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  • #5
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    He should not have to apologize for being raped by the government. i don't care if he made a gazillion dollars, it is his, he made it and like every american, he should be allowed to keep as much as he can. we would want the same. Phil, quit apologizing. It's the federal government once again trying to make a money grab from someone who has earned his own money. 2 years in government and then your lard butt, lazy friggin, creepy greedy selves are out!!!!
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    Between California taxes and federal taxes he is paying about .65¢ of every dollar he makes. I would be pissed. Why should you give 50% or more of your money away. It makes a person want to move or move money around to keep greedy hands out of it.
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    @scotta What did you think? California weather, beaches, pretty women, movies stars to cavort with, Pebble Beach course, Torrey Pines, PGA West, some of the great golf course of the world and all that comes for free Phil? You could move to Mississippi you know.
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    @scotta He is more than welcome to do that. Whining in public when you are estimated to be worth 100 million dollars overall is not very mature. California is he # 1 destination for newly minted millionaires in America and has had a net gain of millionaires or more for the past four decades. Nobody is holding a gun to them. You can have an opinion of California that most you right wingers have but what heppened to states rights? If California wants to raise taxes that's their right. If Phil wants to move that's his right. None of it is any of your business.
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    @scotta This is why most touring pros live in Florida- No income tax.

    If anyone whines about Phil - like this dweeb professor- Let me take 60% of every dollar you earn. No matter what you earn. See how you feel.
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    What has me LMAO is former French president Sarkozy ready to run away from France because of the 75% tax on millionaires imposed by his socialist successor.

    You make a million and are only allowed to keep 1/4 of it so lazy slugs don't have to work? What the hell? When millionaires start leaving the US, what will you greedy entitlement freaks do then? Last year, 1800 uber rich left.
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    since so many no longer believe in the bible and god, why should we expect someone to be his brothers keeper or a keeper of society? He earned it let him keep it.
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    Anyone whining and jealous he has the talent to become wealthy ----a statement:

    Let me take 60 cents of every dollar you earn. No matter what you earn. See how you feel.
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    Funny you bring up the bible when Jesus said to sell EVERYTHING and give it to the poor. If you want a government based on the teachings of Jesus there will be NO rich people.
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    @Republican5001 I do. I try to help people, as much, as i can and i only make 60000 a year. What will you tell God, when and if he asks you to answer this question you just asked @cheenoguy?
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  • #94
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    The poor little rich boy needs to stopwhining and crying like a spoiled brat and give thank God for being able to earn a fabulous living playing a game
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    I think if he actually has to pay 52% then he has some reason to complain. But if that's actually the case, then he must be the only millionaire in the country NOT taking advantage of all the loopholes available exclusively to millionaires which would take his rate down to 15 or 16 percent.
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    What are those loopholes exclusive to millionaires? no-one ever seems able to come up with even one of them after they say that...
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    @woodtick57
    Ask rich people! Romney certainly seemed able to find them all. I personally have never made enough money to know them.
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    that poor man, he makes millions of dollars and has to pay a lower percentage in taxes than the caddy that barely can afford a hat. We need Reagan level tax rates back just so the lunatics at Fox News will have to call him a socialist commie pinko.
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    I need to get into the golfing gig. Being paid a lot more money than the 9-5 slobs to play a game you love, flying around to nice locals. Now there is a life.
  • #37
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    When I was at the Newspaper I was told it would 'be a good idea to take up golf for your career". I went out and spent thousands on the best of everything. Shot a 127 first time out after an hour on the driving range. Exactly one year later to the day I shot a 91. Drove my golf cart to the pond by the first tee, took off my spikes, tossed them into the pond. tossed my glove and hat into the pond, tossed my golf bag, clubs, balls and everything else into the pond. Drove the golf cart to the clubhouse bar where the other three were at, walked sock footed through the bar, said "see ya" and never golfed again. Six months later opened my own business.
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    He is a golfer who has made more money than I will make in 10 lifetimes. Try living on minimum wage and paying a higher percentage of taxes, dude.
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    Or try living on $945/month in va disability benefits bc the GOP just loves to send us to fight wars but then refuses to take care of those that return injured.
    Yeah Phil you have a real tough life. You get paid millions a year for PLAYING A GAME!!!
    You should be thankful for what you do have instead of crying about you wanting to have more. I sure wish I had your tax problem. And to think, out of all the guys on the tour, you were the one I rooted for the most. Not anymore.
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    @mtkopf then star paying firemen, policemen, garbage men, mechanics and military enlisted white collar salaries. In fact, how about we subject you to further tests for alcohol and tobacco use before you can receive you va pension installment or would you do it voluntarily like when you signed your enlistment papers?
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    @mtkopf
    No one is THANKFUL anymore. Everyone has this attitude that they have no one thank for where they are or what they've accomplished except themselves and they think they deserve far more than what they're really worth.

    Let's say a spacecraft landed and sucked up every pro athlete on the planet. Would life come to a halt? I doubt it. On the other hand, let's say that spacecraft sucked up every garbage collector. Within a month we'd all be drowning in our own filth. What if we lost all our truck drivers. Store shelves would empty in a week. What if doctors disappeared right at the moment you needed your appendix removed? Or mechanics right about the time your car broke down? Or plumbers about the time your toilet overflowed?

