When Olympic medals are taxed, you know our government has gone too far. But apparently, it does, and it has. The United States Olympic Committee gives bonuses to our medal winning athletes — $25,000 for a gold, for example — for these once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. The IRS, sensing an Olympic-sized windfall, taxes these unique achievements made through a lifetime of single-minded dedication, hard work and unthinkable sacrifice armchair experts cannot begin to comprehend; often toiling in obscurity in sports that require them to have "real" jobs (if they can find one these days). Most big stars donate those bonuses back to the USOC or their sports' governing federation. Either way, they're being taxed on the medal itself, not the "income." Taxing something that brings the immense pride to the entire country sure isn't in the Olympic spirit. Americans rejoice in winning the medals table. The federal government drools over the money it brings in — a new slant on earned income (not to mention the skyrocketing price of gold in this so-called "recovery"). During ancient times, the Greeks used the games as a period to halt war. Maybe the feds should stop waging war on our income. So yesterday, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced a bill that would exempt Olympic medal winners from this unpatriotic tax (see Washington Times). Then, as our athletes are doing from London, he tweeted about his bill. It scores a perfect 10 in my book. By the number of retweets as of last night, a bunch of Americans think so, too:

Michael Phelps, you didn't do that! Someone else did that for you!