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DeSantis to Stick Disney With Billion-Dollar Debt After ‘Woke’ Showdown

Florida will end Disney’s special self-governing district and saddle the corporation with the roughly $700 million to $1 billion in debt.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is set to cut Disney off from historic taxpayer benefits, leaving the company worth billions on the same footing as every other business in the state.

A plan was announced Friday for Florida to end Disney’s special self-governing district and saddle the troubled corporation with the roughly $700 million to $1 billion in debt the district has accrued since 1967.

This comes a year after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a law abolishing the Reedy Creek Improvement District (RCID) as well as other special corporate-governed districts, set to take effect in June 2023.

The plan will replace the RCID with a state-run board whose members will be appointed by the governor, Florida officials told Florida’s Voice News.

They also said the driving reason behind the plan is that the Governor’s team was worried that local Democrat-run governments would cave to corporate pressure and transfer Disney’s outstanding debt to Florida taxpayers – an outcome that DeSantis repeatedly promised would never happen.

DeSantis’ communications director, Taryn Fenske, told Fox News:

The corporate kingdom has come to an end. Under the proposed legislation, Disney will no longer control its own government, will live under the same laws as everyone else, will be responsible for their outstanding debts, and will pay their fair share of taxes. Imposing a state-controlled board will also ensure that Orange County cannot use this issue as a pretext to raise taxes on Orange County residents.

The Florida governor’s campaign against Disney began last year when he threatened to curtail the company’s privileges due to its woke political messages.

 

Disney has received nationwide backlash from conservatives since March 2022, when then-CEO Bob Capek announced the company’s public opposition to Florida’s Florida Parental Rights in Education Act and a contemporaneous corporate donation of $5 million to “pro-LGBTQ+” organizations. The law – which Democrats labeled the “Don’t Say Gay” bill – prohibits teaching about sex, gender and sexuality to children in elementary schools and prevents public schools from preventing access by parents to their own children’s school records, including health records.

Later that month, leaked video exposed a Disney executive saying that her team has a “not-at-all-secret gay agenda” which is regularly “adding queerness” to Disney content aimed at children. Disney also came under fire from school advocacy group Parents Defending Education for using drag queens to fund “LGBTQ+ curriculum”, according to a report by Bounding Into Comics.

Capek’s move was a surrender to Disney corporate employees threatening walk-outs and protests if he did not voice opposition to the bill. Since then, Disney has lost $120 billion in market value.

However, if anyone at Disney has regrets about publicly supporting the right of leftist educators to talk to pre-pubescent children about sex, they certainly aren’t saying so. During an internal Q&A with Disney employees in November, returned CEO Bob Iger promised to double-down on identity politics, while indicating that he would try to strike a “delicate balance” in messaging to avoid further angering customers.

On the same day the plan for Reedy Creek was announced, DeSantis also announced that he would be appointing writer Chris Rufo, who was at the forefront of reporting on Disney’s scandals as well as on the implementation of CRT, DEI and radical gender theory nationwide, to the Board of Trustees of the New College of Florida.

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A.J. Cooke
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A.J. Cooke is Cuban-American freelance journalist and ghostwriter based in Northern Virginia. He grew up in Japan, Malaysia and Portugal. His father, Don Cooke, was one of the 1979 Iran Hostages and his grandfather, the late Ambassador Diego Asencio, was held hostage by M-19 guerrillas in the 1980 Bogota Embassy Siege. A veteran political campaigner, fundraiser and ghostwriter, Cooke writes mostly political news with a focus on data science and legal analysis.

33 Comments

33 Comments

  1. Avatar

    kevin

    January 8, 2023 at 6:22 am

    God bless. Now all Disney has to do is fire Mr. Iger and all other leaders even at the lowest level promote me Kevin Homan as the new CEO a Born Again Christian and together with the help of the lord we will make Disney the greatest company in the world promoting family values at every turn.

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      No Spam

      January 8, 2023 at 1:12 pm

      No. This is not a time for self-aggrandization. This is a time when all decent American patriots watch as Gov DeSantis takes “wokeness” apart and shreds it in public. Florida and the country at large will be BIG winners.

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      letmepicyou

      January 8, 2023 at 4:18 pm

      The first thing you have to learn as a “born again Christian” is how to pick up a concordance and figure out that LORD means BA’AL.

      Perhaps this first lesson will spur you to find the ACTUAL truth in scriptures that your “born again” status clearly hasn’t yet revealed to you.

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    1PatriotForever

    January 8, 2023 at 8:23 am

    AMEN DeSantis for having a Moral Code, a Backbone to do what’s right and to do what is best for even those who have become LGBTQ Challenged because of their own indoctrination.

