President Obama’s Agriculture Department has officially imposed a 15 cent tax on all fresh Christmas trees. Um, call me crazy… but this isn’t a good way to help you gain favor in an election year. Your approval rating is dropping by the minute and you think taxing Christmas is a good move in the right direction.
Sure, 15 cents isn’t the end of the world for anyone. But all of you KNOW that’s not the point. Since when is taxing Christmas trees an okay thing to do? This makes me all the more happy that my Christmas tree WON’T be taxed because it’s in a box in my garage, ready to be lit up on Thanksgiving after our non-taxed feast.
Here is more detail on the whole moronic thing:
The Christmas Tree Tax is to support a new Federal program to improve the image and marketing of Christmas trees. In the Federal Register of November 8, 2011, Acting Administrator of Agricultural Marketing David R. Shipman announced that the Secretary of Agriculture will appoint a Christmas Tree Promotion Board. The purpose of the Board is to run a “program of promotion, research, evaluation, and information designed to strengthen the Christmas tree industry’s position in the marketplace; maintain and expend existing markets for Christmas trees; and to carry out programs, plans, and projects designed to provide maximum benefits to the Christmas tree industry” (7 CFR 1214.46(n)). And the program of “information” is to include efforts to “enhance the image of Christmas trees and the Christmas tree industry in the United States” (7 CFR 1214.10).
To pay for the new Federal Christmas tree image improvement and marketing program, the Department of Agriculture imposed a 15-cent fee on all sales of fresh Christmas trees by sellers of more than 500 trees per year (7 CFR 1214.52). And, of course, the Christmas tree sellers are free to pass along the 15-cent Federal fee to consumers who buy their Christmas trees.
Acting Administrator Shipman had the temerity to say the 15-cent mandatory Christmas tree fee “is not a tax nor does it yield revenue for the Federal government” (76 CFR 69102). The Federal government mandates that the Christmas tree sellers pay the 15-cents per tree, whether they want to or not. The Federal government directs that the revenue generated by the 15-cent fee goes to the Board appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture to carry out the Christmas tree program established by the Secretary of Agriculture. Mr. President, that’s a new 15-cent tax to pay for a Federal program to improve the image and marketing of Christmas trees.
My favorite quote so far in the response to this pathetic move by the government comes from FOX News:
A year from now, if Barack Obama has lost his re-election bid, he will be able to look back on his Agriculture Department’s announcement on Tuesday of a 15-cent tax on Christmas trees as one of the many turning points that led to his defeat.
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