Good news: the Obama administration has decided not to immediately implement its controversial 15-cent Christmas tree tax.

ABC News’ Jake Tapper credits The Heritage Foundation for this victory:

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. The well-trafficked Drudge Report is leading with the story, linking to a blog by David Addington, a former top aide to then-Vice President [Cheney], at the conservative Heritage Foundation assailing the president thus: “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.”

Comments (29)

Woody - November 9, 2011

This is a tax on the Christian religion, plain and simple. A tax on Minora’s and crucifixes etc. will be next.

Pat Paul - November 9, 2011

First, it’s interesting that they actually called the trees, CHRISTMAS TREES! Maybe the age of “political correctness” is drawing to a close! We can only hope. Congrats to Gov. Scott Walker who referred to the tree in the capital rotunda as the CHRISTMAS TREE!

Shane - November 9, 2011

Gee, is anyone really surprised by Obama and his actions? He constantly attacks the american citizen, except for those union and government workers that he money launders our taxes and revenue to. Obama has made his decision years ago, to represent only a portion of the american citizenry.

Jim Kress - November 9, 2011

So, if I purchase a Hanukkah Bush or Kwanzaa Plant, I don’t have to pay the tax?

Mary - November 9, 2011

Keep working, Heritage!
But after all, it’s only a “holiday” tree!

Raymond Clary - November 9, 2011

If the tax is implemented, no problem. Vendors can simply call their product “Holiday Trees.” That oughta be sufficiently secular to keep the Obamanable Snow(job) Man at bay.

Calvin Schuler - November 9, 2011

This has got to be the first thing Obaa has actually compromised on.

Jack Payne - November 9, 2011

I am astonished that this tax was even proposed. Dumb,Dumb,Dumb!!!

Pam Houghton - November 9, 2011

What next!?! It just gets better and better! Wake up tomorrow and there is a new tax on breathing air!
Please America, wake up and get rid of this administration!

Tom - November 9, 2011

Why does the National Christmas Tree Association need anyone else to force a fee collection? They can have their members collect any fee they want and send it in to their organization for whatever promotions they see fit.

Duncan Campbell - November 9, 2011

Good people, we need to look always for an alterer motive behind just about every thing this man Obama Does. His goal, I believe, has been Socialism from day one. There is much on my web-site to back this up.

Vinton - November 9, 2011

The Obama Administration knows no boundaries or restraints when it comes to overstepping the Constitution. He is his own law and knows no limits of restraint. He turned contract law on its head, disrupted the banking system, continues to punish the energy sector, destroyed the medical industry, the insurance industry, the power generation industry, the auto industry, space industry, our military and our security as a Nation, and we could go on for a long time. So, why not tax the Christmas tree. Vinton

Ruth - November 9, 2011

The things this imposter “leading” our country tries to do make me want to scream with frustration. This is probably “his” most ridiculous idea yet. What it looks like to me is a direct attack on Christianity “cleverly” hidden (not). Look out, folks, or soon we will be as Islam-coerced as England. Please, remove this man from office, and all his cronies as well!

J. Guidry, Battlefield, MO. - November 9, 2011

Another example of the arrogance of this administration and its cronies. C’mon 2012. We need the “change” to have “hope” for our future.

GHowardW - November 9, 2011

Next he’ll propose taxing Santa and the Elves. I’m sure he can stretch it to $1.50 per chimney!

MSriver - November 9, 2011

His Goal? More like his continued mask of solemn alter for further blows of un, non, anti and con. Socialism allows the victim a little, but lest we forget those hallowed words of praise to “the most beautiful sound I have ever heard”, Mr. Obama remains solely supported by that remaining pillar, the Christian experiment, which is unfortunately, being expressed in too much of a mask of its own!

Is America needing a wake up? Nah, she is, she has, she flinches at all the like. It’s been a long time now, and till she reduces the old axioms for the new threats that await, and build, will continue to flay and spend on small tangent driven consumption, while the more important needs, the harder to get to, that hedged in that needs tending to like way back when.

Nancy - November 10, 2011

Obama is to America, what Charles Taylor was to Liberia. Charles Taylor came into power to change how Liberia was governed. Barack Obama was elected to change America. The result in Liberia? Civil war. The result in America? It’ll be either knuckle under, or prepare to defend our country and the Constitution. I do respect the rules of your website, but I have to tell the truth as well, since we’re in a bad pass that I feel will get worse.

Michael H - November 10, 2011

This is very similar to the EPA imposing dust control on farmers as they harvest crops. There does not seem to be anyone at home at the White House.

