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  •  Actually, they dealt with it quite well. (5+ / 0-)

    Pervasive labor shortages meant that wages rose quite rapidly, with the blessing of the Administration.  Rationing in the United States caused inconvenience, but fairly little honest deprivation -- its purpose was to make sure that people across the income range could purchase relatively scarce goods like meat, butter and gasoline.  

    While some goods were scarce, others were either unrationed and others required few "points".  The sugar and coffee rations hit hard (half Depression-era usage) but other sweeteners could be had unrationed.  Red meat was rationed, but less popular/costly cuts cost fewer "points" than popular cuts like steaks.  Chicken, peanut butter and fresh fish were usually unrationed.  Widespread Victory Gardens helped keep Americans in produce (unrationed when fresh)

    The standard of American nutrition rose during WWII, partly because more people could afford a varied diet and partly because eating fresh fruits and vegetables, cutting down on fats and exchanging red meat for chicken, fresh fish and legumes is not bad advice even when meat is cheap.  

    "Politics should be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage." -- Lucille Ball

    by Yamaneko2 on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 05:00:20 PM PDT

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