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.