New Obama Christmas Tree Tax Enacted to Fund Government Marketing Scheme

    Bookmark and Share   As the Republican presidential candidates prepare for tonight’s debate, I can only hope that at least one of them will be the following line;

  “This Administration has created more new taxes and fees than they have jobs.  Their latest is a tax on Christmas”.

The line may be an exaggeration but it is representative of the Obama Administration and the  liberal ideology which dominates today’s Democratic Party.   This was exemplified by yesterday’s declaration by President Obama’s Agriculture Department to  impose a new 15 cent charge on all fresh Christmas trees.

The tax is suppose to to support a new Federal program to improve the image and marketing of Christmas trees.

According to 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. which will be responsible for running  a “program of promotion, research, evaluation, and information designed to strengthen the Christmas tree industry’s position in the marketplace; maintain and expand existing markets for Christmas trees; and to carry out programs, plans, and projects designed to provide maximum benefits to the Christmas tree industry”

So the President and his czarist minions now want to take up marketing.  I guess they have marketed the U.S. Postal Service so well that they now want to broaden their example by doing for Christmas trees, what they did for the postal service.

According to the National Christmas Tree Association  The program was developed under the Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act of 1996 and there are at least 18 other similar programs already in effect for various agricultural commodities. The NCTA states;

 “Although smaller in scope, the Christmas tree program will be similar to recognizable programs for milk, cotton and beef that have brought consumers commodity-oriented messages such as “Got Milk?” and “Beef, It’s what’s for dinner.”

The National Christmas Tree Association apparently supports the news tax on Christmas trees, and why not?  Fifteen cents is not likely to prevent anyone from buying a Christmas tree.  Most people view tradition to be worth at least that.  However, the cost is not the point here.  The point is that the federal government should not be involved in doing what an organization like the National Christmas Tree Association should be doing……promoting the image of the tree growing industry and sales of Christmas trees.

While I guess some might claim that coming up with the phrase “Got Milk” is some stroke of genius, I have to ask if the federal government should be trying to do the job of N.W. Ayer or BBDO ?

Hopefully someone in tonight’s debate will use the new Christmas tax as an example of how the federal government is trying to take the place of the private sector, which in effect, is an Atlas Shrugged-like example of a slow march to socialism.  Hopefully someone in tonight’s Republican presidential debate will mention the fact that while the Obama Administration claims it wants to improve the image of Christmas Tree growers, they are at the same time participants in the the liberal led mission to ban Christmas trees from the public square and play a game of political correctness that will not even allow you to call a pine tree adorned with decorations and lights, a Christmas Tree.  Instead they try to define Christmas as a socially responsible, environmentally conscious, gender neutral, celebration of the winter solstice holiday, and they call Christmas trees “holiday trees”.  If they were holiday trees, why don’t people drag them into their houses and decorate them for Columbus Day or Martin Luther King, jr. Day?  How many holidays trees have beautifully colored Easter eggs wrapped under them in your livingroom?

Fifteen cents is no big deal.  At least not untill next year when the federal government decides that their marketing of the Christmas tree industry isn’t go so well, so they have to turn the fifteen cents a tree tax into a twenty cent per foot of each tree tax, and start raising it each year thereafter.  It will be a big deal when we inevitably find out that all the money being collected to promote Christmas trees was borrowed by Congress to help finance the ailing Social Security fund.  Wake up people!   We are talking about the federal government here!  How many programs should it be running?  What businesses and industries should it be in?

The National Christmas Tree Association may like this tax because it allows them to participate in the federal boondoggle that picks and chooses who it wants to benefit, but conservatives understand that new taxes just mean more more government, more spending, and less freedom.  Now they are just trying to exploit Christmas to further their desire for more government, more spending, and more control of the private sector and Americans in general.

Hopefully this will not go unmentioned in tonight’s Republican presidential debate.

Meanwhile the Obama’s Special Occassions Czar, Ebenezer Scrooge, has announced that the words of othe famed Christmas Carol, uh…..I mean holiday carol, Oh Tannenbaum, will  now have its words changed to “O-bama tree,O-bama tree, You give us so much in taxes.”

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