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  •  Taxes helped Phil in many ways (5+ / 0-)
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    hestal, Buckeye54, Ref, unfangus, martydd

    1. He played cheap (compared to private clubs) rounds at tax payer funded public courses. He wouldn't be the golfer he is today without those experiences. One of the courses he grew up on was Torrey Pines in San Diego run by the city and Park District.
    2. He attended a public college (ASU) on scholarship thanks to taxpayer dollars.
    3. His wife received excellent medical care and was able to recover from cancer thanks to doctors trained at taxpayer funded institutions and using research and techniques developed on many of our dimes.
    4. Companies that sponsor multi-million dollar purse tournaments write off that expense (thanks taxpayers).

    There used to be a social contract between the wealthy and everyone else. They would continue to get rich and keep their mouths shut if we promised to not come after them with pitchforks. Build some museums, educate the unwashed masses, develop parks, foster growth in music and arts, etc. Somewhere they decided to tear up the contract.

    •  Amen To That (2+ / 0-)
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      hestal, unfangus

      ChasMac.  While I've played golf and enjoy watching it on occasion, I can't abide the political maunderings of its practitioners. They live in a society so blessed that men and women can make themselves hugely wealthy by playing a game as inherently silly as golf, and they complain about being asked to give a little more back.  It's disgraceful and disrespectful to all the souls who made this country what it is.

      Eat, drink, and be fat and drunk.

      by Ref on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 06:35:29 AM PST

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      •  My name is Chas and I'm a golfer... (0+ / 0-)

        Yes, golf is full of privileged white males who for the most part are very conservative. I have trouble with some of the comments I hear. I fight back when it makes sense. Hell, I even convinced a lifelong Republican to vote for Obama!

        The pros are even more conservative than the average hack. Face it, golf is expensive and to get to the pro level takes tons of money (equipment, greens fees, lessons, tournament and travel costs). So, you're going to find few players that weren't brought up by fairly well-to-do parents. Me and 7 siblings were raised by a single mom so I have a very different perspective.

        Interesting that Phil backtracked on his comments today (after his PR team hit him upside the head). Sorry Mr. Moneybags, the damage is already done.

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