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One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -- Plato (429-347 BC)

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Obama's Attempted New Tax on Christmas Trees

[Breaking: the Obama administration has just backed off its plans to tax Christmas trees. Read more.] Will they next go after the taxing of crosses, religious jewelry, icons, Islamic pray rugs, in the future?

by Tierra Warren, Heritage Foundation: You better watch out. You better not cry. But you’ll probably pout. I’m telling you why.

There’s a new Christmas Tree tax coming to town! [Or, there was see breaking news above.]

Heritage Vice President David Addington explains that this is no joke: “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.”

Excuse me? Improve the image of Christmas trees?

According to Addington,
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).The tax, imposed on sellers of more than 500 trees per year and passed on to consumers, will pay for this new marketing program. The administration is already playing defense. They’re calling it a fee. But when the government charges a fee to raise money for a government program, that sounds an awful lot like a tax.

As Addington puts it,
Nobody is saying President Obama doesn’t have authority to impose his new Christmas Tree Tax — his Administration cites the Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act of 1996.  Just because the Obama Administration has the legal power to impose its Christmas Tree Tax doesn’t mean it should do so.With the economy still recovering from the recession and the jobless rate at nine percent, adding a tax to the jolliest time of year is not only depressing but unnecessary. The new tax hurts the businesses that sell these trees, many of them small businesses. And it puts consumers on the hook for increased costs. Besides, the Christmas tree already has a great image. It doesn’t need any help from the government.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Sandra L Staats said...

new nickname: OHumbug

11/10/2011  
Anonymous Stefano Costantini said...

Is there somebody who wants to make us forget our Religion, our Traditions, our Pride, our Christmas, our Civilization, OUR FREEDOM ???

11/10/2011  
Anonymous Stefano Costantini said...

Yes, there is, his name is .........

11/10/2011  

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