Citing “changing business conditions,” Disney leadership today canceled plans to build an office complex near Orlando, Florida. The construction was estimated to cost about $1 billion, and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity projected it would bring to Florida more than 2,000 jobs with an average salary of $120,000. In his email to employees, Disney’s theme park and consumer products chair Josh D’Amaro made it clear that even more was on the line. He noted that Disney has planned more than $17 billion of construction in Florida, bringing about 13,000 jobs, over the next ten years but suggested that, too, was being reexamined. “I hope we’re able to,” he said.
Every day since I escaped Florida in 1985 and moved to Massachusetts, I have given thanks I was able to take advantage of a work opportunity and made the decision to do so. And every day that I read of another action on the part of DeSantis, the correctness of that decision is reinforced. Perhaps this action by Disney will finally get the attention of the rabid Republicans in Florida: it is aimed at their wallets, the only part of their anatomy that might give them understanding. And for the folks in Iowa or New Hampshire who might entertain DeSantis's candidacy for the Oval Office, this has to be a warning to be careful what you support. Giving him an opportunity to spread this poisonous malice to the entire nation is not a good idea.
"Christian"? Nationalism?....There is NOTHING "Christian" about DeSantis's antics! In fact, there is absolutely NOTHING "Christian" about the whole Evangelical movement....I am ashamed of DeSantis and the entire movement....shame, shame, shame on them...what comes out of their mouths and out of their pens horrifies me!.....dee McQuesten, Seattle
Bravo!Disney!I think Mickey Mouse is a formidable opponent to Mr Don’t Say Gay
What a way to end the letter!
They don’t have a winning hand—they just believe that they do. They’re obviously believe in “fake it ‘till you make it”. I don’t believe that the Supreme Court will force the US to default; Harlan Crow and his buddies don’t want to see that.
That said, Putin’s plan to destroy the US democracy seems to be chugging away. I want to see every Democrat running to call out JJ’s committee as an effort to defund the FBI with ads asking whom we call to investigate terrorists and bank robbers when the FBI is no more.
I'm no fan of extreme corporate power, however I'm more worried about an extreme right wing dictatorship.
Bring on the 14th amendment and get the job of governing and protecting this country back on track!
These points are so troubling -- so concerning. While I believe that Disney can win this battle, the antics of the Repugs in DC are far more dangerous and damaging.
I am waiting for a national speech from President Biden in which he finds a way to ignore the national debt limit, preserve the ‘full faith and credit of the United States,’ and leave McCarthy blabbering with his House renegades.
Any sort of black mail deal would be putting a patch on a gangrenous wound and providing red meat to the Republican jackals.
Biden could use a wooden spike and a silver bullet. Isn’t that what works best against werewolves?
Mickey Mouse 3 DeSantis 0. If DeSantis is bozoed by a mouse, how would he do nationally and globally, where the animals are man eating?
It's ok let's not panic because.... Long term all authoritarian measures just do NOT work. Main reason, is , strangely, lack of compassion, lack of heart. The man in the street has more power contrarily to what is thought.
But it does mean that we fight all the way for the good measures, the right choice, the ethics.
The Disney issue is a wake up call fo the voters in Florida, whether you are on one side or the other.
Trust the voter, he/she is more aware than is thought, but let's do our work too. Donna Deagan, Democrat, was elected Mayor of Jacksonville, after a strong showing,
It’s a sad commentary that any politician, or anyone for that matter, would think destroying democracy, our economy, our country, and our standing in the world is holding a “winning hand.”
All that I can say is: "GO MICKEY!!!!!!!" Who would have thought that US democracy would have to depend on a mouse? Wow, just Wow!
Every day, E-V-E-R-Y D-A-Y, I think it can't get any worse & then I wake up & it is!
Generic question: "What the hell is going on?" Are Republicans that stupid, selfish, self-centered, unpatriotic, greedy? Do they really want to throw the baby out with the bath water. Oh no, they won't do that, I forgot a fertilized egg is a person & deserves all the rights of a person outside the womb. Silly me!
Who would have thought that it would be republicans that would turn against Big Business. Let's see them play with the mega-banks that have been created from lack of regulation. Wait til they piss off one of their dark money friends. Let's see how far they can go then. In case they don't know, big money doesn't usually care about religion, all it cares about is the bottom line. Christian theology, they could care less. And now you see what big business can do to a state that messes with Mickey Mouse! Seems that I also heard on the news that Disney is rethinking personnel changes, you know, not sending people to Florida. So between lost revenue, lost jobs, lost employees, well Ron, how are you going to spin that!?
And I'm going to keep saying it, they have no idea what authoritarainism can be like. It doesn't just punish & abuse the minorities, the "others". Eventually it impacts everyone except the very top. Those republicans in red states with all their babies & no health care, no safety net, just how do they think they can provide for their families. And the topper is, once they take power they won't be able to blame the democrats any more. Then they'll turn on themselves. In the mean time China & Russia will decide which part of the US they want or which of our allies will fall under the control of Russia & China.
You know, the US with the oceans between us & the major combatents in WWII & our vast supplies of raw materials, a strong manufacturing base, plenty of employees, people willing to sacrifice & to adhere to rationing, that country was able to save the world from fascism. We don't have that unity any more thanks to greed, stupidity & powergrabs. Who is going to save us from ourselves?
Above all, Don't Say Ron's Gay. And, boycott the Drag Queen Story Hour led by Rhonda Santis. And, will someone please inform Rhonda that white waterproof go-go boots are out.
I look for hope in the poll released in the New York Post yesterday. Biden at 50%, Trump at 37% head to head. Among Independents, Biden had a 28% lead over Trump. I doubt DeSantis would do much better, when more of the electorate finds out. I found it interesting also that the Democrats took the City of Jacksonville Mayoral race on Tuesday. On Morning Joe, Joe said that Jacksonville has been a bastion of Republican power for almost 100 years. He should know, since he used to be a Republican Congressman from Florida years ago.
He said Democrats should "Stop wetting the bed over Biden and his age." It's early yet, but look at the Border mess, that Republicans were hoping to have fester. It seems like Order on the Border is another political meme the Republicans got wrong! Biden, the silver fox outfoxed the Republican Idiot Party again!!.
Biden should be relabeled The Oracle of Washington!
OMG…the last paragraph is chilling…the MAGA cult wants to destroy our country.
DeSantis in 'revenche' activities with Disney, Uber-Liar Santos still being protected by his ilk, Jim Ignoramus Jordan, and foul-mouth MJT - what an illustrious pack of 'politicians'. America deserves better!
This particular piece of Heathers is especially worrisome…the path to Christian Nationalism
Everyone really needs to understand this grisly process …..I put it in my Facebook feed and sent it to more than my usual e mail recipients….
Suggest you do the same!’