What’s the role of the federal government? Here’s one answer, courtesy of Matt Yglesias:
One of the main things the federal government does is transfer resources from high-productivity urban areas to low-productivity rural ones.
In principle, I don’t have a huge problem with this. However, I do have a problem with the fact that the people in the more subsidized areas fail to understand that this is how things work, and indeed consider themselves to be exploited by the federal government rather than exploiting it.
Mainly, I just appreciated reading that sentence. I had never really thought of things that way.