A good point from Gail Collins (in a discussion with David Brooks about country folk and city folk):

One of the things I have come to love about New Yorkers is that while they send more money to the federal government in taxes and get less back than almost anyplace in the country, they almost never complain about how Mississippi is getting a better deal than they are. They yell about their taxes constantly, of course. But I have very, very seldom heard them put the blame on Iowa farmers and their corn subsidies.

This is largely true and to our credit. You do hear the occasional sniping about red states that use one hand to point fingers at Washington and the other to accept handouts, but less than one would expect. (Texas, incidentally,
 



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