FEULNER: Out on a limb on taxes

Christmas tree ‘assessment’ is rooted in the farm bill

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Eggs: 10 cents per 30-dozen cases of eggs sold, bringing in $18 million annually.

What’s the Christmas-tree tax doing in the farm bill? Good question. As it turns out, though, it’s not the only item you wouldn’t expect to find there.

Take how the farm bill is made up almost entirely (80 percent of it, to be exact) of food stamps. A welfare program such as food stamps should be considered separately from legislation that sets the nation’s agricultural policy.

If the National Christmas Tree Association can’t get its own members to pay this “assessment” without calling in the federal government, that’s a good indication they’ve got a bad idea on their hands.

Even Ebenezer Scrooge would think twice about taxing your Christmas tree. This is one gift that should be marked “return to sender.”

Ed Feulner is founder of the Heritage Foundation (heritage.org).

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