Time will tell if the announcement that Disney CEO Bob Iger has delayed the retirement he planned for 2019 also means his possible presidential aspirations are dead and gone.
Extending his contract into 2021 could earn him as much as $423 million over the next four years. That’s a lot of coin, and it might make Iger, 66, forget all about his recent progressive virtue-signaling on issues ranging from gun control to immigration.
Or, since Disney/ABC/ESPN have increasingly turned their collective progressive dials up to 11 under Iger’s direction — with the Christian classic “A Wrinkle In Time” its latest agitprop victim and thus box office disappointment – he may feel in no rush to get his Washington, D.C., political freak on when the Hollywood and media political freak shows will do just fine for now.
Who knows what his motivations are? Who really cares? Except that I, for one, hope he runs for president. Because it would be fascinating to hear Iger explain to the Bernie Sanders wing that increasingly populates the Democrat Party’s grassroots why he deserves $423 million over four years while so many other people have so much less.
They shouldn’t be punished for majoring in socialism in college, for delaying adulthood past the age of 30, or for refusing to give birth to a stable next generation of taxpayers. Because it’s tough to figure out what to do with the rest of your life while being absolutely sure what everybody else should do with their bigoted souls. So when you run off and make a ton of money like that, Bob, it gives off a bit of a Koch Bros. vibe and makes progressives wonder if you are prepared to hijack the economy when the time is right.
So many mixed messages. You’d think a guy who chose propaganda over profit with “A Wrinkle in Time” would be more dialed in than that.
The master of Mickey Mouse needs to remember that the Trump tax cuts, which led to hundreds more dollars per month for many people and even some company bonuses, are mere “crumbs,” sayeth Nancy Pelosi. And if Obamacare taught us anything, it’s that keeping more of the product of your own ingenuity and productivity is not the aim, but ripping off more of other people’s ingenuity and productivity that really hits the mother lode. Don’t believe me? Just ask none other than Chief Justice John Roberts and the majority of the United States Supreme Court that endorsed our still-stealing health-care scheme.
We have fewer choices and higher costs than ever before, Bob, and that kind of inefficiency doesn’t just pay for itself. It is paid for by a level of confiscatory taxation that seeks to drop everyone’s aspirations down to the lowest common denominator. But what you aspire to, Bob, seems rather MAGA at times. Disgusting.
I mean, c’mon, Bob, you didn’t really build that Disney thing, did you? President Obama, a guy whom Iger supported, didn’t think so when he asserted in 2012, “If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. … Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”
Translated: Unless you are Oprah, settle down on that capitalism thing.
Plain old merit isn’t allowed in the Obama worldview. A guy deciding on a whim that he wants to be a woman? Sure. An actual woman deciding that feminism means the only person who must ever account for her sexual promiscuity is the baby inside her, whom she elects to kill? You bet. A consumer who feels every business must worship his or her kinky spirit animal or else be shut down? Indeed.
But just plain beating someone else on an equal playing field? No, no, that won’t do. If Bob Iger isn’t careful, he might just prove to have a little too much free enterprise and individual liberty in him to steer the next generation of progressives into whatever cultish mess they have in store.
Steve Deace is broadcast nationally every day on BlazeTV. He is the author of the book “Truth Bombs: Confronting the Lies Conservatives Believe (To Our Own Demise).”