http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2011/11/obama-institutes-new-christmas-tree-tax.html President Obamaâs Agriculture Department today announced that it will impose a new 15-cent charge on all fresh Christmas trees, reports the Heritage Foundation. Get this. The Christmas Tree tax will be used to support a new Federal program to improve the image and marketing of Christmas trees. How much more nutty can you get? Improve the image of the Christmas tree? 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 âprogram of promotion, research, evaluation, and information designed to strengthen the Christmas tree industryâs 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 industryâ (7 CFR 1214.46(n)). And the program of âinformationâ is to include efforts to âenhance the image of Christmas trees and the Christmas tree industry in the United Statesâ (7 CFR 1214.10). Bottom line: Crony capitalism has reached the level of the Christmas tree. Will Santa Claus be next? The Christmas Tree Promotion Board will, of course, consist of Christmas tree farmers who make the largest contributions to Obama and the Democratic Party. Their first order of business will be to create regulations that will undercut small competitors and prevent others from entering the industry. It will be their last order of business, also.