It's very expensive for liberals to play Santa Claus all the time while portraying conservatives as the offspring of Scrooge.
So what the liberals give with one hand, they take away with another in the form of increased taxes.
Just in time for Christmas - a new tax on Christmas trees to fund a cockamamie government program to improve the image and marketing of the trees.
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.
There are few things during the holiday season that are more beloved, more purely good than a Christmas tree. Why in the name of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer do we need a government program to "improve the image" of something that already has such a strong hold on our imaginations?
What can the government possibly do to improve the image of the Christmas tree? Knowing the way that government works, they will probably end up somehow damaging the Christmas tree market, which will then necessitate an increase in the tax to further "improve" the image of the tree.