Bah Humbug… Obama Imposes 15¢ Tax on Christmas Trees

Barack Obama Hates Christians.

The Obama Administration today announced a new 15¢ tax on Christmas trees.
Heritage reported:

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).

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.

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.

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  • nano

    It is 15 cents NOT 15 % and only on sellers of 500 or more trees

  • Rachelle

    One thing we know is that this Kenyan muzzie will never impose a tax on anything related to Islam.

  • Liz

    Gees, I would be selling “holiday” trees, not “Christmas” trees

  • gus

    Let me help you out GP’ers. the KEY WORDS are….

    A NEW FEDERAL PROGRAM.

  • http://www.grannyjanandjihadkitty.com/ Granny Jan

    I was waiting all day for Drudge to put that photo up.
    There are 3 “I’m going to eat you little girl” Obama photos here:
    http://bit.ly/rPHLEs

  • Taqiyyotomist

    I wish there was a site which feature good Drudge screenshots like this.

    That’s just perfect. Drudge is a genius with his layout sometimes.

  • Vicky Hernandez

    Can the POTUS, or a Federal agency, “raise” funds instead of Congress? And In so doing, doesn’t that basically do away with the Separation of Powers?

    This is beyond outrageous. It’s a coup!

  • Ella

    #2 Rachelle – you mean like a tax on HALAL meat? Where is PETA when you need them.

  • StrangernFiction

    The Land of the Decree and the Home of the Slave

  • Joanne

    “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”s”….

    Yah, this is what is needed……a government paid Board to promote the Christmas tree industry. What a joke.

  • Todd

    Ok, this really is Bizzaro World now. Why would anyone think that Christmas Trees need promoting during the Christmas season? They pretty much sell themselves with little advertising or fanfare. I personally drive by 2 or 3 lots, selling freshly cut trees. Also, what happened to separation of Church and State? Why is the Government creating a new board to promote a Christian holiday? If anything violates separation of Church and State, it is certainly this!!!!!!!!

    Personally, I have an artificial tree and couldn’t care less about it, but I would definitely NOT buy a real Christmas tree because of it.

    Stupid to the Nth Degree!!!!

  • Carbon Pootprint

    So basically some cronies need a permanent gubmint job with all the perks. Building a bigger and more corrupt democrat party everyday.

  • gus

    Joanne. More government jobs, more benefits, more pensions. For what??

  • Taqiyyotomist

    Here’s the trees they’re “promoting”:

    http://biggovernment.com/capitolconfidential/2009/12/22/transvestites-mao-and-obama-decorate-white-house-christmas-tree/

    I wonder what “audacities”, atrocities, and blasphemies will adorn the W.H. tree this year.

  • gus

    They should put a tax on MAO ornaments.

  • http://furtheradventuresofindigored.blogspot.com/ Indigo Red

    Would never have been a tax if it was a Ramadan Tree.

  • mrt721

    You can avoid this tax by calling it a ‘Holiday Tree’.
    This is what is known as a “tax loophole”.

    ;/s?

  • Leatherhelmet

    This will cause a 10 point drop in the polls since it is the stupidest tax in modern history.

    Maybe a prayer tax is coming next or a crucifix tax.

  • Mrs. P

    —->>>Merry Christmas from the Illegal Muslim Resident in the White House….

  • KOW

    What next, a $0.15 tax on makeup to improve the image of the First Lady?

    Does a Christmas tree need its image improved? How about just getting the Atheist to shut up about Christmas.

    Besides, isn’t this against Church and State? They are endorsing Christmas. LOL