O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
Your branches, green they cost us.
Obama apparently really hates Christmas.
How do I know. Well because he and his Department of Agriculture has just put a 15 cent tax on every Christmas tree in the nation.
Because he wants to strengthen the Christmas Tree industry. No really. I quote:
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)). [Italics and bold added]
Yes because this will go up there with all those other taxes that strengthen industries like….well there was….and…um…oh wait taxes, no matter how insignificant, always hurt an industry. So the question is why does Obama hate Christmas trees? Why does he feel the need to ruin the industry?
Go on…name for me one time, one single time, that a tax on product led to increased sales. That’s all I want, one time.
And was there a real harm to the industry? Were people all of a sudden switching to Christmas shrubbery? Christmas palm trees? Christmas pine cones? I will grant you that a fake tree, if you’re willing to shell out the big bucks and get a nice one, can be more convenient (just buy a Xmas tree scented candle at Yankee Candle and the only way you know the difference is the fact that you’re not vacuuming pine needles for the next two months)…but people are still buying Christmas trees. And if they are switching to the fake ones I would think that the fake tree makers employee more people than the lumberjacks needed to cut down the trees…but who knows on that one.
So we’re going to hurt sales by raising the prices. We’re probably going to hurt both the real and fake tree businesses, because if there is one regulation we know about, then I can almost promise you there are 10 we have yet to hear about. And overall we’re about to make this a slightly less merry holiday season.
Granted I don’t think Obama is sitting like some twisted version of Scrooge, not just hating Christmas, but wanting to ruin everyone’s Christmas…but I do think he is an idiot for doing something like this. Who but this moron would think, “people are tightening their belts. Let me raise the price of one of the most cherished symbols of the season.” Idiot.