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  • Obama Couldn't Wait: His New Christmas Tree Tax

    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.

    Acting Administrator Shipman had the temerity to say the 15-cent mandatory Christmas tree fee “is not a tax nor does it yield revenue for the Federal government” (76 CFR 69102).  The Federal government mandates that the Christmas tree sellers pay the 15-cents per tree, whether they want to or not.  The Federal government directs that the revenue generated by the 15-cent fee goes to the Board appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture to carry out the Christmas tree program established by the Secretary of Agriculture.  Mr. President, that’s a new 15-cent tax to pay for a Federal program to improve the image and marketing of Christmas trees.

    Nobody is saying President Obama doesn’t have authority to impose his new Christmas Tree Tax — his Administration cites the Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act of 1996.  Just because the Obama Administration has the legal power to impose its Christmas Tree Tax doesn’t mean it should do so.

    The economy is barely growing and nine percent of the American people have no jobs.  Is a new tax on Christmas trees the best President Obama can do?

    And, by the way, the American Christmas tree has a great image that doesn’t need any help from the government.

    UPDATE: The Obama Administration has announced that they will be delaying implementation of this new program. Click here to read the latest.

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    3,169 Responses to Obama Couldn't Wait: His New Christmas Tree Tax

    1. Linny says:

      This is a joke right?

      • Frank says:

        Of course not, this is a clearly enumerated responsibility of our federal government per the constitution. It's not at all a gross abuse of the commerce clause

      • nickinva says:

        My thoughts exactly, are you sure this wasn't stolen from The Onion?

        • Dan says:

          They have all the facts wrong. The government merely "approved" a request from the tree growers association to tax themselves to fund advertising. It's because it's a regulated industry that they apparently need goverment approval to do such things. Normally, business associations just do this themselves whenever they want. And they do it all the time. It's basic industry marketing and is nothing new and nothing Obama created.

          • Soop says:

            Where in the article do you find that nugget, Dan? The article describes a Christmas Tree Promotion Board. Was this something the growers association requested too?

      • gman says:

        Wasted Billions in the Car Industry, Bank Bailouts, Union Pension Funding, Government Motors, GMAC (Ally), Czars, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, College Loans, 26 Billion Lost in First Time Homeowners, Mandated Health Care, Unemployment, Solar Energy defaults, let us all bow to the Leader in and the fools that bet the farm on change. Merry Christmas, that will cost you.

      • gman says:

        Wasted Billions in the Car Industry, Bank Bailouts, Union Pension Funding, Government Motors, GMAC (Ally), Czars, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, College Loans, 26 Billion Lost in First Time Homeowners, Mandated Health Care, Unemployment, Solar Energy defaults, let us all bow to the Leader in and the fools that bet the farm on change. Merry Christmas, that will cost you.

      • gman says:

        Wasted Billions in the Car Industry, Bank Bailouts, Union Pension Funding, Government Motors, GMAC (Ally), Czars, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, College Loans, 26 Billion Lost in First Time Homeowners, Mandated Health Care, Unemployment, Solar Energy defaults, let us all bow to the Leader in and the fools that bet the farm on change. Merry Christmas, that will cost you.

      • Gmart says:

        That was exactly what I thought while reading it.

      • Gmart says:

        That was exactly what I thought while reading it.

      • Dave says:

        This isn't a tax on christmas trees, this is a way for the name to be changed to winter festival trees. Growers will change the name so they won't have to pay the tax or the government will suggest the name change to encourage a more diverse customer base. Then Xmas will be no more.

      • Dennis says:

        That is exactly what I was thinking.

      • Dennis says:

        That is exactly what I was thinking.

      • justd says:

        Same thing I thought…must be a joke

      • newjerseybt says:

        This is absolutely a joke. Nobody but NOBODY could possibly be that dumb!!! Not even Obama!

      • newjerseybt says:

        This is absolutely a joke. Nobody but NOBODY could possibly be that dumb!!! Not even Obama!

      • newjerseybt says:

        This is absolutely a joke. Nobody but NOBODY could possibly be that dumb!!! Not even Obama!

      • Dr. Seuss says:

        Your a foul one, Mr. Grinch………..

      • Dr. Seuss says:

        Your a foul one, Mr. Grinch………..

      • Dr. Seuss says:

        Your a foul one, Mr. Grinch………..

      • alex says:

        yeah our government is a joke thought you knew

        • John_Campbell says:

          OMG! Some brainless twit actually thought this one up! Please tell me that the brainless twit behind this one is no longer employed by the government. PLEASE!

          • Hoth says:

            Sadly, whoever thought this up most likely got a promotion.

            • John_Campbell says:

              I suppose we can now say that Obama taxed our Christmas Trees. What I want to know is if it's time for some kind of a 2011 version of the Boston Tea party. Obviously this is a major assault on Christmas. What's next? Tax the Menorah?

            • Rob Dale says:

              15 cents on a $75 tree. Major assault. Have you ever bought a real tree?

          • Jen says:

            The tree growers imposed the fee on themselves to fund marketing and research. This was not legislation. They've been working on it for years. You (and many others) took the hook. Research before reaction, please. Are we surprised that facts are not accurately reported (by either party).

        • Elaine says:

          Ah yes…. All those "Executive Orders"…. I'm thinking "executive orders" need to be outlawed & taxed! Charge the President $5,000 for each executive order that he's issued.

      • Ken says:

        Not a joke. This is the nose of the camel coming under your Christmas tent. You see, this year the tax is for Christmas Tree image improvement. But next year, it is $0.18 and he can spend that money on something else. Following year it is $0.23 and so on. It is a ploy… but who could be against the image of christmas trees? Look out folks.

      • fuul says:

        Yo, note to all Christmas Tree sellers: make sure you call them "Holiday Trees" so you can avod the extra tax!

      • LCL4 says:

        I want to know when this fool will mandate all Christmas trees must be harvested, transported, prepared, sold and loaded by union goons raising the cost of an average home tree to say about $50 per foot. Double or triple that for evil business trees. Why stop there? Mandate that only union electricians are to decorate with lights and union plumbers set up the water for the tree. Licensed union decorators will be the only ones allowed to hang non-electrical decorations. 4 more years? If you are prepared to budget 2 or 3 thousand dollars for a Christmas tree.

      • Rod Anders says:

        The first words I thought of … Please tell me this is a joke.

      • Peter Gerard says:

        It's not that funny as the government shows how willing and far they will go to tax everything we do. I use to joke years ago that they will tax us for breathing. It is now true. Carbon blue print anyone? Our government is so out of control I'm starting to wonder if the motto "land of the free" will be the joke?

      • No, just another tragedy brought to us all by the obamunists/democrats. The sooner we vote them all out of office, the better.

      • Heather says:

        Sadly No :o(! Saw it on Fox News tonight! He is doing everything he can to destroy America!!!

        • Pete says:

          Someone has got to have the will to impeach him. Clinton got impeached but it wasn't proven. Next year to vote him out may be too late.

      • Fred says:

        No joke, the federal government has just recognized the Christian religion by imposing a tax on a symbol widely associated with the birth day of Christ. Wonder how Muslims are reacting? Where is the ACLU ??

        • Frank the Rabbit says:

          My thoughts exactly. Will the administration be taxing Chanukah candles next? And what about a prayer rug surcharge? How far will they dare to go?

        • TugboatPhil says:

          My thoughts too. How is this not a violation of the "separation of church and state?" The federal reg specifically calls them "Christmas" trees. I thought that was a no-no nowadays.

          • guest says:

            There is no such thing as a violation of the separation of church and state! At least not in our Constitution!!

      • Judy says:

        I think its a shame to upset Christmas..but we could show Washington who is really in charge if we the people don't buy ANY trees just this one year..nothing wrong with artificial trees anyway..

      • KiS says:

        Only Congress has the constitutional power to authorize a TAX or budget, I think it is why the AG dept declined to call this a tax. But only government could compel its "SUBJECTS" to pay up at whatever rate; Individual companies could CHARGE a fee, but the CONSUMERS can refuse to buy from them.

        I hope we are not gradually sliding back to the era before our founding fathers declared INDEPENDENCE and freed us from reckless taxation from the imperial British Empire.

      • jimonthebeach says:

        No joke, Linny. Democrats can't help themselves; taxing is embedded in their DNA. Next up: Federal taxes on turkeys, pumpkins, Valentines, and Easter Eggs, and Halloween masks.

      • John Hubbard says:

        Our Nations FIRST flag was that of a pine tree – true, look it up.
        It was in defiance of the English Crowns order that the colonists not cut down the pole pines highly prized as masts in English (or colonial) ship building.
        The Pine tree predated the "don't tread on me" snake icon by quite a few years.
        Seems NOW the Tea Party could well adopt that Pine (Christmas Tree) Icon again !!!

      • Sam says:

        This is no joke. Another example of our government growing even larger and even more intrusive; America's Road to Communism.

      • bitter bible clinger says:

        What no tax on HOLIDAY TREES only Christmas trees, this is blatant religious discrimination.

      • 4dees says:

        I don't think so. With this administration, they even want to control when you go to the bathroom. This is just one more sticking their nose into business that is none of their business.

      • derekcrane says:

        No joke, just a way to pay for more Obama hacks.

      • WestGAFlash says:

        If it is, it's not a funny one.

        Pathetic.

      • NERVLE says:

        I ASSUME ONLY PEOPLE MAKING OVER $250,000 BUY CHRISTMAS TREES SINCE OBIE SAID HE WAS ONLY GONNA TAX THE "RICH"

      • mg24 says:

        My thoughts exactly. The first story I see this morning and I'm wondering if I really woke up.

      • David says:

        How can the federal government justify being involved in Christmas trees–isn't there Christ in Christmas?

      • Chas says:

        Next will be the easter egg tax, valentine's heart tax and the St. Patty's day green beer tax. Gimme a break

        • Matman says:

          Chas…..please don't give the libs anymore ideas to tax us…….BTW…I remember Owebama saying he won't raise taxes on the middle class and poor….maybe he was correct in stating that considering only the rich will be able to afford a christmas tree this year…….

      • Lilith says:

        I'm with you.

      • Marty says:

        My thoughts exactly. This has got to be a joke. LOL. Even if they are serious, it's still a joke.

      • Eric Dickinson says:

        shovel ready? start shoveling, it's getting deep!

      • Harold says:

        No..Sadly it is most likely true…I wonder if the tax was paid on the White House tre?? Then is there an issue here with Relgion and goverment…The fed. Gov. placing a tax on a "Christmas" tree..??

      • Morgan says:

        Seriously. This is a huge public relations blunder.

      • Tom Snyder says:

        I hope so

      • The day is coming when your pay check will no be deposited into your bank account, but rather sent to the federal government,t who will put it all in a pot,, to be distributed as Chairman Obama sees fit.

      • mbru says:

        Just a heads up, this ends up about $4 Million in new taxes based on the average number of trees sold (from the Christmas tree growers association).

        • frank says:

          Well, the funny thing about this is that companies haven't been paying taxes. If Companies were required to pay their taxes, on US-Dollars instead of using accounting tricks, asking for "Tax Holidays", and keeping $2 Trillion in un-taxed money in overseas accounts, we wouldn't have to pay a $0.15 tax.

      • Big Jim Slade says:

        No doubt that 15 cent tax will be $22.50 next year, and $86.21 per tree five years from now.

        Obama's mistake is he forgot to spend the last six months trumpeting the unethical worldwide calamities that result from Christmas trees and how they destroy the world's ecological balance. No doubt there would be a gaggle of fools following their pied piper on that crazy train.

        Oh wait, they're "occupied" elsewhere.

      • Big Jim Slade says:

        You could try adding ornaments and lights to improve the tree's image.

        No really, I've seen it done.

      • Angie says:

        Yeah, it has to be a joke.

      • oracle2world says:

        Whoa here, the article left out something – "The fresh cut Christmas tree industry competes directly with the artificial Christmas tree industry … artificial tree purchases have increased from 9.8 million in 2003 to 17.4 million in 2007. Imports"

        So the artificial trees are muscling in on the Christmas tree action, and the fresh cut trees have to fight back.

        I hope this all makes sense to someone.

      • Jimmy says:

        I wish it were. Go back and listen to Obama's speeches when he was running for pres. He said "no new taxes" about a couple of thousand times, now, they can't find anything else to tax so they tax Christmas trees!!!

      • Mike Bonheim says:

        This is – as most heritage.org headlines are – incredibly deceiving and false. The whole idea was brought to the USDA by the tree industry, they asked for it to be approved, and the tax is paid by the producers and growers and put into a kitty to promote "real" trees. Basically, the artificial trees are all made overseas (and out of petroleum, too), and the "live" trees are domestically produced. So, the growers are banding together and raising capital for an industry wide marketing campaign, much lie the egg or milk board does. (Got milk?) It has nothing to do with Obama, it wasn't any government official's idea, and the conservatives are trying to use it to take a shot at him, knowing it is completely deceiving.

        • Felicia says:

          Good post, but it will fall on deaf ears here. These folks will not do any independent research, and Heritage will never provide any actual facts, such as the tree industry proposed this in Feb 2008 before Obama was elected. Heritage tells them Obama is taxing their Christmas trees and they say "Wow, that's terrible! Can't believe he would do that!" It's frightening how gullible people are, since I had to dig through about 70 posts before finding this one.

        • MRHowell says:

          You can spin it however you like, but the bottom line is that THERE IS A NEW 15 CENT TAX IMPOSED ON REAL CHRISTMAS TREES.

          If the tree association wants to advertise, they can do like all other businesses and allocate funds from their budget for doing so. The funds should not be a tax on the retailers.

          Your ignorance is staggering.

          • @HalWarning says:

            That's exactly what they are doing. There is no new tax on the consumer. It's a pool of money they tree producers have agreed to to promote trees. The board just has to be approved by the USDA. The govt is imposing nothing and the govt gets nothing…

            I love how you call someone else's intelligence into question when you haven't actively researched the topic.

      • Pat says:

        OMG this has to be a joke. This turns my stomach. Where does this nonsense stop.

      • PTSnewmexico says:

        We of the Artificial Christmas Tree Industry Association demand equal treatment and promotion from the gub'mint. This is such important work. Thankfully, it does not affect the 9+% unemployed this Christmas, since they can't afford to buy any kind of Christmas tree, real or artificial. Maybe the "regime" can send them a photo of a Christmas tree?

      • Me Too says:

        Time for him to go – BTW I will buy a plastic one now.

        • niki says:

          I wonder if you buy a plastic one now, if your money will just go to China? Just curious… are they made in the USA????? Don't want to hurt our nations tree farmers just because the govt is doing this.

          • Felicia says:

            Please do some research, somewhere other than Heritage. The tree industry has been lobbying for this tax since Feb 2008, long before Obama was elected.

          • rivermaster5 says:

            according to the National Christmas Tree Association of american christmas tree growers, 85% of fake trees are made in China.

      • Ted says:

        Guess it isn't – got to get rid of this guy in November 2012…He's a joke and never should have been elected.

      • Bob says:

        not a joke, go see the Federal Register itself: http://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2011/11/0

        By the way, you should visit the Federal Register every now and then to see all the inane things your government gets involved in

      • Phil says:

        I had to check calendar and make sure it wasn't April 1st!

      • Ruth says:

        apparently not. He's really out of touch http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-110

      • Cogito says:

        This is actually an assessment which can be made on an industry under the COMMODITY PROMOTION, RESEARCH, AND INFORMATION ACT OF 1996. Take the time and read thru this act and you will see a sterling example of the kind of legislation that we should start repealing/rescinding wholesale – in their entirety. Understand that each act spawns implementing regulations. And out of regulations spring boards, commissions, panels, offices – and from them, rules, procedures, fees, administrative, civil and sometimes, even criminal penalties. THIS is what engenders a big, self-perpetuating and growing government. We need a president and congress with the faith and courage to give us four good years – rescinding, deleting and repealing legislation and federal regulations. The Great Restoration of our republic.

        • Randy Metheny says:

          The reason this act exists is that perisable commodities are a unique product class and the market is so tight that few single growers can afford advertising, so they (the growers) agree to assess a marketing fee across all units sold and use it to promote the commodity in general.
          Simple business logic, you should be able to understand that

      • Guest says:

        Just a few million dollars to go down a rat hole into the pockets of Obama's friends. What's wrong with the image of Christmas trees, other than all the far left prohibitions on anything "secular" being displayed? Thieving idiots….

      • Charlie says:

        How about an "Occupy … Northern NH or … The Forest" just what we need now.

      • slik90 says:

        Do we pay the tax if it's a "Holiday Tree"? If the vendor says Happy Holidays we should get a tax credit.

      • Ian says:

        AAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
        Why, soitenly (thank you, Curly) it's a joke! ON AMERICA…

      • Higgby says:

        The president maybe, ok …yup. But the tax is for real.

      • Ken James says:

        How about Obama pay $20,000 out of his pocket for the tall Christmas tree at the white house. Also the Congressmen pay $1000,000 for the tree also for letting him do this.

      • ML_in MD says:

        Linny:

        Were you referring to the Administration? We know the answer to that question. The $0.15 is likely going to be added to a fund to buy votes for illegals. btw-did you see the blurb about Mr. President's home state not allowing lunches to be brought from home? Is that because they have excess money to pay for lunches – or is it to continue to buy votes? God had better bless America, because his oponents are steadily circumventing the principles that the founding fathers based the constitution on, primarily freedom from the government involvement in private lives.

      • Josh says:

        Pffff what's this? Assuming 100,000,000 trees are purchased this year. That's still only 1.5 millions dollars before administrative fees. Lol probably set up a tree tax commission. Create new paperwork and tax claims rules and in the end he'll have saved enough money to pay for his next golf trip. This man is a sick joke

      • Randy Metheny says:

        Joke? Not exactly – It's a lie

      • Larry says:

        Obama, "THE GRINCH' that stole the last three years of resoucres, and oppurtunities… Americans what can you expect?

      • guest says:

        Let's talk about a "make work project" like taxing people for a program to influence their buying! Idiotic would be a compliment.

      • rock thomson says:

        The only "joke" is this administration. A really bad joke. And one that will get worse before it gets better.

      • smith says:

        Since the federal government does not promote religion…shouldn't it be called a "holiday tree" tax?

      • frank says:

        Well, the funny thing about this is that companies haven't been paying taxes. If Companies were required to pay their taxes, on US-Dollars instead of using accounting tricks, asking for "Tax Holidays", and keeping $2 Trillion in un-taxed money in overseas accounts, we wouldn't have to pay a $0.15 tax.

        So call your congressman or congresswoman, and demand that companies keep their money in US Accounts, and companies pay taxes, and not try to subvert paying taxes by sending the US Dollars to offshore bank accounts. :-)

        $2,000,000,000,000.00 is the last amount of untaxed money I read about that is in offshore bank accounts, and that's A LOT of unpaid taxes by companies!

      • judy says:

        What's next… ornament tax?

      • jon says:

        This has got to be a joke. What in the world?

      • George says:

        Yep, and the joke is on us- as always. I will personally guarantee you pilgrims the cost of administering, collecting, reporting and accounting the 15cent Christmas Tree Assessment will dwarf the gross collections sevenfold or more per tree.
        Take heart, maybe some of the 'Occupiers" will be hired by the Ag Dept to carry out this scheme, and will get new numbers of unemployment.

      • Tom Luker says:

        Hey, just reported at 1:20pm CT that the CT Tax has been pulled! Guess the National Christmas Tree Producers Assn in St. Louis will have to wing it without the sage advice of some bureaucrat in D.C.

