Bah, humbug! New Christmas tree tax proposed
The farm bill includes a 15-cent levy on the sale of fresh-cut trees. A similar measure was killed in 2011.
Real trees tell a positive story about local farms, environmental stewardship and cultural tradition. And they need the fair and sustainable structure such an order provides to compete against factory built, outsourced, plastic trees, which are dramatically increasing in market share and landfills.
A 15-cent tax may not seem like much. However, taxes are a death by a thousand cuts. One of those cuts shouldn't come from the Christmas tree.
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Doesn't make much sense, only about $4.5 million in revenue. We could get that much by cutting $8500 off of congressmen and senators salaries. Better yet, cut their salaries by 15% and reduce their staff by 10%. They don't need the staff they have as they only work 30% of the time we pay them.
I suggest that they are put on a productivity rate, do nothing get nothing. We could have balanced the budget and had 2 years of surplus if that had been started in 2009.
The founding fathers did not want a lifetime legislator, they wanted citizens to volunteer to govern and then go home. Key word volunteer not make a million(s).
What ?! THIS seems like governmental over-reaching to WE the people ???
When the "Air" Tax is levied on us in the near-future we'll look back on the days we didn't have to pay to suck in a draft of fresh air with a sentimental fondness.......
Will the gov't give Asthmatics an air tax-break ? LOL.....
Land of the FREE......Does anyone actually believe that line anymore?
I have no problem with a tree tax in general, but the reasoning behind it is dumb. Looks like just another gov't agency invented to grant more cushy jobs. This is the kind of stuff we need to trim. Downsize the Gov't! We don't need them regulating everything we do.
Maybe they will start calling them Obmatrees, and you will need to enroll in a "Obamatree" program called the "Affordable Holiday-tree Act", or "Aha!" for short. If you cannot afford a tree, the government will provide a tree for you paid for by the "Obamatree Tax" fund. Or, if you fall into a certain income level, you will find a subsidy check in your Christmas stocking to reimburse you for your tree;<)
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