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Jon Stewart Defends Warren Buffett on ‘Class Warfare’ (Video)

No, Stewart says, the billionaire investor is not a socialist

Jon Stewart belitted conservative commentators' claims that billionaire investor Warren Buffett is engaging in class warfare — and may be a socialist — because he wants to end "extraordinary tax breaks" for the very wealthy.

In a New York Times op-ed piece Monday entitled "Stop Coddling the Super-Rich," Buffett argued that he and many other very wealthy Americans are taxed at "bargain" rates. He said that last year he paid only only 17.4 percent of his taxable income, a lower percentage than any of the other 20 people working in his office.

Buffett's call for ending tax breaks brought cries of "class warfare" from TV pundits. Those in turn prompted Stewart to break out statistics showing the U.S. has worse income inequality than many Third World countries.

He told some jokes, too.

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