Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Grinchiness Alert: Obama's New Christmas Tree Tax

The ever-clueless Obama administration has decided that Christmas trees need to improve their image. And not surprising, the Obama administration next decided that a new tax should be imposed on Christmas tree sellers to pay for a federal government program to “enhance the image of Christmas trees and the Christmas tree industry in the United States.”

One just can't believe that anyone -- even the numbskulls in this out-of-touch, greedy, Nanny State administration -- could come up with this kind of stupidity. But they do. Over and over.

Here's more from David Addington at the Heritage Foundation's Foundry.

Acting Administrator of Agricultural Marketing David R. Shipman announced that the Secretary of Agriculture will appoint a Christmas Tree Promotion Board...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.

The economy is barely growing and nine percent of the American people have no jobs.  Is a new tax on Christmas trees the best President Obama can do? And, by the way, the American Christmas tree has a great image that doesn’t need any help from the government.