Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Christmas Tree Tax...Really.

Politico took a break from ferreting out women who may have once heard of or even seen Herman Cain to report on the new Christmas Tree tax that has been approved by the USDA (and will be levied this season). From the story:
The new tax will be used to raise funds for an advertising campaign promoting the benefits of live trees, as opposed to artificial ones. The tax is expected to raise approximately $2 million, according to McClatchy News. 
A 12-member board will be charged with directing the funds toward advertising and research ventures.
The issue that prompted this tax is the declining sales versus the increasing sales of artificial ones. So, the tax will be used to fund a promotional campaign to tout  the benefits of live trees over artificial ones. Good luck with that. Haven't we been hearing for years about the dangers of live trees as fire hazards? A quick search of the 'net for "Christmas tree fire hazard" yields pages of warnings from federal and state agencies, as well as from media sources.

No doubt, the issue of fire safety will be addressed by the Tree Board in their promotional campaign.

The bigger issue here, though, is why? Is this really the government's job? If the the Christmas tree producers want to get together and do some group promotional work, they are free to do so. There's nothing wrong with that and it sounds like a good idea. Why is the Federal government getting involved?

The truth is hard to accept: Obama is in the pocket of the Christmas tree lobby.

Cheers, all.

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