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Crony Capitalism, Christmas Trees, and the Stupidest Tax of All Time
Sen. Jim DeMint's Blog ^ | 11/9/2011 | Sen. Jim DeMint

Posted on 11/09/2011 10:13:57 AM PST by RightGeek

Mr. Grinch, Mr. Scrooge, meet Mr. Obama.

No, it’s not a joke. President Obama really is imposing a special new tax on Christmas trees.

And while the policy seems a ludicrous political misstep – and possibly an unconstitutional one at that – in truth, the Obama Christmas Tree Tax is much worse than that.

The $2 million the Obama Administration expects the tax to raise will not reduce the deficit or cover needed government services. Instead, it will serve as a marketing slush fund for the Christmas tree industry.'

The money will set up a brand new government agency called (no, seriously) the Christmas Tree Promotion Board. The CTPB will use the $2 million to hire a staff – most likely the industry lobbyists who cooked up this scheme – and then run advertisements to “enhance the image of Christmas trees and the Christmas tree industry of the United States.”

Don’t the Christmas tree growers and retailers already do that? Yes. Isn’t marketing something that all companies should do with their profits, to grow their business and attract new customers? Yes.

And while we’re asking questions, does anyone in America – anyone? – believe that Christmas trees have a bad image that needs taxpayer-subsidized improvement?

So why should the government-funded Christmas Tree Promotion Board tax us to fund a marketing campaign? So the Christmas tree industry can pocket the $2 million they now won’t have to spend marketing their trees.

That’s it. That’s the whole purpose of the Obama Christmas Tree Tax: to take money from hard-working families celebrating Christmas and give it to clever lobbyists and businessmen running a crony-capitalist subsidy scam.

And while this policy will, by design, help one group of people, it will hurt others: businesses that sell artificial Christmas trees, people who work at your local stores that sell them, and, don’t forget, the consumers who are out 15 cents a tree.

Business groups using government connections to enrich themselves by hurting everyone else. Makes you just want to break into “O Holy Night,” doesn’t it?

Hopefully, the Crony Capitalists in the Obama Administration have gone too far this time, and public backlash will force Congress to shut down the Christmas Tree Promotion Board and repeal the single stupidest tax of all time. I will soon offer an amendment on the Senate floor to do just that.

All I want for Christmas is a free market.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: chrismas; christmastreetax; taxes

1 posted on 11/09/2011 10:14:01 AM PST by RightGeek
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To: RightGeek; zot

I thought the Constitution stated that only the House of Representatives, with Senate concurrence, could levy taxes.

But then, BHO being a constitutional lawyer, should know that; Whoops, perhaps he studied a different country’s constitution.


2 posted on 11/09/2011 10:17:21 AM PST by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: RightGeek
"government-funded Christmas Tree Promotion Board"

Eventually they will have a SWAT unit.


3 posted on 11/09/2011 10:18:42 AM PST by I see my hands (Keep your sunny side up!)
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To: RightGeek

I guess this proves he’s not a Muzzie. Seriously though he only believes in Marx so any tax will do.


4 posted on 11/09/2011 10:23:04 AM PST by rhombus
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To: RightGeek

I’d heard about the tax but not what it was for. Bizarre! It’s a slush fund alright, but I doubt much of it will be applied to marketing anything else but Obama’s re-election.


5 posted on 11/09/2011 10:25:46 AM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: RightGeek; All

What idiot can’t see that the cost of collecting the tax will cost more than the tax would raise even IF it otherwise made sense.


6 posted on 11/09/2011 10:28:42 AM PST by gleeaikin
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To: rhombus

How about a tax on prayer rugs and Korans?


7 posted on 11/09/2011 10:29:37 AM PST by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: andy58-in-nh

Doesn’t matter. As long as they can set up yet another Gov agency. That’s what’s important to them.


8 posted on 11/09/2011 10:32:29 AM PST by rhombus
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To: RightGeek

So what are you doing to stop this, Jim?


9 posted on 11/09/2011 10:37:05 AM PST by Raebie (WS)
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To: RightGeek
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10 posted on 11/09/2011 10:40:14 AM PST by doc11355
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To: RightGeek
The tax is targeted on one group, Christians.
It is not just the money that is at issue.
11 posted on 11/09/2011 10:43:25 AM PST by opentalk
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To: RightGeek

It needs to be called what it is.

A tax on Christianity.


12 posted on 11/09/2011 10:43:25 AM PST by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: Raebie

Near the end of the article: “Hopefully, the Crony Capitalists in the Obama Administration have gone too far this time, and public backlash will force Congress to shut down the Christmas Tree Promotion Board and repeal the single stupidest tax of all time. I will soon offer an amendment on the Senate floor to do just that.”


