Need help picking a Christmas tree? The Gov can help with a new tax
Ok, Maybe some people just aren't smart enough to be able to pile in the car, drive down the street and pick out a Christmas tree for themselves. Now the government is going to impose a new tax on Christmas trees to fund, guess what, a new government agency designed to help us with this difficult decision...
"One of Christmas' most recognizable symbols apparently needs a PR campaign -- and a new tax to pay for it.
The Obama administration has imposed a 15-cent tax on Christmas trees in order to pay for a new board tasked with promoting the Christmas tree industry.
The new fee and board were announced in the Federal Register on Tuesday, to be effective Wednesday. According to the Agriculture Department announcement, the government will impose a 15-cent charge on "producers and importers" of fresh Christmas trees, provided they sell or import more than 500 trees a year.
The money is not meant to pay down the debt or fund any other program. The Agriculture Department-imposed tax is designed to go back into the new Christmas Tree Promotion Board."Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves, for they shall never cease to be amused.
Let me see here...
Charge more for a product through a new tax so you can create yet another government bureaucracy to try and get you to buy more of the product they just raised the price on.
Sounds reasonable to me.
I see now the Dept of Ag has "delayed" the implementation after someone threw a shoe at someone.Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves, for they shall never cease to be amused.