EDITORIAL: Woke CNBC poll gives a boost to Terry McAuliffe

Is Virginia the very best state within the nation to do enterprise? Last week, a poll performed by CNBC declared it so.

Yet info are a cussed factor.

Virginia’s labor drive participation charge is on the lowest degree recorded in historical past, with roughly 200,000 fewer Virginians within the workforce than there have been in March 2020. In addition, the commonwealth ranks forty ninth within the nation; when it comes to the very best state to begin a small enterprise, a 2021 evaluation by Blueprint decided. Virginia’s price of residing is larger than the nationwide common, and extra persons are deciding to transfer out of the state than are deciding to transfer into it.

It doesn’t appear so nice. Even CNBC ranked Virginia within the middle-tier regarding “cost of doing business” (which one would suppose could be crucial in figuring out the very best enterprise state within the nation), “infrastructure,” and “cost of living.”

So what propelled Virginia to the highest spot? A brand new woke class, derived by the George Soros-funded Brennan Center of Justice, measures “life, health, and inclusion.” Yes, that’s proper – the push for crucial race concept to be taught in colleges, no voter ID when going to the polls, passing anti-discrimination legal guidelines, and lawmakers and companies inserting an emphasis on fairness and inclusion – all secured Virginia it’s No. 1 rating.

CNBC explains this yr it determined to “pay greater attention than ever to equity and inclusion” not solely in its new “life, health and inclusion” class, “but throughout the study.” Still, they insist their poll isn’t an opinion survey. It’s completely “empirical” primarily based on “the most recent figures available.”

The enterprise channel gave rave critiques to Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam – you understand the one who was both sporting blackface or was dressed as a member of the Ku Klux Klan in his faculty yearbook – for enacting laws requiring all companies to develop variety, fairness and inclusion plans inside their ranks. 

In April, Virginia additionally repealed its voter ID legal guidelines, which, in accordance to CNBC, is terrific, no matter poll after poll exhibiting the American folks overwhelmingly assist voter ID legal guidelines. Last yr, Mr. Northam additionally signed a invoice that strips non secular organizations of their proper to make employment selections following their religion. How woke, CNBC cooed.

Now, what does this have to do with enterprise? Nothing. But it doesn’t matter. Virginia is likely one of the few states this yr with a aggressive gubernatorial election the place longtime Democratic political insider Terry McAuliffe is about to face off towards Republican Glenn Youngkin. Mr. Youngkin desires to sort out the complicated financial points dealing with on a regular basis Virginians – Mr. McAuliffe is trying to construct off Mr. Northam’s woke agenda.

So it’s not shocking CNBC went to bat for Mr. McAuliffe. Just one other deceptive poll skewed to favor Democrats.

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