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St Pete Times Forum At Sunset GOP Announces Convention Theme We Built This In Stadium Built With 62% Government FundsApparently rejecting a more controversial “You Didn’t Really Get Raped, Pregnant Lady” theme for its 2012 convention, the GOP has announced that its Tuesday night session will be themed “We Built This!” The sentiment serves as both a celebration of American entrepreneurship and an attack on President Obama’s previous comments to business owners. President Obama received criticism over his remark, “Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you [business owners] to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

However, the stadium where the GOP will be announcing “We Built This!” was financed primarily by the government. The Tampa Bay Times Forum arena, which houses the Tampa Bay Lightning, was built in 1996 as the “Ice Palace” with 62% government funds. The total budget for the project was $139 million, of which public money accounted for $86 million and team money accounted for $53 million.

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64 Responses to GOP Announces Convention Theme “We Built This” In Stadium Built With 62% Government Funds

  1. Tommy

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    This would be true at any stadium — because almost all of them are built partially with government funds. Funny how government helps businesses like that… ;)

    • Ken

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      You all forget one important point…the governments, local, county and federal produce no goods. They have no money until they take it from you and you and you and me. Therefore, the governments money is your money. Therefore…We did build that! You idiots. You should have stayed awake in civics class.

      • Andy

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        "You idiots. You should have stayed awake in civics class."

        Which you apparently did.

      • john a

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        Ken, thank you for sharing such a luminous and brilliant clarification. It all makes sense now: If the government didn't take my money in the first place, I could build my own stadium! Way cool. Thank you for paying attention in civics!

  2. Derp

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    It doesn't count when it hosts manly sports like hockey and the GOP convention. Government reliance only counts when it's the liberals using it to help the underprivileged.

  3. labman57

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    The Republican Party has long relied heavily on the art of ignoring reality and revising history to better fit their rhetoric — why change now?

    • Linda (The Daily Dolt)

      Linda the Dolt

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      Ha, very good point. They have a special talent for unintended irony.

  4. zZz

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    "Apparently rejecting a more controversial “You Didn’t Really Get Raped, Pregnant Lady” theme for its 2012 convention, the GOP has announced that its Tuesday night session will be themed 'We Built This!'" Stopped reading right there. The job of a self-professed "news" outlet is to report – get this – news. Not the biased, slanderous remarks of the outlet's writer(s). Really, must everyone shove their complete opinion into their work where their job is solely to report events and let the reader become informed and take a side? Just write the facts in an unbiased manner, that way the article does not directly polarize everyone.

    • Soli

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      You're on a website called 'The Daily Dolt: Political Humor and News Satire'. Are you actually this stupid, or just trolling?

      • Linda (The Daily Dolt)

        Linda the Dolt

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        Hahahahahahahahahahahahah, thx.

    • JJJ

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      It's called an editorial, Moron. Fucking mouthbreathers.

    • giantslor

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      zZz probably saw that comment on a news site and now is just randomly pasting it everywhere. DERP! That'll show 'em!

    • john a

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      Homeschooled?

  5. Anonymous

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    "Government Funds" are collected from taxes paid by hard working men and women or as bonds sold as investments to them. So as far as the origin of said funds, would it not be those hard working men and women and not the government?

    • Linda (The Daily Dolt)

      Linda the Dolt

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      The point of Obama's comment was NOT to take away from the hard work of entrepreneurs. It was to point out that the government is, on some level, beneficial to everyone, including businesses, because it provides infrastructure, roads, etc.

      Obviously taxes come from the people/businesses, but that's beside the point when you're discussing what benefits the government can provide.

  6. anon

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    taxes have *nothing* to do with the government? what a ding dong!

  7. Anonymous

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    This is absolutely absurd. It was not PAIR FOR by the government. It was FINANCED by the government. Big difference!

    Should we be thanking the banks too for building our houses and giving us cars? We write them checks every month, plus interest. They aren't doing us any favors, they are looking to make money.

