Just when you thought that the orgiastic apex of irony was Mitt Romney refuting his own health care law, the GOP has managed to yet again underestimate a simple Google search.
Since evidently the “We hate gays, the middle class and working class, Muslims, Mexicans, and Vagina” theme has been used one too many times, the GOP has instead decided to devote Tuesday night to a theme of “We Built This!” (perhaps with cheap, affordable labor in China or Mexico?).
But there’s just one tiny little problem regarding this pathetic attempt to once again paint President Obama as a small-business hating Trotskyite: the stadium that’s housing the themed event was actually built using significant government funding.
According to the Daily Dolt, the site that did perform a Google search, The Tampa Bay Times Forum arena, which houses the Tampa Bay Lightning, was built in 1996 as the “Ice Palace” with 62 percent 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.
This type of public-private relationship is quite a recurring occurrence, thus not on the GOP’s radar of fictional revisionism. For example, the tax-payers of Minnesota, whether they like football or not, helped fund the Minnesota Vikings new football stadium.
In short, the only thing that Republicans will build down in Tampa next week is strip clubs and bathrooms for their anonymous sexual encounters.