The Walt Disney Company just publicly opposed Governor Ron DeSantis’ new bill — which has become known as the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill — arguing that it ‘never should have passed and should never have been signed into law.’ But Disney receives HUGE advantages in Florida....advantages of which some business leaders could only DREAM. So if Disney wants a say in Florida law, Glenn argues, it’s only fair the company first loses it’s ‘unfair advantages’ and plays on the same field as everyone else...
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GLENN: Welcome to the Glenn Beck Program. Glad you're here. I want to fix something. In my last commercial, I said, it was AmericanFinancing.org. It is not. It's AmericanFinancing.net. AmericanFinancing.net. Okay. Let me go back to -- let me go back to Ron DeSantis. Coming out and saying, you know, I might look at some of these special perks. You really want to change -- well, first of all, let me say this. Can you imagine, if your family owned a huge swath of land. And because of that, you were just getting richer and richer and richer. And more and more powerful in the state. Do you think if your parents set it up, and then died, you inherited it. Do you think your kids, the third generation, do you think they're going to be in touch with the people? Do you think that they're going to care really, about anything? Or do you think they're going to be so arrogant? They've had no laws applied to them. So they're special in this state. Everybody else has to. But not us. Do you think they'll be monsters? Yeah.
STU: And the company has turned into that at some point.
GLENN: It's a monster.
STU: So when you say they're not -- they don't have any laws apply to them. You know, there's a murder that happens.
GLENN: Police --
STU: Regular police car.
GLENN: FBI comes in for that.
STU: Or it could be a state police, right?
GLENN: Yeah. State until the FBI arrives. That's a --
STU: Yeah. Some --
STU: But like if you're breaking a major rule, outside authorities may come in. But if you're on the normal, like -- like, I'm looking at the list of this. Law enforcement handled by -- by Disney.
GLENN: Yeah. They have their own jails and everything. They have their own mayor.
STU: Imagine a company with no environmental protection rules.
GLENN: No, no, no. Imagine -- imagine a company that is on swampland. Okay? All that water, they're on that land. And they can move as much dirt anywhere they want, any way they want, they don't have to care about, oh, the pockmarks, you know, alligator. They don't have to worry about any -- any environmental restrictions.
STU: This is something that Exxon would dream for.
GLENN: Dream of. Okay? They don't have to worry about that. Imagine, you are a company that is doing rides. Rollercoasters, all these things. You don't to have worry about the building codes. Don't worry about them.
STU: So they get to judge the safety of their own words.
GLENN: They have their own building codes. Yeah. Because -- because they were responsible. They were a responsible, reasonable company.
STU: Right. No.
GLENN: And the reason why, is not because of the amusement park, okay? The reason why -- Florida gave it to them, because Florida politicians wanted the money and wanted Florida to become the number one destination. Which it is.
STU: This is actually one of those ideas that worked.
GLENN: Worked. Okay. The reason why Walt wanted it, however, and would not negotiate on it, is because he wanted to build Epcot. Which is not what you go to now.
STU: Not an amusement park.
GLENN: He was -- wanted one. Only because Roy made him. The magic kingdom was going to be the only thing for rides, okay? That would fund Epcot. Epcot, experimental prototype, city of tomorrow. He was redesigning everything about a city. I mean everything.
And so he wanted his -- he wanted to have the right, I need nuclear power to run this. You could build a nuclear power plant. I'm going to put all of the traffic, you know, four stories, below the city. All traffic. Okay.
And he had the right to do any of it.
STU: It's fascinating.
GLENN: Still has it.
STU: And it's interesting, because as a person who likes limited government, I like this experiment. And I think there should be more of this stuff going on.
GLENN: But they're the only ones who get it.
STU: That's the problem, right? It's just doled out to this one company. Which now, seems to want to get involved in state matters. Like the -- I hate to call it. The don't say gay bill, but that's what everyone knows it by at this point. Because this is sort of the tie. Because I don't personally like the idea. I know maybe this makes me a squish and a wuss. But I don't like the idea of just changing rules for unrelated revenge reasons. Like, you did something I don't like. You opposed this bill. Don't say gay, and I oppose it. And now we're going to come after you, and punish you. I don't like -- I don't like that. Because it has been nothing to do with their -- their -- their rights as a self-governing entity. If the self-governing entity is bad policy, overturn it for that reason. If it's good policy, not only keep it, but give it to others.
