Disney Losing Their Corporate Welfare Isn't Revenge, It's A Reckoning
I saw this fly past my mentions on Twitter. My first thought was “so?”
Oh no! Our “revenge” is making a multi-billion dollar corporation play by the rules every other business is expected to follow!
“Walt Disney Co. proposed the Reedy Creek Improvement District in the mid-1960s in a remote area of Orange and Osceola counties. It allows Disney to operate like its own county government and is responsible for municipal services such as power, water, fire prevention and road maintenance. It also means Disney doesn’t need approval from local planning commissions if it wants to build new structures …
“The measure lawmakers are considering would not permanently terminate the Reedy Creek Improvement District, but it would phase it out on June 1, 2023, and allow the special district to reestablish on or after that date.
If legislators approve the bill, as is expected, Disney would be able to go to the state Legislature in Tallahassee next year and request it be reestablished, likely under more limited capabilities and powers.”
This measure doesn’t target Disney specifically, it makes Disney and every other business that received corporate welfare apply by the same rules as the everyone else. This isn’t revenge, as I said earlier, it’s a reckoning:
As it relates specifically to Disney, they’ve been given numerous exemptions for their empire over the years: outright tax exemption, free rein regarding building codes and zoning, favors that normal businesses could never hope to secure. Disney chose to rock the boat because Disney, not conservatives chose to themselves salt the earth with a heinous campaign structured to portray all parents as craven ideologues murdering gays in their beds at night. Celebrities literally said on national television that gay people were “being erased.” This was Disney’s doing. The consequence of Disney treating the people who looked the other way on taxes and zoning issues for so long is that those special favors may be rescinded.
Am I and are others supposed to feel bad because the most opportune time to end Disney’s corporate welfare exploits the momentum that Disney created against themselves?
Because I don’t.
Disney vociferously and hatefully opposed parents who didn’t want ideological activist teachers lecturing their K-5th grade kids about how they bang their significant others after hours — Disney accused parents of opposing this as literally killing gay people because teachers with fantasy pronouns can’t talk about genitals when kids should be learning math.
The left hated corporations influencing issues because of Citizens United v. FEC until they realized they could push Disney to lobby for them and now they LOVE corporations again! Party! I’m confused — are corporations still evil? They can’t influence issues or push for candidates that aren’t Democrat and they have more rights to a child than the parents raising said child? We really need some consistency from the left here.
When corporations act as agents of the state all bets are off. When a corporation’s actual heir, the CEO, and executives say on camera and on their own social media accounts (as Disney’s did) that parental rights erase gay people (I know, what?) and people who support parental rights in the classroom are murderers, all bets are off.
Who is “gaslighting” whom, here? Where was the opposition to the heinous manner in which parents were smeared? Was that not Disney’s “revenge” for opposition?
Disney chose the boss fight against taxpaying parents and they lost.
Losing their corporate welfare isn’t revenge, it’s a reckoning.