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Local boy made good Phil Mickelson made some off-hand comments (which he has since taken a mulligan on) about how The Socialism is taking all of his money and probably blowing it on food for The Poors instead of worthwhile things like, for example, the city owned municipal course where he honed his skills as a young lad. Now he is going to have to make “drastic changes” like Going Galt or maybe having to sneak onto Mission Bay Golf Course late at night like we used to do and wading in the water hazard looking for golf balls.

Tell us your sad story, Phil:

“If you add up all the federal and you look at the disability and the unemployment and the Social Security and the state, my tax rate’s 62, 63 percent,” he said. “So I’ve got to make some decisions on what I’m going to do.

He acknowledged that he could end up leaving his home state of California. And he further agreed that the financial issues were the reason why he pulled out of an ownership team that purchased the San Diego Padres back in August.

“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, you know, it doesn’t work for me right now,” he said. “So I’m going to have to make some changes.”

Forget for the moment that the 63% tax rate he mentioned might be inflated a little, Mickelson is already divesting himself of his properties in Communistifornia. Here is the view from the home that he recently sold in Mitt Romney’s new neighborhood for $2.7 million :

…and this is his other home located a mere twelve miles east of the La Jolla residence:

Set on a private, 4.88-acre bluff overlooking the city, the Mickelsons’ home offers approximately 9,500-square-feet of living space spread over a single level. It includes a total of five bedrooms and seven baths, along with amenities like a steam room, sauna and safe room.  Use of gold finishes, imported Calcutta marble and gothic fireplaces made of hand-carved Cantera stone add to the home’s Spanish Colonial motif, giving it an Old World European feel. The master suite adjoins the gym and includes a private sitting area and fireplace, while the master bath boasts a shower decorated in handmade mosaic tile that features a unique curved-glass enclosure. Wrapped in lush trees and foliage, the rear of the property offers an outdoor kitchen and patio area, swimming pool, and the one thing a world class golfer should never be without, a putting green.

…and it can be yours for a cool $7.095 million.

It’s a shame Mickelson didn’t make his comments sooner, because the Wall Street Journal could have saved on hiring a graphic artist and just run the photo from the Phil Mickelson family Christmas card.

I bet they hired Dorothea Lange to shoot it…

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