Only in America
Can a guy walk on manicured lawns
Hit a little white ball and wake up a millionaire
Only in America
Can a guy who hits a ball with a stick
Complain about paying a few extra shekels in taxes
Overrated, Republican, overweight, arthritic and now whiney golf pro Phil Mickelson said he will make “drastic changes” because of federal and California state tax increases.
“The 42-year-old [multi-millionaire] golfer said he would talk in more detail about his plans – possibly moving away from California or even retiring from golf…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,” Mickelson said. “So I’ve got to make some decisions on what I’m going to do.”
According to the New York Times, Mr. Whiner was the 7th highest paid athlete in America last year. “Lefty” (how ironic that is his nickname because he is a left-handed golfer) made $47 million last year of which $43 million was from hawking golf equipment, golf clothing and an arthritis drug called Enbrel (more about that later). If he is really paying 62% of his income (which would be approx. $29 million) in assorted taxes he needs to IMMEDIATELY talk to his favorite candidate – Mr 14% tax-rate himself, Willard Romney, and set a date with Mitten’s accountants. While it does seem outrageous to be paying 62% – it still leaves “Lefty” with $18 million – not exactly Alpo territory. Is Phil the only Republican who hasn’t figured out how to game the system – so in addition to being overrated and arthritic, he is also pretty dumb.
You gotta love that he is threatening us poor pitiful non-golfing peons with retirement – like our lives will go dramatically downhill without his presence on the links of Augusta National or Torrey Pines or some other uber-rich tax-subsidized golf club. I can just see the dramatic increase in therapy sessions from not having Richie Sand Wedge to adore anymore. He’s Lance Armstrong without the pedals or doping – someone who has an overwhelming sense of self-importance.
As for Enbrel – it is a special class of drugs called biologic pharmaceuticals – sold by Amgen and Pfizer that treats rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis. Enbrel is not cheap – it costs over $20,000 year. Not all insurance policies cover biologics (all of which are extremely expensive. Humira is another biologic) – and some only cover part of the cost. Mr. Mickelson fails to mention that in his ads for Enbrel. I also think that Put-Putz, as the teevee hawker of Enbrel – gets all the Enbrel he want gratis – not that he couldn’t afford it.
As for his whining – Phil shut up and move to Nevada or Alaska or Texas or Florida or some other state where there is no state income tax. Also retire – I am sure the $40 million endorsements will go on ad infinitum. Typical Republican 0- just hate anything to do with the country. You know, I bet just about anyone in the 99% would trade places with FIGJAM (as he is also know – Fuck I’m Great – Just Ask Me) in a micro-second – arthritis, taxes and being an also-ran to Tiger Woods and all.