Save Christmas trees by taxing them.

Is it a fee?

“I can tell you unequivocally that the Obama administration is not taxing Christmas trees. 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,” he said. “That said, USDA is going to delay implementation and revisit this action.”

Or is it a tax?

The new program was set to go into effect Wednesday. According to the Agriculture Department announcement, the government would have imposed a 15-cent-per-tree charge on “producers and importers” of fresh Christmas trees, provided they sell or import more than 500 trees a year.

Either way, adding a fee/tax to Christmas trees is just about the dumbest way possible to improve their image via a marketing campaign.

I, like most people, love the idea of a fresh cut Christmas tree. But we don’t love the idea of needles everywhere, having to constantly water it, and having to get rid of it after Christmas. Last Christmas we broke down and bought a beautiful pre-lit Christmas tree. And that will do the job just fine until grandchildren come along and my wife makes me but a fresh-cut tree for them.

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