Obama Never Met A Tax He Didn’t Like

Obama Couldn’t Wait: His New Christmas Tree Tax

David S.

November 8, 2011 at 6:15 pm

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).

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But what if I call it a Holiday Tree, do I pay the tax?  What about Minoras?  How about Kwanza Candles/


  1. “to support a new Federal program to improve the image and marketing of Christmas trees?”

    OK, can someone tell me why we need a new federal program to improve the image and marketing of Christmas trees? People either get one every year at Christmas, or they don’t.

  2. The power of the First Street Journal!!

    Per Obama’s Ag Department…Never mind. We “misspoke.”

    “The U.S. Department of Agriculture is going to delay implementation and revisit a proposed new 15 cent fee on fresh-cut Christmas trees, sources tell ABC News. The fee, requested by the National Christmas Tree Association in 2009, was first announced in the Federal Registry yesterday and has generated criticism of President Obama from conservative media outlets. The well-trafficked Drudge Report is leading with the story, linking to a blog by David Addington, a former top aide to then-Vice President David Addington, at the conservative Heritage Foundation assailing the president thus: “The economy is barely growing and nine percent of the American people have no jobs. Is a new tax on Christmas trees the best President Obama can do? And, by the way, the American Christmas tree has a great image that doesn’t need any help from the government.”’


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