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(Bloomberg.com)   Remember that bridge to Nowhere, Alaska? The one that cost $250M and was useful to all of 50 people? Yeah, it's still on. Bonus: Another one's on the way. Suck it, taxpayers   (bloomberg.com) divider line 99
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2006-10-16 04:14:44 PM
I blame the tax and spend liberals.
 
2006-10-16 04:19:06 PM
*makes nihilistic allusion to 'Bridge to Nowhere', Iraq and Freedom Fries*
 
2006-10-16 04:20:29 PM
Wait, what?
 
2006-10-16 04:23:43 PM
Its not about the 50 people who will use it. Its about the few politicians who will somehow skim from its construction costs.
 
2006-10-16 04:23:45 PM
I blame the tax and spend liberals.


Exactly.
 
2006-10-16 04:30:08 PM
I thought the state of alaska agreed not to build it if they got the money anyway?

I blame big government.
 
2006-10-16 04:30:27 PM
Alaska owes its bounty to Congressman Donald Young, a Republican who heads the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation Committee and has told voters he used his position to enhance Alaska's share.

I blame it on this particular republican, who seems to have forgotten what fiscal responsibility is when he hit his head trying to climb into the pork barrel.
 
2006-10-16 04:35:23 PM
What is so wrong about strengthening the infrastructure of a state w/ a small population/taxbase?
 
2006-10-16 04:36:53 PM
Young, I don't think Alaska is in dire need of roads, at least not there. If you want to make a bridge to something, try connecting Juneau to the rest of the state. Or, really, anything. I don't think you'd get many complaints there.
 
2006-10-16 04:38:50 PM
BobtheFascist: What is so wrong about strengthening the infrastructure of a state w/ a small population/taxbase?

More like strengthening the pocketbooks of the company that gets to build the bridge. It serves little purpose other than that.
 
2006-10-16 04:38:58 PM
When they start pumping oil out of all those protected lands, they'll need a way to cart it to the mainland.

Suck it, wildlife!
 
2006-10-16 04:39:34 PM
This is somewhat of a non-story as I remember something about Alaska getting some-odd million transportation dollars (some of which was ear-marked for the bridge). They were then told they couldn't ear-mark extra for the nowhere bridge. There was still plenty in what was left of the some-odd million for the bridge anyways. So now they're being given extra again...meh. They were determined to build this boondoogle one way or another. It'd have been nice if the rest of us didn't foot that bill AND another one, but whatever.

If Alaskan bridges are the most of our worries, we'd be doing pretty well. How about the fact that we're spending equal amounts to that bridge in Iraq...per day. The return on that is 50 Americans too...dead per month.
 
2006-10-16 04:50:35 PM
More like strengthening the pocketbooks of the company that gets to build the bridge. It serves little purpose other than that.

I'm gonna play Devil's Advocate here. A business making a profit is bad? There are a surprising amount of idiots in this country that think it's the govt's job to give them a job or at least take care of them. Personally, I'd rather see my tax dollars paying people to work for a living, even if it is on a sensless project, than paying them to sit around some apartment eating Cheetos, watching Jerry Springer & having kids. At least they're contributing. Even if it's only 50 people & a bunch of deer. That's a lot more than I can say for the latter group.
 
2006-10-16 04:52:01 PM
I blame the tax and spend liberals.

I see the Republican party is giving their phone bank kids a couple hours off to surf some gnarly inter-tubes.
 
2006-10-16 04:53:06 PM
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Eh... we got one of those just north of Azusa. Good SoCal dayhike.
 
2006-10-16 05:05:17 PM
arched: I see the Republican party is giving their phone bank kids a couple hours off to surf some gnarly inter-tubes.

I see you need to check the battery in your sarcasm-detection machine.
 
2006-10-16 05:09:37 PM
I love non Alaskans opinions.

That bridge we could do without.

The Knik Arm bridge would expand Anchorage into Huston/wasilla area and greatly reduce the stress on the Glenn HWY.

Plus its a huge project employing lots of people over 10 years. Plus the technology needed to build this bridge would be usefull for future projects.
 
