Are you serious?
The government enlisted all kinds of business, food, factories, offices into the war effort. These peoples jobs didn't just vanish...
Of course they did, because the war effort
ended. You get that once the demand for building, bundling and shipping hundreds of tons of materials overseas every week ends, a whole lot of jobs go away, right?
... the people in car factories did a tool change from car parts to armored vehicle parts. After the war they went back to making cars. People on farms sold food to the government, after the war they sold food to the highest bidder again. People in offices did work for the government, when the war was over they went back to their old ways.
Ok. I think you're failing to grasp that as a direct result of employing people for the war effort, unemployment dropped from around 20% to about 3%. If they just "went back to their old ways", then unemployment would have gone back up to 20% or so, right? The only way to avoid that was to replicate the need for a supply of labor that the government had previously been consuming. The answer was straight out of the evil supply side handbook: Lower taxes on big business and let them hire the workers.
Which is exactly what happened.
This created tens of thousands of jobs(probably hundreds of thousands but im to lazy to find numbers), and thus boosted the country out of the depression. It was a boom, it gave birth to the American family, and the wonderful pleasentvile era, a TV in every house and a Car in every laneway.
Yup. Because the government intelligently eliminated a whole bunch of government jobs and replaced them with private sector jobs and helped this along by providing incentives for big business to hire people. Which is the exact opposite of what the Dems have been doing over the last few years.
The jobs didn't disappear, the jobs stayed they just changed what they were doing.
Again, the problem was that the government was employing more people for the war effort than had been employed in the market prior to the war. The expectation was that once that government demand for labor went away, most of those people would become unemployed unless new jobs could be created. There were two competing theories about how to do this:
1. Use the government to create jobs with more New Deal style public works programs. Stop gap this with greater free public services to cover those who still wouldn't be employed. So basically, the Obama strategy of public safety net and public jobs.
2. Drop taxes on employers and their businesses dramatically and let the private market handle the influx of labor.
Sound familiar? It's the exact same argument going on right now between the "raise taxes and pay for jobs and benefits for the people" and "lower taxes and encourage private industry to employ people" factions today. We're still having the same argument. The point is that back then, in the mid 40s Congress rejected FDRs plan and went with the private market solution. And *that* resulted in the massive post-war economic boom.
This is not opinion. This is a matter of fact. When the war was winding down, our government was faced with the same sort of choice we're facing right now. Back then, they chose to encourage private jobs, and it worked outstandingly. Will we make the same good choice today, or will we go the route FDR wanted? And do we think that will work?
I don't think it will. Do you? If so, why?