EDITORIAL/Dead Last? CNBC's ranking says more about network than Texas

There's some bad news for Texas in the rankings issued this week by the financial TV network CNBC.

If you pay any attention to such things, that is.

First, in it's list of best states to do business, Texas fell to No. 6 after spending more than a decade at or near the top of the list.

A severe worker shortage was mostly to blame. But the Lone Star State also took a hit for having the largest number of residents without health insurance and a lack of licensed child-care facilities compared to other states.

Those factors also figured in CNBC ranking Texas as the worst state in which to live.

Yes, that's what they claim.

There were other factors. Texas is 13th in the nation in violent crime, for example. And has the second-lowest number of primary care physicians.

But it looks like the real reason CNBC says Texas is the worst state to live in is more cultural than anything else.

The network gave Texas low marks because of restrictive legislation relating to abortion and LGBTQ issues. CNBC says Texas isn't "inclusive" enough.

These cultural concerns seem to held great weight with CNBC. And they probably explain why the others near the bottom of the desirable places ranking are conservative states like Oklahoma, Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas and Florida.

The Lone Star State is far from perfect. But the folks at CNBC who do these rankings are blinded by their liberal leanings.

And that's a CNBC problem, not a Texas problem.