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Giertz, Seth H., "Comment on Richardson: Progressive Federal Taxation Drives Redistribution from Blue to Red States," The Economists' Voice, October 2010, 7(4):Article 5. Copyright 2010 Berkeley Electronic Press. Used by permission.


Professor Richardson documents redistribution from Democratic states to Republican states and links this to the 1994 "Republican revolution" -- suggesting a deliberative effort by Republicans to redistribute income towards their constituents. Seth Giertz of the University of Nebraska argues that what Professor Richardson's analysis really shows is that "red" states -- but not necessarily Republicans within those states -- are (increasingly) the major beneficiaries of federal redistributive policies -- and that "blue" states are (increasingly) the benefactors.