“ sane environmental policy and a living minimum wage” — These are two of the issues that are hurt most by the bubbles. A living minimum wage in most red regions is significantly lower than a living minimum wage in the richer blue areas. I wouldn’t be surprised if someone on the current minimum wage here has a better standard of living than someone making $15/hour in LA. That makes it hard for me to support a large flat federal minimum wage increase. Likewise, it’s easy for someone living in NYC or SF to vote to tax fossil fuels or automobiles…especially if they don’t use one. They can either do without or afford more efficient cars. The people pushing for environmental policy appear to be asking for more sacrifice from the people who haven’t moved to CO2 generating cities.