2006-10-16 05:24:50 PM
An-Unnecessarily-Long-Name: Plus its a huge project employing lots of people over 10 years. Plus the technology needed to build this bridge would be usefull for future projects.

so would spending 250 million dollars for high class hookers to determine how many consecutive orgasms it would take to kill me.
 
2006-10-16 05:27:30 PM
An-Unnecessarily-Long-Name: I love non Alaskans opinions.

btw, when it's all alaskan money, you can enjoy your refined alaskan opinions.

when it's on all of our tab...i don't think it out of line to notice porkporkporkityporkpork when it's this goddamned blatent, no matter what state you reside in.
 
2006-10-16 05:37:26 PM
Pork is as old as the country. It is unfortunate - but those voters in a position to remove the porking politician are the ones that benefit from it.

It ain't going to go away - ever.
 
2006-10-16 05:38:29 PM
when it's all alaskan money, you can enjoy your refined alaskan opinions.
FTW
 
2006-10-16 06:20:42 PM
heap

btw, when it's all alaskan money, you can enjoy your refined alaskan opinions.


Yes, because we don't pay Feral income taxes, give up 75%+ of our oil, and bring in billions from tourism, fishing, natural resources, and other sources so the distant goobermint can spend 8 billion/month on the Iraq war and treat us like a colony. Let us keep our resources, then all the small staters will find something else to whine about.

FTL

Having said that, I agree that the money would be better spent on infrastructure elsewhere in the state. I'd build roads and open land up for tax-generating sales, resource development, and tourism.
 
2006-10-16 06:42:01 PM
totalsecurity: Yes, because we don't pay Feral income taxes

which is exactly what i was saying.

i pay into that till, same as you. when it's only your money going into it, then sure...alaskan opinions are all that matters.

that isn't the case.
 
2006-10-16 06:48:36 PM
Well, DUH!

How else are you gonna get back from nowhere?
 
2006-10-16 06:50:26 PM
we don't pay Feral income taxes

My income taxes are domesticated.
 
2006-10-16 07:02:49 PM
heap

which is exactly what i was saying.

i pay into that till, same as you. when it's only your money going into it, then sure...alaskan opinions are all that matters.

that isn't the case.


Ok, I got it. A bit quick on the reply, was I. We Alaskans don't even have a say in how our own taxes are spent, so don't blame us. We finally gave the hateful guvnuh Murkowski the boot, and the rotten SOB bought a jet even after we told him not to, THEN used it to campaign for reelection. Young and Stevens are dug in deeper than an Alabama tick. But, like the cheating fake vote that made Alaska a state (the government flew in lots of troops to vote for statehood), they'll be there til they die. maybe even long after.

MyrnaMinkoff

we don't pay Feral income taxes

My income taxes are domesticated.


Try telling that to your 8 billion/month having an orgy in Iraq. Were that money domesticated, it would be fixing problems here in the states.

Feral is not a spelling error.
 
2006-10-16 07:38:21 PM
www.nxfansite.net.au

/unavailable for comment
 
2006-10-16 07:43:03 PM
And I heard that the person overseeing construction is Massachusetts' own Matt Amorello.
 
2006-10-16 07:43:39 PM
Quick, cut Social Security!
 
2006-10-16 07:46:19 PM
thank you, Ted Stevens... maybe the next one should be a giant tube?
 
2006-10-16 07:46:50 PM
mheuss: Pork is as old as the country. It is unfortunate - but those voters in a position to remove the porking politician are the ones that benefit from it. It ain't going to go away - ever.

You can always vote from the rooftops.
 
2006-10-16 07:47:47 PM
One thing about "bridges to nowhere" is that the reason it was "nowhere" was because there was no bridge to it.
After the bridge is built, "nowhere" becomes "somewhere".

/over the rainbow
//or something
 
2006-10-16 07:47:51 PM
Ok, as a reasonably new alaskan, I feel I can actually comment on this.

The so called "Bridge to Nowhere" is kind of useless, in my opinion. However, I've never been out there, so I will say that it might serve a purpose I'm not aware of.

