you really can't make shit this stupid up. fee free to defend it; i could use a laugh "President Obamas Agriculture Department today announced that it will impose a new 15-cent charge on all fresh Christmas treesthe Christmas Tree Taxto 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. The purpose of the Board is to run a program of promotion, research, evaluation, and information designed to strengthen the Christmas tree industrys position in the marketplace; maintain and expend existing markets for Christmas trees; and to carry out programs, plans, and projects designed to provide maximum benefits to the Christmas tree industry (7 CFR 1214.46(n)). And the program of information is to include efforts to enhance the image of Christmas trees and the Christmas tree industry in the United States (7 CFR 1214.10)." because you know, without the government, no one would buy a christmas tree. Obama Couldn't Wait: His New Christmas Tree Tax wtf?