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Chris Rose: Scalise and Buffett

I hate it when I don't get a joke.

The only thing worse is when the joke I don't get might not even be a joke at all.

Let me try to explain:

Wednesday night, the U.S. House of Representatives passed Louisiana congressman Steve Scalise's pet legislation, the Warren Buffett Rule Act.

This is not to be confused with the Warren Buffett Rule, a proposal by President Obama to raise taxes on billionaires like Warren Buffett, who famously remarked last year that he does not pay enough to the IRS.

The Warren Buffett Rule Act, will allow American taxpayers – like Warren Buffett, for instance – to voluntarily pay more taxes by checking a box on their income tax returns – the same way you can check a box on your 1040 form if you want the government to pay three dollars to the Presidential Election Campaign Fund.

The difference is, when you check the box for presidential elections, the government takes the money from the Treasury; you don't actually have to pony up your own dough.

But when you check the box for the Warren Buffett Rule Act, you have to fill in a specific amount and remit a check for same.

So, am I the only one who thinks this sounds like a joke?

I mean, who would volunteer to pay extra taxes?

Other than, presumably, Warren Buffett, that is?

Confused, I called Scalise's office and his spokesman assured me that the Warren Buffett Rule Act is no joke; it is serious legislation, the congressman's courageous stand against the "class warfare" being waged by Obama.

Thing is, I couldn't tell if he was joking when he said that to me.

Since Wednesday's vote, conservative pundits and bloggers have been resounding in their unified proclamation that all self-respecting liberal millionaires should check that box on his or her tax return next April – or they're no "Patriot" at all.

Incredibly, they were not joking.

At press time, the President had not yet responded to Scalise's bill.

Warren Buffett could not be reached for comment.

Jimmy Buffett wrote his song, Treetop Flyer:

I don't pay taxes 'cause I never file
I don't do bid'ness that don't make me smile

In this Byzantine state of affairs, that's the first thing that's made any sense at all to me.

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