      • Cheryl MacNaughton says:

        Canadians are being taxed to visit the USA starting January 2012. Maybe that tax will be used to enhance the marketing to Canadians to go to the USA more. LOL

      • Ellie says:

        Sure looks like a joke, doesn't it?" In truth, it's part of a very sad tale of how government is sticking its nose into private business over and over again! "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" How ridiculous! I know one sure way we could save a little bit of this audacious debt we've gotten ourselves into. Get rid of all of the government programs like this one!!! Fifteen cents doesn't seem like much, does it? But, I wonder how much tax payers will be paying for the costs of the program. Also wonder how much dealers (and, of course, the comsumers) will be paying for the regulations that are bound to be imposed!.

      • J. Patterson says:

        Actually, this fee asked for by the growers only beginning in 1991 has gone thru hearings by the Ag Dept. It is for research and marketing only. The majority of tree growers are Republican. It is not a tax and has been done for other agricultural products thru the years. This is a comical spin.

      • Amber says:

        Yes, it IS a joke. This article is DOWNRIGHT MISLEADING. The tree growers, themselves want this so they can better compete with artificial trees. Those who publish articles should either do their research or stop their lies.

      • Chris says:

        I think in some cases the governments should stay out of the free market..but the real point is, Christmas tree farms and the small business owners who run them are probably (assuming) for the most part, "brick and mortar" businesses; meaning they operate under old standards of sales, marketing, promotion, etc. The government has access to and the resources to help an otherwise dying industry…why is it dying? Because people buy plastic trees now. Why is this bad? Because plastic trees are not only created with petroleum products (aka oil) but just everything down the supply chain uses a LOT of energy resources to create..here in lies the point. Trees are trees, they grow out of the ground, they don't require the resource (petroleum) heavy manufacturing AND supply chain management process, and they help small town businesses people keep doing what they love to do. They require some maintenance (unlike plastic trees) but when you're done with them, you take them out back, and burn them (burning trees is the only carbon-neutral process on earth). When you want to get rid of a plastic tree you have to throw it away, which creates more waste then burning 30 years worth of pine trees…and probably takes longer to decompose. I see it as a small step to revitalize a great product, a dying industry, and save an unbelievable amount of unneeded consumption due to people being too lazy and too cheap to go cut down a tree every year. Not directing that toward anyone specifically, but you get my point.

      • Dewayne Jones says:

        well its not like there is a law forcing you to celebrate it. this tax doesnt affect me. christmas is dead antway. if people have to rob and assault others to make their christmas better. maybe this is a way of making christmas disappear altogether

    2. ResultsMatter says:

      wow, thank goodness our president is committed to improving the image of christmas trees. Priorities, people.

      • John Steele says:

        Marxism is a joke and it needs to sent packing back to Chicago

      • John Steele says:

        Marxism is a joke and it needs to sent packing back to Chicago

      • John Steele says:

        Marxism is a joke and it needs to sent packing back to Chicago

      • LuKuj says:

        I guess we should be glad he hasn't passed a law yet that requires us to pay for promoting HIS image, but then he thinks he is already a god perhaps, inspite of the polls that show his image needs quite a bit of promoting.

      • Cat says:

        Seems to me that this tax is discriminatory .. why not tax Muslim Prayer Rugs??? Why do Christians get the short end again? .. Obama why?

      • jay says:

        this matter has nothing to do with obama.

      • @n4cerinc says:

        One thing is for sure…15 cents is the start. It will rise. Then environmentalists are going to use this open door to "protect" the trees and more taxes will pile on.

      • twistin says:

        I'm laughing and I'm crying. That's our president. Oh……My……God.

      • Bob Becker says:

        Ehy doesnt he put a 15 cent tax on all the imported trees coming into the United States????

      • lana says:

        im gettinng a fake tree this year , if he had to buy the tree he putting up and be taked by the foot he never would add any taxes on christmas , who ever is give them in dc the tree charge them by the foot

    3. rikki_doxx says:

      Fourteen cents of which will go for administration costs.

      • Outback_Jon says:

        Wishful thinking. The administration costs probably top twenty cents per tree.

      • RDG says:

        Nikki, Seventeen cents will go to administrative costs. It's the Federal government, not a charity.

      • RDG says:

        Nikki, Seventeen cents will go to administrative costs. It's the Federal government, not a charity.

      • denroy33 says:

        Wrong…20 cents of which will go to admin and they'll run a huge deficit.

      • denroy33 says:

        Wrong…20 cents of which will go to admin and they'll run a huge deficit.

      • Dypak says:

        Wrong. Twenty-two cents of which will go for administration costs.

        That's right, it'll dig a nice red hole.

      • rick says:

        .20 will go for that. This is how they work it. Then they need more.

      • rick says:

        .20 will go for that. This is how they work it. Then they need more.

      • Jeff says:

        probably more like 20 cents

      • Damn_Lucky says:

        Now that makes more sense.

        • yiddishlion says:

          You are all wrong….. .25 cents will be collected, all of it will go into the Congressional health care system, and then they will borrow another.15 cents from China to go towards administration.

      • Damn_Lucky says:

        Now that makes more sense.

      • Damn_Lucky says:

        Now that makes more sense.

      • david sutherland says:

        it's too funny that so many people came to the conclusion that this would be higher… been down this road before have we?

      • Jeff says:

        Did any of you actually read the order or are you content taking uninformed jabs at nobody in particular? The order clearly defines a cost structure (with 15% maximum, 10% expected) for administrative costs. Think about how much more use you could be to society if you'd bother to read 5 pages of text.

        • imsailing2 says:

          Yah dummy, because all Federal programs work within their budgets & mandates. Jeff, pull your head out.

        • Steve Roberts says:

          So the rest will be safely put away in the Christmas Tree Lockbox Fund? That is a relief! No chance for misuse of funds there.

        • montanan says:

          Actually, I think the most use to society we will have is to vote Obama out in less than a year.

        • YeahRight says:

          And the Gov't always does and spends what it is suppose to??

        • x_jon_x says:

          Wait, let me get this straight. Because it's in black and white (like our constitution btw), you think the government is then restricted to the 10% / 15% ? WHERE have you been the last 30+ years?

        • Dan says:

          *Whew*. Thanks, Jeff. For a minute there, I was thinking this was the stupidest idea I'd ever heard of. With your correction there, I can see. . . . well, yeah. . . still the stupidest thing I've ever heard of.

        • Bobbie says:

          think how much more YOU could be of use to society if you didn't look to government for anything! the point is government involvement where it need not be!

      • kent says:

        actually it will probably be 95,675,000 for administrative and it will just be added to our deficit.

      • frankhogg says:

        No, not 14 cents, two dollars at least.

      • tammie says:

        No ten dollars will go for administration, We will have to pay the other $9.85 in more taxes.

      • matt says:

        please vote for Ron Paul

      • imsailing2 says:

        You all are right……20 cents or more will go towards administration & then they will ask for a bail-out.

      • D Hearn says:

        The sad part is…that's altogether true. Not to mention, now that the government is dabbling in the Christmas tree industry, they'll likely go out of business!

      • Frank the Rabbit says:

        Fourteen? This is the government we're talking about. At LEAST 18 cents, perhaps more, of the 15 cents collected will go for administrative costs and then that program will need more money next year or they'll face the threat of being shut down.

      • jmt says:

        actually, it's NOT a new tax, it is a part of Obama care: the need to take care of sick trees.
        So it will cost $.39 to administer the program and it will cause need for a "too big to fail" christmas tree farm bailout, a federal investigation & a congressional budget review that will take us to the brink of a Trillion $'s spent on a tax that should have never been imposed in the 1st place

      • Dugan says:

        rikki – you're reading my mind but 14 cents won['t touch it. Read $14,000,000. Every one of those, what do they call'em.. Promotion Board Members, will need an assistant, staff, office space and bingo —-a whole new bureaucracy is borne and will spread it's tentacles like poison ivy. It's the Washington way.

      • Highlander says:

        Administration costs will be thirty-seven cents per Christmas Tree. So it will cost the General Fund twenty-three cents in borrowed deficit spending.

      • Tim says:

        WAY too liberal. It will be a DOLLAR going to administartion cosas

      • LB Husker says:

        16 cents … when does the government ever do anything under budget

      • Frank says:

        Well that's quite understandable. How else to you expect him to pay for the Christmas tree Tsar? Hey, he's got to fund his supporters with graft from somewhere.

      • Steve Roberts says:

        Don't forget that at least 19 cents will be distributed amongst various "community groups" to make the distribution of Christmas trees more fair and eliminate discrimination in the Christmas tree workforce.

      • Ernie Zippreplat says:

        Rikki, you got it wrong. All 15 cents goes to the Obama campaign for america….which is himself!

      • Seraphim says:

        No, rikky,, out of the 15 cents, 3 dollars will go to admin costs!

      • no, they will require 20 cent per 15 cent taken in to operate and will be in the hole here too LOL

      • Guest says:

        No administrative costs will be at least $1.00, which means that they will run a huge deficit and immediatley triple the tax. Got it now?

      • Tavadesigns says:

        I agree, I can't find who passed this

      • Dave says:

        Actually, if it's like other federal programs twenty cents out of the fifteen cents will go towards administrative costs resulting in a deficit increase. I think that it would be best to leave the Christmas tree industry promoting to the Christmas tree producers, no need for the federal government to bestow their wisdom on yet another industry.

      • thinkingdownstream says:

        "Fourteen cents of which will go for administration costs".

        Actually, to stay on par with the rest of government, it will take about twenty cents to cover admin costs and the balance of six cents will be borrowed and added to the debt…

      • Don says:

        Actually it is 24 cents goes to administrative costs

      • Travis says:

        It would be a miracle if only 14 cents went to administration costs. Probably more like $1.14.

      • blinddude says:

        Actually, it's 29 cents for administrative costs. The other 15 cents will come from a Chinese loan.

      • ratnacage says:

        LOL , this is the government we're talking about – probably more like 20 cents

      • I was thinking more like twenty plus cents will go to admin costs, as our govt can rarely operate a dept within its means.

      • Marty says:

        14.9 cents.

      • Paul Atredes says:

        Face it he's a rotten as they come. Get this idiot out of office through impeachment or the 2012 vote! The Next thing you'll have the TSA feeling up Christmas Trees at random check points on the highways.

      • Jerry says:

        Correction: $1.29 of which will go to administration costs, for a net loss of $1.14 per tree. Yes folks, moronic moves like this is what your Oblamea administration delivers.

    4. Bobbie says:

      Problems in America caused by government and this is what the LEADER WANTS? America isn't about what YOU WANT, Mr. President. Nobody asked for government help and by slipping in the taxing of the Christmas tree like anyone would appreciate it when so much damage has been caused by you everywhere else? Accept what's available, stop the excuses to thieve for government benefit!

      So tasteless to here him mention Christmas but to have the gall to tax to even suggest improving the image when he allows desecration to Christianity isn't at all legitimate or sincere or necessary to the recovery of this country that has been so severely abused within the control of government!

      As the author clearly states "the American Christmas tree has a great image that doesn’t need any help from the government." Focus on your constitutional job!

      • dkb says:

        agreed…this admin seems to be a saturday night live skit but its not funny anymore

      • dkb says:

        agreed…this admin seems to be a saturday night live skit but its not funny anymore

      • dkb says:

        agreed…this admin seems to be a saturday night live skit but its not funny anymore

      • Desarae says:

        Three words vote Ron Paul. Our government needs to get out of private business.

      • Guest says:

        Can probably leave out the Christianity thing, since the tree in Christmas is borrowed from Pagan practices.

      • A Capitalist says:

        Don't you mean, the DEAR LEADER. Have some respect or I am reporting you to flag@whitehouse.gov

      • Russell says:

        Well said.

      • Stasheck says:

        Sorry to say, with this joker at the top, America IS about what he wants and that is why he has got to go!

      • Peter Augusta says:

        Bobbie: Don't worry. The ACLU will kill this tax because it supports and legitimizes Christmas, and that is a violation of the separation of church and state. However since this is an Obama mandate they might not! This is as absurd as the Obama Administration can get, taxing Christmas trees. What next, taxing Easter Eggs?

      • The President did not request this–the tree growers requested it. They wanted help promoting live Christmas trees, so this was the solution.

        • Doug says:

          I hope to God you're not being serious with that statement. How is this in any way, shape or form a solution? At no point does it say that this tax is going into an add campaign promoting Christmas trees. Not one cent of this tax will ever be spent promoting Christmas trees and furthermore it’s not the government’s job to try to increase the sales of private businesses.

          • min says:

            Promoting agriculture, no matter what type, is well within the dept. of Agriculture's job. This is meant to save an entire American industry, not just a few private businesses.

            • Bobbie says:

              guess they should find another one if they can't make it on their own. to put an increase in cost isn't promoting sales and removing pine trees from the forest isn't "promoting" agriculture. Saving businesses (especially seasonal ones) isn't the role of government nor is it fair to the tax payers who don't have a business to be forced obligation by government's favoritism of businesses using their abuse of authority and their outrageous idea to increase tax. the trees are priced by the owner why is government squeezing their way in with absolutely no constitutional reason?

          • Robin T Carlton says:

            Have you heard of Got Milk? Behold… the power of cheese. What about Beef: Its whats for dinner? Did you know that these are the exact same program done by the USDA for those industries? And that it was based on those successful models that the Christmas Tree Growers proposed this to the USDA back in 2009? A few more for you Pork the other white meet. The incredible, edible egg. And Cotton, the fabric of our lives. Do you know how long some of these programs have run? Or what the fee paid by those industries was per measure of product? Did you know that most of the growers, ranchers, etc absorbed those fees themselves because the payout of watching their industries grow exponentially was worth it?
            Did you also know that a tax is money paid to the government for use by the government and that none of this money would have gone to the government, but into the advertising budget itself?
            Well, thanks to the outrage of people who don't seem to know these facts, about 20,000 Americans are going to lose their jobs growing Christmas trees over the next few years, while sales of plastic trees made in China will soar.

        • Paul says:

          Right! Just like he did not request the $4 trillion of bailouts that put out country is such a deep hole

          • Matt B says:

            You are correct Paul, there has not been 4 billion in bailouts, only 1.4 billion, so he couldn't have requewsted the 4 billion in bailouts… And only half of that was from Obama, the rest was the ever popular TARP program rammed down our throats by the Bush administration….

          • Bob says:

            It wasn't Obama who got us into this mess it was the former 2 president's who share the same last name. Obama walked in to this mess, and now the republicans don't want to work with the demacrates to try and resolve the issues that they created in the first place.
            If you all want to see this country go to hell vote republican!!! They are only for the 1% of this country…. not the middle class or poor.

            • saveamerica says:

              There are the working class poor that believe in America, Bob.. it's constitutional republicans that know and respect the place of government whose line is not crossed into personal freedom at any income. the more government controls us beyond constitutional restrictions, the less free we are to do for ourselves and for each other. government will have a tax paid program do it for us. socialism, why? we don't want to have to get food, clothes and shelter from government because their forcing taxes so high we can't afford basic necessities for our family. we know the government supporting the increase tax on the rich is definitely not going to stop there. All costs will increase. government and their outrageous unfair cost of living increases off the backs the government is suppose to protect. the backs who don't get wage increases. Now attacking the American dream and those that achieve it. that's an attack on America by it's own government. once their abuse of authority holds no accountability, their abuse of authority becomes common. this abuse clearly shows nobody's getting rich and many forced on the teat of government! look what they did to this country making it easier and easier for people to be less their own expenses of their own lifestyles filtered through government tax dollars to fund them. free food resources, food stamps, debit cards, food shelves, free food during the school day. the money comes from somewhere and when it isn't coming from those spending it, it's stolen! no one needs to deal with their own problems, just look to the dependable government. it's not going to last. we vote for the strong principled that builds people up and freedom that lets us think and live the way we can (without government infringing on anyone) and those that represent it. Without the expense of government and government intervention, we'd all breath a lot easier. Do you want America home of the free land of the brave? or America home of the helpless land of government dependency?
              Let the rich be inspiration and let freedom guide the way. don't give up your ability to control your own.

      • Todd Miller says:

        What they mean by improving the image of the "Christmas" tree is a name change to "Holiday" tree. This guy will destroy us with another 4 years in office. It's too bad we have to foot the bill for this twit even when he gets booted out.

      • Todd Anderson says:

        The President has never done anything to desecrate Christmas. And Obama has done much to fix the hideous damage caused by Bush, so a tiny tax is the least of anyone's worries.

      • Chuck Robinson says:

        This is what the INDUSTRY wants, not the president. The industry proposed and voted on this. All the administration did was say, "Uh, OK." The industry is looking to combat fake trees.

        • Bobbie says:

          it was wrong for the government to agree (haphazardly as you describe,) because involving them doesn't do the business ANY GOOD! I agree with your description of how decisions are made in the administration as that's what got America here!

      • Kimbobo says:

        I totally agree!!!!!

      • min says:

        The Christmas tree industry has been trying to get help from the dept. of agriculture for years. Their industry is dying! and the tax is on the tree growers, not the public, and it will stimulate an American industry. This is the good kind of government help. There's no bail-out, just a tax on the growers to help their industry.

        • Bobbie says:

          Don't fall for it, min. when i was growing up Christmas trees cost $5.00. That has increased since so it seems to me they've been protecting themselves without government, until now! No reason to involve outsiders!

      • joan says:

        Are you kidding me! What else will this administration find to tax. Next it will be an
        extra tax on Halloween pumpkins!

      • Freelance21 says:

        Actually, yes, it is the government's responsibility to help with the promotion of Christmas trees, thanks to an Act passed in 1996 regarding promotion of agricultural business. The Christmas tree industry requested this assistance under that act. Do your research people!!

      • rensen says:

        When will the Obama tax fee begin on gambling purchases eg New York State Lottery Tickets?
        With the way the Federal Deficit is skyrocketing, this is the right direction for the Obama Administration
        to move through.

      • Mary says:

        So well stated. I applaud your comment! Is .15 for each tree really going to effect our trillion dollar deficit. Maybe we can all claim that .15 on our taxes. He really is such an idiot.

        • Bryan says:

          the "tax" isnt for deficit reduction, it is to fund promotion of sales for real trees farmed by Americans to help sales against plastic trees made in China. If you cant spend 15 cents on a $30- $50 tree then not only are your cheap, you have the right to buy a china tree and then you can complain about the loss of American jobs you helped fuel.

      • Jim K. says:

        You are right on. Obama's tax on Christmas trees shows his mentality…… tax anything to raise money for the Federal Gov't to increase their control over "We the people". Let's hope enough people remember these tax increases with more Socialist Gov't control at the election poles in 2012 and defeat Obama and Liberal left politicians to get our country back to Constitutional Government.

      • Al says:

        Talk about misinformation, THIS is NOT a TAX do your research and learn about the Christmas Tree Industry

        • Bobbie says:

          if it raises costs due to government, IT'S A TAX!! or their UNETHICAL, unconstitutional cover word, FEE!

      • akulsp says:

        Uhhh, the Christmas tree tax was the request of Christmas tree farmers during the Bush administration. The farmers asked for help to change public opinion regarding live Christmas trees. Too many people believed the advertising campaign of artificial tree manufacturers / sellers that real trees were fire hazards, had bugs, etc .Tree farmers over the last decade have taken a tremendous hit as more and more people bought artificial trees. the Dept of Agriculture agreed to help and the tree farmers decided to charge 15 cent extra per tree to pay for the cost. It aint got nothin to do with Obama, silly people.

