idea that he's going to be unhappy taking home $23 million is offensive to many people. But, there are many people who agree with Mickelson. They think he's being taxed excessively and are on his side.

He should have stuck by his statement and explained it with more nuance this week at the PGA event in Torrey Pines.

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: philmickelson; taxes; taxhikes

1 posted on 01/22/2013 2:23:41 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

C’mon. Phil doesn’t NEED $60M!!

(The gov’t NEEDS it for all the BS they have in mind!)


2 posted on 01/22/2013 2:27:57 PM PST by Dr. Pritchett
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To: SeekAndFind

Okay, so ... Now it’s politically incorrect to say your taxes are too damn high?


3 posted on 01/22/2013 2:30:02 PM PST by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: SeekAndFind

He spends decades honing his craft so he can make good money only to give it to baby mommies (eventually to baby daddies) and he is suppose to say “thank you sir, may I have another”?

Please. Stand tall Phil and say whatever you want.


4 posted on 01/22/2013 2:30:02 PM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Dr. Pritchett

When did it become uncool to not like taxes????????

LOL. What a loser for apologizing. I’m tired of apologies from people who say honest things.....


5 posted on 01/22/2013 2:31:13 PM PST by Noamie
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To: SeekAndFind

Don’t be the average wussy Phil.


6 posted on 01/22/2013 2:32:18 PM PST by boomop1 (term limits will only save this country.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Obama’s making a list and checking it twice.


7 posted on 01/22/2013 2:34:00 PM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: Vaquero
He spends decades honing his craft so he can make good money only to give it to baby mommies

Here in NJ, we may as well simply send the $$ directly to Newark and Camden. Quicker and less red tape.

8 posted on 01/22/2013 2:35:14 PM PST by Salvey
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To: SeekAndFind

Phil is your typical California metrosexual. He likely voted for O and now he whines about his taxes. Then, knowing it goes against the grain of the insane mind of the liberal to complain about taxes, does an about face. Shut up and play golf.


9 posted on 01/22/2013 2:35:43 PM PST by albie
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To: SeekAndFind

What a f*g!!!! Clearly the only balls this guy has come in a box of twelve.

Be a man and own up to it you p*$$y!!!


10 posted on 01/22/2013 2:38:05 PM PST by ObozoMustGo2012
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To: SeekAndFind

Phil, just let Tiger win more and you’ll have less money to pay taxes on. Also, you might want to drop those cheesy commercials where you sell those drugs .... nobody really believes you.


11 posted on 01/22/2013 2:39:44 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet
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To: SeekAndFind

Offended? How could any one be offended? They might disagree, but offended?

And so what if they are?


12 posted on 01/22/2013 2:45:56 PM PST by Ray76 (Do you reject Obama? And all his works? And all his empty promises?)
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To: SeekAndFind

What a squish. If he wasn’t going to stand his ground, he should have kept it zipped. Now he will get it from both sides.


13 posted on 01/22/2013 2:52:25 PM PST by Truth29
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To: SeekAndFind

“...my [overall] tax rate’s 62, 63 percent...”

And it is chilling to think that some people think it’s okay to have to pay that much if you’re “rich.” It isn’t about how much one needs (though that is no one else’s darn business, either), it’s about the idea that *anyone* should have to give up nearly 2/3’s of what they earn in a year - basically 8 months out of 12 - to someone else. To me, that’s just plain obscene.


14 posted on 01/22/2013 2:52:53 PM PST by DemforBush (You might very well think that. I could not *possibly* comment.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Didn’t we just have an election where all kinds of celebrities mouthed off on any issue they wanted and expected no criticism?


15 posted on 01/22/2013 3:01:16 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: albie

RE: Phil is your typical California metrosexual. He likely voted for O and now he whines about his taxes.

_________________________________

According to this site:

http://www.hollywoodrepublican.net/who-is-a-republican/

Tiger Woods is a Republican

Phil Mickelson is a Republican

( see 451 to 500 on the list of 737 ).


16 posted on 01/22/2013 3:14:25 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Phil Mickelson: "Finances and taxes are a personal matter and I should not have made my opinions on them public. I apologize to those I have upset or insulted and assure you I intend to not let it happen again."

Translation: "In the future, I won't be publicizing the plans for my upcoming relocation. Amy...any word yet from that realtor in The Woodlands?"
17 posted on 01/22/2013 3:18:23 PM PST by Milton Miteybad (I am Jim Thompson. {Really.})
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To: SeekAndFind

What is he apologizing for? I don’t get it.


18 posted on 01/22/2013 3:23:20 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: SeekAndFind

Last minute ditch effort to try to be “politically correct”.


19 posted on 01/22/2013 3:42:23 PM PST by VideoDoctor
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To: SeekAndFind

Don’t apologize. Complain louder.


20 posted on 01/22/2013 3:55:24 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Why did it “sound terrible?” $60 million or $600 million, HE made it. It belongs to HIM.


21 posted on 01/22/2013 4:31:08 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: SeekAndFind

In this instance Phil had every right to speak up because he was voicing an opinion about his own business. He wasn’t telling anyone else what to do, just taking care of business.


22 posted on 01/22/2013 4:42:22 PM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: boomop1

What more do you expect from a man with boobs?


23 posted on 01/22/2013 4:45:57 PM PST by rabidralph (http://www.cafepress.com/westernwis)
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