This map and accompanying discussion (via) should be more widely disseminated. As Kevin Drum notes, rural life is more expensive, and it is subsidized by city dwellers. Rural state Republicans used to know this, so they would often vote for pork-barreling blue dogs who were perceived as more effective in bringing home far more than their fair share of tax dollars. But in the past few years, they started to believe the Tea Party line that they were the last real Americans laboring under the oppressive yoke of elite urban taxation. They aren’t, and they ought to be reminded of that. When you have to start driving 20 miles to get to the Post Office, or a couple of hundred to get to the airport, then voters might start remembering who brings home the subsidies that allow unprofitable postal and air service.
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