Phil Mickelson is sorry he opened his mouth.
He had the gall to speak the truth, and now the left, to which a fact is like Kryptonite to Superman (h/t Larry Elder), is giving him both barrels:
“Finances and taxes are a personal matter, and I should not have made my opinions on them public,” Mickelson said in a statement released Monday night. “I apologize to those I have upset or insulted, and assure you I intend not to let it happen again.”
Mickelson first made a cryptic reference to “what’s gone on the last few months politically” during a conference call two weeks ago for the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, where he won last year for his 40th career PGA Tour title. After his final round Sunday at the Humana Challenge, he was asked what he meant.
“There are going to be some drastic changes for me because I happen to be in that zone that has been targeted both federally and by the state, and it doesn’t work for me right now,” he said. “So I’m going to have to make some changes.”
Mickelson said the new federal tax rate, and California voting for Proposition 30 to increase taxes on the earnings over $250,000, contributed to total taxes that tap into more than 60 percent of his income.
Golf Digest magazine, in its annual survey of top earners in the sports, said Mickelson made just over $45 million last year on and off the golf course.
The response to Mickelson’s opinions on taxes ranged from mocking a guy who has become a multimillionaire by playing golf to support for having such a high tax rate and not being afraid to speak his mind.
This is how the left operates.
It’s one of their more powerful techniques, and it’s straight out of Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals.
Rule 5: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It’s hard to counterattack ridicule, and it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.
Mickelson speaks the truth and the left initiates Rule 5. And he apologizes, because Alinsky is right.
But it’s a logical fallacy. It’s called the appeal to ridicule:
The Appeal to Ridicule is a fallacy in which ridicule or mockery is substituted for evidence in an “argument.” This line of “reasoning” has the following form:
- X, which is some form of ridicule is presented (typically directed at the claim).
- Therefore claim C is false.
This sort of “reasoning” is fallacious because mocking a claim does not show that it is false.
Mickelson, and anyone else confronted with Alinskyite tactics like this, should just say something akin to, “That’s cute, but it doesn’t prove me wrong. All it does is show the depth of your thinking is as shallow as a puddle.”
Flip the script. Put it back on them. Use the same tactics against them.
Now they have to try to prove you wrong using facts and logic.
And the fact is, most professional golfers live outside of California for a specific reason:
A majority of PGA Tour players live in Florida and others in Texas, two states that have no state income tax. Tiger Woods grew up in Southern California and played two years at Stanford. He was a California kid when he won an unprecedented three straight U.S. Amateur titles, but when he made his professional debut in Milwaukee a week later, he was listed as being from Orlando, Fla.
“I moved out of here back in `96 for that reason,” Woods said Tuesday.
Mickelson has nothing to apologize for. It isn’t his fault the Democrats in California have created a climate that finds the wholesale looting of the successful as acceptable and normal.
They are the people who should be apologizing for driving people out of the state.