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Obama imposes a Christmas tree tax

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.
Nobody is saying President Obama doesn’t have authority to impose his
new Christmas Tree Tax — his Administration cites the Commodity
Promotion, Research and Information Act of 1996. Just because the Obama
Administration has the legal power to impose its Christmas Tree Tax
doesn’t mean it should do so.
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?http://blog.heritage.org/2011/11/08/obama-couldnt-wait-his-new-christmas-tree-tax/


Added: Nov-8-2011 Occurred On: Nov-8-2011
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