Saturday, April 23, 2022

What the press got wrong on DeSantis and Disney: Everything

NPR reported, "DeSantis wanted to punish Disney. Repealing its tax status may hurt taxpayers instead."

The story said, "The bill will undercut Disney's autonomy, but it could impose a steep cost on Orange and Osceola counties, where the theme park is located. The two counties would inherit the Disney district's debts, which officials say would result in higher taxes."

That's not true. The only entity to see a tax hike will be Disney because its tax break will disappear. 

As for the debts, Disney borrowed the money. Disney is on the hook, not Florida.

And NPR's attribution to "officials" was wrong. Only one official did: Scott Randolph, a Democrat who is the Orange County tax collector.

This speculation is unworthy of a free press. It is hysteria designed to undercut an elected legislature in an election year on behalf of a private company.

Disney is not the victim, no matter how loud and often the media says this.

Disney also isn't the only enterprise to lose its special privileges in this law.

The biggest thing the media got wrong was this was only spiteful retaliation. Oh, disappointment over Disney wanting teachers to push LGBT upon children 4 to 9 helped gain momentum in the legislature to repeal the privilege, but the push began before that. The tax break was used to help Disney turn a swamp into a theme park. After 55 years, the break is well past the time for revocation. 

DeSantis wanted to end the privilege before Disney's misguided foray into sex education for pre-pubescent children.

On March 31, WFLA reported, "Florida GOP considers revoking Disney World’s right to self-rule over ‘Don’t Say Gay’ opposition."

(Three words that were not in the bill or the law are "don't" and "say" and "gay." To call it such -- even when claiming to quote opponents -- is a lie.)

The story quoted the governor, who said, "I would not say that would be retaliatory. The way I view it is there are certain entities that have exerted a lot of influence through corporate means to generate special privileges in the law. I don’t think we should have special privileges in the law at all.

"Some of these things have developed over the years. I had to deal with this last year, when we passed a law last year to protect Floridians from big tech censorship. The idea was to let them be able to sue under the ‘Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act,’ protect political candidates from being de-platformed, stuff that was good. And it’s being litigated in the courts, which we knew it would. But at the 11th hour, the Legislature slips in a provision in that law that said ‘If you operate a theme park, it doesn’t apply to you.’ And that was meant solely to protect Disney."

The story pointed out there were other theme parks in Florida. Indeed, the tax privilege for Disney created a magnet for other theme parks. It worked. But its time is over.

The governor said he could not veto the bill over the Disney protection, but Disney's opposition to the Parental Rights in Education created the opportunity to act.

The regular session had ended which meant the proposal would have to wait till next year. DeSantis struck while the iron was hot. With lawmakers in Tallahassee for a special session on redistricting, he added the tax privilege revocation.

He chalked up a big win by showing leadership to a Republican Party used to having governors named Jeb!

Please clap.

The talk about a billion-dollar debt and 20% property tax increase is Democrat and Disney disinformation. I don't know why Disney would bother fighting it. Disney World is a small part of a multinational corporate giant that owns ABC, ESPN and half of Hollywood. The bad publicity surely costs more than the tax break saves Disney.

In that WFLA story, DeSantis said, "They’re not used to having people that will stand in their way and say 'Actually, the state of Florida’s going to be governed by the best interests of its people in Florida.' We’re certainly not going to bend a knee to woke executives in California. That is not the way the state is going to be run."

28 comments:

  1. Ace: Florida Will Become First State to Recommend That Healthy Children Not Receive the Covid-19 Vaccine
    DeSantis is also the first major dude to say the words "Bio-Medical Security State".

    Somebody wants to be president.

    Overheard: "Imagine how awkward it's going to be when Disney has to put DeSantis in the Hall of Presidents."

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    1. Remember when Disney stuck DJT in the back row with Franklin Pierce and Millard Fillmore?

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    2. They're big fans of James "Aunt Fancy" Buchanan.

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  2. The minute I hear or read "Don't say gay" I disregard the source.

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    1. No, Jeffery, your Stalinist instincts miss the point.

      The mouse (and Duck and Dog) must be deprogrammed.

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  4. Of course the media had the story wrong. Unsurprising. More R states need to follow the lead of DeSantis. Rs need to stop losing honorably and start fighting, dishonorably if need be. Just fight.

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  5. "NPR's attribution to "officials" was wrong. Only one official did: Scott Randolph, a Democrat who is the Orange County tax collector"...and when the Democrats asked for 24 hrs, DeSantis said "No". The Democrat party said, "You would do it for Scott Randolph"...No, maybe for Lili Von Shtupp said DeSantis. I could go on for hours...

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  6. This is just another piece of a much bigger picture. That picture includes the radical Dems exposing themselves as absolute loons to the normals in this country.

    The examples are many - Disney, CRT, 1619, teaching 5-8 year olds about sex and gender, pretending that gas prices doubling is a good thing, pretending the Afghanistan debacle was well executed, etc.

    That bigger picture includes the end of the Democratic Party as it used to be. No longer will rational people put up with the insanity. It may be a blessing that Biden was installed as POTUS, hastening the exposure of the left wing insanity.

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    1. Praying for a "Biblical" level wipeout just like the meteorite that took out the dinosaurs.

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    2. Lardmaster is right. Do not underestimate the extent of wokeness in this country, especially in its majority redoubts like CA, NY, NJ, New England, and more. Ultimately this won't be settled at the ballot box.

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  7. Two thoughts.

    The public's disappointment was not only "over Disney wanting teachers to push LGBT upon children 4 to 9." It was also over Hollywood's encouragent of heterosexual pedophilia. People are becoming increasingly aware that show biz is lousy with pedophiles.

    I don't really mind the BS spread by NPR per se. I'm used to that from the MSM generally. It's that I have to fund NPR with my tax dollars that burns my butt.

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    1. Hopefully, President Trump will defund NPR, or sell it to bezos.

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    2. National Panhandler Radio! 😂😂😂

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  8. I see your point Don, but Bill Mayer feels sorry for Disney.

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  10. “He chalked up a big win by showing leadership to a Republican Party used to having governors named Jeb!” Ooooh! Feel the burn! Great line. We also had a governor named Charlie that we can’t seem to get rid of, no matter how many times the voters tell him to just go away.

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  12. I hope you take the time on your day off to get rid of all that annoying spam Big D.

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    1. We had that convo brother, and he took an informal poll. The consensus was strongly that we could live with it. Don needs the time to think Big Thoughts!

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    2. OK, but maybe it's time to revisit that issue when almost half the comments posted fall into that category.

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  13. I doubt NPR believed any of their own nonsense.

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  14. A while back I was in a convenience store in Montana. For some reason I hefted a copy of the newsaper I grew up reading, the Billings Gazette. I knew the paper had shrunk in size over the years, but I was shocked at how small it is these days. I can't believe people waste good money on a subscription.

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    1. Same goes for Mississippi’s major newspaper -the Clarion-Ledger. Gannet bought them many moons ago. Not many pages. Not many local reporters. Lots of USA Today Content. It was a crap paper. It is worse. Don’t know anyone who subscribes anymore.

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    2. Ditto ! Picked up a USA Today at a Cullman, AL motel yesterday afternoon . First time in years I've read one . It has definitely gotten worse ; still a crap paper.

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