Top golfer Phil Mickelson may leave California because of the tax increases on millionaires caused by passage of state ballot initiative Proposition 30. Proposition 30 raises sales tax 1/4 0f 1 percent for four years, and raises income tax on earnings over $250k for seven years, to fund state schools. The income tax increase will be mostly significant for those making more than $1 million.
Mickelson says his tax bite from state and federal taxes will be 62-to-63 percent, cutting his estimated $47 million earnings in 2012 to a paltry $18 million. Mickelson says he will have to make “drastic changes”, a statement many interpret to mean he will leave California, or possibly even retire from golf because it just isn’t worth the trouble to be a measly millionaire 18 times over.
The rest of California will be sad to see you go, Phil. Oh, and don’t let the border hit you in the ass on the way out.
A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found Proposition 8, the California ban on same-sex marriage approved by voters in 2008, “works a meaningful harm to gays and lesbians” by denying them equal rights.
While gay rights activists called the decision a triumph, the conservative Christian legal foundation The Alliance Defense Fund was not surprised that “this Hollywood-orchestrated attack on marriage — tried in San Francisco — turned out this way.”
“What can you expect from a bunch of homos in the movie industry and in ‘Gay Francisco’ but this kind of abomination” said Scott Trotter, a spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which backed the California ballot initiative. “Marriage is a sacred bond between a man and several women, some of whom may be underage and involved against their will, just as Jesus wanted it.”
Ron Paul, hyper-active Republican presidential candidate and Tigger look-alike, took 44.9% of the vote in the California straw poll. Texas Governor Rick Perry was a distant second with 29.3% of the votes. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was third with 8.8% of the votes. The other GOP candidates split the remaining paltry 12%.
Of course, considering there were only 833 ballots cast, you could kind of call the entire thing “paltry”.
“Mama Grizzly” and reality tv star and 1/2 ex-governor of Alaska and also-ran candidate for Vice President Sarah Palin appeared at a Republican National Committee fundraiser in Anaheim. She did not endorse Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman nor Republican Senate candidate Carly “It’s Better To Get Fired Than Live With The Uncertainty” Fiorina. Neither of the Republican candidates appeared at the fund raiser. Because Sarah Palin was going to be there. And Sarah Palin is the kiss of death to any serious Republican running for office.