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Understanding the Tensions Between Governor DeSantis and Disney: A Neighborhood Analogy

Often, complex political situations can feel inaccessible or hard to understand. It can be helpful to break them down into simpler terms or scenarios that we can more easily relate to. Recently, there’s been a contentious issue in Florida involving Governor Ron DeSantis and Disney. If you’re finding the news confusing, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Let’s try to unpack it using an analogy that might make it clearer.

Imagine you’re in a neighborhood where there are different families living peacefully. Now, let’s consider one of the families is like Disney – a significant, influential, and well-respected family who have been living there for a very long time. They are often outspoken about issues they care about, including the rights of all members in the neighborhood.

On one particular issue – let’s say a new rule that’s been proposed that they believe unfairly targets some of the residents (this is like the anti-LGBTQ legislation) – they openly voice their objections. They say it’s not right, it’s not fair, and it doesn’t match the values of the neighborhood.

The neighborhood also has a homeowner’s association, similar to the state government. The association has a president, let’s call him Ron (analogous to Governor Ron DeSantis). Now, instead of appreciating the diversity of opinions in the neighborhood, Ron isn’t happy that this influential family, Disney, is openly criticizing the proposed rule. He feels that they are interfering with his plans and his authority.

To counteract, Ron decides to exert his power in a way that can impact Disney negatively. He realizes that the neighborhood park, where Disney family kids often play, is actually overseen by a small committee that falls under the homeowner’s association. This committee is similar to the Reedy Creek tax district. He takes over control of the park committee and starts making rules that directly make it harder for the Disney family to enjoy the park, like changing the park hours, increasing fees for certain facilities, or even creating rules that seem designed to target the Disney family directly.

So, in essence, this is a situation where the head of the neighborhood (Governor) is using his authority over a communal resource (the tax district) to indirectly exert pressure or punishment on a family (Disney) for voicing their opinion on an issue they care about.

This scenario may not perfectly capture all the nuances of the real-life situation, but hopefully, it gives you a sense of what’s happening.


Published by Dario Baker

From the heart of Cleveland, Ohio, I've always been passionate about making a difference in my community. As a proud graduate of St. Ignatius High School and the University of Cincinnati, I began my journey by working in recreational centers to give back to those who had given me so much. But it wasn't until I truly immersed myself in the community that I discovered my love for music recording. As I continued to work in the recreational centers, I found myself drawn to the vibrant energy of the local music scene. I decided to pursue my newfound passion by returning to school at Cuyahoga Community College, where I earned my degree in Recording Arts and Technology. Today, I balance my time between working as a part-time associate at the Amazon fulfillment center and running my own home-based recording studio. While my work at Amazon helps support my passion, it's my personal recording studio that truly brings me fulfillment. In my studio, I strive to create a welcoming space where aspiring musicians and established artists alike can come together to create their unique sound. I believe that the power of music transcends barriers and has the ability to connect us all. Through my work, I am committed to providing my community with a platform to express their creativity and share their stories. When I'm not recording or working at Amazon, you can find me exploring the rich culture of Cleveland, attending local concerts, or collaborating with fellow artists on exciting projects. I am grateful for the journey that led me to music recording and for the opportunity to continue giving back to my community through the power of sound. As I look toward the future, I am excited about the prospect of furthering my education in music production and expanding my services to reach even more people in the Cleveland area. I am driven by the belief that every voice deserves to be heard, and I will continue to use my skills and passion for music to make a lasting impact on the lives of those around me.

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