    • Eric

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      You maybe right, but you maybe wrong also. In Indianapolis the city "financed" 100% of the new billion dollar Lucas Oil stadium for the colts, and get no revenue from any events the stadium holds. I don't think that a bank would consider that a very sound investment.

      • Linda (The Daily Dolt)

        Linda the Dolt

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        Either way, the government helped provide the conditions that allowed the stadium to be privately built — exactly Obama's point.

  8. Lionel Hutz Esq.

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    Let's not forget that the Republican Convention is funded in part with money from the Federal government, or are they going to give all that back now?

  9. Mr. B

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    Hey, Anonymous Ass-Hole, it's not a big difference.

    2finance

    vt

    1

    a: to raise or provide funds or capital for
    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/finance

    Were you homeschooled?

  10. Damon

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    You didn't build that? Money collected from TAXPAYERS bulit that…so yes I did build that. Because government confiscates at the end of a gun my MONEY, and then REDISTRIBUTES it to you receiver-class MORONS…YES I DID BULID THAT!!!

    • R u ready 4 some foo

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      Yeah Damon, when those bastards from the IRS come to my house, with guns drawn demanding I write a check so my Grammy can have food and stuff, I'm like "goddamn her and her receiver class!" same for kids to have food, education. Vets to have health insurance, same thing. As well as, research and development, police, firefighters, teachers, unemployment insurance, my own retirement, your retirement, public schools, roads, bridges, safe air travel, high speed rail in a decade, food safety, medical research……FUCKING RECEIVER CLASSES!

      • Linda (The Daily Dolt)

        Linda the Dolt

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        Bastards!!! How dare they? All this road-building is just communism!!!

        • michelle

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          I think you were looking for Marxist….lol

          • R u ready 4 some foo

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            Yeah! Goddamn Marxist socialist commie feminazis and their friggin roads and librararies with books and stuff! Have they no shame?

    • Tracey

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      @Damon: Just a bit of advice: if you're going to call someone else a moron, you should learn to spell one-syllable words. Otherwise, someone might call you a moron.

  11. Mr Underhill

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    The thing is we the public paid the taxes and the Government redistributed them to make the stadium. The Government would NOT have had the money to give to build that stadium because the government doesn't actually make any money it takes it from real people that work hard for that money and are forced to give it to the government in the first place. So no the government didn't pay for it the people did.

    • sighhhh

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      The thing is we the public paid the taxes and the Government redistributed them to make the stadium. The Government would NOT have had the money to give to build that stadium because the government doesn’t actually make any money it takes it from real people that work hard for that money and are forced to give it to the government in the first place. So no the government didn’t pay for it the people did.

      this statement is so disingenuous–that frankly……

      so where did the money come from Mr Underhill?

      • Linda (The Daily Dolt)

        Linda the Dolt

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        I think Mr. Underhill's just bitter that Fletch charged all those martinis to his account. Can't blame him, really.

        • Toon

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          Not to mention the lobster and the steak sandwich.

          And as if that weren't bad enough, he's also getting credit card bills from someplace called the Prancing Pony out in Bree …

          • Linda (The Daily Dolt)

            Linda the Dolt

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            Glad someone got that reference.

    • barbara jackson

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      We ARE the government! Sheesh -what do they teach in school now?

    • Eric

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      The government doesn't "take" money from you. You pay for services that you use every day. Public schools, roads and bridges, police, fireman, military services. "Ask not what your government can do for you, ask what you can do for your government."

  12. MKS

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    And the motto for the Democrats could be: Compulsion, thinly disguised as Compassion.

  13. rd

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    Ken, I guess you missed the part in civics class that described what your taxes do produce. They produced the environment that you live in. And environment of safe streets, good schools, air you can breathe, water you can drink, etc. When Obama stated quote you did not build that unquote, he was not talking about building your business, but the environment that allowed you to be successful. We all built that, through our taxes. Too bad you weren't awake during that lesson.

  14. schabadoo

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    Judging by the dimness of some of the later posts, I'm going to guess that your site is making the rounds on the reactionary sites.

