Wednesday, November 9, 2011

christmas tree tax

  • Question:-is a new 0bama christmas tree tax the way to go?
    the tree's are already taxed like all trees but is it right to charge extra tax on these trees just for the holiday session? then why not a special turkey tax for the month of november? or extra beer tax in october? etc...

  • Question:-Is this Christmas tree tax thing Constitutional?
    Is it constitutional for the government to put added taxes on a token of religious worship? If it were more blatant, like a 70% tax on crucifixes, or prayer mats or something, wouldn't this be obviously unconstitutional? How is this different? Is it different? Your thoughts.
    You're absolutely right, they were the ones that wanted the fee, but that doesn't change what it is. If Muslims wanted a .15 cent tax on prayer mats in order for the government to promote prayer mats, there'd be a riot.

  • Question:-Is anyone else excited about Obamas Christmas Tree tax?
    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. (7 CFR 1214.46(n))

  • Question:-Do you know who is poised to receive the millions in taxes from n0bama's new Christmas Tree Tax?
    wait for it.....

    the christmas tree industry !!!

    ...and you thought it was to help pay off the national debt

  • Question:-Instead of a Christmas Tree Tax why doesn't n0bama create a Hanuka Candle Tax?
    or a Muslim Prayer tax?

  • Question:-Poll: federally imposed Christmas tree tax add?
    Do you agree with the federally added 15 cent tax add on Christmas tree sales this year as a good idea?

    Also, do you agree that fake Christmas trees should be banned (sounds like there are some people who agree with this as well)?

    For more info:

    What are yours? Explanations to add to your answers are welcome.

    My answers: no and no.

  • Question:-Thief in Chief, imposes 15% Christmas Tree Tax, like it?
    Next year, The Thief in Chief, has a really, really good idea, An Easter Egg Tax. Shows the insanity
    of this administration. Suppose he has a Christmas tree Czar too. Boot this commie a$$-clown and all
    his marxist buddies out, 2012.

  • Question:-Since Obama is imposing a Christmas tree tax. Will he also tax prayer rugs?

  • Question:-Rush broke the news that the Christmas Tree tax isn't caused by Obama. But will anyone listen?
    Listening to second hour of Rush Limbaugh today, I heard him say the tax was actually from the USDA.

    It was added after lobbying Christmas tree growers association, to help fund an add similar to the "Got Milk" ads. While Rush (as usual) was against the tax, he stressed that this wasn't Obama's doing.

    Question is does any one care? All the "blame America first"ers seems to be happy to blame this on President Obama.

    More details :

    The program — similar to familiar industry campaigns like "Got Milk?" "Beef: It's What's For Dinner" and "The Incredible Edible Egg" — would have been fully funded by fees on the industry at 15 cents per Christmas tree sold. The industry had asked the USDA to set up the program.

    Conservative critics said the costs could eventually be passed on to consumers. The National Christmas Tree Association said it wouldn't have an impact on the price consumers pay for their trees.

    White House spokesman Matt Lehrich said the USDA would delay the program, but defended it, saying it was not a tax.

    "I can tell you unequivocally that the Obama administration is not taxing Christmas trees," Lehrich said. "What's being talked about here is an industry group deciding to impose fees on itself to fund a promotional campaign."

    to be fair he has already stopped it (see link posted in question).

    "the White House said Wednesday it was reversing its decision to approve an industry-sponsored Christmas tree promotion program after conservatives accused the Agriculture Department of spoiling Christmas with a new tree tax."

  • Question:-Obama's Christmas tree tax, libs are blaming Bush, but Clinton was in office in 1996?
    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.

    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.

    Libs owned again. Does the stupid ever end in the DNC?


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