The House remains in session as of this post, but earlier liberal Delegates Joe Morrissey (D-74, Henrico) and David Englin (D-45, Alexandria) railed against Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s recently issued opinion that states the obvious — Virginia law does not single out homosexuals as a protected class and, therefore, its colleges and universities cannot offer anti-discriminatory policies for their protection. But why is their vitriol aimed at the AG? He’s only quoting Virginia law as it reads. Delegate Adam Ebbin (D-49, Arlington), though not as vociferous as his colleagues, referenced ridicule on last night’s Daily Show, as if a flippant cable comedy show is of the heft to dictate Virginia policy.
Delegates Morrissey and Englin, however, struck a refrain that is the last resort of liberals-who-all-of-a-sudden-care-about-big-business: Virginia will lose corporate headquarters if this is allowed to stand!
Let’s see: Unemployment is at record levels (despite a $787 billion “stimulus” program by the nation’s smartest-ever-president), resulting in a lack of demand for products by consumers; we have massive, almost incomprehensible, third-world-like debt; unimaginable budget deficits projected for years; a lack of lending by banks; and, with so much liquidity in the system, the very real possibility that hyper inflation will ignite — somehow, we don’t think Fortune 500 firms are arguing over Virginia’s campus social policies. Furthermore, the delegates defeated their own arguments, citing that many of these companies have established their own policies regarding homosexuals. So why, then, would corporations be concerned about a policy concerning Virginia’s public colleges? They are not. The opinion has nothing to do with corporations.
Furthermore, if these delegates are so concerned about creating jobs and attracting corporations to Virginia, perhaps they should take real job creating action and start cutting corporate taxes, stop raising taxes on individuals and families, and cut state spending and balance our budget. But the most perplexing aspect of the entire debate is that we’ve heard nothing over the last 10 years in Virginia but that “social issues” aren’t important. Oh, really? To some, apparently, they are, and it’s very convenient for liberals, who don’t dare campaign on creating special protected classes of citizens, to criticize the attorney general simply for stating Virginia law while contriving “economic development concerns” in doing so.