David Post over at Volokh had a discussion about blue states subsidisng red ones at the federal level. There is a lot that he leaves out of the statistics. Military bases, purchasing power, racial and age demographics, entitlements, and Washington DC itself. Just for openers. Other than that, a rather typical argument. Blue people rate higher, or want to move to whiter, younger, less-military places, with fewer children and not-employed people, claim they have other reasons. Maybe next election they’ll threaten to move to Mexico instead. Could be. I don’t think many are explicitly thinking to themselves “Vermont! Yeah! There’s hardly any black people there. The old people have moved to Florida and because they’re liberals there aren’t many children.” They’re more likely think “Attractive area. Big on education and safety nets. Nice people, from what I can tell.” It’s the nice people part where the smuggling occurs. They see what they are including, but not what they are excluding.
So do we all.