In the grand scheme of things, this is fairly low on the totem pole, but amid all of the news stories, I have heard no one ask the simplest question. If the National Christmas Tree Association needs help to win the marketing war against artificial trees, why don’t the growers voluntarily contribute funds to the Association to hire a PR fund? Why does the Federal Govenment need to be involved at all? The following is an excerpt from Yahoo News
The Christmas tree farmers sought the levy. They have been hit by the increase in popularity of artificial and plastic trees over the past several decades, and they want to find a way to keep their businesses — mostly small family farms — going.”I think with this program, it is going to be a positive and build up our business,” said Sherry Severt Taylor, the daughter of the owner of Severt Trees in Elk Creek, Va. Severt has tree farms in Virginia and North Carolina. “Individually, we can’t afford this exposure. But as a collective group, it’s going to help, and we need this help because of the artificial trees,” Taylor added.
Clearly Ms. Taylor has inhaled too much pine fresh scent. Seems to me that what she is saying that they don’t have desire to manage this process on their own, so like too many gimme gimme Americans, they want the government to do it for them. But Merry Christmas to you too, America, we get yet another government agency – The Christmas Tree Promotion Board. No, I’m not kidding. Read this post by Senator Jim DeMint Crony Capitalism, Capitalism, Christmas Trees, and the Stupidest Tax of All TIme.
This is nothing more than another progressive encroachment into everyone’s life. Standing by for the tax and government agencies to promote Menorahs and Kwanzaa Kinaras….