Merry Christmas from Barack Obama … Taxing All Christmas Trees 15¢, Bah Humbug (UPDATE: Tax Delayed)
The Obama Administration will tax your hopes and dreams next … oh wait, they already have.
Have these people no shame? What do Americans need in the midst of an economic downturn, 9% unemployment and out of control federal debt … A Christmas tree tax of course! How in the hell does one create a Christmas tree tax? By the way, are we supposed to call them Christmas trees, or are they Holiday trees? Try and figure this circular logic out. The out of control intrusive federal government is taxing Christmas trees in order to market the image of the trees? HUH? The mere presence of the tax is going to give the trees a negative image. But what else can we expect from an Obama administration that would find a reason to tax everything and anything.
President Obama’s Agriculture Department today announced that it will impose a new 15-cent charge on all fresh Christmas trees—the Christmas Tree Tax—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).
As Conservatives4Palin states, just when did this country become so screwed up? When did we need a government to tell us how to “enhance” our Christmas trees? Further, when did we need them to charge us for it? Agreed! What won’t they tax?
As Weasel Zippers states, Caesar Obama Hath has issued a Christmas tree tax.
“And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.” — Luke 2:1
UPDATE I: Christmas Tree Tax Delayed … I guess the Obama Administration will delay the tax until after Christmas?