Wednesday, November 09, 2011

All You Need to Know About "Big Gummint"

This little item tells you everything you need to know about Big Gummint--and the Republicans who stamp their widdle signatures on funding bills for, say, the Agriculture Department.

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.

Some of us think that the Christmas tree industry is doing just fine, and would continue to do just fine, without some damnfool bunch of pointyheaded Ruling Class bozos sticking it to taxpayers to "promote" Christmas trees.

Lightbulbs, toilets, salt in food, 24-hour GPS surveillance.......



Jim said...

This is the program that the Christmas Tree industry asked for, right?

Saint Revolution said...

Even Santa is "investing" in guns and ammo.

...and a few rocket launchers for that sleigh of his.

Santa is delivering one gift to Muslimama...$ worthless Iraqi dinar.

Written on the envelope? "Don't Tread On Me".

Kris is as fed up as the rest of us.

The Fractally Wrong President