Republican National Convention will be themed "We Built This!" However, the stadium was financed primarily with public funds.
GOP Announces Convention Theme âWe Built Thisâ In Stadium Built With 62% Government Funds
Apparently rejecting a more controversial âYou Didnât Really Get Raped, Pregnant Ladyâ theme for its 2012 convention, the GOP has announced that its Tuesday night session will be themed âWe Built This!â The sentiment serves as both a celebration of American entrepreneurship and an attack on President Obamaâs previous comments to business owners. President Obama received criticism over his remark, âSomebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you [business owners] to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If youâve got a business â you didnât build that. Somebody else made that happen.â
However, the stadium where the GOP will be announcing âWe Built This!â was financed primarily by the government. The Tampa Bay Times Forum arena, which houses the Tampa Bay Lightning, was built in 1996 as the âIce Palaceâ 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.