Washington D.C.- Did you have fun last year? If you did, it could cost you! Congress is trying to pass a measure that would tax people's fun. Sen. Pat Leahy D-VT, is the bill's sponsor.
"We are just trying to make everything fair", Leahy said. "For someone who can't or doesn't know how to have fun, it can be very disturbing to watch other people have fun and it really isn't fair".
Sen. Leahy cites his home state of Vermont as an example. "In Vermont, my home-state, there is really nothing fun to do and you can see how wonderful and successful the people of Vermont are. I believe we should bring the rest of America in line with Vermont."
Sen. Ted Kennedy agrees: "We've seen what can happen when someone has too much fun", he said.
The tax will be a progressive tax as Sen.Leahy explains: "Next year, on your tax forms, you will simply be asked,'Did you have fun at all in the fiscal year 2008? If yes, calculate your fun tax by using the tax chart'."
Sen. Leahy says the new tax should not be too confusing for filers. "If you did something to make you smile or otherwise feel good, then that would be taxable and you will have to report it".
He says the tax will be used to fund the new "Dept. to Regulate Everything"