House passes Buffett Rule Act, paving way for rich to pay more voluntarily

By voice vote this afternoon, the House passed the Buffett Rule Act of 2012, which paves the way for taxpayers to voluntarily pay more than they owe to reduce the national deficit. Taxpayers already can pay more than they owe, but the legislation would facilitate the process by adding a checkbox directly to federal tax forms.

The legislation would need to pass the Democrat-controlled Senate to become law. Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, who wrote the bill, said, “If Warren Buffett and others like him truly feel they’re not paying enough in taxes, they can use the Buffett Rule Act to put their money where their mouth is and voluntarily send in more to pay down the national debt.” Problem solved, right?

The move comes the day after President Obama told David Letterman he couldn’t remember just how big the national debt was. Note: it passed the $16 trillion mark just as the Democratic National Convention was getting underway. Will the checkbox make it easier for those who’ve been so anxious to pay more but just haven’t been able to find the checkbook?

  • SAndrews

    Fantastic! I’d even support letting ’em have a bumper sticker tp put on their limo!

  • SAndrews

    Fantastic! I’d even support letting ’em have a bumper sticker tp put on their limo!

  • E Mims

    I’d like to propose the Eric rule. All those think this rule is a good idea can voluntarily donate 1% of their income to me.

    • Mike

      Obviously a liberal!

    • Mike

      Obviously a liberal!

  • E Mims

    I’d like to propose the Eric rule. All those think this rule is a good idea can voluntarily donate 1% of their income to me.

  • Mike

    I hope they included a provision where those generous enough to pay more are recognized publicly so we can see if the “I’m not paying enough taxes.” crowd put their money where their mouth is.

    • Elaine

      PONY UP!! hahaha It’s always BEEN there but now it’s “easier?” hahaha LOVE IT.

  • Mike

    I hope they included a provision where those generous enough to pay more are recognized publicly so we can see if the “I’m not paying enough taxes.” crowd put their money where their mouth is.

  • Owen007

    Oh, I can’t wait for this to hit the Senate. Have fun, Harry. And just think, soon enough, a far left loudmouth with deep pockets will bitch about taxes – unaware of what is going on in Congress. That is going to be sweet.

    • Elaine

      How will it look if HARRY says NO to this? HAHAHA This is what he’s been spouting off about for a few years now. See if he meant it after all!

  • Owen007

    Oh, I can’t wait for this to hit the Senate. Have fun, Harry. And just think, soon enough, a far left loudmouth with deep pockets will bitch about taxes – unaware of what is going on in Congress. That is going to be sweet.

  • CalCon10

    OK, Warren. Pony up. Or shut up.

  • Joel A. Edge

    Well, the deficit is done for. I’m sure the libs will be lining up.

  • J.N. Ashby

    Yeah, if you want to, go for it. I’ll be sure to draw a middle finger on that section.

  • stillinthe60s

    The Buffet Rule passed! As the tears well up in Warren’s secretary’s eyes. Heh.

  • Rikkilulu

    I doubt it will pass the Senate. Hope so.

  • http://twitter.com/AUBraves AUBraves

    Easy… easy… easy. C’mon Harry. Get all your friends to ante up. Just teasing. I know you don’t have any friends.

  • gkell88

    nice job guys..Buffets secretary will probably send in a few bucks..

  • Lienathan

    Shoulda just called it the ‘Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is Act of 2012″. Or maybe the “Pay Up Or Shut Up Act”.

  • http://www.spacecoastconservative.com/ SpaceCoastConservative.com

    George Sorors & Obama could make a BIG dent in it if they both gave all. Redistribution for everyone, right?

  • poljunkie♪

    Ok Eva, pony up the dough.
    But then you could have written a check anytime you wanted to previously.

  • http://twitter.com/Chademann Chad Manning

    Ohh, so now the rich liberals can check a box and pay the exact amount that they already owe and get a free pass! How nice! This would be a great idea if one could actually believe that it would pay down the national debt. Guess what; it only gives more money for the government to spend!

  • “G”willekkers

    Anyone who voluntarily gives them more money to piss away in China, Canada, Mexico, Egypt and so many other countries is a damn fool.

  • EastValleyConservative

    House Dems call it “chicanery” and instead stomp their collective feet and demand that wealthy people pay for their irresponsible spending which was done in the VERY spirit of “chicanery”–which is buying votes.