It’s the most wonderful time of the year…
No, not the holidays. It’s the annual “War on Christmas” and, just like the retail holiday season, it appears to have arrived early.
Conservatives are all up at arms over a proposal that would “tax Christmas trees,” adding 15 cents per tree to each fir or evergreen grown or imported. The Daily Caller dubbed the president a “Scrooge,” adding “The taxman got an early Christmas present from the Obama administration this week with the approval of a new fee on all fresh Christmas trees.”
But was it really the Obama administration trying to “bah, Humbug” the season? The Hill reports that the “tax” was actually a payment for a promotional campaign. According to an administration spokesman, “What’s being talked about here is an industry group deciding to impose fees on itself to fund a promotional campaign, similar to how the dairy producers have created the ‘Got Milk?’ campaign.”
The Heritage Institute is undaunted by the clarification. “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.”
Really? Then why is the number of fresh trees decreasing annually, according to reports?
So the conservative War on Christmas brigade can feel free to stuff that one in their stockings. At least, until they find another issue to get their holly all in a bunch over. Meanwhile, they’re going to have to take a moment to realize it will be hard to accuse the president of declaring a War on Christmas when he’s actually getting federal agencies to try and find ways to promote the holiday.
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