You really can't make this up
No, it’s not a joke. President Obama really is imposing a
special new tax on Christmas trees.
And while the policy seems a ludicrous political misstep –
and possibly an unconstitutional one at that – in truth, the
Obama Christmas Tree Tax is much worse than that.
The $2 million the Obama Administration expects the tax to
raise will not reduce the deficit or cover needed
government services. Instead, it will serve as a marketing
slush fund for the Christmas tree industry.
The money will set up a brand new government agency
called (no, seriously) the Christmas Tree Promotion Board.
The CTPB will use the $2 million to hire a staff – most
likely the industry lobbyists who cooked up this scheme –
and then run advertisements to “enhance the image of
Christmas trees and the Christmas tree industry of the
Don’t the Christmas tree growers and retailers already do
that? Yes. Isn’t marketing something that all companies
should do with their profits, to grow their business and
attract new customers? Yes.
And while we’re asking questions, does anyone in America –
anyone? – believe that Christmas trees have a bad image
that needs taxpayer-subsidized improvement?
So why should the government-funded Christmas Tree
Promotion Board tax us to fund a marketing campaign? So
the Christmas tree industry can pocket the $2 million they
now won’t have to spend marketing their trees.
That’s it. That’s the whole purpose of the Obama Christmas
Tree Tax: to take money from hard-working families
celebrating Christmas and give it to clever lobbyists and
businessmen running a crony-capitalist subsidy scam.
And while this policy will, by design, help one group of
people, it will hurt others: businesses that sell artificial
Christmas trees, people who work at your local stores that
sell them, and, don’t forget, the consumers who are out 15
cents a tree.
Business groups using government connections to enrich
themselves by hurting everyone else. Makes you just want
to break into “O Holy Night,” doesn’t it?
Hopefully, the Crony Capitalists in the Obama
Administration have gone too far this time, and public
backlash will force Congress to shut down the Christmas
Tree Promotion Board and repeal the single stupidest tax of
all time. I will soon offer an amendment on the Senate floor
to do just that.
All I want for Christmas is a free market.