reply to post by Cthulwho
The economic crisis may have been intentionally created by the US in order to prepare the world for a blockade of China (I don't know how, but WW2
brought the world out of the great depression).
On the former, I doubt it.
That’s too much counter-productive to the party in power. It almost guarantees that the IN party will be voted OUT. A
very unlikely plan.
On the latter
- your short answer is AMERICAN BENIGN STATISM! By 1940 the US was ramping up for WW2 which competent politicians knew long before
the public understood the inevitability of war. Hey, that’s their jobs! Ordinary folk have to work for a living and don’t have time to know what
politicians are paid to know.
often called the “last battle of WW1," starts officially on September 1, 1939. When Germany invaded Poland. OTOH some people say it
started in 1931 when Japan invaded Manchuria, an autonomous region of China. The Second Sin0-Japanese War began in 1937. In May, 1940, Germany invaded
France which ended on June 25, 1940, with the British evacuation at Dunkirk. Then followed a lull in heavy fighting until the Second World War began
in earnest! On June 22, 1941, Germany invaded the USSR. In December, Japan attacked America making the war global!
until the end of 1945 - 4 years - the nation’s economy was operated from W-DC. Rationing was in effect. Sugar. Coffee. Red meat.
Chocolate. Cooking oil. Cigarettes were not rationed but the US Govt. bought 80% of the name brands for distribution to the soldiers, sailors and
marines overseas. People at home had to smoke “Marvels” instead of Lucky Strikes, “Spuds” in place of Kools. And etc. Gasoline was never in
short supply but it was drastically rationed, to save tires which nearly cost us the war. We had no rubber! We had to invent synthetic rubber almost
Everyone with a car
got an “A” card. That entitled you to 3 gallons a month! “B” cards were issued to necessary drivers such as medical
doctors who made house calls back in the good ole days.
Other essential services
like police and fire also got “B” stickers. Each B card was allotted as much gas as he or she could prove they had
used in 1941. “C” stickers were given to defense - say WAR back then - workers. You must car pool and get the signatures of your riders and your
employer to qualify for a calculated amount based on the miles to drive divided by the mpg of your car. Leather for shoes was rationed. One new pair
of shoes per year. Wool was in very short supply but not rationed. There just wasn’t any. Nylon was new and it was absolutely 100% to the military.
were not forced, but to save 10% of your pay was the standard of a patriotic person. School children saved nickels and dimes towards a
$18.75 cost of a $25 war bond. At the popular movies during the intermission between the 2 flicks was highlighted by pa announcements urging people to
“go to the lobby and buy a war bond!”
Everyone registered for work. People were assigned to a job that NEEDED their talent! No job hopping. War workers were given a half day off
with pay for donating a pint of blood. Gallon clubs were popular and usually got a $25 war bond as a bonus! A factory that exceeded its quotas was
awarded an Army-Navy "E" for Excellence flag to fly and the workers got lapel pins to wear.
Prices. The OPA
- Office of Price Administration - fixed prices. It was illegal for landlords to raise rent or to take “under the table” money
for needed repairs and maintenance. Black-marketeers were hunted down with dispatch and public trials were not uncommon.
Profits and Taxes.
The top personal tax bracket rate was 91%. That applied to income over $200,000. Most people were making $4,000-$7,500.
Corporations were charged a 20% EXCESS PROFITS tax. If your company made more during the War than it made in 1941, then the company had to pay the
When the War ended,
almost everyone had money in the bank. Maybe an amount equal to a whole years pay. There was a 4 years backlog of demand in
cars, in houses, in refrigerators, farm tractors, and etc. Then, you add the GI Bill. Not wanting to re-run the horrible treatment given to our
veterans at the end of WW1, the WW2 vets were offered a brand new house with NO money down! Why rent when you can OWN?
with more than 90 days honorable service was eligible. That numbered about 15-16 million men (and a few women). Every veteran got
his choice of tuition paid for a 4 year degree - or any technical school of his choice - or a monthly allowance for the 48 months to get a BA degree.
If you went to a state school, you’d choose the monthly stipend because of cheap tuition, but if you chose a private school, you’d let the govt.
pay the larger tuition and you’d get by some way. There’s more but I must end this somewhere.
You could say WE
- the American people working in full harness with a GOOD government - STOMPED the Great Depression to Death! A rising tide
floats all ships.
[edit on 5/2/2008 by donwhite]