Sen. DeMint Pushes Bogus Christmas Tree Tax Claim Against President Obama

November 10, 2011 11:58 am ET

From a November 10, 2011, appearance by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) on Fox News' America's Newsroom:

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MARTHA MACALLUM (HOST): The latest one that we're hearing is the Christmas Tree Promotion Board. And as you point out, I wasn't aware that Christmas trees needed an image improvement program, but it seems that that's what this is. Tell us about it.

DEMINT: Well, Martha, it's just one absurd thing after another, we can't really name them all. But this is another example of the president wanting to get the government into more of business. And we're going to charge taxes on Christmas trees so they can start another government agency to promote Christmas trees. We don't need to do that at the federal level. We can't even afford to do what we're already doing. And to add another tax to something and say we're going to create a promotion agency, it just makes you want to pull your hair out. Americans have got to get engaged and realize how crazy this government is, it's out of control. We've got to change the people who are in Washington in 2012. 

MACALLUM: Well, the administration is saying this program that this didn't come from them, it's a USDA program and it has been backed off a bit and now it sounds like it's not going to happen in time for this Christmas. It would have added 15 cents on every Christmas tree—live Christmas tree—in the nation. So it sounds like they're backing off.

DEMINT: This is his agency, Martha. He's trying to say he's not responsible for anything and take credit for things he has nothing to do with. Now, this president needs to stand up and lead and he is really making things worse almost every day here in Washington.


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