The Corner

The Great Christmas Tree Tax Cut

Looks like the Heritage Foundation gets results. ABC reports that the Obama administration has decided to “delay implementation and revisit the proposed new 15 cent fee on fresh-cut Christmas trees,” mentioned below. Surely they could just reduce the rate and broaden the base by also taxing Hanukkah dreidels.

 

Seriously, we are living in an age beyond parody.

Yuval Levin — Yuval Levin is the editor of National Affairs and a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

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