Looks like the White House Scrooge wants to hang some tinsel on every fresh Christmas tree in America: a 15 cent tax. You read it right! This is not a Joke. But of course, Scrooge is calling it a “fee,” not a tax.
Obama’s Sec. of Ag wants to appoint a Christmas Tree Promotion Board to run “a program of promotion, research, evaluation, and information” to market the Christmas tree industry. No kidding! Obama wants the feds to handle promotion and public relations for Christmas trees, and they want to tax every fresh tree sold 15 cents. Seriously?
Oh, yes. But it’s all okay because tree sellers could pass along the 15 cent tax (I call it graft) to consumers. It’s just 15 cents, after all. So who among us thinks the Christmas Tree Promotion Board wouldn’t evolve into a full-fledged federal agency with all the fraud, deceit, corruption, wastefulness and inefficiency that exists in most federal agencies?
No matter what Scrooge calls it, it’s a TAX. And we don’t need to send the government any additional tax revenue to fund their dim-witted ideas, like running the Christmas tree industry. Are Scrooge and his Czars really that daft??
The story is this. Many businesses in the Christmas tree industry don’t want to participate in ANY tree promotion program. The industry tried more than once to collectively conduct advertising programs based on voluntary contributions. Every time they tried it the revenue declined to the point where the programs were ineffective. The tree sellers decided they didn’t want to participate. And that should have been the end of it.
But what does Scrooge do? He creates a mandatory tax to force compliance of a program that the businesses involved do not want.
It appears that Obama does not understand free enterprise. Surprised, anyone? In addition to forcing us to purchase his version of health insurance, he also wants us to pay a “tree tax” to support a government promotion scam that failed to entice voluntary contributions.
How many jobs are expected to be “created?” None, except more government workers to enforce the Christmas Tree Tax boondoggle. Instead of shrinking government, Scrooge is determined to expand it. Oh, Big Government, ain’t it just great?
After this Ghost of Christmas Future story was picked up by The Drudge Report, more than a million people read it. The outrage was swift and fierce, and Obama’s Christmas Goose was cooked. Scrooge decided to delay hanging his Christmas tree tinsel tax on your fresh tree while the Dept of Ag “reconsiders” its position.
If Drudge hadn’t highlighted this and if Americans hadn’t thrown a not-another-tax-fit, a new mandate and tax from the feds would have come to pass without our knowledge.
The Power of The People, doesn’t it just give you a Holiday Tingle?
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