GLENN: So this was good policy for a long time, okay? But it's no longer good policy. It's now become bad policy. Because they're so arrogant. You want to stick your nose into -- can you imagine? Do you think Sea World got all those --
GLENN: Yeah. So can you imagine trying to compete against Disney. That can build a hotel, to their specifications, not a single EPA guy comes out to say, you can't put that building there. Nothing.
You want to talk about an unfair advantage? That would be it. That would be it. Imagine trying to compete. And it's -- it actually hurts the city of Orlando. Because you don't -- you have this so much land. If you're going to Orlando, and you're going to go to the park, you'll probably go there. If you can afford to stay there. Okay? But the reason -- the reason -- they're gouging your eyes out. Imagine how much it costs, just for the environmental impact, in Florida. They don't have to worry about it. Oh, my gosh.
STU: And, again, I think that seems to be the type of policy, we should pursue for lots of companies. If you buy your land, you should be able to do what you want within reason.
GLENN: Yeah. Like build your own nuclear power plant.
STU: That one might be a little questionable.
GLENN: That's at a time, though, when we believed in nuclear power. Some of us still do.
STU: Again, there's a lot to be said about this.
STU: But I think what Ron DeSantis is trying to do here. Is he's trying to say, you know, it's not revenge. They have these perks. And if they want to be involved in overturning laws, then they need to be a part of the state, like everybody else. Right?
GLENN: That's exactly right. Exactly right. Like, step up to the plate and say, hey, I'm a full citizen of this community. And then my voice will matter more, when it comes to statewide events.
GLENN: I believe they have their own educational system for kids. I think they have their own educational system for their employee's kids on their property. And they -- they do their own thing. Imagine that. Imagine being able to be -- imagine think able to say --
STU: It's incredible power.
GLENN: Yeah. Mercury Studios. I'm going to set up a school next door. Nobody would want to do that. Except for history. It would be great for history. Math would be, I don't know. Twelve.
STU: That's the highest number, 12.
GLENN: It's on this ruler here.
But imagine that. Imagine being able, in your own town, to not have to worry about going to anybody -- just, we're going to start our own school.
STU: And you really do see the advantage this. It's not just a nice thing for Disney to develop their property. It's a structural -- universal -- all these other artists that are sitting there, trying to do this, they don't have any of these perks.
GLENN: Yeah. Unfair advantage.
STU: And look, I would like to see, probably the other way. And give more of these rights to more companies and private landowners. But until you're going to do that, you know, do they have this right to be singled out like this, if they're going to come in and criticize the people of the state, who elected these representatives, to pass laws?
It's like, if you want all this free stuff, zip it. You know what, if you don't want the free stuff, fine. Complain all you want. And you can be on the same playing field as everyone else. If you want all this free stuff, if you want all these awesome perks, then zip it.
GLENN: The reason why -- one of the reasons why Walt was so adamant about it, not only because of Epcot, but because he had learned. He was over in California, and he could not do things in California. Imagine -- imagine if you had to build Disneyland in California today. You couldn't do it. Just the -- he built that. He was raising money, the summer of '54. Got the money, and I think September, announced it, September, Octoberish. And cut the ribbon in July of '55.
GLENN: You couldn't even get the calls. They wouldn't have even called you back from the EPA.
STU: And he got it all done.
GLENN: And he got it all done. That's why this is such a disadvantage. You're right. Repeal them for everybody. Let's -- let's talk sanity here. But nobody wants to be sane.
STU: And I've seen everybody on Twitter and stuff. Saying, well, we should go after everything. We should go after their trademarks, for example.
GLENN: No, we should not.
STU: I don't think they should be treated more poorly, than any other company because they have an opinion -- a dumb opinion on a bill.
GLENN: Here's an idea: What Disney is experiencing is equity.
STU: Uh-huh. Uh-huh.
GLENN: I would like equality. Just because of their status, they shouldn't get more.
GLENN: And just because I don't like them, they shouldn't get less. They should live under the same rule. This is a crazy idea.
Everyone should -- oh, man. We should write this down. Because I find this almost self-evident. Everyone should live under the same laws, that everyone else has to live under.
STU: Seems old and antiquated and dusty. Doesn't it?
GLENN: Yeah. Don't even write that down. What a waste that is.