      • Robin T Carlton says:

        I work in the industry, and I just want you to know a few things. First of all, the national association of Christmas tree growers asked the USDA to do this back in 2009. It has 90% backing from the US's growers of trees who voted to approve the proposal. It was slated to last 3 years, and then be voted on again by the growers' association. What growers were trying to have them do is the same thing they did for milk, beef, and pork. If you have ever seen a GOT MILK? ad, then you have seen the result of the EXACT same USDA program. And the only thing Obama had to do with it is that he backed the industry when it asked him to.
        If you are interested in why the industry wanted this, its because fake trees from China are putting real trees out of business. Over 100,000 Americans are employed in Christmas tree growing industry in America, and thanks to the ridiculous and unfounded claims surrounding this proposal, up to one fifth of those people may lose their jobs over the next 3 years. That's 20,000 more people unemployed.
        Additionally, while the growers could have passed on the additional 15 cents to the stores they sell the trees to, most intended to absorb the cost because it was going to help them renew their business. If they had passed it on, stores would have raised their prices at most 30 cents per tree. Now, in order to stem the flow of financial loss the growers have been battling for the last 3 holiday seasons and anticipate experiencing indefinitely, they will most likely raise their pricing about $5 per tree, translating into an additional $10 cost per tree for consumers.
        I just wish that people would do a little more research before they make conclusions. This unjustified outrage has resulted in those of us who sell Christmas trees being left without hope to stop the ever-decreasing sales of this American Grown product.

      • Robin T Carlton says:

        I work in the industry, and I just want you to know a few things. First of all, the national association of Christmas tree growers asked the USDA to do this back in 2009. It has 90% backing from the US's growers of trees who voted to approve the proposal. It was slated to last 3 years, and then be voted on again by the growers' association. What growers were trying to have them do is the same thing they did for milk, beef, and pork. If you have ever seen a GOT MILK? ad, then you have seen the result of the EXACT same USDA program. And the only thing Obama had to do with it is that he backed the industry when it asked him to.

    5. Ralph says:

      Wow, this is about as dumb as it gets.

      Who among us has not decried the lowly position of the Christmas tree? I know I have, and often.

      Hey, at least he still manages to use the actual word, Christmas. He didn't institute a Holiday Tree Tax.

      And I think it's unfair. It's a tax that targets ONLY Christians. I mean, how many muslims are putting up Christmas trees?

      • Carol says:

        The world isn't just made up of Christians and Muslims. Christians are not the only victims here.

      • Leslie says:

        Both my husband and I are non-Christian and we have a Christmas tree O_o I agree that this is ridiculous but so is making this about religion.

      • Ken Hansen says:

        I can see it now, just like broadband internet access they will increase the tax to help subsidise christmas trees for public schools and libraries that couldn't otherwise afford a christmas tree.

      • Damn_Lucky says:

        "It's a tax that targets ONLY Christians."
        I think that was the point. Kinda like the Tanning bed tax.

      • Robin says:

        I think I love you.

      • Jonash says:

        So if the Admin. is taxing "Christmas" trees as against it as I may be lets call them "Holiday" trees and avoid this tax!! That would be us spitting in their faces LOL!!

      • neener says:

        kind of reminds me of the tanning bed tax he implemented immediately upon taking office.

      • neener says:

        kind of reminds me of the tanning bed tax he implemented immediately upon taking office.

      • Ere says:

        The Christian only tax will work hand in hand with the white only tax (on tanning)

      • Jacobs Bubble says:

        "Wow, this is about as dumb as it gets. "

        I wish that was true.

        Things would not be as bad as they are if that were the case. He was just finding something to do. It was for keeping in shape for him. Like doing a cross word puzzle.

      • Andy says:

        You do know that non-Christians celebrate Christmas, right?

        • UpChuckLiberals says:

          They celebrate a 'Holiday'. Christians celebrate Christ, the reason for the season.

        • Duke says:

          You do know that Christmas is a Christian holiday, right? Birth of Jesus being pretty much central to the whole thing. Non-Christians may have a celebration for something at a the same time, but it is not Christmas. Because if they are celebrating Christ's birth, I am don't think the label "non-Christian" really fits.

          • Morgan says:

            Well, take a pause her for a second, because someone's gonna point out that fir trees were not too common in Bethlehem… Christmas is just the newest name slapped on ancient rites celebrated long before His birth. No animosity intended but, I put up a tree (and I call it a "Christmas" tree because it's just easier that way) and I haven't been Christian in twenty years… However, I agree that your original argument still holds, it's primarily a tax on Christians…

          • DieneMutter says:

            Do you really know what Christmas is? Sure Christians celebrate it in December, but the birth of Christ is now believed to have happened some time in the month of July. It is only on the 25th of December to coincide with pagan celebrations of the winter solstice and roman Saturnalia or scandinavian Jul. It only coincides with these days to make it easier to convert the non-christians, making important holidays all fall on the same day. Even modern Christmas is celebrated by non-christians because of the spirit of gift giving, music, and family gathering. Only christians celebrate it as the birth of christ.
            Further, the Christmas tree, or Yule tree originated through Scandinavian/Germanic Jul traditions with the belief that St. Boniface cut down Thor's Oak tree, that had previously been used to conduct sacrifices under, and an evergreen grew out of it, marking the newfound Christian faith of the Nordic converts.

            • DVessar says:

              An Act making the first Day of January, the twenty-fifth Day of December, the fourth Day of July, and Thanksgiving Day, Holidays, within the District of Columbia. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following days, to wit: The first day of January, commonly called New Year's day, the fourth day of July, the twenty-fifth day of December, commonly called Christmas Day, and any day appointed or recommended by the President of the United States as a day of public fast or thanksgiving, shall be holidays within the District of Columbia, and shall, for all purposes of presenting for payment or acceptance of the maturity and protest, and giving notice of the dishonor of bills of exchange, bank checks and promissory notes or other negotiable or commercial paper, be treated and considered as is the first day of the week, commonly called Sunday, and all notes, drafts, checks, or other commercial or negotiable paper falling due or maturing on either of said holidays shall be deemed as having matured on the day previous. APPROVED, June 28, 1870 by President Ulysses S. Grant.

          • DVessar says:

            Source: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/When_and_how_did_Christ

            President Ulysses S. Grant declared Christmas a legal holiday in 1870. The bill to make Christmas a holiday was introduced into the House of Representatives by Rep. Burton Chauncey Cook (Illinois). It was approved and passed to the Senate on June 24, 1870. When both houses had agreed on the wording (below) it was passed on to President Grant, who signed it on June 28, 1870. Here is the wording of that act of Congress:

          • thegza says:

            cool story bro

        • christianbychoice says:

          Non-Christians celebrate x-mas!

      • George says:

        Only the ones who run convenience stores in middle-class neighborhoods… And then it's usually a little plastic one just for show!

      • Nancy McConnell says:

        AMEN!!!!!

      • This tax is on those who sell Christmas trees. The growers requested it, not the government.

      • Joshua Kent says:

        I understand what you are saying Ralph, however think about how many non Christians also use the tree as well. I don't see it as much as a tax on "just Christians" but on the American People. If it were a tax on the sale of King James Bibles, then yes we could say he was targeting Christians.

      • Russ says:

        I thought our government was supposed to separate church and state. Aren't Christmas trees used to celebrate Christ's birth??

      • robtech34 says:

        You hit the nail on it's head Ralph, a menorah tax is surely due next.
        I just hope he stays away from my Festivus Pole alone.

      • saywha says:

        You folks are as "dumb as it gets". You have to even criticize a 15 cent tax? 15 cents? Boy, you guys really need to get a life!

      • Ag8tor says:

        Give it time. This is just the tip of the iceberg. You'll be seeing a lot of this nonsense before November 2012.

      • lori says:

        As a Jew I can definitely say this targets Christians. I certainly do not have a tree. I think the whole tax thing on the trees is ridiculous.

      • pam says:

        This tax was sought by the National Christmas Tree Association starting back in April 2008 – before Obama was elected.

        Go to the NCTA, click on the listing that says spreadsheet, and go to line 81 to see the assessment that they were proposing.

      • guest says:

        Well I do have to put in my two cents worth. The Christmas tree was started in Germany. They would decorate them yr round. Then they decided to decorate them for Christmas with glass bulbs. Then they decorated them with candles and so on and on.. So it is not an american Christmas tree. Many people are in inter religious relationships. I can't tell you how many muslims have Christmas trees! lol I know this has nothing to do with the 15 cents but..just a little history on Christmas trees. :)

      • I'm sure he thought about that when he came up with this idiocy

      • Ralph, are reading my mind again?

      • hiddenheart says:

        I do not claim Christianity, and yet my family buys a fresh "Christmas Tree" every year. You can thank commercialization of religious holidays for 'equality and economy' for making it commonplace for non-Christians to celebrate Christian holidays.

    6. Jean says:

      Unbelievable. Just unbelievable.

      • honour says:

        anyone notice your thoughts must be approved to be posted? Isnt this the opposite of what the internets about? Were getting stopped at the most basic things here people.

    7. Joe the Pimpernel says:

      This is just a way of forcing Christians to fund a new bureaucracy staffed by vastly overpaid members of Eric Holder's people.

      • guest says:

        i buy a real christmas tree every year and i'm not christian so it's not against christians and all the judgments, isn't that to be left to god as it is said in your bible

    8. AnneP says:

      He just can't help himself, can he? Merry Christmas to you too, Mr. One Term President.

      • SANDIFERN says:

        this man and so many others deciding what is GOOD for us..and EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM ID DELOUSIONAL !!!! THEY DO NOT LIVE IN THE REAL WORLD…ITS LIKE WATCHING GROUPS PLAYING WITH "DOMINOS " & "LEGOS"…THEY WONT SPEND THEIR OWN $ JUST OURS :(

      • Gibbster says:

        No, for obama, it's Happy Holidays!! He's ridiculous, I want him out!!

    9. AnneP says:

      He just can't help himself, can he? Merry Christmas to you too, Mr. One Term President.

    10. AnneP says:

      He just can't help himself, can he? Merry Christmas to you too, Mr. One Term President.

    11. …you can't make this stuff up…

    12. …you can't make this stuff up…

    13. stargirl says:

      obama deserves a lump of coal in his christmas stocking.

    14. stargirl says:

      obama deserves a lump of coal in his christmas stocking.

    15. stargirl says:

      obama deserves a lump of coal in his christmas stocking.

    16. stargirl says:

      obama deserves a lump of coal in his christmas stocking.

    17. stargirl says:

      obama deserves a lump of coal in his christmas stocking.

    18. stargirl says:

      obama deserves a lump of coal in his christmas stocking.

    19. stargirl says:

      obama deserves a lump of coal in his christmas stocking.

    20. stargirl says:

      obama deserves a lump of coal in his christmas stocking.

    21. rory says:

      what a foolish thing to do!

    22. I am sure there is a Christmas tree industry group already doing the same promotion.

      Somehow I doubt the tax will ever end up promoting Christmas trees.

      • guest says:

        Actually, this whole thing was the Christmas tree industry's idea. They're the ones who came up with it and pushed for it. See http://www.checkoffstudy.com/. But don't expect the Heritage Foundation to tell you that.

        • gobnait says:

          Immaterial as to where it originated. It is an absurd tax that should never have been approved by the administration who is always looking to separate taxpayers from their money. Since when do Christmas trees have a bad reputation?

          • Joe says:

            Since they have been losing market share to fake trees in recent years. It's actually not even a tax. Growers begged for the program then decided to pass their fees along to consumers. but the Heritage foundation wouldn't tell you that either.

          • Jason says:

            Since Liberalism invaded society, making it damn near a crime to make any public display of faith.

            Remember, it's holiday trees in most parts.

            • medwardkelly says:

              Where are they called Holiday Trees? I live in New York, which is very progressive, secular, and Democratic, and everyone here calls them Christmas Trees too. Give me a break.

          • guest says:

            Since live trees started getting hammered by artificial ones. That's what this is about. The Christmas tree industry wants to band together to promote live trees. They're the ones who are ASKING to be taxed. So, using their right under a 1996 law, they asked the government to impose a tax on producers of 500 trees or more per year. In three years, the industry will hold a referendum to decide if they want the program to continue.

            This is just about the administration being responsive to the wishes of business. Isn't that what you want?

      • TKO says:

        The issue isn't about the industry, it is how it will affect the nonprofit Organizations that try to fundraise selling trees i.e the Boy Scouts of America…..

        • Guest says:

          they are safe from the tax, those who provides them with trees to sell, most are donated to them or sold to them at cost for the purpose of selling them for their fundraisers. They do not produce them and as long as they get them from farms that produce less than 500 a year there is no $0.15 tax on the trees.

      • Melissa says:

        OMG this is FROM the National Christmas Tree Association. Look it up!

      • Will K says:

        http://www.thefederalregister.com/d.p/2010-11-08-

        So it is originated from a private industry organization, but the reason for the governmental involvement is that the organization tried the program on a voluntary basis and nobody wanted to pay for it. So what do you do if you want something done at somebody else's expense but that somebody else does not feel it's worth the money? You ask the federal government to force everybody to pay for it whether they want to or not.

        • guest says:

          You've got it backwards. Nobody wants to pay for a group project if others in the group aren't paying their share. Most of the producers support this, but they don't want to give others a free ride. If they decide they don't like it in three years, the industry can vote to repeal it.

          One of the main reasons our economy has been spiraling downward over the past 30 years is that we've gotten away from the idea that government has a role to play in promoting and developing domestic business. You don't see China, India or Germany making that mistake, nor any of our other first-rank competitors.

          • Cpl. Chaos says:

            Wrong. The government isn't responsible for promoting or developing domestic businesses. Investors and business owners do that. The economy is in trouble right now because of government involvement. Restrictive – and ever changing – regulations, high corporate tax rates (2nd highest in the world), and government mandates such as health care.

      • Brenda says:

        Just as the gas tax is supposed to go to maintaining roads and bridges…….now he wants another stimulus, er, 'jobs bill' for the infrastructure…….why aren't our Republican leaders pointing that out? Where IS the gas tax money going?

      • ellen says:

        This is a promotion by an industry group, you are right. Review this article in the Chicago Tribune. It paints a slightly different perspective. To point accusatory fingers at Obama is erroneous on this one. http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-110

      • Robert Woodie says:

        You are exactly right!…I grow Christmas trees for a living and we have state level as well as national level organizations for this "advertising". ……The tax is a bunch of organic matter gone bad!!
        Another way to grow government and strangle the American entrepreneurial spirit.

    23. I am sure there is a Christmas tree industry group already doing the same promotion.

      Somehow I doubt the tax will ever end up promoting Christmas trees.

    24. dinh nguyen says:

      This is the reason why we need to get this fraud out of office. There will lots more to come.

    25. Ash says:

      looks like well be goin with a fake…

      • Andy says:

        Or cut it from a neighbors yard. Just tell them your hear from the government and you want to help.

        LOL

        • Gerry says:

          I would cut one from local county property or federal property first since both are still spending money in a crazy manner and raising taxes. Gotta get my tax money back somehow.

      • MIke says:

        We already have a fake… in the White House.

      • DoctorJNB says:

        Careful – he may put a 30 cent tax on artificial trees to prevent this attempt by people to hold onto their own money…

      • Torque says:

        Nice, instead of buying a tree grown in the US, probably a local farmer, go and buy a plastic tree made in China. That will really show Obama won't it. Please, is a 15cent fee on a $50 tree to much for you to handle?

        • Chicago123 says:

          Exactly, Torque! This is less than 1% of the cost of a tree and it is meant to HELP tree farmers (American small businesses).

      • CON job says:

        You can't afford 15 cents, but you'll spend money on a fake tree. Wow – you make a lot of sense.

      • Shawn says:

        Really….15 cents (that you don't pay) will cause you to buy a fake tree from China over supporting US farms.

        • JustDon says:

          "That you don't pay…"

          Now… there's the problem. Just because the tax (fee, surcharge, assessment, price hike…) isn't *directly* applied to the consumer does NOT mean that the consumer doesn't pay the extra charge. The industry is not willing to reduce their profit margins on the trees. Who exactly do you think the charge gets paid by in the end?

      • Mik says:

        Yes, I hope that to spare 15 cents you purchased a $125 Chinese made plastic Christmas tree. Way to help American farmers. Sometimes politics gets in the way of just being smart.

    26. Gordon says:

      ENOUGH! NO MORE TAXES OBAMA!!!

    27. Mike.P says:

      Obama….the jokes just keep coming, one after another. November 2012 can't get here fast enough!

    28. shane p says:

      really?
      happy holidays scrooge…

    29. seasidejules says:

      OMG now I have heard it all!!! Take the money and run… these people have no shame.

    30. Patrick Henry says:

      Just when I think this regime can't get any more despicable, they come out and surprise me with something.

      • just here says:

        stop thinking, please! maybe they'll stop! lol!

      • Melissa says:

        this process was started back in 2008 by the National Christmas Tree Association. I really wish bloggers would take 30 seconds to research before they spout off at the mouth

        • wills_3rd_witch says:

          The National Christmas Tree Association did not impose a FEDERAL TAX on the trees.

          • The NCTA requested this–it was not the government's idea. And, the tax is on the sellers, not buyers.

            • Ebeneezer says:

              The end user always gets stuck with the tab…………The sellers just pass it on down.

            • Mark Matson says:

              Right, because the sellers would never dream of passing that on to the buyers… They will clearly be ecstatic about taking $.15 out of their profit per tree…

            • Joe says:

              And you know for a fact that the sellers won't pass the tax on to the final customer? Dream on.

            • Chris Schaff says:

              I almost can't believe your statement. Please, people, will you take a (basic) economics class before spouting ideas that make you look like an idiot? Check out the graph here: http://www.atr.org/free-economics-lesson-media-ma… or similar ones. Basic economics means that any tax is always shared between the producers and consumers. Depending on who has a more elastic supply/demand, they will pay less (but still some) of the tax burden.

            • Greg H says:

              Sarah, how can you say that the seller will absorb the tax with a straight face? First off, the profit margin on tree sales is not that great. And also having worked on a tree lot before, I know that you very rarely sell 100% of your inventory. 75% – 85% is more realistic. So that means that the seller will have to eat the 15 cents on the trees not sold. Do you think that they will really do that? No they will pass the tax on to the consumer based on their predictions of sales and total cost of the tax to them. This means that the tax passed on to the consumer will not only be 15 cents and it will be passed on, you can be sure of that.

          • Steve says:

            The NTCA requested the tax, during the Bush administration, which the government would use to help promote their product. Thus helping small businesses. Like the many other growers organizations around the country that do the same. Geez people, please try to think before going all anti-government. But I can see that pointing out facts wont help because comments like mine will get voted down, while the reactionary comments get voted up.

      • fberst says:

        And in next week's episode of "America's Worst President Ever" …..

      • Guido says:

        i thought there was on Holiday trees?
        Now when the government imposes a tax on Christmas trees aren't the liberals going to complain about the separation of church and state?
        Where's the ACLU when you need them?

      • mary says:

        Other commodity groups who have voluntarily chosen to "tax" themselves and participate in promotional campaigns overseen by the federal government under the checkoff program:

        Almond Board of California
        American Egg Board
        American Lamb Board
        Cotton Board
        Dairy Management Inc.
        Mohair Council of America
        Mushroom Council
        Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board
        Cattlemen’s Beef Board
        National Honey Board
        National Watermelon Promotion Board
        National Peanut Board
        National Pork Board
        Popcorn Board
        U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council
        United Soybean Board
        United States Potato Board.

        Free market alsotoo.

      • I'm sure that "We ain't seen nothin' yet".

    31. Juan says:

      Are you kidding me? This prez is a joke.

    32. Juan says:

      Are you kidding me? This prez is a joke.

    33. bobc74 says:

      What happened to Obama's pledge to go through the Federal Budget line by line and eliminate wasteful spending? I'm sure we really don't need a Federal program to promote the purchasing of real Christmas trees.

      • Greg says:

        What Budget? There hasn't been a budget since Obama became President.

      • twinspineve says:

        how is increasing the cost of a x-mas tree by a tax going to going to get people to buy a x-mas tree. i can't wait to vote obumble out of office.

      • guest says:

        bobc74, he was really going through line by line to find ways to take power and side-step Congress by revealing language that could be said to authorize said grabbing of power.

      • Jeff L says:

        He lied!

      • Martin says:

        Its right there with his pledge to be transparent and post all the bills he is going to sign three days before signing them for everyone to read.

