The longer study is here: "Reconstituting the Submerged State: The Challenges of Social Policy Reform in the Obama Era," http://government.arts.cornell.edu/assets/faculty/docs/mettler/submergedstat_mettler.pdf
I note this has come up with the closing of rural post offices and other rural services. No one thought that cutting service actually meant service to them. After all, we aren't freeloaders. But if we don't have any particular responsibility to each other, then being rural means you are out of luck. Most of our rural subsidy programs are holdovers from the time when rural had more political clout and we had an ideology that supported service to "all Americans." Both those factors are gone.