Because of the killer taxes exacted by California and the federal government, Phil Mickelson is thinking about retiring from professional golf. (Question: What do professional golfers do for relaxation when they retire?) I’m not here to shed a tear for Mickelson, who will do quite well whatever the tax rate. And I don’t think it’s “fair” that a guy can make millions because he plays golf extremely well, but life isn’t “fair,” is it?

Mickelson’s case puts the lie to the common liberal belief that people never change their behavior because of taxes. And though I’m in a much, much lower tax bracket, I’m with Phil. Why should he give up 62 percent of his income to the government? How much is enough for Barack Obama and Co.? The greed is not Mickelson’s. He earned that money. The greed comes from all those who, though they didn’t, feel that they are entitled to it.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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