The new Christmmas tree tax. A Limerick


President Obama’s Agriculture Department yesterday 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.
A Christmas tree tax is now being imposed
To pay for promotion, for which I’m opposed.
A fifteen cent tax,
This all sanity lacks.
You dress it, enjoy it, then make it compost.

Bah, Humbug!

Update: The U.S. Department of Agriculture is going to delay implementation and revisit a proposed new 15 cent fee on fresh-cut Christmas trees, sources tell ABC News. The fee, requested by the National Christmas Tree Association in 2009, was first announced in the Federal Registry yesterday and has generated criticism of President Obama from conservative media outlets.
One day later the Feds did insert a delay.
So maybe that sanity still holds some sway
It just goes to say
If you tax the display
By protesting loud we’ve made this go away.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

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