Is this act designed to condition the American People for the Jizya tax, or just taxation by decree on anything Obama mandates?
In another blatant and UN-Constitutional imperial act by the Obama regime, the Agriculture Department has imposed an immediate 15¢ “fee” on every fresh Christmas tree cut in the country, effective immediately.
According to the Supreme Law of our land, the Constitution; all revenue and taxes MUST originate in the House of Representatives. The Obama Dictatorship counters the accusation by insisting that their “fee” is not a tax, rather they insist it is to pay for a new federal ‘Christmas tree commission’ – that will supposedly market and promote Christmas trees. David Addington at Heritage.org reports:
“is not a tax nor does it yield revenue for the Federal government” (76 CFR 69102). The Federal government mandates that the Christmas tree sellers pay the 15-cents per tree, whether they want to or not. The Federal government directs that the revenue generated by the 15-cent fee goes to a Board appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture to carry out a Christmas tree program established by the Secretary of Agriculture”.
Of course the Obama regime did this before with ObamaCare when arguing before the courts that the Healthcare mandate “is not a tax“, setting the precedent that now exists for the Executive Branch to impose taxes and fees by mere decree. The convoluted excuse they offer for mandating this fee, is that the Executive has the power to levy this ‘fee’ citing the Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act of 1996 – meaning they assert that they have the power to levy ‘fees’ if it is for the promotion of something.
The stated purpose of this Board is to run a “program of promotion, research, evaluation, and information designed to strengthen the Christmas tree industry’s 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).
Now think about that – and let this sink into your mind. This Obama regime, who have been wholly hostile to Christianity while celebrating Islamic holy days at the White House – suddenly feels that they can ‘promote, expand existing markets for Christmas trees’????
They’re going to promote it, by TAXING it?? Adding cost to those who buy the product?
That’s not promotion in ANY possible manner, just the opposite, that is targeted PUNISHMENT – it is how you KILL an industry.
Clever. “We’re from the government and we’re going to help you grow your business – so we want a 15 cent cut, of every tree you sell.”
I think the Mob is more generous in their percentages of graft and extortion.
The whole notion of ‘expanding’ Christmas trees’ in the manner they suggest is absurd.
The way to EXPAND the Christmas tree market would be to EXPAND CHRISTIANITY. But in Obama’s America – Christianity and any mention of God from the bible is being EXPUNGED and cast out of the public square. So methinks this stated purpose of this Christmas tree ‘board’ is more than dubious.
Why TARGET Christmas trees? Why target a specific Christian industry? Will bibles and Christian bookstores be next for a Federal ‘board’ to “promote”?
My gut instinct on reading about this “fee by decree”, is that this is conditioning. Conditioning of the American people to accept a tax on something the government targets for action, not to mention conditioning us to accept taxation by decree. Given Obama’s promotion of all things Islamic and his aiding and abetting militant Jihadist Islamists in Arabia, Egypt and Turkey – I would not doubt this act is merely a conditioning tool to get us to accept other “fees” on our Christian exercises. In Islamic dictatorships, this is called imposing the Jizya Tax – or taxing those you subjugate for their ability to practice their religion. Wanna have a Christmas display? Pay the Jizya tax and welcome to your new Dhimmitude.
The EPA, AG Department, DHS, and other Federal Alphabets now completely operate outside the constraints of law, to declamatory taxation and regulation to create their own laws as they see fit. We at one time would have recognized this as a dictatorial tyranny.
Now we shrug our shoulders and eat whatever these imposed masters force us to.
Dhimmitude is just a small step away – and before anyone insists that could never happen here – I cite as evidence to back up my warning, how much liberty this nation and Christians in this nations have ALREADY willingly surrendered. See about putting up a Nativity scene next to your now more expensive Christmas tree at the public square and find out what willing Dhimmies you already are to Secularists.
Why should submitting to Islamists be any different?