U.S. At War: Ditch Resurrected

The ghost of the Florida Ship Canal, ten years older, stalked the U.S. Senate last week. It was no longer a $200,000,000 Presidential pump-priming scheme. With its boondoggling finery removed, the great dead ditch was now a $44,000,000 barge canal with a wartime-living excuse: to mitigate the East Coast oil shortage. But it raised the same old political ruckus—and the pros & cons were still dead white and coal black.

Said the pros: the canal could be built in only ten months, would cost no more than $44,000,000, would take almost no scarce materials....

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