By Tom Quiner
Phil Mickelson produces a unique product: entertainment.
He is a renown professional golfer famous for manufacturing some of the most spectacular golf shots in history.
Take the 2010 Masters. It was the final round of this, the most prestigious golf tournament in the world. He had been behind the entire tournament until the 12th hole when he finally took the lead.
And then it look like he blew it on the next.
His tee shot on the majestic 13th, a par five hole with a dogleg left, hooked to the right and nestled behind two trees.
Mr. Mickelson, known as Lefty since he hits from the left side, was faced with two choices. Play it safe and chip out into the fairway. Or he could go for the dramatic shot, which called for hitting it between a very narrow opening between two trees in front of him, clearing the creek in front of the green, and stopping the ball on the green … a virtually impossible proposition.
Lefty had Phil Westwood and Tiger Woods breathing down his neck. Any sane golfer would take the safe shot.
Not Phil Mickelson. Lefty went for it.
In one of the most thrilling shots of his career, he threaded the eye of the needle and nestled his shot close to the hole, helping him win his 3rd Masters title.
Lefty has recently run afoul of the thought police on the Left.
Mr. Mickelson had the audacity to complain about high tax rates. The president just raised rates on top producers like him. This increase comes on top of dramatic income tax hikes in his home state of California. It comes on top of an increase in Medicare taxes.
He suggested that California’s confiscatory rates might drive him from his home state to Florida, Texas, or some other state with no income tax:
“But 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,’ said Mickelson.”
A fellow touring golf professional, Geoff Ogilvy voiced concerns about Mickelson’s lack of compassion:
”He definitely showed a lack of sympathy for the plight of a lot of people, unemployed and all that sort of stuff.”
Democrats from California were upset.
Liberal bloggers pushed back.
And Mickelson caved:
”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 not to let it happen again.”
Ahh the power of political correctness. But seriously, what is Mickelson apologizing for? Human nature is human nature. Various taxing authorities are taking 63 percent of Mickelson’s productivity. That doesn’t count sales tax. That doesn’t count property taxes.
The closer total taxes get to 100 percent, the less incentive the productive have to be productive.
By the same token, the closer the rate gets to zero, the more incentive the productive have to be productive.
The trick is to find the proper balancing act.
Mickelson has evidently reached the tipping point and is looking for a move to another state. Tiger Woods acknowledged that is why he left California in the late 90s and moved to Florida.
Texas Governor Rick Perry touts his state’s no income tax status to Lefty:
”Hey Phil….Texas is home to liberty and low taxes…we would love to have you as well!!”
Phil Mickelson has nothing to apologize for. The president is going to take his productivity and redistribute a chunk of it to someone who didn’t earn it … or give it away to another Solyndra.
And then he’s going to borrow more from China, because it’s still not enough. Even if he confiscates all of the productivity from super producers like Phil Mickelson, it’s still not enough the way this president spends.
Phil Mickelson has bowed to the mob on the Left.
Now he will quietly move to Florida or Texas where he has more freedom on how he uses his own productivity.