DeSantis to Disney: ‘Keep Your Mouse Shut, Or Else!’

Floriduh Hate Goblin, er, Gubnor Ron DeSantis, the would-be authoritarian prznint, has demanded (and received) legislation that would strip Disney of many of it’s privileges in the state. We use the conditional tense because, you know, gangster wannabes always have plausible deniability.

The law that the legislature passed, and that DeSantis will soon sign, does not actually strip Disney of its privileges. It says they will be stripped unless the legislature renews them. Conveniently, the deadline for that (June 2023) happens to be AFTER the midterm elections:

While this week’s special session was originally called to finalize the once-in-a-decade work of reapportioning the state’s congressional maps, state lawmakers added the Disney legislation to the docket after DeSantis this week challenged lawmakers in a surprise bombshell announcement to unravel the 55-year-old Reedy Creek Improvement Act, a unique Florida law that helped establish Walt Disney World in the state by giving the brains behind Mickey Mouse operational autonomy.

The bill would dissolve the special district on June 1, 2023.

The message is essentially that if Disney plays ball with DeSantis and let’s him enact his vile culture war against LGBTQ people, well, then (as the mobsters say) he will put Disney at ease.

State Sen. Gary Farmer, a Democrat, called the tactic “shoot first, ask questions later.”

“The debt service alone for Reedy Creek is over a billion dollars,” Farmer said Wednesday. “This bill makes no provision as to how that debt service is going to be assumed. Local government entities must pick up assets and liabilities of any special district that is dissolved.”

Democratic state Rep. Fentrice Driskell told CNN just before the votes happened on Thursday, “It’s going to cost the government in Orange County and Osceola Counties and therefore the tax payers billions of dollars, I’m talking an additional tax burden that’s estimated $2,200 to $2,800 per family.”

Seems strange to blackmail your state’s largest employer into silence by threatening to raise taxes on your own people, but DeSantis is a ruthless autocrat with ambitions to move into the 2024 Goat Rodeo. He might eff over Floridians, but he will be showing the MAGA base that he owned the Libs, and really isn’t that what Culture Wars are about?

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4 Responses to DeSantis to Disney: ‘Keep Your Mouse Shut, Or Else!’

  1. roket says:

    Hopefully, after Disney leaves, FL can convince Silver Dollar City to move to Orlando. I’m sure the move would involve lots of perks.

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