November 9, 2011

Scrooge Obama

Paul beat me to it, you should read his colorfully phrased perspective.

Where in the hell are the tree hugging, crunchy granola environmentalists?
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.
A tax to promote the death of trees.  The libs should be apoplectic at the thought.

Now, most smart people know that trees grown for paper and ornamental uses are a carefully planted, grown and harvested crop - not the careless destruction of natural resources.  But those aren't the people that sit in the forest banging a drum and crying over the death of trees (and voting for Obama).
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.
Merry Freakin' Christmas, America.  Just in time for the holidays, another tax federally mandated 'marketing' program.
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.
I think it is telling, as well, that the gummint is freely calling it a 'Christmas Tree Fee', not a 'Holiday Tree Fee' or 'Winter Tree Fee', but they are freely equating the item with a Christian holiday.  Isn't that discriminatory?  Can I go to the local corner tree purveyor and sign a declaration that I am simply desiring to purchase a cut fir tree and avoid the 'Christmas Tree Fee'? 

FUBHO, for piling on at the time of year that is usually a budget struggle for people, even in good times.  FUBHO for finding a way to tax a centuries old tradition.  FUBHO for breathing.


Anonymous said...

I know. It's hard to comprehend isn't it? The hypocrisy is breathtaking.

CenTexTim said...

“is not a tax nor does it yield revenue for the Federal government”

If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck...

"a new Federal program to improve the image ... of Christmas trees"

I was unaware there was a problem with the image of Christmas trees.

Just another government program to take money from the 53% and spend it on a problem that doesn't exist.

KatWA55 said...

As long as we're bitching about nonsensicle taxes, politicians love to tax unhealthy behavior they want to put a stop to such as cigarettes and alcohol..but following that line of thinking what is the rationale for taxing work? Also, I think the tanning booth tax is discriminatory because only white people frequent the tanning booth. So there!