However, if the second one is the one I'm thinking of, it's actually useful and important. I believe that's the bridge to help link Palmer to Anchorage. If that's the case, then that's awesome. I'd love to get a house "out in the valley" but I don't because I like my 1.4 mile commute and don't want to trade it for a 25 mile - 45 mile commute. That bridge would help eliminate a nice hunk of that distance. It might almost making living in the valley an option.

And if you don't like that, sucks to be you.
 
2006-10-16 07:48:51 PM
If I remember correctly that bridge went to the airport, which is on an island. I flew in there and believe me if it's too rough and nasty for the ferry, it's probably too rough to fly!
 
2006-10-16 07:49:58 PM
Alaska's $223 Mln `Bridge to Nowhere' Envied in U.S. Northwest

I don't envy it at all. I really wonder how long we're going to be able to keep the Washington State Ferry system.

Bridges suck, boats rule. Oh and too many cars suck, too.

;-p
 
2006-10-16 07:50:00 PM
Why don't they just buy them all million-dollar yachts to ferry back-and-forth? Saves $200 mil and it's much cooler to brag that you have a yacht rather than the privelege of driving across a dumb bridge.
 
2006-10-16 07:51:56 PM
Remember when Republicans cares about keeping spending down?

HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

Vote Dem 06
 
2006-10-16 07:52:33 PM
Don't worry, Omaha is building a walk bridge over the Missouri river to Council Bluffs, Iowa for only $27 million and it can be used 4-5 months out of the year!!!
 
2006-10-16 07:55:04 PM
I thought that was why we paid taxes. These are projects that couldn't be completed by a single state. So this year we get a large bridge project financed and next someone else will. Your congressmen are given their voice on how that money is spent so go complain to them.
 
2006-10-16 07:55:14 PM
Some Jackass said:
"I love non Alaskans opinions.

That bridge we could do without.

The Knik Arm bridge would expand Anchorage into Huston/wasilla area and greatly reduce the stress on the Glenn HWY.

Plus its a huge project employing lots of people over 10 years. Plus the technology needed to build this bridge would be usefull for future projects. "

Well, yes, add another bridge to an already useless roadway system and you'll reduce the stress (by 2 times).

By all means, let us create another make work project to give the drunk idlers something to watch, because like every other project up there it's going to be staffed by folks from the lower 48 who are willing to work, and not by the good for nothing wastrels that otherwise populate that sorry place. I can hardly wait to see whats next from the pork barrel of future projects.
 
2006-10-16 07:55:31 PM
Jihadistani

I was going to propose the same thing, except switch yachts for power boats. I can tell I'm becoming familiar with fark because I'm not shocked that someone is ignorantly defending the expenditure of 224million dollars on 50 people.
 
2006-10-16 07:57:00 PM
hestheone

Did some Alaskan biatch slap your dad and sleep with your mom?
 
2006-10-16 07:58:47 PM
yay! our great democracy at work. Our forefathers would never have fought the war if they knew what america was too become.

a country ruled by rich upper class aristocracy, if you don't believe me see what it would take for you to run for president or just governor of your state. Or better yet, compare the last 3-4 presidents. Ivy league schools, lawyers, career politicians, etc.
 
2006-10-16 07:59:47 PM
Well, hey it is cold there and dark 6 months a year, let them have their bridge.


But, that is a large sum of money what the hell.
 
2006-10-16 08:06:41 PM
Quick1: I blame the tax and spend liberals.


at least we tax before we spend
 
2006-10-16 08:07:18 PM
Must. Not. Feed. HesTheOneTrolls.
 
2006-10-16 08:07:19 PM
THE ARTICLE IS ONE YEAR AND ONE MONTH OLD


Just thought I'd bring that to your attention, guys.
 
2006-10-16 08:08:14 PM
.....Or better yet, compare the last 3-4 presidents. Ivy league schools, lawyers...

Much like the first 3-4.
 
2006-10-16 08:09:59 PM
Lehk

It's sort of like shaming the guy who waits until payday to buy a plasma T.V. with cash--then praising the guy who waits until he's laid-off to pay off his Visa card by mortgaging his house...then maxing it out again to buy a plasma T.V.
 
2006-10-16 08:12:17 PM
opinions are like bridges. everybody runs over one.
 
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