Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Flails At Disney For Questioning His LBGTQ Uncivil Rights Position

By Donald A. Collins | 28 April 2023
Church and State

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This DeSantis Disney fight began last year! When Disney came out against a Florida bill limiting classroom discussion of sexual orientation or gender identity, dubbed “Don’t Say Gay” by critics. DeSantis and his cronies then attacked Disney about its special tax district that has allowed Disney to self-govern its Florida operations since the 1960’s.

Thus, DeSantis again demonstrated his racism against citizen groups that need support not attacks. The suicide rate in the LBGTQ is through the roof.

Worse DeSantis ignored the important economic role Disney plays in Florida’s economy! Guess he cares more for political gain than his fellow citizens.

Read here about Disney’s importance:

Walt Disney World Resort is a world-renowned theme park located in Orlando, Florida. As one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world, Walt Disney World Resort has a significant impact on Florida’s economy. The park, which opened in 1971, has since become a symbol of Florida tourism and has contributed to the growth of the state’s economy.

In this article, we will take a closer look at the various ways in which Disney contributes to Florida’s economy. We will examine the impact that Disney has on the state’s tourism industry, the employment opportunities created by the company, and the financial benefits that Disney provides to the state and local government.

Tourism

Disney is the largest single-site employer in the United States, and the majority of those employees work in Florida. The Walt Disney World Resort attracts millions of visitors to Florida each year, making it one of the state’s primary sources of tourism revenue. According to the Orlando Economic Partnership, tourism generates more than $75 billion in annual economic impact in Central Florida alone, with Walt Disney World Resort being one of the major contributors to this figure.

Disney’s theme parks, water parks, and resorts are a significant draw for visitors from around the world. The company operates four theme parks, two water parks, and dozens of hotels and resorts on its 25,000-acre property. These attractions provide jobs for thousands of workers, from front-line employees to executives, and generate billions of dollars in revenue each year.

According to the Themed Entertainment Association, Walt Disney World Resort was the world’s most visited theme park in 2019, with 58 million visitors. This figure was slightly down from the previous year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the park has since reopened and is once again drawing visitors from around the world.

Employment

Disney is also one of the largest employers in Florida, with approximately 77,000 workers. These employees work in a wide range of jobs, from ride operators and hotel staff to engineers and executives. The company is known for its high standards of employee training and compensation, and many of its workers receive benefits such as health insurance and retirement plans.

The employment opportunities provided by Disney are essential to the local economy, as they provide jobs to people in a range of fields and skill levels. The company is also a significant contributor to the local tax base, as it pays property taxes on its large land holdings and sales taxes on its many products and services.

In addition to the direct employment opportunities provided by Disney, the company also supports a large network of suppliers and vendors. Many local businesses rely on Disney’s tourism industry to generate revenue, from restaurants and gift shops to transportation companies and construction firms.

Government Revenue

Disney is a major source of revenue for both the state of Florida and local governments. The company pays property taxes on its vast land holdings, which generates significant revenue for the state and local governments. In addition, Disney pays sales taxes on the many products and services it provides, which also contributes to the state’s tax base.

Disney also invests heavily in the local community through philanthropic programs and donations to local organizations. The Walt Disney World Resort provides grants to local non-profit organizations and supports initiatives such as the Disney Conservation Fund, which works to protect and conserve wildlife and natural habitats around the world.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Disney’s contributions to Florida’s economy are significant and far-reaching. The Walt Disney World Resort is a major tourist attraction that draws millions of visitors to Florida each year, generating billions of dollars in revenue for the state’s tourism industry. The company is also one of the largest employers in the state, providing jobs to thousands of workers in a range of fields and skill levels.

Disney is also a major source of revenue for the state and local governments, paying property and sales taxes on its vast entertainment empire.

So DeSantis—in Trump-style—is undertaking vicious ideological attack is trying to nullify the development deal previously approved under Florida law.

Read here.

Not surprisingly Disney has sued over this breach of a prior contract. Disney is alleging the Republican has waged a “relentless campaign to weaponize government power” against the company amid a protracted fight over a controversial classroom bill.

The federal lawsuit alleges that DeSantis “orchestrated at every step” a campaign to punish Disney that now threatens the company’s business.

The move dramatically escalates the drawn-out feud between DeSantis, who is expected to become a top Republican contender in the 2024 presidential race, and Disney, which is among Florida’s largest employers.

Read the full story here.

Nasty business which will go to court for solution, but in the meantime, it is worthwhile to study DeSantis’ political positions so when or if he decides to run for President voters can at least see what he stands for.

He just signed a bill restricting abortion to 6 weeks before women know they are pregnant.

Here are a few specific quotes on other positions in the long list in Wikipedia:

DeSantis opposes gun control. He received an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association. He generally opposes firearm regulation, saying, “Very rarely do firearms restrictions affect criminals. They really only affect law-abiding citizens.”

After the 2018 Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, DeSantis expressed his support for hiring retired law enforcement officers and military veterans as armed guards for schools.

“DeSantis has called himself a “Teddy Roosevelt conservationist”. During his 2018 gubernatorial run, he said that he did not deny climate change’s existence, but did not want to be labeled a “climate change believer”, adding, “I think we contribute to changes in the environment, but I’m not in the pews of the global warming left.”

DeSantis opposes federal education programs such as No Child Left Behind Act and Race to the Top, saying that education policy should be made at the local level.

During the COVID-19 pandemic in Florida, DeSantis resisted imposing restrictions including face mask mandates, stay-at-home orders, and vaccination requirements. In May 2021, he signed into law a bill that prohibited businesses, schools, cruise ships, and government entities from requiring proof of vaccination.

On December 15, 2021, DeSantis announced a new bill, the Stop Wrongs to Our Kids and Employees (WOKE) Act, which would allow parents to sue school districts that teach their children critical race theory. The bill is designed to combat “woke indoctrination” in Florida businesses and schools by preventing instruction that could make some people feel that they bear “personal responsibility.

DeSantis hasn’t announced his candidacy for President yet, as it may be clear that only Trump can win the GOP nomination, but it’s a long time until November 2024. He clearly is another Trump in terms of political policies and be embraced by the MAGA voters.

Adapted from Chat-GPT.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 50 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of “From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013”, “Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive?”, “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?”, “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?”, “Vote”, “Can Homo Sapiens Survive?”, “Will Choice and Democracy Win?” and “Can Our U.S. Survive 8 Plus Billion of Us”.

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