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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    Oh Christmas Tree!

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Mon Dec 12, 2011 at 10:26:43 AM EST
    Tags: Government, Michigan, Christmas Trees, Growers, Taxes, Gowth in Government, Bureaucracy, Short Sighted (all tags)

    The righty blogosphere just about blew up recently when the Obama administration attempted to assess a $0.15 per Christmas tree tax on ol Tannenbaum.  A day after announcing the plan, the department of agriculture reversed course, partly because of the negative attention received on the subject.

    If nothing else, the entire affair reveals the mindset of the folks who occupy government at all levels. There is no doubt in their minds that a business owner cannot survive without their interference. But in this case as with so many others, such butchery cannot go forward without at least a part of the herd leading it to slaughter.

    "A majority of Christmas tree growers nationally, including those in Michigan, favored the program, said Marsha Gray, executive director of the Howell-based Michigan Christmas Tree Association."

    A majority?  Consensus?

    As with any other business 'association' there are multiple agendas always going on.  There is the agenda of larger sized business interests, the smaller ones, and apparently the short sighted association management itself.  Certainly creating what amounts to a Christmas tree 'czar' position within the federal government.


    More below ~

    Ultimately, as with any new set of regulatory agencies, comes paperwork that makes the small 'tree fee' meaningless (or seem like the smaller part of the new problem).  Larger enterprises would have advantages that give them a competitive edge over a small grower, if only in the reality of bureaucratic red tape. The 500 tree sales threshold mentioned in the article above doesn't mention the reporting that still would have had to be done for federal auditing purposes.  

    And 500 trees BTW is really not very many.  It is about a single truck load.

    The guise of promotion and enhancing operations is the best way for the camels nose to get under the tent flap of unsuspecting small business owners.

    One must ask "why in blazes would ANYONE ask to have the federal government take more of their hard earned dollars to implement public relations work?" And also "Why would the association responsible for such work encourage its membership to ask for it?"

    Isn't it their job?

    If I was a member of the Michigan Christmas Tree Association, I would ask for the resignation of Gray, or I would make sure not a dime (or 15 cents) in dues goes towards such capitulation to an ever expanding presence of government in the affairs of our private business.

    Like many other industries, even the tree growers have their own trade magazine.  Like any other business, there are costs and benefit to the type of business they operate.  There are multiple ways of accessing information accumulated for the benefit of growers, and many ways in which they can expand the scope of their operations through innovation and advertising.  The idea that it takes a few extra government bureaucrats to make it happen faster doesn't really light the bulb at the top, ya know?

    The evergreen nature and nonstop growth in government hardly needs a new entry to propel even more intrusion and effect on our lives, or the lives of those who wish to remain smaller operations.

    Michigan growers don't need a new set of bureaucrats hanging on their tress like the Mao ornaments in the white house this year, or next for that matter.

    No Christmas Tree tax, period.

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    That word 'majority' (none / 0) (#1)
    by archiespeck on Mon Dec 12, 2011 at 11:47:01 AM EST
    is heavily misused by the left these days. Most often its to assert that a 'majority' of Americans agree with their point with no evidence whatsoever to back it up. In fact, the Community Organizer used it last night on 60 Minutes to assert that "The majority" of Americans agree with tax increases. Really?? Interesting.

    A "majority", whaaha ha! (none / 0) (#3)
    by maidintheus on Mon Dec 12, 2011 at 08:29:41 PM EST
    They are in conference with one another and all agree to pull this out of their orifices as talking pts.

    Now, President Obama cannot do this anymore without appearing to willfully look silly. Say things like, most of the American people... It is absolutely factual, most people didn't want his healthcare and he never referenced this nor to date, indicates that he gives a rip what we think unless he wants something.

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