13 posted on 11/09/2011 10:43:25 AM PST by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: RightGeek

He’d better be quick, because the lots will start filling up in about a week. (thanks)


14 posted on 11/09/2011 10:44:48 AM PST by Raebie (WS)
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To: RightGeek

15 posted on 11/09/2011 10:46:33 AM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: RightGeek; Izzy_Box
As my daughter "IzzyBox" said,

TIME FOR A BOSTON TREE PARTY!!!!
16 posted on 11/09/2011 10:49:16 AM PST by LibertyRocks
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To: RightGeek

Here is my take on this dang stuff.

For the next two years, quit buying those beautiful trees; and do not substitute them with those gawd-awful, tacky, phony ones.

All you folks have enough beautiful decorations saved somewhere in your homes to decorate your homes without that very expensive tree, money you can spend on something else.

Will your children miss it? No. Not unless you keep hammering at it. If they ask, just tell them this year they came with bedbugs or something.

Trust me. You will be a lot happier. In the end, you won’t have to spend all that boring, useless time putting away all those tree decorations again for next year. YECK!!!


17 posted on 11/09/2011 10:51:40 AM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer) (")
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To: RightGeek

Hmmmmmm.....I smell granola......the environmentalists.


18 posted on 11/09/2011 10:56:07 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: GreyFriar

They are claiming it’s not a tax, and that no funds will be given to the federal government.

To which I say - then who DOES run the Dept. of Agriculture if not the Feds?

This is insanity! And, I dare say that this may just qualify as RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION - a tax associated with a specific product, purchased only by a specific type of person (namely Christians).


19 posted on 11/09/2011 10:56:31 AM PST by LibertyRocks
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To: Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

Eh...I’m not worried. “Bruce the Spruce” has been a part of our family for 10 years now. Doesn’t look as good as a real tree when he’s NOT decorated, but when the decorating is done, he’s always looked great.

So, Barry the Boob...”THPPPPLLLLTTT!!!” on your stupid tree tax!


20 posted on 11/09/2011 10:58:02 AM PST by hoagy62 (The United States of America. Great idea...while it lasted.)
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To: LibertyRocks

It’s a jizya on the dhimmis.


21 posted on 11/09/2011 11:00:29 AM PST by MikeSteelBe (Austrian Hitler was as the Halfrican Hitler does.)
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To: RightGeek

Obamao will now tax your religion.


22 posted on 11/09/2011 11:11:02 AM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: hoagy62

“Bruce the Spruce” has been a part of our family for 10 years now.”

Please to forgive. I was insensitive.

After I sent my “tacky” remark, I realized many of you good folks have a “Bruce the Spruce.” It is probably what I have seen here in Panama that has turned me off. It was my remark that was tacky.

Again, please forgive me.

The thing is don’t buy a tree if you can help it.

My best wishes and my love to Bruce the Spruce.


23 posted on 11/09/2011 11:17:51 AM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer) (")
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To: GreyFriar

BHO is acting more and more as a dictator.


24 posted on 11/09/2011 11:18:34 AM PST by zot
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To: hoagy62

P.S.

I am also apologizing for the words “gawd-awful.”


25 posted on 11/09/2011 11:23:51 AM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer) (")
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To: rhombus

Kinda makes you wonder how much of this drek Ø is setting up will be canned once an adult regains the Oval Office. I hope and pray all of it. Obama should become one huge unpleasant nightmarish memory.


26 posted on 11/09/2011 11:25:19 AM PST by NCC-1701 (In Memphis on January 20, 2009, pump price were $1.49. We all know what happened after that.)
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To: NCC-1701
Obama should become one huge unpleasant nightmarish memory.

He should be but he won't be. As an ex-President he'll be more of a toothache than Jimmy.

27 posted on 11/09/2011 11:28:29 AM PST by rhombus
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To: RightGeek
believe that Christmas trees have a bad image that needs taxpayer-subsidized improvement?

Maybe this GODLESS MARXIST that is occupying the White House thinks that the Christmas Tree BOARD needs to say that Christmas is wrong -- that Jesus' Birth is not IMPORTANT and that the saying:'WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE' should be 'WITH GOVERNMENT ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE"

Please do not INSULT the GRINCH by MORPHING OBAMA's Face on him. The GRINCH is SMARTER that the MARXIST!!

28 posted on 11/09/2011 11:31:50 AM PST by ExCTCitizen (Cain/West 2012....what would the RACISTS LIBERALS say???)
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