      • 4dees says:

        That was just a lie, too!!

      • my_dakotalady says:

        What Federal Budget?? There's not been a budget since this "Person" took office, which explains why he feels money grows from the head of each working American!

      • Chris says:

        Fresh-tree sales declined from 37 million in 1991 to 31 million in 2007, according to the USDA. Artificial tree sales, meanwhile, nearly doubled, to 17.4 million, from 2003 to 2007. – I guess maybe they do need a program to promote the purchasing of real xmas trees??

        • Kat says:

          Yeah, and raising the price by taxing them is really going to improve sales.
          /sarcasm

        • Mark Matson says:

          Or maybe in a free market society those business owners should realize that the demand is shifting to fake trees and sell those as well. That's the great thing about the USA, nobody is forcing real Christmas tree sellers to only sell real Christmas trees… Or to sell trees at all. They are free to get out of the business if it isn't profitable, or to change the way they do business to meet the demand of the buyer…

      • brassia says:

        By going line by line to eliminate wastful spending he meant looking for ways to find additional tax ideas,
        Do you still believe anything this man ever says?????? I am sure most of us are way past this point!!

        • Becky says:

          Calm down. This is a SELF TAX of the living Christmas Tree association, made up of small-scale growers, large-scale growers and importers. The Ag Dept merely gave the organization PERMISSION to collect the fee. Remember "Pork, the other white meat" and "Got milk?" This is the SAME IDEA.

          • Mark Matson says:

            A tree seller or any private organization to which he/she may belong can charge whatever they want because they operate in a free market, and they certainly don't need government approval to collect an additional fifteen cents. However, if they want the gov to step in to protect and promote the image of their product, they then subject themselves to the government charging whatever it sees fit to cover the costs of that promotion… So "Permission to either pay the fee themselves or collect it from the consumer" is what that should say… The reason I'm upset about this is that it opens the door to so many more "advertisement fees" aka taxes. What happens when my local grocery store decides it needs gov help to promote local business instead of shopping at Walmart? Or when they decide to promote, oh I don't know… The Chevy Volt? The bottom line is, if you own a business it is your job to promote and sell your product, not the government'.

            • deminimis says:

              Because this type of a plan worked out so badly for the pork and milk industries?

            • Frans J. Kok says:

              The law that allows this to happen is only applicable to the agricultural sector. If you try to do this in any other industry you will be in violation of anti trust statues, it would be called collusion. Really, what we should focus on the enabler, the Department of Agriculture. It is high time to abolish it. This stuff started in the 1930s when agriculture employed 21.5 % of the workforce and produced 7.7% of GDP. In 2000 it employed 1.9% of the workforce and produced 0.7% of GDP. You could argue that we needed a Department of Agriculture in 1930, you cannot argue that anymore in 2000.

      • David says:

        How does 15 cents paid by christmas tree consumers count as a line on the federal budget?

      • KeithMiami says:

        There is no federal budget. He's making it up as he goes. No one to stop him.

    34. Iodice says:

      Can you say "Grinch"?

      • bybybama says:

        owebama..did ii get that right

      • DOE says:

        MY SENTIMENTS EXACTLY!!!!

      • Chicago123 says:

        This tax is less than 1% of the cost of a tree and it is meant to HELP tree farmers (American small businesses). I thought that's what we wanted?

        • JustDon says:

          No. What we want is for the government to get out of the way of American small businesses.

          It doesn't matter what the tax is *meant* to do. It matters both what it actually *does*, as well as whether that is a proper role for the federal government. (And it is decidedly not in this case.)

          If such a per tree fee is necessary in order to promote the industry, then the industry group would be more than welcome to make the charging and submission of such fees to the central body a requirement for membership in their organization. Rather than doing that, though, they went to the federal government and decided to take the money from growers by threat of force whether the growers believe it is beneficial to them or not!

          Now, one might say, if it isn't applied to every grower (of more than 500 trees per year), then some growers might decide they don't want to pay, and then they might leave the association!

          And then I would be forced to point out that if the owner of the business doesn't believe that the association is providing adequate value for the money, he/she should be free to make that decision. This rule removes the ability to "vote with their feet" regarding the association.

          • Prairiefire1 says:

            The Chinese plastic-tree manufacturers, who ARE supported by THEIR government, send their regards and say "Keep up the good work!"

    35. Iodice says:

      Can you say "Grinch"?

    36. bobc74 says:

      What happened to Obama's pledge to go through the Federal Budget line by line and eliminate wasteful spending? I'm sure we really don't need a Federal program to promote the purchasing of real Christmas trees.

    37. Robert Tharp says:

      Brilliant! What will they think up next to tax?

      • Just here says:

        breathing…

      • Stratus41 says:

        The air you breathe. They've already determined what you exhale is a pollutant (CO²)

      • FredBixby says:

        Please do not ever ask that question of a politician.

      • Cpl. Chaos says:

        That used to be a joke, now it's a reality. I honestly think this guy sits around during his down time and thinks hard of how the government can get ahold of more of our money. To him it's actually the government's money, and we have our filthy, unwashed paws all over it.

      • Charley says:

        Well let's see. There are birthday cakes, Easter eggs, popsicles, golf balls, nail clippers, jack chain, copy paper, pine cones, index cards, parakeets, pencil erasers, etc, etc. Come on Robert, don't be so close minded. Don't you see? If everything is taxed then there will have to be a government department to promote it so local business men can try to sell it to people who don't have any money to pay for it. But think of all those government jobs that will be created. They get paid every week and will have to pay taxes. Therefore the IRS will take in more money and real soon we'll have a surplus.

      • jeanne says:

        OMG, don't ask that question!! Heaven help us, but you will get an answer to it.

    38. Nick Malone says:

      It's just another series of smoke and mirrors to create more government jobs via the backs of tax payers. It's how government grows by nickles and dimes.

    39. Nick Malone says:

      It's just another series of smoke and mirrors to create more government jobs via the backs of tax payers. It's how government grows by nickles and dimes.

    40. Robert Tharp says:

      Brilliant! What will they think up next to tax?

    41. samboachie says:

      Most Christmas Farms deal in cash….good luck enforcing this piece of crap new tax. Taxing an industry usually does not promote it. Another brilliant move by our Feds. I hope this article is false, but for some reason I think it's true….

      • guest says:

        Actually, it's the brilliant idea of Christmas tree farmers. They're the ones who asked for this and have been pushing for it. Don't believe me? See http://www.checkoffstudy.com/. And be sure to check out who's behind the group – ALL are Christmas tree producers.

        • Cat says:

          I actually was thinking about getting a "live" tree this year .. NOT GONNA HAPPEN NOW!

          • 3SidestoEverything says:

            Are you serious? The tree farmers are trying to SAVE their AMERICAN BUSINESS!! The American Christmas tree market has seriously suffered since FAKE TREES MADE IN CHINA!!!! The tree farmer are the ones who proposed this tax for advertising to try and save their AMERICAN business!!! Do you READ ANYTHING???

          • EXFED4 says:

            May I suggest you buy a live tree from a small farm that sells less than 500 trees a year? There are lots of us around – hopefully some in your area – and most of us do this for the fun of it and have no intention of serving as a tax collector for a corrupt, but temporary government.

      • Randyrocker says:

        If he can't get the farmers to submit the tax, watch out, he'll send in the TSA along with the IRS and the 20% CIA killers to grope, feel and demand it. Barack Obama is just made that way. After all Eric Holder is his Santa Claus handing out machine guns to the mexican drug lords through the ATF for free, Why, Obama has a bag of goodies for everything.

      • ACDenco says:

        They will likely be taxed at the wholesale level AND at the retail level, as the governemnt won't make it clear WHO is responsible. The wholesalers and retailers will each add an extra $1.00 to THEIR price, to cover the administrative costs to pay the government.

      • ChuckT says:

        …and the tax money will go into a 'lock box' so that future generations of christmas trees will have money in their 'golden years.Right?

      • Molly says:

        unless you live in Louisiana

      • doug says:

        Most tree farms are tax assessed by selling more than $500 worth of produce therefore some sales must be on the books and therefore taxed.

    42. samboachie says:

      Most Christmas Farms deal in cash….good luck enforcing this piece of crap new tax. Taxing an industry usually does not promote it. Another brilliant move by our Feds. I hope this article is false, but for some reason I think it's true….

      • They'll just assume every tree seller is cheating and fine them all. (like how they tax tips of restaurant waiters – based on an arbitrary average.)

        • i am sure the trees will be taxes at the wholesale level, just like the soda can tax in NY; that way all trees will be taxed, whether they are sold or not, with the benefit going to the government.

    43. samboachie says:

      Most Christmas Farms deal in cash….good luck enforcing this piece of crap new tax. Taxing an industry usually does not promote it. Another brilliant move by our Feds. I hope this article is false, but for some reason I think it's true….

    44. Jeremy says:

      All new taxes have to start in Congress.

      This is a scary new trend. :(:(:(:(

    45. Jeremy says:

      All new taxes have to start in Congress.

      This is a scary new trend. :(:(:(:(

      • RJ O'Guillory says:

        To Jeremy's Point,….

        "This is a scary new trend. :(:(:(:("

        Huh?

        How old are you?……a "scary new trend"?,…..have you been unable to communicate with the outside world for the last 50 years?

        Are you unaware of the "trend" which has continued unabated for decades in this country,…. stripping you of your constitutional rights?

        Ron Paul has been telling you for thirty years what is wrong with our country,…yet "we" continue to allow gangsterism and graft at levels that would make the ancient Romans blush,….

        …but for some,…it is a "scary new trend",…no wonder we are going down the tubes as a constitutional republic….

        Regards,

        RJ O'Guillory
        Author-
        Webster Groves-The Life of an Insane Family

    46. NC Conservative says:

      Although it's probably just what Obama wants to happen, how about just calling all the trees "Holiday" trees and circumventing the tax altogether?

    47. NC Conservative says:

      Although it's probably just what Obama wants to happen, how about just calling all the trees "Holiday" trees and circumventing the tax altogether?

    48. what are you kidding. the man is whacked in the head.

    49. retrowriter says:

      This administration is a national tragedy.

    50. I can't say "WTF?" because I've long since worn out that phrase when it comes to this President and Administration.

    51. retrowriter says:

      This administration is a national tragedy.

    52. MJord says:

      How the Grinch stole Christmas?

    53. anonymous says:

      hahahhhaa!

    54. JTM says:

      Hope and change, by the time this guy is out of office I won't even have that.

    55. Mike.P says:

      Obama….the jokes just keep coming

    56. Ken says:

      "Christmas Tree Tax—to support a new Federal program to improve the image and marketing of Christmas trees."
      Just what we need. A new federal program, more taxes and a dumb line of reasoning. What idiot thinks the i,age and marketing of Christmas trees needs to be improved?

    57. MikeyC says:

      Face

      Palm

    58. agreatsign says:

      Just makes you feel all warm and fuzzy doesn't it?

    59. Donna Fincher says:

      Wow! You can't make this stuff up. If it was April 1, I'd think this was a joke.

    60. TheMadKing says:

      What next? A Halloween Pumpkin tax? Thanksgiving Turkey tax? Unbelievable! The man truly has never met a tax he didn't like. He and his progmaniacs in DC have got to go.

    61. Iodice says:

      Can we not even get through Christmas without the government intervening?

    62. 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).

    63. Elmer says:

      How did Christmas trees and Christmas tree sales get along without this tax for the past 100 years or so?

    64. Paul Mahan says:

      Why on earth do we need a new federal program to improve the image and marketing of Christmas trees and of course an accompanying Christmas tree tax to pay for this misguided program. Government keeps growing and growing and growing and growing and growing . . . . The federal leviathian state is way way way too big and it taxes too much ! ! ! I guess liberals just can't help themselves — they'll just keep growing government and getting it involved in areas where the free market was just doing fine.

    65. dhump says:

      Well, I guess I’ll just be buying a fake tree this year! Get your hands out of my pocket!

    66. Babs says:

      15% OR 15 cents both appear in this story which is it?

    67. Bob says:

      Uhhh….

      Well….

      Wh…..

      Are you *&%^ing kidding me!?!??!?! Don't these people GET IT???

      WAIT…OK…….you're making this up, right? AWWWwwww….ya' almost got me!!

    68. Barry007 says:

      Christmas Tree Tax? Are you sure this story is for today and wasn't supposed to run on April Fools' Day? If this isn't a joke, it only proves the current resident of the White House is a April Fools joke. One year from today, we need to cancel his lease on the premises.

    69. Greg says:

      This president upsets me to no end but what really bothers me more are those who voted for him b/c of the color of his skin and not his character. Now we all suffer b/c he hates the America we all love.

    70. Cindi says:

      This is great that Drudge linked heritage site!!!

    71. Unreal says:

      Of course the poor and middle class don't buy trees so of course this isnt a tax on them right? People are suckers.

    72. Dianne says:

      You've got to be kidding me!

    73. clj124 says:

      How can they levy a tax without congress approval

    74. Steve S says:

      HO HO HO From the Grinch

    75. ??????? says:

      sad. just sad.

    76. Eric the Red says:

      I thought I was reading a story from the Onion. Unbelievable!

    77. rockribbedrushy says:

      Is there a "Friend of Barack" in the Christmas Tree Biz, perhaps?
      And what about the Non-Fresh Trees, read "artificial"?
      Is there going to be a surcharge on those too?

    78. The Final Word says:

      Doesn't this violate the First Amendment protection of free exercise of religion? Where is the ACLU? Where is Americans United for Separation of Church and State? Besides being stupid, it's dangerous government intrusion. By the way, the definition of a tax: "1. a sum of money demanded by a government for its support or for specific facilities or services, levied upon incomes, property, sales, etc." To portray this as "not a tax" is disingenuous in the extreme.

    79. ig farben says:

      I am skeptical about their objectives. This administration refuses to recognize that the national motto is "In God We Trust"

    80. JoanieBaloney says:

      The Obama administration either has no heart or they are just completely out of their minds. I really think they are that stupid.

    81. Luke Stone says:

      Who else is waiting for the pop-up window to say it’s a joke.?
      I suppose we should be happy that Chairman Obama is focusing his attention on important issues like these and not further devastating the Middle East, North Africa, and the economy instead?

    82. MNtoNY says:

      Now he wants to call it a Christmas tree? What happened to 'holiday' trees?

    83. slider1 says:

      This is an Onion article, right? Or maybe it's Monty Python. Or Punch. Or something.

      This cannot be real.

      Really?

      So it won't be OWS that will drag down Obama like a millstone around his neck. It will be, after all, the Christmas Tree Tax.

      Next up: The Easter Bunny Tax to promote the image and marketing of colored eggs.

    84. Merry taX-mas everybody!

    85. James says:

      What next? A Hanukah Candle tax?

    86. SamZydeco says:

      I thought we had to call it a "Holiday Tree" now –

    87. Mike says:

      I am at a total loss for words…except that he cannot be elected again!

    88. Bubba says:

      Is anything sacred to these Liberal DemoRat tax freaks

    89. Luke Stone says:

      Who else is waiting for the pop-up window to say it’s a joke.?

    90. Rick Cannon says:

      More big government. Get rid of Obama in 2012.

    91. djk says:

      Is this a joke?

    92. VARIABLE says:

      Someone, anyone please tell me where in the Constitution that We the People, or the States, gave our Federal Government the power to tax us for the sake of Christmas tree image improvement. If the Big Christmas Tree Complex can not pay for or do not want to pay for their own marketing then it is suddenly the responsibility of the Federal Government? This is another ridiculous expenditure of our tax money!

    93. Eric G says:

      Why is this not surprising. How sad is that this kind of "crap" is what we have come to expect from this President?

    94. John A Adams says:

      Give him time and he will tax the dirt in your yard, the air we breath, our conversations, and the walks we like to take in the evenings.

    95. herdzcatz says:

      You've gotta be kidding me!

    96. LGV says:

      Unbelievable President Scrooge!
      What's next? Santa Claus IRS audit, Easter Bunny registration fee, and a Punxsutawney Phil land tax?

    97. PAT says:

      Are you kidding me???????

      Next Santa will be taxed some how

    98. Andrew150 says:

      Thanks David, this guy and his administration is full of reindeer puckey…

    99. Joy says:

      Oh for godsake, is nothing sacred?!

    100. z1world says:

      a tax on christmas trees to help promote the growth of the christmas tree industry…. hmmmm. so tax the item you want to promote growth in. what??

    101. scrooge says:

      BAH HUMBUG

    102. Joe Smith says:

      WOW! Let's tax Christmas! Brilliant Dem's……just brilliant. Next there will be a Church tax for all those attending Christmas Day Mass.

    103. Leopold B. Scotch says:

      You have to be kidding. Seriously?? Like the government isn't big enough already with complete wasteful jobs?

    104. just me says:

      Well how about that! A tax on a item used in a Christian holiday! Shame, shame, shame!

    105. No More Taxes says:

      Well said David. Thanks for your service to your country.

    106. Barry007 says:

      Christmas Tree Tax? Are you sure this story is for today and wasn't supposed to run on April Fools' Day? If this isn't a joke

    107. Stormin'Norman says:

      Liberals are so stupid….it's almost breathtaking…..

    108. this has to be the dumbest thing i have ever read

    109. jimf says:

      Gog help us

    110. jimf says:

      Gog help us

    111. Jeremy Hill says:

      If you want to discourage a certain behavior, you tax it. Just goes to show how far they are willing to go to attack Christmas.

    112. Jeremy Hill says:

      If you want to discourage a certain behavior, you tax it. Just goes to show how far they are willing to go to attack Christmas.

    113. Jim says:

      The government has become destructive to the very ends of everything it was put in place to preserve. It's never ending appetite for other people's money cannot be satisfied. To tax a religious symbol such as a Christmas tree is repulsive and disgusting. If the state and the church are to be separated, the Christmas tree shouldn't be taxed any more than the American flag. Toss this administration out and all incumbents in congress over and over until they get the message that we are fed up with this legalized theft of our money.

    114. Doc says:

      Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! All he has to do now is get attacked by a rabbit…

    115. SqueekyFromm says:

      Just like stupid Obama to tax Christmas Trees. What a stupid grinch!!!

      Squeeky Fromm
      Girl Reporter

    116. queen says:

      another ploy for our secular government to disrespect Christmas and the season under the ploy of helping the Christmas tree growers. We know the growers will pass the tax on to the consumer, and the obama administration will gain a tax advantage under false pretenses.

    117. JMW123 says:

      So, Obama needs a new tax to promote Christmas trees? Seriously? What are they going to do, tell people to buy Christmas trees for Christmas? In other words, Obama is coming up with a new tax to make another govt department that we don't need.

    118. mgee says:

      JESUS CHRIST ON A RUBBER CRUTCH
      It is an Obama Christian TAX

    119. @candidviews says:

      These people are INSANE.

    120. @candidviews says:

      These people are INSANE.

    121. @candidviews says:

      These people are INSANE.

    122. Mike says:

      It's good that no one making less than $250,000 per year buys real Christmas trees. Otherwise, Obama broke his promise about raising taxes on the poor.

    123. LGV says:

      Unbelievable President Scrooge!

    124. LGV says:

      Unbelievable President Scrooge!

    125. Don says:

      Obama must go……….Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I Hope Americans wake to how he is destroying our Country.

    126. Don says:

      Obama must go……….Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I Hope Americans wake to how he is destroying our Country.

    127. this is not a Christmas tree fee ,, it's a tax,, a BS tax ,, GOD HELP THE USA.

    128. Taxed Enough Already says:

      "Nobody is saying President Obama doesn’t have authority to impose his new Christmas Tree Tax…"

      EXCEPT the Constitution of the United States of America.

      Not that anyone seems to care about that old piece of paper these days…

    129. Mitch says:

      15 cents?! The story will completely disappear. If it was 15 DOLLARS, he'd have a big fight on his hands.

