Forget Christmas Tree Fees – It’s Much Worse Than That


I bet you thought that Christmas trees were the only targets of the USDA. Not even close!

Their “fees” aka taxes according to Heritage extend to –

Fees and price controls range from spearmint oil to milk  to limit supply and keep prices high.

The marketing assessments, such as the Christmas tree fee,  are far from harmless. They cost growers and consumers money, and skirt constitutional provisions that only Congress has the power to tax, but they also violate basic principles of free speech, making some producers pay to communicate messages against their will.

Among the commodities subject to these fees: