President Obama “Grinches” Christmas
Akin to the Grinch, from Dr. Seuss fame, trying to steal Christmas, the Obama administration is trying to tax Christmas Trees. All in an effort to promote the real meaning of Christmas, not.
The real reason that President Obama is taxing Christmas Trees is to promote the Christmas tree industry. The tax is a measly 15 cents a tree, but once the government is in your pocket, the tax will inevitably go up and up and up.
Effective today, the new fee and board, will impose a 15-cent-per-tree charge on “producers and importers” of fresh Christmas trees, if they sell or import more than 500 trees a year. All proceeds of the tax are designed to go into the new Christmas Tree Promotion Board.
The new board, according to the Federal Register, is going to launch a “program of promotion, research, evaluation, and information designed to strengthen the Christmas tree industry's position in the marketplace.”
Representative Steve Scalise, a Republican from Louisiana, vowed to fight the “Grinch” move. “It is shocking that President Obama tried to sneak this new tax on Christmas trees,” according to a statement by Mr. Scalise. Hopefully, when the board decides to renew this program, they can throw it out in three years like we all do the day after New Year's Eve.