    130. Mitch says:

      15 cents?! The story will completely disappear. If it was 15 DOLLARS, he'd have a big fight on his hands.

    131. Mitch says:

      15 cents?! The story will completely disappear. If it was 15 DOLLARS, he'd have a big fight on his hands.

      • sickofthemoochers says:

        How about Obama put a 15 cent tax on every burqa sold in the U.S. so the federal government could improve the burqa image and marketing? I guess that story would disappear also, right?

      • rob f says:

        It is what we don't see in the small print of the story, I bet the want to control the farms and will viciously go after violators that don't comply.

    132. BENDOR says:

      I have a hard time believing this Government supporting a "Christmas" anything.

      Especially Obama.

      Aren't they promoting a specific faith by doing this?

    133. David_San_Diego says:

      The Secretary of Agriculture is an idiot if he thinks Christmas trees need to be promoted. Agriculture Secretary Vilsack should be more worried about the fact that the United States has become a net IMPORTER of FOOD:
      http://www.grist.org/article/us-about-to-become-n

      Or maybe Agriculture Secretary Vilsack should be more worried about the fact that much of our agricultural labor is being performed by Enemy Aliens, while many Americans are on unemployment benefits which are about to run out.

      Honestly, I don't know what Tom Vilsack is going to do for a living when he loses his job on 20 January 2013. I guess he will live on his gubernatorial and cabinet pensions, because he is too stupid to work at McDonalds.

    134. Robert Short says:

      Tax for the advertising of a product. Wow

      • Brent Walker says:

        It actually happens every day in every major city in the nation. It's called an Advertising & Promotion tax, and I'll bet you're paying it right now & don't even know it.

    135. Robert Short says:

      Tax for the advertising of a product. Wow

    136. OutragedToo says:

      You win! This is undoubtedly the most trifling complaint I've heard about Obama this entire week. A tax that will go right back into to supporting the very same industry, no less.

      • OregonWild says:

        But did the "christmas tree" industry ask for the support or did the Federal government just gaze down from upon high and decree "You need my help, give me some money and I'll tell you what your doing wrong". I know as a cutter/seller of trees that I certainly wasn't asked. While this is a teeny tiny insignificant tax it speaks to the larger issue of the Federal government thinking it knows what's the best for all of us. Oh and by the way, the new 15 cent tax is also going to add about 10 cents a tree in "admin" costs for me to track, report and submit the new tax so now it's a quarter to my customer.

      • rocky roweds says:

        If you believe the money will actually go back to the industry rather than into the pockets of the newly minted bureaucracy, you're more naive than Red Riding Hood.

      • MeToo says:

        Are you really that stupid so as to miss the point of our outrage?

      • Berto says:

        Anybody who believes that will happen needs to pay more taxes.

      • Lori says:

        You miss the point, It is a direct attack on Christians since they are the only ones that buy Christmas trees. That is what the problem is. Next there will be an added tax on kosher food since it is only Jews that buy it. Do you not see, his hate and contempt for Christians & Jews is coming full circle.

    137. OutragedToo says:

      You win! This is undoubtedly the most trifling complaint I've heard about Obama this entire week. A tax that will go right back into to supporting the very same industry, no less.

    138. OutragedToo says:

      You win! This is undoubtedly the most trifling complaint I've heard about Obama this entire week. A tax that will go right back into to supporting the very same industry, no less.

      • ctaylors3 says:

        Are you serious? You can't be serious. What the blue hell does the federal government know about how to run a Christmas tree farm?!?!?! Why take their 15 cents from them only to give it back to them. Lunacy. It's lunacy if it was one penny! And to call it a mandatory fee instead of a tax is insulting.

        • Guest says:

          They actually know a thing or two about marketing. Which is exactly what they are doing. "Milk: it does a body good" "The Incredible Edible Egg" "Pork: the other white meat"……any of those ring a bell?? All very successful marketing campaigns funded by the USDA in the exact same way.

    139. OutragedToo says:

      You win! This is undoubtedly the most trifling complaint I've heard about Obama this entire week. A tax that will go right back into to supporting the very same industry, no less.

    140. david says:

      Didn't we start a war over being taxed once already

    141. SHardin says:

      What is wrong with the current image of the Christmas tree? And why is the fed gov't getting involved with it's marketing?

      • WES says:

        Haven't you heard, "there's a war on Christmas!"

      • jim says:

        This is not about marketing Christmas. This is about, "I have a few bureacrats that need a home, so we'll create a new program with a new tax to support them. Nothing to do with Christmas.

    142. david says:

      Didn't we start a war over being taxed once already

    143. rayfuentes says:

      Enough is enough he's gotta go. Whats next taxing the amount of air we breathe. Where's the money gonna go to another Solyndra? Pack up your stuff you have 1yr left.

    144. Rudeman says:

      Like they really care about the image of Christmas trees. What a crock!

    145. bob says:

      rediculous

    146. bob says:

      rediculous

    147. Skip_G says:

      We need to switch to a two-year term, with a term limit of two terms per President. Or, a single four year term, no re-election possible. Get these "career politician" clowns out of office before they can wreck the country. We need to pull ALL congressional benefits too, as soon as a congressional officeholder leaves office; and limit them to two terms each. Federal Government: stop playing favorites and get out of the way.

    148. Efklef says:

      This at the same time that the White House is calling them Holiday Trees?

    149. Efklef says:

      This at the same time that the White House is calling them Holiday Trees?

    150. jen says:

      How is increasing the price the consumer pays enhance the image of Christmas trees?

    151. JD0900 says:

      rediculous

    152. I guess quran is a dirty word around here, requiring administrator approval, or something.

    153. TaxTheElvesToo says:

      What a grinch.

      … my apologies to all Doctor Seuss fans out there

    154. WeDaSheeple says:

      Well, if the government wasn't so amped up about removing Christmas decorations from airports, train stations, govt. buildings, schools, etc. they'd have better luck.

      And really — a tree tax? Seriously? They run out of things to tax?

      Someone out there is about to buy a few $10,000 toilet seats…

    155. cmi says:

      Another billiant idea

    156. Alan says:

      The man is insane.

    157. The man will tax everything if he could, even the air you breath!!

    158. Tom says:

      what does anyone expect from a redistribution, socialist, progressive, Marxist leaning individual? This was all known years ago from the company he keeps and the books he wrote. It still makes me laugh when he had his Bill Clinton moment, when he looked right at the camera with the whole nation watching and he said," I will not raise the middle class taxes one dime!", I guess he ment thousands of dollars really isn't "a dime".

    159. tinkerthinker says:

      Is this a satire..?

    160. Crazy_Redneck says:

      Excuse me, but the executive branch does NOT have the power to impose a tax on anything. That is a power reserved exclusively to the congress in Article I, Section 8, Clause 1, and only for the purposes outlined in the subsequent powers specified by the very same article/section of the constitution. That's ok. The federal courts would probably support this.

      When the federal government has a monopoly on the interpretation of the constitution, one should not be surprised when it keeps discovering new powers for itself.

    161. bob says:

      Down with Christians, i say stop Christmas!!!!

    162. PaulV says:

      This, like Obama, is a joke, right?

    163. TantoSays says:

      Great job in catching this one Mr. Addington. Nothing that comes out of this administration should shock any of us, but this one strains the limits of credibility.

      I immediately sent this over to my friends on another blog so they could add their spin and help spread the craziness. Here is their quick take on your story: http://mywtfblog.com/2011/11/christmas-tree-tax/

      Thanks for your work and the laugh.

    164. MDLero says:

      well theres your hope and change once again

    165. clemcadiddlehopper says:

      Sheer evil genius. Let's tax Thanksgiving turkeys while we're at it… and gingerbread men and pumpkin pie-and the pictures kiddies draw for mom to post on the fridge. Sheesh.

    166. Petroglyph says:

      You have got to be kidding.

      Obama is now a professional at circumventing the Constitution. Although, I'm quite positive he would much prefer to just declare it null and void, and rule AmeriKa like the dictator wannabe he is.

      Don't forget, Wall Street has made more money in the 2.5 years under Obama than it did in the 8 years under Bush. Yet Obama's OWS crowd mindlessly follows Soros, the Unions, the radicals like Ayers, Acorn, Pelosi, Reid, the Muslim Brotherhood…………….with trying to collapse our economic system. They have no idea the Communism they scream out will lead them straight to a Gulag.

    167. patrick r says:

      So now the Government is is the business of promoting Christmas….lol…rotflmao

    168. John Galt says:

      Why don't you not collect the tax and let the Christmas tree industry decide if they want better marketing. After all if it were worth it to them, I'm sure they would voluntarily do it as opposed to being forced. But then again, I know that the most prominent Christmas tree farmers usually make the transition into government, so I'd be willing to bet that the agricultural department knows FAR more about Christmas tree farming than those whose livelihoods depend on it. It's a slow pace, but it's quickening. If WE continue to LET the government impose it's will on us like this, pretty soon we won't have a choice in anything……Was this even voted on? The article makes it seem like a department kind of just "hey, we're doing this-so suck it"….

    169. Dave2009 says:

      "We just want to help you", "Hello, I'm from the government and I'm here to help", and by the way, pay the fee or else.

      Ask the other businesses that provide milk, and beef they also pay fees so the government can help there industry. Whether it helps the industry or not I'm not sure but it appears to provide plenty of reasons to party and have a good time on the industry's dime…, well actually, yours and my dime.

      Things must be getting tight at the department of agriculture, their planned holiday ender parties werejust not going to happen… looks like Santa will come to the rescue, and hey, it's only fifteen cents so quit your whining.

    170. Mike says:

      This is a joke right? What next, a tax on department store santas?

    171. Greg Walters says:

      Wonder of wonders, King Obama at it again.

    172. JoeyRussell says:

      Okay, is Obama the newest member of Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated? His next trick will be to to come out with the Christmas-inator.

    173. Scrooge says:

      Because you Proles insist on calling them Christmas trees they will now be taxed…if you Proles had more readily accepted the States rebranding them as Holiday trees perhaps this wouldn't have had to happen. Know your place Proles.

    174. ObamaNoMas says:

      What about the Festivus Pole. It's not fair. I'm the 99 percent. I deserve a tax on the Festivus Poles.

    175. Willsomm says:

      NNNNNNOOOOOOO!!!!!!!
      Too many taxes…
      Too many Programs…
      Too much Government…
      Stop it! Just Stop it!

    176. salvage says:

      15 cents?!?! 15 CENTS!!!! FIFTEEN CENTS! THAT'S 15% OF A DOLLAR! Fifteen pennies! Three nickles! Almost a quarter!

    177. Kevin R says:

      Not a tax? Let's see. The government charges me money that will go to the Federal Government to start a new Board… if it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck… Our economy is in the toilet and this is the best this loser of a President can come up with? God help us survive until November 2012.

    178. rayfuentes says:

      I am changing my voter registration from Democrat to Republican because i have had enough of the whole tax to pay for government programs thing!

    179. Jim says:

      This reads like an article from the Onion. I am not sure if I believe it or not.

      • brian leighton says:

        unfortunately it's true. looked up the new regs. this follows from fed. govn't "similarly" imposed "promotional taxes on cotton, beef ,milk , pork ,watermelons,pineapples ," hops" raisins , "greenhouse" cucumbers , mushrooms , the list goes on ; california imposed same crap on 46 "commodities " and other states have followed the feds . btw louisiana has one on "pelts and skins "—but Christmas trees are in another league ; " The power to tax is the power to destroy ! " tommie Jefferson

    180. GRG says:

      Nothing surprises me anymore…

    181. Nobar says:

      Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution: The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes. "Increasingly Lawless" was the perfect description for this abomination of an administration.

    182. JerzeyBoy says:

      So, what will it be called: The Winter Holiday Tree or what?

    183. Ct. James T. Kirk says:

      Just Fantastic! really..

    184. Ray W. says:

      This would be a great story for April Fool's Day but I suppose I'm not that surprised. So now, the federal government has progressed from taxing everything that moves to begin taxing things that just sit in our living rooms.

    185. SailorV says:

      No problem. There will be a free Chairman Mao ornament with every tree.

    186. Petroglyph says:

      Obama is just circumventing the Constitution, he's become quite the expert at that with Executive Orders.

      Last I checked, only Congress could approve new taxes, Oh wait, maybe that's why they said it wasn't a tax?

      Sigh….

    187. Amazed says:

      Mr. Addington writes, "Nobody is saying President Obama doesn’t have authority to impose his new Christmas Tree Tax". Well I say so. Used in this way, the Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act violates the Establishment Clause of the US Constitution by ostensibly promoting Christmas trees, part of the holiday celebration of Christians after all.

    188. Derek says:

      Unbelievable.

    189. Jim says:

      It's just a big money grab. They'll probably want to unionize the sellers too.

    190. KLM says:

      When will be be rid of the pretender! I for one cannot wait until he is unemployed, then maybe we can revoke his check for not being a US citizen and undue all that he has done in the name of one.

    191. TexanPatriot says:

      Head in hands….I'm beside myself!

    192. CC Smith says:

      Will this Christmas Tree tax increase each year? And why tax all growers of all Christmas trees? This puts a great burden on growers, which eventually passes to the consumer. If the tax is burdensome now for growers, what happens if the tax increases? If it increases will it be profitable for growers and will consumers want to spend the money? The question has to be asked -Is there a hidden agenda to slowly do away with Christmas trees, and thus its Christmas meaning? Is there a Grinch trying to steal/do away with Christmas?

    193. JoeMa says:

      He can't stop. Now the government is now going to ruin christmas.

    194. Dave says:

      Half jokingly – Is this a fee only on Christians? Is that legal?

      If I call it a "Holiday Tree," does that mean I don't have to pay the 15 cents?

    195. Oznog says:

      Say WHAT????? A new gubmint Dept. for some Madison ave flunky who couldn't make it in the real world now gets gubmint job and bennies besides retirement package with healthcare, just friggin great! I am sure that the Christmas Tree Growers Association already have this taken care of and doesn't need gubmint helping them sell their trees. Besides didn't Obama say he wouldn't raise taxes on the poor and middle class? This to me is a tax as well and just in time for Christmas to boot! The people want smaller gubmint not bigger and this dept. is just totally rediculous.

    196. tired of democrats says:

      Is it 2012 yet?

    197. M-B in TX says:

      FIRE Obama! Unbelievable!

    198. jbro says:

      I want to say I'm shocked…but with this Administration this is par for the course

    199. lovetron says:

      "…designed to strengthen the Christmas tree industry’s position in the marketplace."

      How and why exactly is this necessary? And how are they going to strengthen its position in the marketplace? Hey, maybe with the right ad slogan they can get Jewish families to start buying a Christmas tree! Maybe we can start promoting Christmas-In-July trees! That's like double the sales!

      Honestly, this is one of the most ludicrous things I've ever heard.

    200. jen says:

      How does increasing the costs for consumers to buy enhance the image of Christmas trees????

    201. James says:

      Last time I checked, the executive branch has absolutely no authority whatsoever to levy any tax of any kind unless it has been passed by Congress. Yes, this is a tax. It doesn't stop being a tax just because they say that it isn't a tax. "A rose by any other name…"

    202. DanFitz says:

      Another thing the ACLU will of course want to know: isn't this promoting the establishment of a religion?

    203. will says:

      Lovely, a tax to "improve the image and marketing of Christmas trees. What the hell does that even mean, I believe it means "money grab for federal employees"

      Anyone care to disuade me from that opinion?

    204. just wondering says:

      Since the money isn't for general revenue and has a particular goal of supporting the christmas tree industry Isn't this an endorsement of a certain religion and thereby prohibited?

    205. yjy says:

      Any affiliation (taxed or not) between any Christmas tree and the current federal administration will only mar the reputation of the Christmas tree.

      O has no shame, nor do his lackies. They actually seem to take pride in their unabashed lies. It will truly be a Merry Christmas when they are sent packing.

    206. Kevin says:

      Hahahahahahahahahahahaha …[catch my breath]…Hohohohohohohoho!

    207. IllinoisHostage says:

      Keep vetoing Democratic Y'all !!!

    208. D Cherry says:

      What the… Is that legal? There is no interstate commerse if a tree is grow, harvested, and sold in the same state. I will not support Obama trees this year. SORRY, to the tree farmers in my area.

    209. That picture off of Drudge was priceless. (The link is here)
      http://l1.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/SWuSfcyF.Oti7vC

    210. sodacrackers2 says:

      Mass hysteria can and does happen, but mass insanity? They deny that our country is Christian, call Christmas a holiday instead of a holy day, won't allow Christian prayer as it might offend someone, but celebrate muslim holy days in the White House and make special provisions for muslim prayer in schools and work places and now they want to enhance the image of Christmas trees? Disgusting!

    211. Matt says:

      I didn't think we had Christmas trees anymore. I thought we had Holiday Trees. If I am Jewish and buy a Holiday Tree, do I get a tax waiver? What if I buy a Holiday Tree for firewood, do I get a tax waiver? If I buy a Christmas tree, but I am not Christian, do I get a tax waiver?

      I think this tax targets Christians, so I am not surprised Obama ordered it, but I am surprised that he ordered a tax targeted to Christians at Christmas before an election year. I was under the impression that he wanted to win.

    212. my hero….

      What a tool

    213. 99percent says:

      Now the Stooge Stole Christmas…..

    214. Agent Meatball says:

      So more corporate welfare… why should taxpayers have to subsidize marketing budgets for the Christmas tree industry? Isn't that something they should be doing on their own?

      Maybe we should follow the money trail and see what political favors are being dished out? Is the Christmas tree lobby contributing funds to the Obama campaign?

      America, wake up. Business as usual whether its republicans or democrats is not sustainable for much longer. So far neither party is offering up a viable candidate to lead the way out of this mess with the exception of maybe congressman Paul.

    215. Raud says:

      Why is there a federal program to improve the image and marketing of Christmas trees?

    216. gatekeeper96740 says:

      Calling the WH tomorrow and congress to complain.
      Calling my congressman and senator to complain.
      Blood shooting from eyes.

    217. obamaisajoke says:

      this is insanse

    218. CC Smith says:

      Why tax Christmas trees at this time of year?

    219. Commentariat says:

      This is a fee, not a tax!

    220. Kim Gohn says:

      What kind of crap is this? Our gov. keeps putting fees or taxes on everything & then they wonder why people take their business to another country. Most people will not be able to afford the price of a tree this year due to the terrible economy. Drudge report says gas could go to $200 a barrel soon which means the price to transport trees will go up without the help of their stupid x-mas tree board. I guess we will have to ask ourselves " how much is too much?" & were can I chop down my own for free?

    221. Joe Farmer says:

      This isn't a tax. It's a producer-funded program known as a checkoff. It is also not "imposed" by the government. Producer groups ask USDA for permission to create the checkoff, for the purpose of promoting, marketing and research of their particular industry.

      Producers of many crops (corn, soybeans, etc.) and livestock (cattle, hogs) have created checkoff programs for the same purpose. The most famous would be the "Beef… It's What's For Dinner" and the "Pork – The Other White Meat." Yep, these are producer-funded checkoff programs.

      And the kicker… every three years the producers decide whether to continue with the program or end it. I'll repeat that, to make sure you understand it… the PRODUCERS pay the fifteen cents, and the PRODUCERS decide whether the program continues or goes away. Not the government.

      Yep, it's not even close to a tax. You have totally misrepresented the program. Maybe a little more fact-checking would be in order.

      You can get more information here: http://www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/2011/11/08/5915325….

    222. Chuck says:

      But wait – it's can't be a Christmas Tree tax – it's a Holiday Tree tax

    223. Callipygian1 says:

      If he's trying to promote the Fresh Cut tree industry, wouldn't it make more sense to add a $1 a tree tax for ARTIFICIAL, NON-RENEWABLE trees as an incentive to buy fresh trees instead?

