Clerks at Penney’s (or wherever) can no longer say “Merry Christmas” but we are going to be promoting and “improving the image and marketing the Christmas tree” industry with our tax dollars. In most American towns and cities, nativity scenes are no longer allowed but we’re suppose to now support CHRISTMAS TREE FARMERS?
Are you kidding me???
And another bureaucracy? The Christmas Tree Promotion Board???
I’m telling you folks, November 2012 can’t come soon enough!
from the Heritage Foundation:
Obama Couldn’t Wait: His new Christmas Tree Tax
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).
But wait, wait! It’s not a taaaaaax – it’s a fee! Read on here:: Heritage Foundation