    Iger started it, lied about it, blames others and he needs to go, not just his hand picked substitute.
    If there is an agenda for Disney to mentally warp and emotionally bully kids minds, well Doom should be upon them

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      letmepicyou

      January 8, 2023 at 4:19 pm

      DeSantis’ “moral code” involves torturing inmates at Guantanamo bay, you know.

      Not exactly sure where YOUR “moral code” points ya, but mine sure doesn’t point ME in that direction.

      There’s a LOT DeSantis has done that makes me question his “moral code”.

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        ESJB !!

        January 11, 2023 at 9:40 pm

        letmepicyou is a Commie Fag for JFB !!!!

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    CPO Bill

    January 8, 2023 at 8:40 am

    Why the hell should dizzy not pay up like everyone else and EFF the taxpayers? Make em pay up or move to Kalifornicate!

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      No Spam

      January 8, 2023 at 1:14 pm

      Pssst! There was a “Disney” in “Kalifornicate” long before the one in FL.

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    Lorraine E Blazich

    January 8, 2023 at 8:42 am

    Just love what governor Ron DeSantis is doing. He would be a great president for our country.

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      letmepicyou

      January 8, 2023 at 4:21 pm

      Would you PLEASE stop trying to VOTE for new SLAVE MASTERS?!?

      PLEASE?!? Just this ONE TIME wake up to the scam????

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    Paul

    January 8, 2023 at 8:46 am

    Well, this is a perfect example of stupid people in charge of large corporations. When you get put in place by the governor you stand firm on your stupidity; CEO Bob Iger promised to double down on identity politics. Disney has lost $120 billion in market value and will now pay up to a million in new taxes but damn it, I will not change my ways… good job Bob Iger, you should get a big raise.

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    MikefromTexas

    January 8, 2023 at 9:30 am

    Disney got breaks and saved billions and the military people have to pay taxes.. Give me a break.

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    Duties

    January 8, 2023 at 9:52 am

    To those worried Disney might leave Florida (where I live): it will never happen. First, warm weather is a key part of their success. Millions from around the globe flock to the parks during escapes from cold weather climates. But the overwhelming reason Disney will not relocate is that their parks could not be replicated elsewhere. The purchase of land, gaining regulatory and environmental approval elsewhere, fugitaboutit! The engineering, construction and physical infrastructure required, let alone the nearby hotel and restaurant accommodations of greater Orlando could not be easily replicated. No, Disney is stuck and good for them.

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      n

      January 8, 2023 at 1:18 pm

      Might not be so “good” if they try to stay on their present course of decadent and destructive moral values. DeSantis is making sure that won’t happen, as he should.

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    Duties

    January 8, 2023 at 9:58 am

    Disney has lost sight of the fact the fantasies they should be indulging are those of the innocent children of parents spending a fortune to visit their parks and not the degenerate and deviant sexual perversions of its management.

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    Daniel

    January 8, 2023 at 10:19 am

    No offense? But I’ll believe it when I see it. If Disney has to pay all its debts? It’s over 30 billion.

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    Karen Bracken

    January 8, 2023 at 10:47 am

    If DeSantis ever becomes President his first line of business should be to end ALL 501(C)3….ALL of them. They are ALL corrupt.

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      letmepicyou

      January 8, 2023 at 4:30 pm

      YES! Including all the 501(c)3 “CHURCHES”!!!

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    letmepicyou

    January 8, 2023 at 11:41 am

    Disney is ran by JEWS.
    The LGBTQ agenda is a JEWISH agenda.

    There are 2 sexes, according to the Christian Bible.
    There are 2 sexes, according to the Muslim Quran.

    There are 6 sexes, according to the JEWISH TALMUD.

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      daniel sullivan

      January 8, 2023 at 1:22 pm

      letmepicyou – your a walking talking idiot – go find a life – reading your garbage could make anybody sick – stop posting – clown

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        letmepicyou

        January 8, 2023 at 4:12 pm

        Don’t tell me what to do, kid.

        If you think I made an ERROR, BOY, then TELL US ALL WHAT IT IS.

        STAND UP AND ANNOUNCE IT, BOY.
        Because what I said was the TRUTH.
        If you think it’s wrong, then SHOW US ALL YOUR VAST KNOWLEDGE.

        And also, let us know officially if you’re JEWISH or not, k?

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          letmepicyou

          January 8, 2023 at 4:25 pm

          And by the way, it’s YOU’RE! YOU’RE! YOU’RE! As in a CONTRACTION meaning YOU ARE!

          It’s ENGLISH! ENGLISH! IT’S YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE! Stop trying to appear correct and oh so smart while you can’t MASTER YOUR NATIVE TONGUE!!!