    224. irright says:

      "expend existing markets for Christmas trees"

      Truest typo I've seen in a while.

    225. fullmetaltexan says:

      Of course, the board will have their quaterly meetings in Hawaii.

    226. Tyler says:

      Here is a question that you failed to ask but is more important than the tax, why in the world is there a program to improve the image and marketing of Christmas trees & why does there need to be a Christmas Tree Promotion Board? Who is getting their palm greased on this deal? This is big government run amok!

    227. James Love says:

      I have to give Obama credit. Where does he come up with ideas for his ridulous taxes? They are so creative. Perhaps he should try his hand at science fiction?

    228. James Love says:

      I have to give Obama credit. Where does he come up with ideas for his ridulous taxes? They are so creative. Perhaps he should try his hand at science fiction?

    229. john Poland says:

      Since when does the Christmas tree industry Need a better Image???? This is a Dem Law ..if it makes money TAX IT !!!!!. The Federal Government has no Need to manage the image of tree growers better they are private companies!!!!! Dems must go government must shrink to half of its size!!!!!

    230. Bill Kohler says:

      What next, a tax on the Easter bunny and the tooth Fairy ????

    231. Bill Kohler says:

      What next, a tax on the Easter bunny and the tooth Fairy ????

    232. uncledan says:

      We'd like to throw this administration out of the White House – and their stupid Liberal pals with all their failed ideas – to improve the image of America.

    233. Craig Hanson says:

      This is just another grain of sand in the economic machine. The cost to small businesses to track and report this will significantly outweigh the revenue raised. A Christmas tree farm is a prime example of a business likely to be hurt by the burden of paperwork.

    234. Steve K says:

      Oh Christmas Fee, oh Christmas Fee, how I wish I could void you…..

    235. Steve K says:

      Oh Christmas Fee, oh Christmas Fee, how I wish I could void you…..

    236. eldo says:

      Stupid is as Stupid does.

    237. eldo says:

      Stupid is as Stupid does.

    238. thorkyl says:

      You have got to be kidding me.
      A federal tax to improve the image of the Tree?

      This is not a constitutional tax…

    239. thorkyl says:

      You have got to be kidding me.
      A federal tax to improve the image of the Tree?

      This is not a constitutional tax…

    240. Guest says:

      Every time I think this admin has sunk to its lowest level possible, they prove me wrong yet again. Is there NOTHING sacred to this devil in the WH?

    241. Guest says:

      Every time I think this admin has sunk to its lowest level possible, they prove me wrong yet again. Is there NOTHING sacred to this devil in the WH?

    242. crosshugger says:

      He just keeps screwing everything up.

    243. crosshugger says:

      He just keeps screwing everything up.

    244. DubJones says:

      "I'm from the government and I'm here to help. Ho Ho Ho!" exclaimed the rosy cheeked man with his hand extended palm up, as though he were waiting for something.

    245. DubJones says:

      "I'm from the government and I'm here to help. Ho Ho Ho!" exclaimed the rosy cheeked man with his hand extended palm up, as though he were waiting for something.

    246. micoz says:

      Is this for real?

      If so, it is just another indication that President Obama is a taxaholic. He just can't help it. He loves to tax people and spend their money. He can't help it. He loves to raise taxes. He is addicted.

      Tell me this isn't for real.

      • hhtran says:

        I don't believe that he is a taxaholic….but rather a combination of arrogant and power with a sprinkle of narc ism.

    247. micoz says:

      Is this for real?

      If so, it is just another indication that President Obama is a taxaholic. He just can't help it. He loves to tax people and spend their money. He can't help it. He loves to raise taxes. He is addicted.

      Tell me this isn't for real.

    248. Right Foot says:

      The marketing will be to advertise "holiday tree's" rather than Christmas trees! We will be powerless to change that federal program and also stuck with the bill…shame on you Mr. Obama!

    249. Right Foot says:

      The marketing will be to advertise "holiday tree's" rather than Christmas trees! We will be powerless to change that federal program and also stuck with the bill…shame on you Mr. Obama!

    250. Joe Public says:

      This is truly a government out of control.

    251. Al Karraker says:

      Here is the thing that I like about this: They called them "Christmas Trees", not "Holiday Trees". I bet that slipped through.

    252. Ken says:

      I agree. Last I checked there has not been any kind of image or marketing problem with Christmas trees.

      I also like the statement that it is not a tax. Ok, all of the money withheld from paychecks is not for taxes, either, so that makes it all different. Everything's fine.

      What gaul these people have.

      The money will be used by the Board? Umm, I like the way that sounds. More vacay? Ski trips and such? Gifts for family and friends? Just wondering…

      We have the 3 million, oops… 3k, jobs magically created by making some civil war fort a national monument. How about if Obama makes my apartment a national monument and just send me a modest check every month?

      I also like the statement that the sellers are free to pass the .15 to the buyers. That was brilliant and never would have occurred to me that would happen.

      I know it's only 15 cent, read like 50 cent, but still… it's the thought that counts.

    253. The Christmas tree market already sucks….the price has dropped astronomically, this is going to help how?

    254. ditchdigger says:

      Follow the money, after it is collected, and the heavy handed, punitive enforcment, on the retailers, many that are non profits, or religious, Christian entites. Why would the attack them?

    255. ditchdigger says:

      Follow the money, after it is collected, and the heavy handed, punitive enforcment, on the retailers, many that are non profits, or religious, Christian entites. Why would the attack them?

    256. ditchdigger says:

      Follow the money, after it is collected, and the heavy handed, punitive enforcment, on the retailers, many that are non profits, or religious, Christian entites. Why would the attack them?

    257. The Christmas tree market already sucks….the price has dropped astronomically, this is going to help how?

    258. Lynda says:

      If we change the name from Christmas tree to Holiday tree do we still have the tax?

    259. Ken says:

      Part II…

      I know it's only 15 cent, read like 50 cent, but still… it's the thought that counts.

      The National Christmas Tree Association reports that 25-30 million "real" Christmas trees are sold each year.

      Since I'm was educated before liberals destroyed our education system… that is between 3.75 and 4 million dollars every year…. for "the Board."

      I had NO idea the Christmas tree image and marketing was in such distress to warrant that kind of money.

      Where's 60 Minutes?

      What a joke… oh, Congress wants to impose a sales tax on internet sales. A new measure to be introduced by the Dems and GOP traitors. Just sayin….

      The hits just keep on coming…

      Good luck and buy fake trees from here on out.

    260. Evan says:

      ugh…Public Over-taxation issues aside, the irony here is that you know the cost to enforce and collect that 15 cents is going to be at least a $1.

    261. I didn't know Christmas trees had a bad image. I wonder what they did to taint their image?

    262. I didn't know Christmas trees had a bad image. I wonder what they did to taint their image?

    263. I didn't know Christmas trees had a bad image. I wonder what they did to taint their image?

    264. this has to be a take on The Onion, right? A Christmas Tree Promotion Board? really? to improve the image and marketing of Christmas trees??? the country is crashing and burning and THIS is what comes out of the government??!!

    265. this has to be a take on The Onion, right? A Christmas Tree Promotion Board? really? to improve the image and marketing of Christmas trees??? the country is crashing and burning and THIS is what comes out of the government??!!

    266. bigintexas says:

      Why do dems keep calling new Taxes "Fees"? When the government mandates a fee on a good, service, transaction, or income, its a TAX! Just changing the term does not change that they take out money!

    267. bigintexas says:

      Why do dems keep calling new Taxes "Fees"? When the government mandates a fee on a good, service, transaction, or income, its a TAX! Just changing the term does not change that they take out money!

    268. Subdude0ne says:

      Only in Obama's America. Herman Cain 2012!

    269. Subdude0ne says:

      Only in Obama's America. Herman Cain 2012!

    270. James Anders says:

      Hmmm… A new tax to fund a Federal program to improve the image and marketing of Christmas trees.

    271. James Anders says:

      Hmmm… A new tax to fund a Federal program to improve the image and marketing of Christmas trees.

    272. JohnBissell says:

      got get their greasy, sticky fingers into everything. Actually with the Feds involved I'll think I'll buy a Aluminum Tree. Sick of em.

    273. WMVA says:

      The author forgot to write "April Fool" at the end of this story. This is utterly ridiculous.

    274. WMVA says:

      The author forgot to write "April Fool" at the end of this story. This is utterly ridiculous.

    275. Rob says:

      Merry Christmas America ! O, O, O….

    276. Rob says:

      Merry Christmas America ! O, O, O….

    277. Our government at work again! Unbelievable.

    278. Scott Snadow says:

      I had hoped to see a date tag on this article that said April 1st. Sadly, no such luck. 364 days and counting…

    279. this has to be a take on The Onion, right? A Christmas Tree Promotion Board? really? to improve the image and marketing of Christmas trees??? the country is crashing and burning and THIS is what comes out of the government??!!

    280. Observer says:

      As far this administration is concerned, money does grow on trees . . .

    281. fronz says:

      its not the fee that scares me, its the fact that government is concerned with improving the image and marketing of christmas trees. i bet way too many people made some extra non taxed money for the holidays for the baddies to put up with.

    282. Votemout says:

      The Grinch who stole America and now Christmas….

    283. El Viajero says:

      This has to be a joke

    284. equality says:

      Don't you mean HOLIDAY trees?

    285. tsar says:

      He's a one trick pony, tax, tax, tax. Its all he knows. And then spend, spend, spend. And more paperwork for the Christmas tree growers. And we job creators withdraw as the risk become higher, the paperwork more plentiful and the taxes more numerous and confusing. We sit at the sidelines watching the ship sink.

    286. obamaisacorn says:

      They called it a Christmas Tree……?

    287. Jeff says:

      I long for the old America and the freedom we once had.

    288. gz22ll says:

      What they fail to see is the precedent to "promote" the Christmas tree with be a foot in the door to promote other things using the straw argument well if we are going to promote Christmas trees I am sure there are some other items that should be promoted. Since those other "items" will not be as widely sold they will use the Christmas tree money for other things or more than likely increase the 15 cent tax to $15.

    289. kris says:

      Help me, why?

    290. RCMD says:

      Where is the ACLU to scream about separation of church and state. Are we going to have a candle tax too?

    291. Boppco says:

      Oh my gosh!!! When will it stop???

    292. This is a literal example of the government nickle and diming us to death with taxes. one nickle plus one dime equals fifteen cents. $ 0.05 + $0.10 = $0.15.
      It will not stop there. Look at your cell phone I am not sure where the starting point was for taxes on a cell phone years ago, but now it is up to over 20% taxes from every agency that can get there hands in your pocket, not to mention all the surcharges by the companies themselves.

    293. David O'Brien says:

      "A tax on Christmas trees to support a new Federal program to improve the image and marketing of Christmas trees."

      That's enough to stun the Mad Hatter. Are they insane, or are they trying to bring the U.S. down?

    294. David O'Brien says:

      "A tax on Christmas trees to support a new Federal program to improve the image and marketing of Christmas trees."

      That's enough to stun the Mad Hatter. Are they insane, or are they trying to bring the U.S. down?

    295. Concerned says:

      That's all the democrats can do: tax and spend! It is time for change we can live with, time for a new administration to put the power back in the hands of those who respect freedom and property rights.

    296. Rumblebud says:

      So separation of church and state, Christmas of course being a Christian holiday, doesn't apply if there's money to be made?

    297. cwrink says:

      How ridiculous.

    298. cwrink says:

      How ridiculous.

    299. antifascist says:

      Is this a joke?
      If not. its still pretty funny.
      Christmas tree purchases are typically all cash transactions with no paper trails.
      So is this is not a joke, the lack of compliance will be even more hysterical.

    300. antifascist says:

      Is this a joke?
      If not. its still pretty funny.
      Christmas tree purchases are typically all cash transactions with no paper trails.
      So is this is not a joke, the lack of compliance will be even more hysterical.

    301. antifascist says:

      Is this a joke?
      If not. its still pretty funny.
      Christmas tree purchases are typically all cash transactions with no paper trails.
      So is this is not a joke, the lack of compliance will be even more hysterical.

    302. Steve says:

      OBAMA = The GRINCH

    303. Steve says:

      OBAMA = The GRINCH

    304. HarryTuttle says:

      Wow. So this tax is only for bazillionaires right?
      http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/

      "I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes."

      Riiiiight?

    305. Pete Chamlee, TX says:

      Gosh! I guess the Obozo just won't get it…..well; Ya caint fix stupid. I live in the country, I'll just go harvest a wee Cedar and 'call it a Christmas Tree.' I don't think Jesus will mind.

    306. sheila99 says:

      You're not agitated over any "Christmas Tree Tax". Let's keep it real. Why are you loose? Why haven't they put you away? My advice to you is to keep your trap shut and lie low. The shadows are where you belong. You offend light. Someday people will come to realize who you are and what you've done.

    307. The Bear says:

      Ho freaking ho.

    308. Patrick E says:

      How did the Christmas tree industry get by for all these years without a Federal Christmas Tree Promotion Board? The horror!

    309. Patrick E says:

      How did the Christmas tree industry get by for all these years without a Federal Christmas Tree Promotion Board? The horror!

    310. JimJinNJ says:

      absurd, over-reaching, out of touch, brainless. fire all government employee. what does this bureaucrat know about marketing or business. government has become a blight.

    311. Santa says:

      You've got to be kidding.

    312. Stacy Wang says:

      Our church sells Christmas trees to fund its youth programs. This will impact us this year. More than 500 are sold each year- I guess some of the youth members will have to dig up some more money to fund the mission trip.

    313. any1butobama says:

      Hmmm, so the liberals will immediately denounce this tax as a separation of church and state issue, after all, the government will be pushing a religious item (Christian) using a government agency………there is NO tax the liberals hate……….so they will remain silent.

      And how stupid is the government official identifying their new tax as a promotion of the CHRISTMAS Tree industry…….

      The real silent majority will speak in 2012!

    314. johnmpls says:

      The article is wrong. It's a Winter Season Tree Tax. To be a Christmas Tree Tax would imply that the Government of Obama believes in Christmas, which would offend too many voters.

    315. billybeer says:

      You just can't make this stuff up! The ploy to have everyone expect anything this group of lunatics proposes and get us use to following the orders this joker imposes and make the sheep so compliant, he can have his "brown shirts", "purple shirts" or "union shirts", or whatever the useful idiots of the day are, to foment more of his BS for eventual usurpation of our Constitutional Rights. It follows the plan to a 'Tee'….

    316. mikew says:

      Free to pass this tax along to consumers? Like Sales Tax? Is this above and beyond the national timber Tax?

    317. mikew says:

      Free to pass this tax along to consumers? Like Sales Tax? Is this above and beyond the national timber Tax?

    318. Tim says:

      So the more trees that are sold, the more tax the government collects to promote something that's already selling well

    319. Wes says:

      It's become beyond preposterous.

    320. The Pissed Off Tree Rat says:

      I seriously thought this was an Onion mock article at first. 2012 can't come soon enough.

    321. The Pissed Off Tree Rat says:

      I seriously thought this was an Onion mock article at first. 2012 can't come soon enough.

    322. Swartzy says:

      WHAT????? this is such a STUPID tax. PROMOTE christmas trees? What are they going to do, try to get us to put them up on the 4th of July? Use them during Easter? Christmas trees are sold at Christmas !!!! Are they trying to get more real ones than artificial ones? Obama is just a blood sucking leach on the public. If there is a way to slap him down, Washington better do it and do it soon. I wish he would just dissappear and go sit in the time out corner. SHeeeesssshhh.

    323. Guest says:

      Last I checked, fresh-cut trees are getting killed by artificial ones. Seems like they could use some marketing. And I'd wager this was an initiative proposed by Christmas tree growers themselves, since these things just don't pop out of nowhere.

    324. Another attack on Christianity by the self–proclaimed messiah, Apostate Obama.

    325. kdgjevre says:

      1. Why do you have to market Christmas Trees? It's Christmas… people go buy a tree. 2. I might have to consider an artificial one this year. 3. Scrooge!

    326. obamaisacorn says:

      They called it a Christmas Tree? Sweet!

    327. obamaisacorn says:

      They called it a Christmas Tree? Sweet!

    328. boris says:

      Christmas and Christmas trees have a fine "image" with me; my image of medlesome, greedy, tax-and-spend politicians, self-serving bureaucrats and arrogant regulators is appreciably less positive.

      The 2012 election can't come soon enough for me!

    329. Marty says:

      I demand a 15 cent tax on all Chanukah Candles! Whats fair is fair!

    330. irright says:

      "strengthen the Christmas tree industry’s position in the marketplace"

      Against what? The Menorah? Or perhaps the Festivus Pole.

    331. Lucian McLeod says:

      Simple…I will go buy a fake tree and never buy another fresh one….obama ain't gettin' into my pocket if there is any way I can prevent it…Can't wait until Nov. '12….

    332. alfred parodi says:

      are you sure they are still calling it a christmas tree. I thought for sure they would change that to a holliday tree.
      This is ludicrous.

    333. Dialla says:

      Forced Marketing Program, I didn't know that the Christmas Tree Industry was a wholly owned branch of the government.

    334. John B says:

      Why in the name of anything that is sane is this NECESSARY?! Does the stupid idiotic federal government feel that nothing in this country can survive and prosper without a bureaucrat's piledriver "help"? Sheesh! Just ridiculous!

    335. CJCulpper says:

      Ho Ho Ho , Merry Christmas !
      This Santa doesnt come down the chimney , he just slides down your pocket right to your walet .
      Did he chip in 15 cents for the monster of a tree for the White House ?

    336. John Hall says:

      It just doesn't get any better than this.

    337. Bob says:

      What a joke. Pathetic.

    338. Brad Henderson says:

      As a former tree farmer…my family's farm of 40 plus years, we really didn't need to improve the image or marketing of Christmas trees. Don't we have enough gov't? Geez, what a waste.

    339. Paul B. says:

      Is there no small corner of our pathetic existence that does not require active government intervention and oversight?

    340. kevin says:

      Whew, thank god…. I am only buying a holiday tree.

    341. mike smith says:

      It's 15 cents….who cares

    342. Rob says:

      How utterly ridiculous.

    343. NJReader says:

      Oh you've got to be kidding me. 15 cents compared to what is bound to be an overpriced tree anyhow? This story is not even worth reading for 15 cents.

    344. happy.republican says:

      Send him packing in November 2012.

    345. Ryan says:

      How is the promotion of Christmas trees the responsibility of taxpayers? This is an industry problem, if there is any problem at all!

    346. Scott says:

      Wow….just wow. Government for the sake of government. Sure it 'saves,' or 'creates,' a job or two for someone to mismanage this new pot of gold.

    347. Dumbfounded says:

      This is a joke, right?

    348. frrrrraaaaa says:

      oh really now??

      The nickle and dime administration at it again.

    349. Chris says:

      Great PR move.

    350. Mike Kell says:

      That's got be the stupidest thing I ever heard of.

    351. spun_bearing says:

      Sarcasm?

    352. Looks like the Grinch lives on Pennsylvania Avenue…

    353. You can't make this up. A Christmas tree tax?! And we all know it will end up in someone else's pocket. I think I am about ready to blow a gasket!

    354. jaydee says:

      Question…." is a new tax on Christmas trees the best Obama can do ?" Yes…yes it is.

    355. Willis says:

      Gift wrap tax will be next. #PresidentDownGrade #PresidenMalaise2.0

    356. GrinchH8r says:

      Enough is enough! First the Obama administration says no to Christmas and the army donating to the Operation Christmas Child toy drive, then they want to promote "Christmas" trees! Wait a minute…I Got it…they ought to just rename them "Totalitarian trees."

      Have a happy Commie Christmas…it's the worst idea of the year…oh by golly have a crappy commie Christmas…this year!

      "Before tyranny goes to sleep, it checks under the bed for Ron Paul." –Ron Paul 2012.

