Rep. Walsh Introduces 'Save Christmas Act'

From the office of Rep. Joe Walsh (R, Illinois 8th District)…

Washington- Today, Congressman Joe Walsh (IL-8) introduced the ‘Save Christmas Act’ to permanently end the Obama Administration’s new tax on Christmas trees. This tax was established to fund yet another unnecessary government board, the Christmas Tree Promotion Board. This is clearly the most ridiculous in a long list of new taxes and regulations proposed by the Obama Administration.

Walsh stated: “The sheer audacity of a tax on Christmas trees is ridiculous. Are we going to start taxing Halloween candy and pumpkins or turkey and apple pie? Are we going to tax the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny too? Are we going to tax hotdogs and hamburgers and American flags for the Fourth of July?

“Christmas has traditionally been a holiday when American families from across the country get together and just celebrate and give. And this year, when Americans are hurting and struggling to make ends meet, Christmas is more important than ever.

“This is exactly why American families are struggling. President Obama continues to implement unnecessary taxes to create and fund more unnecessary do-nothing government programs. If this isn’t big government, what is?”

http://walsh.house.gov/

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  • Of course, if he wants to call it that, it assures that it violates the First Amendment.

    Now, if he called it something like what the "Save Viacom" Act noted yesterday was called, such as the "Tree Farmer Preservation Act," that would have passed scrutiny.

    Proving again that Walsh just does not get it.

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  • Walsh is a media whore, and clearly titled his bill to gain attention rather than to actually inform people about the underlying issue.

    There is no "tax on Christmas trees".

    The Christmas-tree industry asked the USDA to help them set up a promotional campaign to respond to the increased popularity of fake trees. This was done via a petition supported by a majority of tree growers (according to the National Christmas Tree Association) .

    They wanted the USDA involved to "make sure the effort ... is fair and unified."

    Personally, I'm not quite sure why the trade association couldn't have done this themselves. But apparently ad campaigns like "The Incredible Edible Egg", "Beef: It's What's For Dinner" and "Got Milk?" are all managed in a similar way.

    Now,thanks to dishonest media whoring by people like Walsh, the program has been delayed and the US tree growers will have one less tool to use in responding to competition from foreign-made fake trees.

    Snopes has the details:

    http://www.snopes.com/politics/taxes/christmastree.asp

  • "Walsh is a media whore, and clearly titled his bill to gain attention rather than to actually inform people about the underlying issue."

    Won't get ME to disagree entirely! LOL

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