    And it confuses me, because Obama's point was a simple one. Are they just pretending that he was speaking about business rather than infrastructure, or do they really not understand it?

    • Halcyan

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      "Are they just pretending that he was speaking about business rather than infrastructure, or do they really not understand it?"

      I have asked myself that question I don't know how many times. I think that there are some of each. The Karl Roves understand what they are saying, that they are lying, and distorting. But some of the folks quoting his crap here – I am fairly certain that they do NOT understand what they are saying. They are repeating the words that they have heard.

    • Tracey

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      No, actually, it's making the rounds of the liberal sites, which reactionary trolls monitor so they can troll the comments. They're just sharing their trolling love here. Sadly, now that they know this blog exists and has a somewhat liberal slant, they may never leave. Heaven forbid anybody should express an opinion they disagree with without fear of being SHOUTED IT IN BOLD FACE AND CAPITAL LETTERS!!!!

  15. Paulcycles

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    Is it February yet?

  16. Tracey

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    Congratulations, Linda. Your blog has now made a splash in the tin foil hat community.

    • Linda (The Daily Dolt)

      Linda the Dolt

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      Ha ha! I think I knew I would be popular there a few weeks back when some guy emailed to say he was reporting me to the NRA's legal department for one of my articles (which made the very controversial statement that many NRA members favor criminal background checks).

  17. Moofy

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    Can Amazon.com say We Built This, when RNC Speakers such as South Carolina's Governor Nikki Haley gave subsidies and tax incentives for the company to bring one of their facilities to the state.

    • Linda (The Daily Dolt)

      Linda the Dolt

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      Certainly they can take credit for building their business, but Obama's point was that the government has a role in creating a business-friendly environment, including not only roads and infrastructure but also the subsidies you mentioned.

  18. Atablarasa

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    "The government" *is* We the People. That part of Civics class seems to have been passed by for some of those "awake" during the class. The idea that "the government" took money from "us" implies a distorted and flawed view of how our country works. As has been said, it is our taxes that build the roads and other infrastructure, but it isn't some boogeyman entity that is doing it. It's our elected representatives that are doing so. In that sense, yes, we, the commonwealth, built the infrastructure for all those business owners because it benefits all of us to have them.

    The heart of Obama's quote is "Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that." Excepting a few special circumstances, the only way that a business owner helps build the roads and bridges is through participation in government.

    Stop trying to make the Government some "other" and start believing in representative republican democracy and see if the world doesn't make more sense.

    • Linda (The Daily Dolt)

      Linda the Dolt

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      I think you've really hit on the difference between how liberals and conservatives view the government. Liberals tend to view it as something that can be helpful to its citizens by supplying roads, police, social programs, educations, etc., and understand that for these services we all have to pay. Conservatives view it as something scary and evil. Sure, governments can get out of control, but I don't see how providing health care or incentives or funding is particularly frightening.

  19. adult diapers

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    I think the part of "we built this" you are forgetting is that a bunch of rich guys talked some moronic politicians into supporting the plan for public financing of private development. 62% public funding — 100% private ownership. It's like high finance slight of hand, see?

    • Linda (The Daily Dolt)

      Linda the Dolt

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      It's an interesting point you make. I don't know enough about stadium financing to comment on whether it was a good idea to fund this particular project, but the point remains that the government does help private businesses with all sorts of things — from stadium financing to public infrastructure — and this is something conservatives try to pretend doesn't happen.

  20. Tracey

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    The word is spreading! Check out this music video, a parody of Starship's We Built This City:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeOoF50YaRw

    The woman in the video is Rachel Schain, best known for Rockstar, Bitch:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDIosgn_8ck

    • Linda (The Daily Dolt)

      Linda the Dolt

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      Haha, very nice!!! That's awesome.

      Btw, sorry that didn't post right away. If you include a link in your comment I have to approve it by hand because of the spam problem.

      • Tracey

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        No problem! I understand completely. I was involved with a blog that was flooded with link spam. Apparently, they haven't figured out that links in blog comments aren't followed by respectable search engines.

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