Ho Ho HO-bama!

I looked at my calendar, and it’s not April 1st, but it might as well be April 15th.  The Tax Man arrives in a red suit, with a twinkle in his eyes, but that isn’t old Saint Nick.  It’s Barack Obama, and this absurd man and his merry band of elves over at the Department of Agriculture have cooked up another new board to manage your lives, and help you appreciate Christmas trees by improving their image.  This is not a joke.  It should be, but it’s not.  Yes, Christmas tree producers will now pay a 15% surcharge on all of their tree sales, which they are of course going to pass along to tree buyers.  The good news is this will only apply to producers who sell five hundred or more trees per year.  Hurrah! More class envy, now among tree producers! Don’t worry, it’s all in keeping with the spirit of the season.

The Secretary of Agriculture will appoint a Christmas Tree Promotion Board, the purpose of which 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)).  It’s all designed to “enhance the image of Christmas trees and the Christmas tree industry in the United States” (7 CFR 1214.10).

Do you believe this?  Other than in the Obama White House, I wasn’t aware there had been a problem with the image of Christmas trees.  For most Americans, I believe, the whole notion of the Christmas tree is rather a fun and happy tradition with which most associate things like family gatherings, family togetherness, giving, and sharing.  I’m not sure the image of Christmas trees has ever been in question amongst the American people, but this sounds suspiciously like a tax, and or a hand-out to somebody, dressed in the guise of government help to an industry that has been slowly losing business to its artificial competitors.   What we really need to know is who in Obama’s cabinet or among his contributors owns a Christmas tree farm somewhere.

This all raises another question:  Will they be applying this fee to artificial trees too?  It seems not, so it now begs the question: Will this be the basis for a move to extend government power to cover artificial trees too?  Surely, that’s outside the  purview of the Agriculture Department, since artificial trees are not grown, but manufactured.   Will this create an opportunity for the producers of Christmas trees to claim they are being unfairly singled out?

Why do we need such a board?  It sounds like just another way to create yet one more government commission or board that will provide jobs for a full-time staff and probably perquisites for members who will be buddies and pals of the Ag Secretary, or political contributors to this President.  Will this wind up staffed by members of the Muslim brotherhood?  Since this is specifically about “Christmas trees,” can non-Christians serve on the board?  Surely, this violates something or other with respect to the much ballyhooed “wall of separation” between Church and state.  Surely, this is a form of “respecting an establishment of religion,” a.k.a., Christendom. The other question is:  Will they also go after the producers of prayer rugs with a similar fee?  Somehow, I doubt it.

Mark my word: No good can possibly come of this.  You can read more of the particulars of this ridiculous “fee” here, at the Heritage Foundation Website. Nobody can convince me that this administration doesn’t hate America.

Update: Obama may hate America, but he’s also fearful of Americans, so he scrubbed the tax…for now.

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