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Want to fix the economy? Build a bridge, not a wall!

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It's been argued in another thread, and cited in the work of centrists economists, that the only hope of solving the "worker glut" in the short term is to spend at unprecedented levels on infrastructure projects. Unfortunately, most voters don't find roads to be politically very "sexy," and a big wall on the southern border isn't very practical.

So here's something that everyone can get behind (and on): the world's first Transatlantic Bridge.

This bridge would make it possible to drive cars and big rigs from the East Coast to the west coast of Europe. It would come with restaurants, hotels, service stations: enough to get this country to full employment for a long time. Plus, you wouldn't have to put up with the crappy service you get from air travel these days.
 

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It's been argued in another thread, and cited in the work of centrists economists, that the only hope of solving the "worker glut" in the short term is to spend at unprecedented levels on infrastructure projects. Unfortunately, most voters don't find roads to be politically very "sexy," and a big wall on the southern border isn't very practical.

So here's something that everyone can get behind (and on): the world's first Transatlantic Bridge.

This bridge would make it possible to drive cars and big rigs from the East Coast to the west coast of Europe. It would come with restaurants, hotels, service stations: enough to get this country to full employment for a long time. Plus, you wouldn't have to put up with the crappy service you get from air travel these days.

Who would have jurisdiction on the bridge?
 

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Trump's wall is definitely impractical compared to this bridge. :roll:
 

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Perhaps we should build an elevator to the moon instead. Then we can mine it.
 

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It's been argued in another thread, and cited in the work of centrists economists, that the only hope of solving the "worker glut" in the short term is to spend at unprecedented levels on infrastructure projects. Unfortunately, most voters don't find roads to be politically very "sexy," and a big wall on the southern border isn't very practical.

So here's something that everyone can get behind (and on): the world's first Transatlantic Bridge.

This bridge would make it possible to drive cars and big rigs from the East Coast to the west coast of Europe. It would come with restaurants, hotels, service stations: enough to get this country to full employment for a long time. Plus, you wouldn't have to put up with the crappy service you get from air travel these days.

A "Stairway To Heaven" to go along with this pipe dream?
 

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But seriously.....how do we overcome the 5,000 - 10,000 foot depths to set stanchions. Floating bridges would get torn apart.

We don't even have a bridge from Connecticut to Long Island. In fact, a really useful bridge would be from Milwaukee to the Western Shore of Michigan, but it's not even on the horizon. And that one would only need to deal with depths of a few hundred feet and far less rough seas.
 

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lol, it's 3500 miles from NY to London. The current longest bridge is about 1/35 that length. And, it's not really a "bridge" bridge.

China constructed the Danyang–Kunshan Grand Bridge in just 4 years, employing 10,000 workers, at a cost of about $8.5 million. It crosses low rice paddies, part of the Yangtze River Delta, with just a few miles of the bridge actually crossing the open water of Yangcheng Lake in Suzhou. The bridge averages about 100 feet (31 meters) off the ground.

Worlds Longest Bridge | Longest Bridge in the World

The longest bridge over water is a paltry 24 miles....and, it's not spanning over deep water.
 

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But seriously.....how do we overcome the 5,000 - 10,000 foot depths to set stanchions. Floating bridges would get torn apart.

Are we sure that the technology to set up offshore platforms in the Gulf and the North Sea wouldn't scale?

And even if it doesn't, I'm sure that multiple groups of researchers around the world have been thinking about this very problem for a while.
 

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Are we sure that the technology to set up offshore platforms in the Gulf and the North Sea wouldn't scale?

And even if it doesn't, I'm sure that multiple groups of researchers around the world have been thinking about this very problem for a while.

Well considering the BP oil spill I would say no. I do not think researchers, because it is a very stupid idea and they are researching ways to make actually practical bridges better.
 

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Are we sure that the technology to set up offshore platforms in the Gulf and the North Sea wouldn't scale?

And even if it doesn't, I'm sure that multiple groups of researchers around the world have been thinking about this very problem for a while.

Some day perhaps. But not in our lifetime. The Atlantic is a violent place.
 

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i'd vote to fix / upgrade the roads and improve public transportation.
 

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Airline flights would be cheaper and far, far faster than driving over a bridge that size.
 

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Airline flights would be cheaper and far, far faster than driving over a bridge that size.

You bet. Airline flights are cheaper and much faster than long distance, multi-state road trips, and yet people still take them for a variety of reasons.
 
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