NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- We're in the middle of the Giving Season, it seems.Everywhere you turn, someone wants people to give, as long as the word "people" is defined as "everyone but us." Yesterday, a supermarket checkout clerk asked me to take $1 from my change to fight childhood autism -- which I gladly did, though it occurred to me, why doesn't this supermarket take $1 from its own coffers, rather hitting up its customers for cash? In that same spirit, Bank of America ( BAC) wants the holders of its debit cards to give $5 a month to its favorite charity -- Bank of America -- for the privilege of using its debit cards. Meanwhile, Starbucks ( SBUX) Chief Executive Officer Howard Schultz will soon be asking customers to pay $5 into a program to provide loans for small businesses. The recipients will get a wristband, just as you do in a club to show you're not gate-crashing. And then we have Warren Buffett, seemingly bucking the trend. He is willing to dig into his pockets and actually pay, rather than suggest that people other than himself fork over cash. He originated what has come to be known as the "Buffett Rule," which holds that millionaires should pay a greater share of their taxes. I say "seemingly" because it emerged the other day that Buffett isn't really in favor of the Buffett Rule after all. In fact, he has just taken a major step toward seeing it never sees the light of day. In a CNBC interview, it emerged that Buffett doesn't actually endorse increasing taxes for millionaires, or even multi-millionaires. "My program would be on the very high incomes that are taxed very low," he said. "Not just high incomes. Somebody making $50 million a year playing baseball, his taxes won't change. Make $50 million a year appearing on television, his income won't change. But if they make a lot of money and they pay a very low tax rate, like me, it would be changed by a minimum tax that would only bring them up to what the other people pay."