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    Re: Merry Christmas? Agriculture Department Imposes

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    I missed nothing. That statement has nothing to do with your accusation.



    So once again. You've not seen all the arguements which I described?
    What my accusation that the bitching is a tad limited in focus? It is true is it not, should you not be upset over more than just the xmas trees?
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    Re: Merry Christmas? Agriculture Department Imposes

    Quote Originally Posted by marduc View Post
    What my accusation that the bitching is a tad limited in focus? It is true is it not, should you not be upset over more than just the xmas trees?
    This article is about Christmas tree's? No? You will note that I argued that this was not something the government should be involved in, in any form. It is about Christmas tree's so that is going to be the focus of the discussion.

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    Re: Merry Christmas? Agriculture Department Imposes

    Quote Originally Posted by 1Perry View Post
    This article is about Christmas tree's? No? You will note that I argued that this was not something the government should be involved in, in any form. It is about Christmas tree's so that is going to be the focus of the discussion.
    I disagree. He is arguing that there was a precedent for doing this, so pork, milk, and other commodities this has happened with are certainly on the table.
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    Re: Merry Christmas? Agriculture Department Imposes

    Quote Originally Posted by 1Perry View Post
    This article is about Christmas tree's? No? You will note that I argued that this was not something the government should be involved in, in any form. It is about Christmas tree's so that is going to be the focus of the discussion.
    While you are correct, sort of, you're missing out on the big picture. Waaaaay back in 1966, LBJ allowed cotton growers to take a fee out of what they sold to promote themselves. They asked for this so all cotton growers, even the ones who didn't want to pay, would pay the government to do so, since they would also get the benefits. In 1983, 1985 and 1986 milk, pork and beef followed suit, this time under Reagan. So the Christmas tree industry wishes to follow. They want government involvement, because they wish to promote the whole industry, and need fees from all who would benefit.

    Although reading up on it, it seems only 25% of the industry sells 500 trees or more a year, and those are the only ones who have to pay.

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