    357. Dutra says:

      Yet another sneak attack tax. I assure you it will grow every year. Now that the Christians have a new tax, let's find one for the other major religions.

    358. Guest says:

      Yes, just what the country needs, to overhaul its image on Christmas trees…Obama has DUMAS syndrome.

    359. d3a4n says:

      Gas Tax, Beer Tax, Soda Tax, Cigarette Tax, now a Christmas Tree Tax the government should just keep out of what they shouldn't be in. And he wants to be elected again in 2012? Fat Chance. Please let there be a Democrat that will run against him.

    360. Santa's Elf says:

      Sounds like Scrooge to me!

    361. CC Smith says:

      Why tax Christmas trees at this time of year?

    362. TMLutas says:

      How do you promote something by making it more expensive?

    363. Dirk says:

      when is a tax not a tax? when is a socialist not a socialist?

    364. rivers says:

      I can't believe this isn't straight out of The Onion. This makes my head explode. People we are in trouble, there are UNBELIEVABLY stupid people holding public office. We must make it stop.

    365. Jja Ajj says:

      I can sum all this up with one word…. GRINCH!!!

    366. BobinNC says:

      Obama just can't stop holding his hand out for other people's money.

      HEY BARRY – my tree is a fake one and paid for long ago. PACK SAND!

    367. Santa's Elf says:

      Sounds like Scrooge to me!

    368. IronKnuckle says:

      I hope that when Americans fire Barack Obama this time next year, our Republican president gets rid of the Christmas tree tax.

    369. Michael says:

      This is TAXATION without REPRESENTATION!!! White House, your a THIEF!!!

    370. kicker51 says:

      I have a better idea. Why not tax every Washington bureaucrat every time they venture out of the city. I suggest a $1,000 tax, with the bureaucrat to be held in the nearest jail, or pig sty if a the jails are full, until such time as their families, or unions, pay their "transfer tax".

      At the same time, we could levy a $5,000 a ton tax on all food that crosses the Washington DC city limits.

      After a while, we can see whether the leeches in Washington like taxing more than they like eating.

      • john says:

        Regrettably, they already rob us for any debt they may accrue while 'acting' as our 'representatives'. They will only up the ante.

      • Guest says:

        How about every time they enter the city? They can only vote when they are there.

    371. kicker51 says:

      I have a better idea. Why not tax every Washington bureaucrat every time they venture out of the city. I suggest a $1,000 tax, with the bureaucrat to be held in the nearest jail, or pig sty if a the jails are full, until such time as their families, or unions, pay their "transfer tax".

      At the same time, we could levy a $5,000 a ton tax on all food that crosses the Washington DC city limits.

      After a while, we can see whether the leeches in Washington like taxing more than they like eating.

      • john says:

        Regrettably, they already rob us for any debt they may accrue while 'acting' as our 'representatives'. They will only up the ante.

      • Guest says:

        How about every time they enter the city? They can only vote when they are there.

    372. shawn says:

      The goal is to "promote" Christmas trees…by taxing them. That's like selling a horse with a limp.

    373. barbee says:

      Now that we have a new tax, we will need a new Dept to administer the tax. Naturally we will be required to increase the tax to fund the increasing expenses and salaries associated with this Dept.

      But look on the bright side! We all know that there is nothing quite as effective at increasing sales of any given item other than increasing it's price. Right? Kinda' like an ipod. The more they cost, the more they're in demand?

      • Ronnie Raygun says:

        I would like to apply for the job in that government agency/department, cause I KNOW the SALARY is going to be like Tony Tiger said…..

      • Ronnie Raygun says:

        I would like to apply for the job in that government agency/department, cause I KNOW the SALARY is going to be like Tony Tiger said…..

    374. barbee says:

      Now that we have a new tax, we will need a new Dept to administer the tax. Naturally we will be required to increase the tax to fund the increasing expenses and salaries associated with this Dept.

      But look on the bright side! We all know that there is nothing quite as effective at increasing sales of any given item other than increasing it's price. Right? Kinda' like an ipod. The more they cost, the more they're in demand?

    375. barbee says:

      Now that we have a new tax, we will need a new Dept to administer the tax. Naturally we will be required to increase the tax to fund the increasing expenses and salaries associated with this Dept.

      But look on the bright side! We all know that there is nothing quite as effective at increasing sales of any given item other than increasing it's price. Right? Kinda' like an ipod. The more they cost, the more they're in demand?

    376. barbee says:

      Now that we have a new tax, we will need a new Dept to administer the tax. Naturally we will be required to increase the tax to fund the increasing expenses and salaries associated with this Dept.

      But look on the bright side! We all know that there is nothing quite as effective at increasing sales of any given item other than increasing it's price. Right? Kinda' like an ipod. The more they cost, the more they're in demand?

    377. Bada Bing says:

      I'll stick to my artificial tree forever.

    378. Bada Bing says:

      I'll stick to my artificial tree forever.

    379. Bada Bing says:

      I'll stick to my artificial tree forever.

    380. Bada Bing says:

      I'll stick to my artificial tree forever.

    381. Bada Bing says:

      I'll stick to my artificial tree forever.

    382. Onemorebubba says:

      I don't claim to be a genius, but I did manage to get a business degree, and I seem to recall something from my Economics classes that demonstrated that when you raise the price of a good, the number of units sold will drop. Call this the Grinch Tax, and plaster that all over the news and internet!

      • Augustinian man says:

        But you learned that in an Economics Class.

        Obummer studied Socialism, and missed out on learning facts,

    383. Sherry Moran says:

      This should be called the Grinch tax.

    384. guest says:

      I'm buying a fake tree tomorrow. Tax, Tax Tax… I'm out. Gov't tries to kill another industry.

      Is this tax paid by the growers or tree lots? Are unsold trees taxed?

      Merry Christmas

      • choochooboss says:

        Already have mine! No tax there!

      • guestv 123 says:

        Fake trees are sold with a sales tax……far more then 15 cents. The tax is paid by growers who sell 500 or more trees. Growers can pass on to lots, lots can pass on to consumers. U won't even notice the 15 cent tax with the price the lots raise them to anyway. Let's complain about something worth more than 15 CENTS!!

    385. guest says:

      I'm buying a fake tree tomorrow. Tax, Tax Tax… I'm out. Gov't tries to kill another industry.

      Is this tax paid by the growers or tree lots? Are unsold trees taxed?

      Merry Christmas

    386. guest says:

      I'm buying a fake tree tomorrow. Tax, Tax Tax… I'm out. Gov't tries to kill another industry.

      Is this tax paid by the growers or tree lots? Are unsold trees taxed?

      Merry Christmas

    387. Jim says:

      But the separation of church and state…

      • Ken Hansen says:

        What does a decorative tree have to do with religion?

        Are pine trees indigenous to the middle east?

        Next up, easter candy tax – 15 cents on every chocolate bunny sold, with a Peeps subsidy for low-income families…

      • Ken Hansen says:

        What does a decorative tree have to do with religion?

        Are pine trees indigenous to the middle east?

        Next up, easter candy tax – 15 cents on every chocolate bunny sold, with a Peeps subsidy for low-income families…

      • TiredOfTheStatusQuo says:

        …only when they want separation of Church and State…

      • TiredOfTheStatusQuo says:

        …only when they want separation of Church and State…

    388. Jim says:

      But the separation of church and state…

      • Ken Hansen says:

        What does a decorative tree have to do with religion?

        Are pine trees indigenous to the middle east?

        Next up, easter candy tax – 15 cents on every chocolate bunny sold, with a Peeps subsidy for low-income families…

      • Ken Hansen says:

        What does a decorative tree have to do with religion?

        Are pine trees indigenous to the middle east?

        Next up, easter candy tax – 15 cents on every chocolate bunny sold, with a Peeps subsidy for low-income families…

      • TiredOfTheStatusQuo says:

        …only when they want separation of Church and State…

      • Bob Billings says:

        There is no separation of church and state. It's a myth. Don't bother looking it up, because you won't find it, which is the point!

      • Bob Billings says:

        There is no separation of church and state. It's a myth. Don't bother looking it up, because you won't find it, which is the point!

    389. Mister Michael says:

      Is this what everything comes down to? I wonder how many bureaucrats we are having to pay to sit around and think this stuff up? I am though surprised that they haven't taken the Christ out of Christmas tree… wait a minute, do you suppose they wouldn't tax Holiday trees?

    390. Mister Michael says:

      Is this what everything comes down to? I wonder how many bureaucrats we are having to pay to sit around and think this stuff up? I am though surprised that they haven't taken the Christ out of Christmas tree… wait a minute, do you suppose they wouldn't tax Holiday trees?

    391. AmericaFirst says:

      First! Oh by the way Obama doesn't need to put his administration behind Christmas. Christ already did that. Hence the name CHRISTmas. Not Obamamas or Governmas!

    392. joanne lara says:

      if it is christian in any way, you must get rid of it, seems to be the way of this administration. no prayer for our service men, world war too vets, cannot have the prayer given by a former president, for them. no christian ornaments on the national tree, we are not a christian nation, says he……we are a christian nation, we always have been, we always will be. now more then ever, we need to unite, and pray to get our country back, with a new christian president.

    393. You have to be kidding me. This is pure lunacy. Another great example of government going where it doesn't belong – idiocy run amok. Like any industry, the Christmas tree industry ought to be able to stand on its own two feet, and with all the tree farms I've seen sprout up over the last couple of decades, I'd say there wasn't really a problem.

    394. Do you believe this guy?!?!?!? Maybe you like paying taxes, if soooo vote for him again!!!!!!

    395. Scott Hewitt says:

      You are correct – Christmas trees already have a great image. Hanukkah trees, Kwanzaa trees, and Eid ul-Fitr trees not so much. Them trees need promotin'.

    396. Kevin Bush says:

      …Wha- What the hell?! I don't think Christmas trees have a public relations problem. Another hit-job on a Christian holiday and American tradition. Gouge the taxpayers anyway you can! $0.15 sounds like a pittance, but this is obviously on top of other taxes. Ridiculous…

    397. Newton Fig says:

      nice try conservatives. in fact, the Christmas Tree Checkoff Task Force that submitted this to the Dept of Agriculture are a board of Christmas Tree Producers. The intent is to reverse the trend of sales of artificial trees over natural trees. The money collected will be governed by a Board of the top 12 Christmas Tree Producing companies in order to better market natural trees over artificial.

    398. A tax, oops, I mean a "fee" for Christmas trees eh? I thought they were not called Christmas trees anymore (obama's/atheist/dem preference)? So, if that's the case, we can just call them "holiday trees" and not pay the tax, oops, I mean the "fee"…. This administration is so disingenuous. A federal program to improve the image and marketing of Christmas trees.. my foot! It is a tax plain and simple! Bah Humbug…

    399. Smashicus says:

      Is this money going to all those black farmers who claimed discrimination by the U.S.D.A.? The so called Pigford 2 where all the blacks that missed out on Pigford vs. Glickman 1 billion dollar payoffs could get in on another 1.25 billion dollars in payoffs. All those farmers whose numbers are rather questionable as to how many were actually real farmers and how many are fraudulent.

    400. Karl says:

      Refusal to pay on Freedom of Religion grounds?

    401. bob m says:

      christmas is a pagan holiday. make it $100

    402. @dsspivak says:

      Really? You're complaining about 15 cents per tree and citing unemployment and the economy? I very much doubt that extra 15 cents is going to net someone the ability to grow our economy any faster than it already is. I can't believe you guys are wasting your time on something so minimal like this – when there are so many more important issues going on around the world than a measly 15 cents.

    403. tyrannywatcher says:

      The whole regime must go. A complete mad tyrannical group. This is enough, they must be stopped.

    404. bxdanny says:

      This is insane. If the growers or sellers of Christmas trees want to advertise, they can. They don't need a Federal board to "promote" the industry. In fact, I don't think it is the Federal government's job to promote any particular industry, so the Commodity Promotion etc. Act ought to be repealed. I guess some may be glad that the board is called the "Christmas Tree" promotion board, and not "Holiday Tree" whatever. But that is hardly a valid reason for implementing this.

    405. Brent says:

      Just another sign that the Apocalypse is upon us.

    406. TechArtists says:

      OMG. Spending money just to spend money! I think the vast majority of Amercans have a favourable view of the Christmas Tree industry. The Eco nutjobs maybe do not, but do we really have to raise taxes to spend money on this ridiculous program?

    407. microcosm3e says:

      "And, by the way, the American Christmas tree has a great image that doesn’t need any help from the government."

      Exactly.

    408. Unbelieveable says:

      Another worthless fee to pay for yet a new "committee" which Christmas Tree Sellers could
      care less since they have their own organizations to promote themselves – so what is next?

      A papertowel fee for promotion of paper towel sellers? A candle tax to pay for a committee to
      help promote candle use? What a worthless administration.

    409. sally says:

      this article reads like one from The Onion… are you kidding me? a christmas tree tax?

    410. Butch says:

      He promised no new taxes on anybody that doesn't make $250k a year, I can show him my pay check and prove I don't make that.

    411. Anon E. Moose says:

      I…I mean…..how could……wow, just wow.

    412. Feedup says:

      No tree for us, government takes enough of my money already.

    413. Walter Graf says:

      Is there no limit to their lunacy?

    414. independant says:

      obama=Grinch

    415. Burke says:

      I guess a lot of Xmas tree sellers will be selling only 499 trees this season.

    416. flicka47 says:

      Looks like it will be a great year to buy an artificial tree!

    417. jekyllisland says:

      This has to be a joke – no one can be this stupid

    418. rich says:

      all Bush's Fault, Tax our Air B.O

    419. D.S. White says:

      This ads a whole new meaning to being "nickel and dimed" to death.

    420. Charlie says:

      The next thing Obama will tax is the bed you sleep in, to improve the image and marketing of BEDS.

    421. Robin Heaney says:

      Scrooge would be proud! Bah Humbug!

    422. sandalwood says:

      I have two artificial trees that should last me the rest of my life. At least I have one thing Obama cannot tax.

    423. DNAgent says:

      David, this tax was not "imposed" on anyone today. Tree producers and importers moving more than 500 trees annually will vote in a referendum, and the tax will only be implemented if a majority agree it is a good idea. See the relevant text from the Federal Register below. This is only a "proposed rule."

      "The program would be implemented or continued if approved by a simple majority of the eligible domestic producers and importers voting in the referendum."

    424. Cappachino65 says:

      I'd give 15 pennies to reclaim the minute I wasted reading this article.

    425. bobby says:

      They use to nickle and dime me. Now its 15 cents. Crooks. This government must be stopped. Vote the Dems out!

    426. Tax Tax Tax that is all he knows how to do other than light money on fire.

    427. Tax Tax Tax that is all he knows how to do other than light money on fire.

    428. Mike says:

      Yet another useless expansion of govt under the democrats.

    429. Guest says:

      Is this a joke or something?

    430. Guest says:

      Is this a joke or something?

    431. Guest says:

      Is this a joke or something?

      • lel2007 says:

        Sadly, I don't think so. I think it's part of obama's 'Jobs Bill'. BUT Hey! There's a bright side. You can get a full refund of the tax if you decorate your tree with Mao Zedong ornaments and give the book "Rules for Radicals" to friends and family. Merry X-mas.

    432. Guest says:

      Is this a joke or something?

    433. ronald regan says:

      what B.S. !!!

    434. ronald regan says:

      what B.S. !!!

    435. bill says:

      ok this is a messed up tax

    436. bill says:

      ok this is a messed up tax

    437. MAJack says:

      This is INSANITY, and while we're at it, isn't this bunch of nitwits the same ilk who renamed such trees "Holiday Trees". Can't offend the pagans and muslims!

    438. dingobingo says:

      This sums it up quite nicely! "The economy is barely growing and nine percent of the American people have no jobs. Is a new tax on Christmas trees the best President Obama can do?" Sadly yes, yes it is.

    439. Necrophagi says:

      Fascism. Look at it.

    440. Robert Meyer says:

      The economy is barely growing and nine percent of the American people have no jobs. Is a new tax on Christmas trees the best President Obama can do? HAHAHAHAHH

    441. Gary says:

      This is government out of control. We need to form a committee on Christmas trees. It's a sad day in America.

    442. Jsue2u says:

      Jerk!

    443. Mark Asman says:

      How totally absurd and completely unecessary. Nevertheless it is useless government interference at it's best…

    444. kyle says:

      Oh boy!! another government agency, just what we need. Sure it's not a tax@#%$&*

    445. Christov10 says:

      This is a spoof column, right? Like The Onion?

      • Chimpestry says:

        Thats what I thought! But nope, it appears to be true? Anyway, even the Onion's writers aren't good enough to make this kind of stuff up, only a liberal government is so comically creative.

      • Chimpestry says:

        Thats what I thought! But nope, it appears to be true? Anyway, even the Onion's writers aren't good enough to make this kind of stuff up, only a liberal government is so comically creative.

      • Chimpestry says:

        Thats what I thought! But nope, it appears to be true? Anyway, even the Onion's writers aren't good enough to make this kind of stuff up, only a liberal government is so comically creative.

    446. redwagyu says:

      To quote General Halftrack: "What now?"

    447. Christov10 says:

      This is a spoof column, right? Like The Onion?

    448. Christov10 says:

      This is a spoof column, right? Like The Onion?

    449. This is almost as good as tax on breathing! They are crazy mad !

    450. Rob says:

      Oh goodness. Now the federal government is taking the role of industry advocate. The funny thing is that Christmas tree growers have no say-so in the decision. It's "we're going to help you promote your business. And we'll be taking money from you to do so. But trust us – we know what we're doing."

      I just hope and pray that the government doesn't decide to "help" my industry.

      • Cathy says:

        I hope they don't "help" your industry either.
        I am a Real Estate Broker and look what happened to my industry (and the whole economy) when the gov't decided to "make us a nation of homeowners" and "make housing affordable to all Americans".

      • guest says:

        What do you bet the Christmas tree growers asked for this? Seriously. Where do you think these things come from?

      • guest says:

        What do you bet the Christmas tree growers asked for this? Seriously. Where do you think these things come from?

      • guest says:

        What do you bet the Christmas tree growers asked for this? Seriously. Where do you think these things come from?

    451. Rob says:

      Oh goodness. Now the federal government is taking the role of industry advocate. The funny thing is that Christmas tree growers have no say-so in the decision. It's "we're going to help you promote your business. And we'll be taking money from you to do so. But trust us – we know what we're doing."

      I just hope and pray that the government doesn't decide to "help" my industry.

    452. Rob says:

      Oh goodness. Now the federal government is taking the role of industry advocate. The funny thing is that Christmas tree growers have no say-so in the decision. It's "we're going to help you promote your business. And we'll be taking money from you to do so. But trust us – we know what we're doing."

      I just hope and pray that the government doesn't decide to "help" my industry.

    453. Rob says:

      Oh goodness. Now the federal government is taking the role of industry advocate. The funny thing is that Christmas tree growers have no say-so in the decision. It's "we're going to help you promote your business. And we'll be taking money from you to do so. But trust us – we know what we're doing."

      I just hope and pray that the government doesn't decide to "help" my industry.

      • Pamela says:

        OMG This is Very Rediculous !!! How Stupid is this?? Lord, we are being taken til no one has Anything left… God Help us…

    454. KG123 says:

      My head…just exploded.

    455. KG123 says:

      My head…just exploded.

    456. John says:

      Like the patriots of the late 1700's, I'm throwing my christmas tree in Boston Harbor

    457. RuRu says:

      Wow, Talk about the Obama that stole Christmas!!!

    458. Eddie says:

      I don't get it. Is there something wrong with the "image" of Christmas trees? Why do we need a new bureaucracy to oversee it along wi th a new tax on trees to pay for it?

    459. Eddie says:

      I don't get it. Is there something wrong with the "image" of Christmas trees? Why do we need a new bureaucracy to oversee it along wi th a new tax on trees to pay for it?

    460. Eddie says:

      I don't get it. Is there something wrong with the "image" of Christmas trees? Why do we need a new bureaucracy to oversee it along wi th a new tax on trees to pay for it?

      • christianbychoice! says:

        Its not the image per se its the idea that they don't want it called Christmas tree any more. the marketing will be to call it a holiday tree. and to tax christians for their traditions!

    461. Nate says:

      I'm glad I'm not poor enough to care about a 15 cent increase in a product I buy once a year

      • Gloria K says:

        I agree, if all of the people that are complaining about 15 cent, they should just buy an artifical tree
        or decorate one in the yard…. where is your spirit of Christmas, quit complaining.

      • oldtexasgal says:

        Nate – for heaven's sake, it isn't just the "15 cents"!! It is the disdain for an Administration which, after it has thrown away taxpayer money (think Sylantra) and stimulus money (part of which is unaccounted for) at a time when this country is truly hurting, to turn around and create a Federal program to promote and oversee the purchasing of Christmas trees in order to establish a new department which will obviously be staffed with friends (relations?) who will receive salaries twice the size of a comparable private job. No one is concerned with the 15 cents – it is the audacity of this President who thumbs his nose at our Constitution, by-passes our Congress, and takes us into a war. It is NOT the 15 cents – it is his audacity and impudence as regards American citizens!!

      • rosycheeks4 says:

        It is the principle behind the action.
        Also, when you create a new government agency –you create a money sucking black hole.

    462. gerta says:

      Amen Clem. I know how to acquire a Christmas Tree without gov't meddling and interference. Everybody is welcome to do the same and avoid ignoramous like rules an regs like this. Obama – you are a mule – a.k.a. a_s_s

    463. nancy Lyman says:

      He wants the trees to be called Holiday Trees. so Just buy a Holiday tree not a Christmas tree. problem solved. that no good sob is on his way out thank God.

    464. vincent cuomo says:

      You are kidding me; lets encourage people to buy Christmas trees by taxing them and thereby raising the price. You can't make this stuff up. way to go OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    465. Frank Z says:

      LOL Que ?

    466. Sophia Weisheit says:

      There is one other thing that the Obama administration is taxing: our patience.

    467. Kelly Willey says:

      Give me a break. There are much better things Obama could be doing…oh, wait a minute, maybe we want him distracted, making new 15 cents taxes, instead of destroying more of the economy! Get we just please get this guy out of office? He doesn't know what to do.

    468. faye says:

      Please let me know when using the toilet will be taxed!

    469. PushHereToFlush says:

      We no longer need a Congress. Obama is legislating through his bureaucratic armies. More un-Constitutional Obama regime actions.

    470. doctorEQ says:

      Just what we need: another tax and to have the government take care of promoting an image. Something they are SO good at! (not). How about "Kill a tree for baby Jesus." ? Hey, maybe I should get a government job! lol

    471. Tony says:

      Wow… this administration has gone to new lows…This along with Michelle not wanting an ornament for the WH tree to have anything to do with Christmas… Can anyone else read between the lines?

    472. Jim Leahy says:

      thats incredibly ridiculous, so what are they going to to "spruce" up the christmas tree image? honestly, I am interested in what these morons can do. thanks for ruining christmas with more bureaucratic B.S.

    473. walnut says:

      this can't be real

    474. Kregg says:

      I thought we weren't allowed to call it Christmas anymore. Is the ACLU going to sue the Department of Agriculture for promoting a symbol of a Christian holiday? And what the #&)! business is it of the federal government to be worried about the image of the Christmas tree? Shouldn't that be the Christmas tree industry's job? I think our government is a bit too big when we can spend time, energy and new taxes on Christmas tree promotion. I agree with the author: "the American Christmas tree has a great image that doesn’t need any help from the government."

    475. Kregg says:

      I thought we weren't allowed to call it Christmas anymore. Is the ACLU going to sue the Department of Agriculture for promoting a symbol of a Christian holiday? And what the #&)! business is it of the federal government to be worried about the image of the Christmas tree? Shouldn't that be the Christmas tree industry's job? I think our government is a bit too big when we can spend time, energy and new taxes on Christmas tree promotion. I agree with the author: "the American Christmas tree has a great image that doesn’t need any help from the government."

    476. Guest says:

      God help us.

    477. Will says:

      Next week, Pres. Obama will announce the Federal Puppies and Kittens Image Improvement Board.

      You a world-shaker, Barry!

    478. Tom Ferlito says:

      Mr. Addington is correct. It is a tax. Pay it whether you want the governments help or not. I thought Obama had finally come around and decided not to grow the size of government, but here we go again adding to it. Why can't those christmas tree growers who want to form their own private organization, impose dues and promote themselves? Oh. I know, because those that didn't join might benefit from their efforts. So, let Uncle Sam put a gun to their heads and make them pay, (and us).
      I've got an idea. We'll get the Dept. of Commerce to back our program to promote, educate, and research
      the use of artificial trees, that last up to 25 times longer that fresh trees, can be recycled, are not fire hazards and our fee will be $1.00 a tree. We'll set off a christmas tree race. Then, Dr. Strangelove will tell us about the Doomsday Xmas Tree and soon we'll all be obliterated.

    479. G Rocourt says:

      Am I reading The Onion? Or is this serious stuff? Good grief, when will these guys stop already?

    480. Guest says:

      How can the Federal Government impose a tax on a local transaction?

    481. doctorEQ says:

      THAT's how to demonstrate executive powers.

    482. Jay says:

      Pure insanity. Just another way to sneak in a new tax…

    483. Jay says:

      Pure insanity. Just another way to sneak in a new tax…

    484. Paul says:

      Tell me this is a hoax.
      Please.

    485. renojmc says:

      Welcome to the insane world of liberalism.

    486. Steve Wilson says:

      Do we really need a government program to promote and improve the image of the Christmas tree?

    487. Worried American says:

      Disgusting. Depressing. Out of control. It is 15 cents today. It will be $15 tomorrow. The state is drunk with power.

    488. Nancy says:

      You don't tax something that you want more of.

      Try explaining that to a bureaucrap.

    489. GuestYo says:

      These socialists are truely amazing. They think by increasing the price of a good or service, that they, being the supreme elite, while actually improve the industry. Fix the US Post Office, then you can meddle in the Christmas Tree industry.

    490. Raycheetah says:

      Given the religious basis for the Christmas holiday, doesn't this kinda violate the establishment Clause of the US Constitution? "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion."

      After all, would the federal government levy a tax to "improve the image and marketing" of, say, Menorahs?

      Ignorance of the most basic of our laws combined with a hunger for taxation and interference in commerce mark an overreach consistent with the current administration.

    491. ross says:

      If Obama wants to promote the Christmas tree industry then remove all taxes from the sale of the trees.

    492. Mary says:

      You can't make up stuff like this! They have absolutely no business promoting Christmas trees and taxing me to do so. The insanity of an ever bloated government trying to run and subsequently mucking up everything it touches must stop. We need to vote only for people who will promise us less government.

    493. Christopher says:

      So, I estimate that is $15,000,000 in new tax. $1,000,000 to handle the accounting, $2,000,000 in govt people to manage the money. Figure business will have to adjust and mark up the tax (it is a cost), it is now $17mm to the consumer in extra cost. Spend the $15mm with insiders who charge 20% to 30% profit on top of the vendors who have 15% to 30% markup on the media. So, the net effect of media is around half but cost consumers $17mm. A Keynesian "gap" of $10mm. Where does the $10mm go? And why do we market based upon consumption. You market based on the goal of changing the minds of people. Are we trying to sell Christmas trees to Jews? These trees get pretty high market share. Like adding a tax to sell iPhones to Apple iPad owners. Wow.

    494. Estragon says:

      Great news! Promoting the image of Christmas Trees!

      Because they've got such a bad public image . . .

    495. Paul says:

      Deceptions at first were amusing, like in public relations. But they seem to have evolved in government to the point that the reason for doing everything is deceptive. This will evolve to the point where those in power will not even know why their heads will roll. Its a well repeated cycle for those who enter this path. Let it continue, and get it over with.

    496. Big Govt Dem says:

      Because no one knows what a Christmas tree is, I guess Obama sees the need for this new board and expanding the federal government

    497. Darcy says:

      I have no words. Just abject disgust for this administration. Nothing is sacred.

    498. Dan says:

      Literally every day our government becomes more and more fascist. Just wait until they start banning useful materials, like hemp. Oh wait a sec….

      Am I the only one who is smelling a coup d'etat?

    499. Oz Arguilez says:

      xmas trees? whos going to pay for improving the image and marketing of menorahs?

    500. Wawa says:

      This is the foot in the door. If ignored by the public, for sure it will increase with each passing year. Planting a tax seedling.

    501. zipperbaum says:

      The new tax wont cover the 3000 people the new Xmas tree committee hires at 100k a year…. but at least we can get the jobless rate down… .000002%

    502. Nathan Mintz says:

      Communism at its best. Next we will be taxed to just celebrate Christmas

    503. Nathan Mintz says:

      Communism at its best. Next we will be taxed to just celebrate Christmas

    504. john says:

      How about a $45 tax on Kwanza candles?

    505. Radiodjs says:

      You wanted jobs to be created didn't you? Well, here's some! So they're unproductive, government jobs that pull more money out of the economy…nothing's perfect.

    506. Cat in the Hat says:

      This is not what government should be doing. What does the Obama administration know about business or even care about a Christian tradition? Further, promote an industry that (God forbid) kills innocent trees? This is a farce, and absolutely represents the insanity of liberalism and government over regulation. Maybe at Easter, the idiot in charge will up a tax on bunnies that lay Easter eggs to promote the dairy/egg industry.

    507. Scott says:

      Dumb dumb dumb! Instigate a new tax and punish an industry all in the myth that some left-wing government bureaucrat should anoint himself as some Christmas tree marketing czar. Like many a Christmas tree, the "masterminds" behind this idea seem to have a few dim bulbs.

    508. Gary R says:

      Isn’t this just a tax on Christians? This is must be a hoax.

    509. ddsgolf says:

      Wait we are going to tax "Christmas" trees?? Shouldn't we be taxing "Holiday Season" Trees since "Christmas" trees might upset the PC non-believers.. Maybe only Christians will have to pay the tax!!

    510. Amber says:

      Before you think this is a joke, there are 25-30 million Christmas trees sold in the US each year. That's almost a 4 MILLION dollar tax on Americans for ONE PROGRAM desinged to make us buy MORE Christmas trees. How many MORE Christmas trees will YOU buy this year? One for each room? If the image gets a lot better I might even put one in my Bathroom? Just another idiot in Government thinking they know better than the rest of us.

    511. nifty says:

      Tanning salon tax, Christmas tree tax, is anyone starting to see a pattern here…lets see if we can guess what is next? Perhaps a tax on straight weddings and maybe a tax if you choose to deliver your child instead of aborting it?

    512. Vena says:

      If a mere 15 cents will help Christmas Tree farmers expand their market place and promotion of fresh trees I am all for it. Fresh trees are actually a renewable product, gives people jobs rather than artificiail trees that often end up in landfills. Most of these folk sound like Scrooge. This program can actually help tree farmers and mom and pop operations that you see all around town selling trees.

    513. David says:

      What's next, Easter eggs, punkins, the US Flag?

    514. Scroodge says:

      Not really surprising the Obama thinks that Christmas needes a bureau to educate the masses on what Christmas is and put a tax on Christmas tree tax on all newly cut trees. Maybe he can send a delegation to Kenya to see if they would be interested in such a program. This is a tax, no matter what Obama wants to call it. The most brilliant man in the world thinks that we poor peons don't know how to buy, put up or decorate a tree without Big Brother looking over our shoulder. With the M.E. getting ready to go boom and the Eurozone going bankrupt, this is the kind of trivial crap that Obama and his group of fawning synchophants come up with. 2012 and election day can get here soon enough!

    515. SototG says:

      When will he (small h) tax or require a license for CHRISTMAS trees and nativity scenes on private property?

    516. Alice McSkimming says:

      How long will it remain "just 15 cents"?

    517. Bburn says:

      I'm not sure what else to say other than…. Are you F'ing serious???

    518. Crashnburn says:

      I thought that the Congress was where the taxing authority lay – apparently the Executive branch picked up some new powers?

      Article I, Section 8, Clause 1:

      The Congress shall have power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises…but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States…

      Silly me – I forgot – the Constitution doesn't mean anything to this regime.

    519. Brandon says:

      I have a sneaky feeling the government is not really going to be improving the image or marketing of Christmas trees. I believe the real motive behind this is for the government to completely secularize Christmas and every image dealing with Christmas. If you look at the government's history you'll find that whenever they get involved in anything the true meaning, values, and tradition of whatever it happens to be are lost and forgotten. This is just another way to get all of us sheeple to believe that our rights, traditions, and values come from government and not God.

    520. Brandon says:

      I have a sneaky feeling the government is not really going to be improving the image or marketing of Christmas trees. I believe the real motive behind this is for the government to completely secularize Christmas and every image dealing with Christmas. If you look at the government's history you'll find that whenever they get involved in anything the true meaning, values, and tradition of whatever it happens to be are lost and forgotten. This is just another way to get all of us sheeple to believe that our rights, traditions, and values come from government and not God.

    521. Brandon says:

      I have a sneaky feeling the government is not really going to be improving the image or marketing of Christmas trees. I believe the real motive behind this is for the government to completely secularize Christmas and every image dealing with Christmas. If you look at the government's history you'll find that whenever they get involved in anything the true meaning, values, and tradition of whatever it happens to be are lost and forgotten. This is just another way to get all of us sheeple to believe that our rights, traditions, and values come from government and not God.

    522. joewhat56 says:

      A whole new big government board, and a tax to pay for it! This is why taxing anyone more to pay for anything will never work, it is always used to expand never pay for something that is.

    523. SIXGUNWEST says:

      Only Congress has the authority to levy tax. Anything else is unconstitutional.

    524. Stephen says:

      Government needs to remove itself from private enterprise — not insinuate itself into every and any little thing that worked just fine through the ages up until now. In this case, Obama has dressed us all with more regulations which we don't need amid our tinsel and ornaments. I'd rather deal with harangues by charities at the doors of the supermarket than have to put up with this stuffed-shirt screwball that has to re-invent the wheel at every turn. Merry Christmas, Barry — I already gave at the office!

    525. SIXGUNWEST says:

      Only Congress has the authority to levy tax. Anything else is unconstitutional.

    526. mark says:

      I'm not going to buy a tree then. Principle of the matter.

    527. Daniel DuFlo says:

      I live in upstate New York whre alot of Xmas trees are grown. This is a stupid TAX. We don't need the federal goverment intruding in our lives. This new tax will be a minus to the Xmas tree industry! Maybe the best thing would be to have Mr. Shipman sit on the top of one of our scotch pine trees. He could replace
      the traditional star and promote the Christmas tree industry from there!

    528. wirelessfreezone says:

      Is this joke? hahaha…very funny

    529. Sean says:

      Maybe I should start a black market Christmas Tree business

    530. Sean says:

      Maybe I should start a black market Christmas Tree business

    531. Louis Willett says:

      A federal agency to promote Christmas trees? We need that? Maybe its his way of fooling people into believing he's not muslim.

    532. Cargosquid says:

      A tax invented by an agency….

      I thought all taxes had to originate in the House. That's why they're not calling it a tax.

    533. r bennett says:

      This is one stupid man…. he doesn't even know that there are NO Christmas Trees andymore. Tax the Christmas trees all you want to. There are only HOLIDAY TREES…. ;-) Now I wonder how that would play out in the Dept of Ag… hehehe

    534. Tim says:

      What happened to seperation of church and state??? They are quick to beat that drum until they can find a way to tax the church. How about a tax on islam rugs?

    535. HeatherRadish says:

      I sense a loophole here. "No sir, Mr Revenuer sir, this ain't no Christmas tree. This is a holiday tree! Text of the dictatorial decree does not mention holiday trees!"

    536. DellBella says:

      A Christmas Tree Promotion Board? Seriously? What a Useless waste of time and money!

    537. dano says:

      Government at it's poorest. Obama should be embarrased.

    538. Will says:

      Next week, Pres. Obama will announce the Federal Puppies and Kittens Image Improvement Board.

    539. STEPHEN WOLF says:

      OBAMA'S platform was–CHANGE–yours!

    540. mct says:

      Taxation without Representation.

    541. Garrett R. says:

      This article is copied from The Oniion, right?

    542. RealAmerican says:

      Only the Congress has the authority to establish taxes, not the president.

      Be afraid, people — this is only a test to see how far they can push us.

    543. JBMcP says:

      If he is going to tax Christmas trees, that's great! But at least put the money to good use!

    544. StandingO says:

      Among the other egregious aspects of this stunt, it is a backhanded way to say the Christmas tree has no religious significance–not even as a symbol. So the government will take the position that its promotion of sales of Christmas trees is not in violation of the 1st Amendment establishment of religion clause, and hope it gets a chance to have a court endorse that position. One might conclude that this is a flip-flop from other cases where the government bans crosses, nativity scenes and the like from public property–but it's no flip-flop–it's just an attack on Christianity from the opposite direction–saying one of the key symbols of the season is purely secular.

      Hey, how about a special excise tax on prayer rugs, HusseinO? That wouldn't offend any of your friends, would it?

    545. Hollywood_Hick says:

      Who proposed this idea, and why do they still have a government job? Second, who approved this, and why do they still have a government job?

    546. Nothing New says:

      Obama is the Burger Meister, Meister Burger incarnate. What an outrage! I say we make a burn pile of the trees! After all, Christmas is in the heart not in a stand in your living room. Is this the new Marketing and Image police in Christmas? This all about reshaping the meaning of Christmas. It won't work!!!!!

    547. Mary says:

      He'll probably insure the new name will be Holiday Tree! It will be made of plastic and have a can of evergreen spray to accompany the rotten smell that Obama exudes.

    548. Bob Cratchit says:

      Way to use that religious holiday, Mr. Pres. Or should I say Scrooge.

    549. Bob Cratchit says:

      Way to use that religious holiday, Mr. Pres. Or should I say Scrooge.

    550. Paula says:

      We can't even afford a real tree. We put up an artificial tree every year. :(

    551. IraqWarVet says:

      Baaaa! Humbug! Tiny (Tax Dodging) Tim and all his little Morleys at the IRS will be all over this…They can keep the tree and I'll keep the tax.

    552. Keith says:

      Lets see, if every household in the country buys a Christmas tree from a group selling 500 or more trees, then 120 million households times 15 cents is $18 million. They'll spend $20 million writing, enforcing and collecting this tax. So, they'll borrow $25 million or so to fund the new department of Christmas tree promotion. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

    553. Infidel says:

      You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch.

    554. Brandon says:

      Oh the PC government is at it again. They've spent the better part of the last decade telling everyone Christmas is offensive and that we should all be saying "holiday" so as not to offend anyone. I guess since no one bothered to listen they just decided to throw a tax on the trees so now we have to pay to keep our traditions. Government doesn't like it when the sheeple are disobedient. BTW in case anyone didn't know the word "holiday" is a derivative of the words "holy day". So the next time an atheist or liberal says we should say holiday instead of Christmas remind them that by saying holiday they are advocating that the government violate their oh so precious "seperation of church and state" doctrine.

    555. What a Scrooge — really how under the purview of the regulation of Interstate Commerce does the Federal government think taxing Christmas trees make any sense???

    556. Nobama 2012 says:

      why just Fresh trees? Isn't it patently discriminatory against artificial tress to not tax them too?

    557. Gunthar says:

      Ba-humbug! I fail to see how this levy is vital to the welfare of the Christmas Tree industry and in the interest of the national public.

      Promotion, research and marketing is already being undertaken by the National Christmas Tree Association on a national scale. This includes the selection an