The PJ Tatler

Fran Tarkenton: Mickelson Was Right To Complain About Taxes-They're Job-Killers

The “Tax The Rich” crowd will probably blame head injuries for this one

Pro golfer Phil Mickelson has gotten a lot of flak for his recent comments about threatening to make “drastic changes” in his life due to state and federal tax increases. Never mind that he later backed off, saying he should have kept his thoughts to himself and apologized to those he “upset or insulted.”

Mickelson was telling the truth. If there’s anything that should upset or insult Americans, it’s just how much of their money the government takes. Mickelson estimates that more than 60% of his earnings are snatched in federal and state taxes (he lives in California). Should a private citizen, no matter how successful, really owe the government more than half of what he or she makes? Intuitively, this cannot make sense to anyone who believes in the principles of hard work and personal responsibility.

Tarkenton elegantly, yet simply makes the argument for lower taxes here, especially that they hurt the middle class as much as the wealthy. Forget the whining about changing demographics-this is one of the main things Republicans have GOT to learn how to do.