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Obama’s New Christmas Tree Tax, Big Government Has Officially Exploded (Updated)

Just when we thought it couldn’t get any worse, the Obama Administration is now imposing a new tax on fresh Christmas trees.

David Addington reports:

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.

No, it’s not a joke.  What kind of a country is this turning into?  When did we need a government to tell us how to "enhance" our Christmas trees?  Further, when did we need them to charge us for it?

Keep in mind, not only is a new tax on its way, but we had to pay these bureaucrats to come up with it.

Read more on Addington’s article here.


Some are responding to the media and C4P’s reporting of this negatively.  Their argument is that "the industry" requested this program during the Bush administration.  However, the article quotes that Obama’s administration is citing the Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act of 1996 in explaining it. 

Furthermore, they state that it was to promote fresh cut Christmas trees since more people are purchasing artificial ones.

First they say the cash will be used for promotion and "research."

So two flags pop up:

1.) The word "research"

2.) "the industry"

First, the cost can be passed on to the consumer.  Second, who is "the industry?"  Did every Christmas tree farmer from across the nation hold a summit somewhere I missed?  This is a collectivist approach — the same kind which keeps failing in our country and opens up more doors for more excuses for further preposterous "tax and spend" to "fund our research" policies to come out of Washington D.C.

How about an individual’s approach?  Most people I know buy artificial trees because of the pine needles.  In most cases, dry Christmas trees are a major fire hazard.  People are going to make the same choice regardless and this is yet another situation which government bureaucrats should not be paid our tax dollars which fund their salaries to make these kinds of decisions!

"The industry" smells to me little like pine needles and a bit more like crony capitalism, lobbyists and collectivism.

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  • Guest

    Who is "the Secretary of Agriculture"?
    Imagine having a business card that says that you are a board-member of the Christmas Tree Promotion Board !!!!! 
    Who are they ?
    There has never been a Communist country that went this far.

    • Nichama

      When we get 100,000,000, that’s one hundred million willing Christians to BOND together, voice their concerns and vote, we can take back America with God’s help, Become one of the One hundred million, then lets get 200 million.

      God Bless America and Shine your light on Her..

      In 1952 President Truman established one day a year as a "National Day of Prayer."

      In 1988 President Reagan designated the First Thursday in May of each year as the National Day of Prayer.

      In June 2007 (then) Presidential Candidate Barack Obama declared that the USA "Was no longer a Christian nation."

      This year President Obama canceled the 21st annual National Day of Prayer ceremony at the WhiteHouse under the ruse Of "not wanting to offend anyone

      "BUT… on September 25, 2009 from 4 AM until 7 PM,a National Day of Prayer FOR THE MUSLIM RELIGION was Held on Capitol Hill, Beside the White House.

      There were over 50,000 Muslims in D.C. that day. HE PRAYS WITH THE MUSLIMS!

      I guess it Doesn’t matter if "Christians"Are offended by this event – We obviously Don ‘t count as "anyone" Anymore.

      The direction this country is headed should strike fear in the heart of every Christian and Jew ,especially knowing that the Muslim religion believes that if ‘infidels’ cannot be converted, they should be annihilated.

      This is not a Rumor -Go to the website To confirm this info:http://www.islamoncapitolhill….__,_._,___

  • Guest

    I’d suggest the vendors pay this when Muslims pay a Ramadan tax.

    On another note, the Cain Affair looks like an Obama-DNC hit job. The plan seems to be to stoke race fears amongst GOP voters by having a bunch of white broads come out and accuse the black guy of all kinds of stuff. Would the "black" Obama do this? Hell, yeah! Obama has a history of winning dirty, by any means necessary. Who is being played? GOP voters. Obama and the LBSM are hell bent on picking our candidate for us, and that candidate must be Romney. Everybody else will be sliced and diced until the GOP Convention, and then, if Romney is the nominee, it will be his turn. What Obama and the LBSM don’t know, they will invent.

    I want Palin in the race because she is the only one who will force this race to be about issues instead of about personal destruction.

  • marlaGA

    So I guess it’s okay to call it a Christmas tree if you’re taxed for it. 

    • n4cerinc

      Yep. I was wondering why not call it a Holiday tree. 

  • n4cerinc

    To avoid paying this tax, when you go buy your fresh tree, request the "Holiday Tree", not the Christmas tree.

    • HuntingMoose

      and make the atheists happy?

      what about seperation of church and state when the goverment makes a law to explicit target a religious group?

      • socon

        Good point.  This is religious bigotry.

  • suehimel

    Blame the right people – Congress has given the authority to the Dept of Ag to do this.  "Fees" imposed without going through Congress are taxes by another name and Congress allowed this to happen.  I predict we will see more of this since Obama has announced he will go around Congress whenever he can.

    • kalkasam

      You could not be more correct.  This morning on the news, I heard obama state that he is making an executive order concerning kindergarden. He is doing this because the lawmakers will not make the moves he wants.

      • maineteacher1

        I agree with both of you, Congress is disgusting and out of hand and Obama is out of control with these executive orders!  If he keeps up this pace (100 in 3 years) he will almost surpass Bush (291 in 8 years)  This country truly is becoming a communist dictatorship!

        Please Sarah you need to run and stop this maddness!!