    I think athletes, movie stars and musicians are compensated way more than they're worth. Their jobs do nothing for the common good. While some poor electrician's assistant is climbing scaffolding and hanging lights on the movie set, the actor is making more in an hour than that electrician makes in two months.

    I don't deny anyone a decent living, but compensation shouldn't be based solely on self-importance.
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    Why is living the American Dream becoming taboo these days? The guy has talent and made a great life for himself. He has every right to complain.
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    @methinks You're very right. What people don't get is taxing them only delays our debt problems a couple years. In a few years we'll be right back where we were without as many potential business owners to hire people.
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    @OhWiseOne I have had a job (a degree job) making over 45,000 a year for years, I dont get food stamps or govt assistance.....now what?

    You have been brainwashed to the point you can understand how vulgar the $67,000,000 million number actually is.

    Or you’re a greedy/take it all no matter whom you hurt/kill/abuse/enslave type person....

    If someone is making 20,000,000 million a year they are taking it from someone.....yeah maybe he has a Nike contract....but how do you think Nike is able to pay him 15-16 million?(just example)

    Cheap labor! People who have socialized medicine! They make the products that this guy wears on his back......

    There are people who work everyday and still cant afford to take their kids to the dentist.........you just lump everyone into food stamp/baby making/ghetto queen/Cadillac driving/drug selling minority. That’s just not true.

    Address the people who work and still fall really short????? Instead of these imaginary takers you dream up.
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    @AtheistStand But you liberals stand behind all your fellow libs in Hollywood who make the same kind of money.

    BTW, no one is forcing you to buy those $200 Nike's...the same ones that some people collecting entitlements go out and buy because their favorite NBA player endorses them.

    Are you jealous that Phil has a talent he capitalized on and you are stuck in a dead end job making $45k/year? You have the entitlement mentality and are one of Obama's faithful sheep. Good for you. Now, go out and better yourself so you can get out of that dead end job. BTW, I was making those wages 18 years ago...
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    He is only apologizing because he may have lost a sponsor because he had a backbone. So he will lie, take the money, and you watch he will pack up his stuff and leave California to a state that won't rape him financially. As for the Syracuse professor, his argument could be applied to any rapper, basketball, football, or baseball player. It's just jealousy.

    Phil earned my respect with his comment. I hope he takes his golf ball and bag and leaves California and goes to a state that is better for him tax wise. Hit them in the pocketbook. California is the next 3rd world country anyways. Get out while you can Phil.
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    People don't realize that the transfer of wealth isn't what it's supposed to be. It attacks our actual successful entrepreneurs and leaves bank executives with foreign accounts alone. Money leaving the US is the problem and the percentages gained by these new taxes barely take on any of our debt problems.
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    for the life of me, i cannot figure out why the government cannot resist someone elses money???? they tax us to death and refuse to quit spending. our country is a joke, or currency is speeding toward worthlessness, we have no morals, God has been kicked out. Wake up America!!!!
  • #1
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    But what I am sure is everyone must make sacrifices. It may cost you a little or it may cost you a lot. One things for sure is. It's gonna cost you.
  • #102
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    Not only this golfer has high taxes, heck everyone is now having high taxes. Fact: A cashier who works at Wal-Mart complains that taxes hit her hard, stating her net pay is lower than ever before. She acknowledged she made a mistake in voting for Obama.
  • #96
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    Phil Mickelson is known as a whiner. It's not just taxes. It's everything. He's considered one of the biggest douches on the PGA circuit. Must be tough playing golf for a living. Sucks he has to pay taxes as well. Boohoo.
  • #93
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    I hate it when people who have more income than they know how to handle get upset that they don't get to keep more of it.
    If he wants to pay less to the IRS, he should make some big donations to Salvation Army, or Goodwill, or his local veterans group.
  • #101
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    I am all for giving to good charity organizations. Yes, veterans and one group I am involved in volunteering is Local Special Olympics.
  • #58
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    Well Len Burman is obviously NOT rich. I certainly do not make any near what Mickelson rakes in but I sure am not going to demand he pays more in taxes. Who am I, or anyone else for that matter, are to tell Mr. Mickelson he owes society more because he makes more money? I make over 100k and I know my effective rate (combining income, property, etc) is OVER 50%. So Mr. Mickelson and myself seem to have the same problem.

    Burman also seems to be working from the "you didn't build that" principle that seems to be going around as of late.
  • #57
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    Doesn't make any difference how much money you make, making less than 40 cents on the dollar is criminal. Why bother to work if that's it? As someone said, they can tax me as high as they can, the can't force me to work. High confiscatory taxes DO run people out of countries and states. Look at MD, the instituted a "Millionair's" tax and lost the very people they were hoping to over tax. Note: Only Dem. controlled states seem to have this problem. Check it out, the R controlled states have actually LOWERED state taxes and cut spending, while the D controlled states, doing what all D only know how to do, tax and spend, and then tax a bit more until they break the camels back and the wealthy vote with their feet.
  • #51
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    Can't feel sorry for the Phillie. Tasty wife, mansion, high-power vehicles, first-class jets, international acclaim, beautiful scenery, and nine (9)-figure earnings toiling away at long-term capital gains tax rates. "Major changes", eh? Suppose you COULD move to any number of crap holes dotting the globe, but I thought the millionaire's playground was what you'd been busting your buns to get to all this time, amirite?
  • #56
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    He should have just snuck to Bermuda or something and kept his mouth shut. But his correct that taxes in the Soviet Republic of California are quite crushing.
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