          YOUR IS OWNERSHIP!!! As in, that’s YOUR problem. It’s not, that’s YOUR’RE problem, and it’s not YOUR GOING HOME. IT’S YOU’RE GOING HOME, and THAT’S YOUR PROBLEM.

          Effing ENGLISH man. LEARN TO SPEAK IT. No wonder we appear so effing stupid to other nations.

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      NO NAZI'S , NO COMMIES , , NO MAGGOTS !!

      January 11, 2023 at 9:52 pm

      Hey letmepicyou ,

      Your Buddies the NAZIs had a bunch of FAGS , so did the Romans and the Greeks !!

      You better give up Christianity it is a JEW Religion , Remember Kraut , JESUS IS A JEW !!

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    letmepicyou

    January 8, 2023 at 11:43 am

    By the way, Bryan Kohberger, the Idaho student killer, is JEWISH. His 4 (possibly 6) victims WERE ALL WHITE.

    This was a JEW ON WHITE HATE CRIME.
    This was a RACIALLY MOTIVATED HATE CRIME.
    This was a JEW SPECIFICALLY TARGETING WHITES.

    Who was Mary Phagan?
    It happens again…and again…and again.
    Oh, but Jews are our FRIENDS, right?
    LMAO!

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      daniel sullivan

      January 8, 2023 at 1:25 pm

      can anybody believe this sick demented loser- letmepicyou get back under your rock before we take action – CLOWN

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        letmepicyou

        January 8, 2023 at 4:14 pm

        It’s easy to believe, JEW, because it’s the TRUTH.
        There is nothing I said which ONE SINGLE PERSON can’t look up for themselves.

        FACTS ARE FACTS, JEW.

        If you got a problem with the FACTS and the TRUTH, JEW, then do be a mensch and tell us all just what that problem IS, ok?

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        letmepicyou

        January 8, 2023 at 4:29 pm

        Go ahead and take whatever action you like. The people have already seen the truth and the seed is planted. You can’t anymore stop the truth than you can stop the sun from rising. We will PREVAIL over you demons! HE WILL PREPARE A TABLE FOR US BEFORE OUR ENEMIES! You will be made to know that HE LOVES US, and NOT YOU!

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    Antman61

    January 8, 2023 at 12:42 pm

    Disney wants to be ‘woke’…..then let them ‘wake up’, and foot their own bill! None of this transferring their debt onto John Q. Public! If they have a problem with that, let them call (800)Waa-aaah!

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      letmepicyou

      January 8, 2023 at 4:16 pm

      You’d be surprised what kind of shenanigans Jewish bankers can concoct. They figured out how to get control of OUR money, and to charge us INTEREST just for the privilege of having it in our pockets, didn’t they?

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        NO MAGGOTS !!

        January 11, 2023 at 10:24 pm

        Leprechaun , I Mean letmepicyou ,

        2/3 of the world is going to the Lake of Fire !!

        Fake PC Christians , Fake Jews , You , Islam-O’s , Hindus , Buddhists , Satan Worshipers , Atheist’s , NAZI’s , JFB , MAGGOTS !!

        JUST TO NAME A FEW !!

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    Janet

    January 8, 2023 at 1:33 pm

    I am a Floridian and wish that place would return its moralist and child raping agenda back to California. That place has turned Orlando into a crap hole. You take your life and families life into danger just driving through the depressed neighborhoods it has created by not paying their fair share of taxes.

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    CharlieSeattle

    January 8, 2023 at 3:23 pm

    Kick Disney out of Florida and declare them a Public and Moral Nuisance.

    The 2022 Florida Statutes

    Title XLVI
    CRIMES
    Chapter 823
    PUBLIC NUISANCES
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    CHAPTER 823
    PUBLIC NUISANCES

    823.01 Nuisances; penalty. —All nuisances that tend to annoy the community, injure the health of the citizens in general, or corrupt the public morals are misdemeanors of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.083, except that a violation of s. 823.10 is a felony of the third degree.

    History.—s. 47, Feb. 10, 1832; RS 2704; GS 3680; RGS 5624; CGL 7817; s. 932, ch. 71-136; s. 32, ch. 73-334; s. 66, ch. 74-383; s. 1, ch. 75-24; s. 41, ch. 75-298; s. 18, ch. 83-214; s. 3, ch. 2001-57.

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    ARJAY

    January 8, 2023 at 10:39 pm

    democRATS should give NO push-back on disney losing their SPECIAL tax breaks. After all, don’t ALL democRATS want corporations (especially those that make BILLIONS of dollars) to “PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE” of taxes?!?!

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