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  • M_Minnesota

    Can we have a heavy Tax on Saul Alinski books and audio and print books that say "That’s Just how white folks will do ya" ???

  • cuttingboardblues

    It’s kind of laughable but it strikes me as being one of those creeper taxes.  It will never go away.  Next year it will be 20 cents.  Then the next 50 cents.  The  the next two dollars.  Then the next an environmental disposal fee for Christmas trees will be tacked on making it $2.50.  Then the next year you will need a license to sell them.  Then by the next year 98% of people will be buying artificial trees from Walmart because the cost just doesn’t make sense.  Then in  a year or two another small business sector for the little guy will be over.  

    Then to take it a step further you’ll need to pay a fee and get permission to cut down a tree on your property for Christmas.  So laugh not.   It’s textbook.

    • HuntingMoose

      exactly, another tax-foot in the door, this time from the chistmas grinch called Obama.

      and where are the atheists telling that this transgressed the church/state boundary?

  • MMB2

    Well, at least we’ll have "Christmas" for one more year…
    2012? who knows if we’ll still be allowed to celebrate the holiday. :(

  • Mr. Grammar/SpellCkr

    That’s it!  I’m converting to Judaism.  Where’s my Hanukkah bush and Menorah?

    • n4cerinc

      Then you will need the Festivus pole. 

      • kalkasam


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  • 01_Explorer_01

    Your a mean one, Mr.Grinch (Obama)
    You really are a heel
    Your as cuddly as a
    Your as charming as an eel, Mr.Grinch

    Your a bad banana with a
    greasy black peel

    Your a monster, Mr.Grinch……………………….

  • A_Vote_4_Palin

    Who pays the Christmas Tree tax?   Christians!
    Who pays the Tanning Tax?              White people!

    Just sayin’.

    • votermom


  • sparrow17

    Taxing Christmas trees will probably hurt the Christmas tree industry as many people will use aritficial ones.  That would be sad because it looks like the Administration wants to take what jobs are left.  More people losing jobs is the last thing we need.  Sarah…we need your common-sense conservatism principals applied ASAP.  I stand with Sarah.

    • Guest

      No, the Christmas tree industry has been working on this since before the president was elected. Just sayin’.

  • nala3325

    We’re "scrooge-d".

  • kalkasam

    Wow, we need to send obama, (small o intended). Back to Kenya.

  • gwspfan

    I wonder if he made sure to tax those prayer rugs……

  • virginiagentleman1

     More taxes?  Tanning tax, Christmas tree tax?  What comes next, a tax for every 10 breathes one takes?  A has-mat tax for flatulance?  At this point it is easier to list what ISN’T taxed by this admin?  Hmmmm, I’m drawing a blank on the what’s not taxed list.  Is prayer taxed yet?

    • Guest

      This is actually why I like the Fair Tax, VG.  Not necessarily Cain’s plan but the eventual Fair Tax part.  It gets rid of ALL these little hidden taxes that most people don’t even realize they are paying.  After this first year of tax….it will give the Feds the ability to raise that tax whenever they want to and use it for other programs.  People would be shocked to find out all the hidden taxes that they actually pay both state and federal. 

      • gwspfan

        Unfortunately, the Fair Tax is nothing more than another wealth redistribution plan once you really look into it.

        • Guest

          I have looked into it.  I have spent the last 4 years talking to people about it.  I hated it when Huckabee brought it to the floor and then I did my own research.  When you siwtch from a income tax to a consumption tax it changes the basis of the tax structure to one that doesn’t punish creation….only consumption.  You only pay tax on what you spend…not what you earn or invest.  It was the exact type of tax structure that the Founder’s had in mind when the only "tax" was on things you used…fees for service and use.  The Founder’s would NEVER have supported an income tax.  There was NO income tax until the Civil War.  The Founder’s agreed that success shouldn’t be punished and that is exactly what income tax does.

          • gwspfan

            A friend of mine, a retired CPA and tax attorney from NYC,  has done extensive research on the Fair Tax and has lectured all over the country about the Fair Tax and it’s problems. Wish I could email you his presentation as I think it would be very interesting to you.

            • Guest

              Do you know why CPA’s don’t like The Fair Tax????  That’s like asking a beer maker if they would like to sponsor a bill to prohibit alcohol sales.  I have read enough by CPAs on the fair tax.  I trust Art Laffer.     

              • gwspfan

                Actually, that is not his reasoning but no problem, everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

      • virginiagentleman1

        Milady, I’m still researching the question of taxes, and as of today, I still don’t see a plan that I can support. An old axiom says that the power to tax contains the power to destroy. This day and time shows just how true it is. The tax situation used now is such a monstrosity that the IRS does not allow you sue them if they give you bad advice and penalizses you regardless.  You see Pepper, almost everything government does allows them to prosecute the citizen regardless of  presumption of innocence. In fact, the law has become so prostituted you are automaticly presumed guilty and must prove you are innocent of charges brought against you. In cases where they have yet to pass an all inclusive law, we now have a new term which implies guilt without facts to base guilt on. The new term?  PERSON OF INTEREST!!  Tax laws have created an entire nation full of persons of interest, regardless of whether you pay your taxes on time or not.  ……………………..By the way, love the new avatar picture.

  • Hyman Roth

    Barack Obama – Cause Santa Claus is just another evil whitey who needs to pay his fair share

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