RUSH: Look, there's Phil Mickelson on TV doing an Enbrel commercial. You know what that is? I think it's an arthritis drug that you shoot up yourself. It comes with a syringe. They gave it to me when they were trying to save my hearing. And I used it. Phil's a spokesman, and that's probably one of the reasons why he back tracked.
You ought to read some of the sports media guys talking about Mickelson. Mickelson did not ask for a change in tax policy. He didn't join some politician's campaign. He didn't run out there and start his own cause to lower taxes. All he did was publicly say, "I may not be able to afford to live in California." And the sports media descended on this guy. The sports media is every bit as left-wing as their news media counterparts are. They started laughing at him and making fun of him and calling him insensitive and cruel and selfish.
So Phil has done what most people do under such assault. He's apologized. He asked for forgiveness. He declared he was insensitive. Yes, he shouldn't have ever talked about it. Yes, he should realize there are people living paycheck to paycheck, and he let that slip from his mind. Oh, it's so insensitive a thing he did and pulled the comments back. He's vowed never, ever again to speak in public about it. This is how they shut you down. And it was the sports media. Some people say it was his agent. I'm sure his agent was in there like everybody else getting scared of what the sports media was doing.
One piece, AP. The author is Tim Dahlberg, the headline: "For Phil Mickelson, it's Not Easy Being Rich -- It's not always easy being rich, as Phil Mickelson reminded us the other day. There are taxes to pay -- apparently lots of them -- and the price of a tank of jet fuel seems to go up every day. A million dollars a week just doesn't go as far as it used to, now that the wealthy are paying more in taxes."
Every one of the snarky liberals, I don't care where you find them through the media or throughout the country, these are the people complaining about the price increase on their electric bill, phone bill, cable bill, doesn't matter. They're constantly complaining about the rising costs of things, leading the charge in fact. The cost of government never bothers them. The price of government never bothers them. The higher the better. The more the better. And that is quite telling. It explains a lot about them, they're statists. They believe in government as the focal point, the universe, the center of everybody's life. But no other institution that needs to raise prices to stay in business or show profits, they're never justified. They're always screwing people or ripping people off. They don't care about their customers. Government, you shouldn't even utter a syllable of disagreement when your government says the price goes up.
RUSH: So Phil Mickelson has to lay prostate. He has to apologize. He has to beg for forgiveness. He has to confess to insensitivity. He has to basically say, "Yep, I'm a selfish, mean guy. I really don't want to be, I'm going to try not to be in the future, I'm sorry." Meanwhile, the captain of New York Yankees, short stop Derek Jeter, as we speak is at the Davos World Economic Forum. Derek Jeter, short stop of the New York Yankees, is at Davos, Switzerland participating in the World Economic Forum.
Many of you are wondering, what would Derek Jeter be doing there? I mean, there's snow on the ground, can't be playing baseball, can't be rehabbing the broken ankle. What's he doing? Derek Jeter, while Phil Mickelson is apologizing and begging forgiveness and admitting to insensitivity over the fact that he only keeps 38 cents of every dollar he earns, and that's the way to look at it, by the way. Not that he's paying 62%. He's keeping 38 cents of every dollar. And he's selfish, and he's greedy. And he's insensitive for pointing it out.
Meanwhile, the captain of the New York Yankees is at the Davos World Economic Forum helping promote climate change. "While the Yankee captain isn't exactly known for getting involved in politics, Jeter says he hopes in the wake of Hurricane Sandy that climate change is addressed as global political and business leaders gather in Switzerland. Jeter, who is sponsored by Gatorade, was invited by Pepsi, which owns the brand. 'I was in New York for Hurricane Sandy. It's just something that's gotten so much attention,'" this climate change.
So they're using Jeter who, I don't know him, so I don't know how much of this stuff he knows. Anyway, a lot of people look up to Derek Jeter, young kids: "Mommy, mommy, Derek Jeter says the hurricane was caused by global warming and climate change. Derek Jeter says we've got to stop it. Mommy, we've got to go get a new car. What are we going to do mommy?" And that's how it happens.
RUSH: In Davos, Switzerland, Derek Jeter is talking about hurricanes. He says something has to be causing them. We need to look at climate change. But I'm not injecting myself into politics, Jeter said. He said, "I know my place." See, he's not even injecting himself into politics. It's not even a political issue.