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Mike Lester

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  1. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 1 year ago

    I suppose this is a poke at Mr. Mickelson’s comments about how he was going to leave CA because of the tax rate there?
    At least he doesn’t have to ‘work’ for a living. My friends who are golf addicts pay a great deal to play golf, and if they could afford it, would play daily. Mr. Mickelson is a very fortunate man, as are ALL people who earn an income doing what they love to do for fun..
    That said, in his situation, it would not bother me so much that I was paying high taxes. What WOULD bother me is how inefficiently and wastefully the money is spent because of a lack of oversight and regulation in the state and federal gov’ts.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  2. mikefive

    mikefive said, about 1 year ago

    We not only don’t learn from history, but we don’t even learn from more recent memory. The near bankruptcy of New York City in 1975 is available as an example of what a governmental entity should not financially do along with what could be done to avoid bankruptcy. Did Detroit look at New York City’s example? No. Have the many cities in California and the State of California looked? Obviously not. Minneapolis, Chicago, Santa Fe, et al. seem to be plodding along toward defaulting on their debt. I have no idea what could be done, but there must be some way to convince politicians that it is not in their constituency’s best interest to bribe union members to get their votes so that they can get reelected.

  3. Jeff H

    Jeff H said, about 1 year ago

    @Respectful Troll

    So, when did you last send an extra tax check to your state government?

  4. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, about 1 year ago

    I stand corrected, he won the Scottish Open the week before, so his two weeks winnings were $2,167,500.
    Scotland gets 44% of that weeks winnings, UK gets 45% of this weeks, and California gets 13.3%= $288,000
    All told the total tax is 61%.

  5. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, about 1 year ago

    Move to Texas. I’d avoid settling near fertilizer plants, of course, and expect to water your lawn with bottled water, and live in gerrymandered voting districts, and keep your kids out of public schools, and be prepared to… well… not mind the racial profiling. Go. Somehow, just somehow, California will get along.

  6. Mike Lester

    Mike Lester GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    http://www.dailyfinance.com/on/price-of-victory-phil-mickelson-hit-with-61-tax-bite-on-uk-win/

  7. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, about 1 year ago

    @Mike Lester

    That is the exact story that I read after looking it up.
    I guess with 3 children he doesn’t want to move right now.

  8. d_legendary1 Demands Dr.C and Martens Release

    d_legendary1 Demands Dr.C and Martens Release said, about 1 year ago

    @Mike Lester

    You forgot to draw Scotland and the UK (or maybe you did and they can’t be found cause their tax rates are higher than California).

  9. grh9447

    grh9447 said, about 1 year ago

    d_legendary beat me to it… I read that the U.K. tax rate is 61.2% on professional athletes winnings. Which make Cali’s tax rates look cheap

  10. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    “Reaganomics” = bankruptcy, for the State of California first as “governor”, then as the “acting President”, the whole nation.

  11. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 1 year ago

    @PAJ

    Howgoesit PAJ?
    The cartoon singled out Mickelson. However, there are many who would feel Mr. Mickelson is fortunate to have the skillsets necessary for him to make a very good living playing a game. It’s not like he has to respond to domestic disturbances or teach a room full of children who don’t believe an education is going to be of help.
    But they are paying higher taxes too, and they don’t have the same profit margin Mr. Mickelson has attained the last few years.
    I wish him continued good fortune in his sport.
    It’s rarely fair to use a single person as an example, but it is easy.
    Be well sir.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  12. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 1 year ago

    @SkepticCal

    Skeptical,
    I think I’m missing the context of your comment. What should gov’ts spend money on?
    Especially if there is a monopoly on who has the money? In the old westerns, the bad guy was always a rich man who wanted to get richer on the backs of others. They stole land, diverted rivers, etc. And it seems that we still have people with a great deal of money who want to get richer while making people who don’t have such resources become poorer.
    As Marley said to Scrooge, “PEOPLE should have been my business.”
    Respectfully,
    C.

  13. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 1 year ago

    @Jeff H

    We subsidize the gov’t by giving to United Way groups in order to help people who are in need.
    How about you, Jeff?
    Curiously,
    C.

  14. cubefarmer

    cubefarmer said, about 1 year ago

    @Respectful Troll

    More a stab at the fact that having won, California is taking as big a cut of his winnings as he is.

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