When Florida’s governor enacted a bill that put parents in charge of their children’s education and not some creepy agenda-driven stranger Disney declared war on DeSantis.
That might not have been the smartest decision they have ever made.
For one thing, they lost the messaging war on the issue they tried to back, right out of the gate.
They wanted to seem like they were standing up for issues important to the Rainbow crowd, and actively pressuring legislators to block the anti-groomer bill (the one they dubbed ‘don’t say gay’ even though the legislation has nothing to say about gay and everything to do with not teaching kids (in grades pre-k to three) sexual topics of any kind.
Now, Disney’s aggressive meddling in Florida politics is coming back to haunt them. Some of the special privileges Disney has operated under for decades are about to be reviewed in a special legislative session.
Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis escalated his battle with Walt Disney Co. on Tuesday, asking state lawmakers to consider ending the special tax district that has allowed the company to govern the land on which its theme parks sit.
Florida lawmakers could take up a bill that ends the district this week.
Losing the special district would be a blow to Disney’s operations in Florida. The provision exempts the company from a host of regulations, and saves it tens of millions of dollars every year, according to a person familiar with the company’s finances who studied the issue over a decade ago.
…Mr. DeSantis on Tuesday said he was extending the scope of a special legislative session this week on congressional redistricting to include consideration of special districts like Reedy Creek. The district, which was created in 1967 and has its own board of supervisors and fire department, allows Disney to oversee land use and environmental protections. It includes Walt Disney World’s four theme parks, two water parks, a sports complex and its hotels, stores and restaurants.
Also Tuesday, Republican Rep. Randy Fine filed a bill under which any special district established prior to the ratification of the Florida Constitution in 1968, and not renewed since then, would be dissolved on June 1, 2023. Jurisdiction over the property that includes Disney’s theme parks and resorts in the area would fall to either Orange County or Osceola County, though the details of such an arrangement aren’t clear. Disney and its subsidiaries already pay some property taxes to the counties. — WSJ
So, Disney wanted to set aside neutrality and take an active role in state political battles, did it; throwing its corporate weight around to overrule the will of actual Floridians who elected this government?
They’re about to learn that becoming politically active will come with a price, including some of the perks they enjoyed while being relatively low-key in their role in State politics.
Psalms of War: Prayers That Literally Kick Ass is a collection, from the book of Psalms, regarding how David rolled in prayer. I bet you haven’t heard these read, prayed, or sung in church against our formidable enemies — and therein lies the Church’s problem. We’re not using the spiritual weapons God gave us to waylay the powers of darkness. It might be time to dust them off and offer ‘em up if you’re truly concerned about the state of Christ’s Church and of our nation.
Also included in this book, Psalms of War, are reproductions of the author’s original art from his Biblical Badass Series of oil paintings.
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