The Hill reports on the RNC’s venue for its “We Built It” theme day, which will be held at the Tampa Bay Times Forum arena: “Republican organizers have announced “We Built It” as the theme for the second day of the party’s national convention, hoping to capitalize on a controversial remark by President Obama about the role he feels government has in helping businesses succeed. Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, said in a statement the convention proceedings on Aug. 28 “will honor the fact that it is the drive, determination and sacrifice of America’s job creators and millions of hard-working American men and women who made the United States the exceptional nation it is.”"
Steve Benen is highly amused:
Instead of pointing out, once again, that the president didn’t say what he’s accused of saying, let’s consider a slightly different angle.
Republicans will celebrate “We Built It” at next week’s convention at a lovely arena called the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Who built that? Well, as it turns out, the facility cost $139 million, 62% of which was financed by taxpayers. A Marquette University study (pdf) found that the facility “was financed by $66.8 million in revenue bonds from the stadium authority [and] $28.8 million in revenue bonds from the state,” while private sources funded roughly a third of the costs.
In other words, Republicans hope to embarrass President Obama, who said public institutions and government investments help create a society in which the private sector thrives, and they’ll prove their point by exclaiming “We Built It” in an arena largely financed by taxpayers.
Taxpayers Built It! Take that, Obama!