Golfing great Phil Mickelson drove one right down the middle, then asked for a mulligan.
After completing a tournament last weekend, Mickelson said “drastic changes” were in store for him as a result of new state and federal tax laws. He hinted that might mean moving from his native California, where in November voters approved a proposition that bumped the state income tax rate to 13.3 percent on earnings of $1 million or more.
“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 is 62, 63 percent,” Mickelson said.
After getting some criticism he apologized a few days later, saying he shouldn’t have gone public with his opinions about finances and taxes. Why not? No doubt millions of Americans — not just the very wealthy — share his sentiment that more and higher taxes can make a person blue.