Anthony Mangano - November 10, 2011

This is the President who wouldn’t speak at Georgetown
University unless the banner with a Cross on it (not a
crucifix) were taken down. Together with all the comments so far it’s about time we publicize that he’s been doing everything destructive to America as we have known it, and especially anti-faith, if not anti-Christian, and IS DOING IT ALL ON PURPOSE!
Wake up all you voters, this is no ordinary election, and it’s time to forget “my family has always voted Democrat”. Vote for America, not party. Anyway, there is no Democratic party anymore. It’s long been taken over by the left who want to take us further down that road. Don’t continue to fall for it!

was most qualified and who America needed at the time

Karen - November 11, 2011

Well, it seems to me that the seven words needed here on this topic. Nuff said ~ he sooo needs to go.

Karen - November 11, 2011

Please don’t get me going on the dust.

Karen - November 11, 2011

Clutter means everything that stands between you and the vision you have for your best life. It’s so much more than just the stuff. Think on this quote from 147 years ago… “The Greatest Trick The Devil Ever Pulled Was Convincing The World he Did Not Exist”. Regulation on dust, taxing Christmas trees, wth. Don’t get me going.
I know American citizens will start to stir and awaken from a long lull. We are in the throes of despair of Socialism and have been for more than 50 years. Only way to describe this S&P is this way…it is a very long, slow, cancerous movement that one day is full blown and one never saw it coming. Please awaken, now. Wake up. Wake up. Little by little they grab our freedoms away. This is their MO ~ remove God, create doubt, chaos, confusion, lull into slumber, causing fatigue and exhaustion, then they will take over everything and tell everyone they will fix it…and they will fix Nothing! Think. Open your eyes. Socialism = Pestilence. The most hideous pestilence and it’s legs must be broken now. Not later. We had strong leaders. The likes of Teddy, John, Ronald, Margaret, Milton and Fredrick and many more. They are being squashed by the lull created by the “Nothing.” We are surrounded by very bad people that are in powerful positions. Think Obama, Bush, Cheney, Bernacke Polosi, Reid, Alred the list goes on and on…
We need a leader that has Strength, Conviction, Belief, Faith in God and Country, honors our Constitution, our Bill of Birth Rights, is Passionate for our Freedoms, honors our Individuality, our Principles, our Values, our Ethics, our People, our Borders of which America was founded on. I believe Herman Cain is the such a man. I firmly believe he has exactly what it takes and the grace given of God to break the legs of this pestilence. No other running candidate has “IT”, as far as I can see. MHO.

Karen - November 11, 2011

Maybe I should have shortened that last comment to this.

We’re in the throes of Socialism. A pestilence, an insidious cloud. A dealer and thief that lulls, creates doubt, chaos and exasperation. It “is” the “Nothing!” I believe Mr. Cain has gifts. Strong faith and grace given by God. Strength, conviction, and love of country that will enable him to hold firm in our Constitution, Rights and Freedoms, based on moral, social, and theological Ethics of which America was founded. Mr. Cain has exactly what it takes to break the legs of S & P. In MHO.

ellen o’neill - November 11, 2011

I would like to know who gets the 15 cents. If the money would go toward the planting of more trees in parks and other public spaces, I have no objection. Who is going to miss 15 cents anyway?

Therese - November 12, 2011

Has Pres. Obama no shame? To me this Christmas Tree Tax is a transparent look into what is REALLY going on. “Tax EVERY LEVEL POSSIBLE….SUCK THEM DRY…and LET THEM EAT CAKE.” Americal is getting wise to these TAX tactics. It’s embarrassing to think that ‘they’…(the powers that be in the government) think so little of our collective cognitive powers that we would be unaware of their not so subtle purposes…to tax us to DEATH, to take our hard earned $ so they can GIVE it away, by spreading (distributing our so called ‘wealth’ to ingratiate others to them for VOTES, VOTES, VOTES. This is all getting so VOMITUS. Create your OWN job, if you can’t FIND one. THAT’S the American Opportunity. Put that opportunity down at you OWN PERIL.

Larry Grauel - November 29, 2011

Ggood job

SE Serrell - November 29, 2011

It’s not just “The Administration” that must go. It’s the entire Democrat agenda. These liars do believe, indeed require an ignorant (preferably stupid) citizenry to maintain unopposed tyranny.
The whole party has cancer and it’s gone beyond chemo.

Julia - November 29, 2011

Thank You Heritage for watching our backs.

Joseph McKennan - December 2, 2011

At least SOMEBODY is on our side. Thank you Heritage

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