You really need to read up on the rationing that was in place during WWII. It frankly didn't matter if sugar was in everything (it wasn't then) or if people think they need meat at every meal. If it were clear that we needed to ration, and if the country was behind the war effort, it would happen.
Do you think people at the time were particularly happy about rationing? Not really, but they understood the need. There was a very different attitude across this country then, in addition to far fewer people!
What do you think would happen in this country if gasoline suddenly jumped to $10/gallon? If various meats were sold for over $15/pound? If sugar were simply unavailable? Rather than ration books, perhaps this would be a rationing technique.
Instead of making up excuses about our very soft lifestyle these days, you might think about how people could adapt. Americans have done it before; if faced with necessity, are you saying the people in this country couldn't find ways to live under similar conditions?
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I am old enough to remember rationing for sugar and butter, in particular, during WW2. There was a Safeway grocery store near out house in Port Angeles WA, and blimps and P-38s were often in the sky looking out for a Japanese invasion.
My mother gave me the rationing book to take along to the store with the shopping list and a few dollars. I was about 6 years old then.
We had a old clunker of a car but seldom used it except for an annual visit to relatives in Tacoma, because of the sever rationing limit on gasoline and the lack of new tires for purchase. It was like we were prisoners on the Olympic Peninsula. We never "escaped" Washington state until 1950, and then the Korean War was just starting.
The fear during WW2 was that the Japanese would enter Puget Sound through the Strait of Juan de Fuca with planes or submarines, and then attack Seattle. They never did, of course. The entrance to Puget Sound was well fortified by batteries at three forts near Whidbey Island and Port Townsend.
For more about USA (and British) rationing, I recommend http://www.30thinfantry.org/history_docs/rationing.doc
It was a tough time during World War II. The United States had enter the second world war, and they were limited on certain supplies. This resulted in the rationing of certain products in the United States. Gasonline, meat, tires and sugar were the few things that were rationed during World War II. To regulate these rations, each member of a household got their own rationing book. Gasoline would be an extremely hard thing to ration today. The price of gasonline skyrocketed during the war in Iraq due to military uses. This angered the american people greatly. Many would understand the reason for the rationing. Sugar and meat would not be a problem today if they were being rationed. There is a great production of sugar and meat today int he United States, so people would not be too angered by this. Plus, even if sugar or meat was unavailable, wouldn't you think the american people would adapt and find something else as a substitute? We have done it before in the past, so I'm pretty sure we could do it again.
That is my response to the question. Do you think it is good enough?
I am old enough to remember rationing. I was 12 years old. My dad worked at a plant but a group of about 40 people went together, bought a bus, hired a driver, and the bus picked up the 40 members and took them to work about 30 miles away. Of course brought them home at the end of the shift. That was a good solution to the gasoline problem. We didn't drive out own car except for emergencies. We had sugar rationing. The family solved that problem by placing names on 6 containers and we divided the sugar we were allowed to buy between those six cans. We had one can for each member of the five member household. The extra can was for cakes and pies when enough sugar had accumulated. Canned goods were rationed. We bought the canned goods we needed but substituted or did without if we ran out of stamps in the booklets we had. Going without socks became a fad to save cloth. Women had no nylon stockings. Bicycles were how we got around. As I remember, however, we never really felt deprived of anything. No one went hungry in our family, we had clothes to wear, we had ingenuity, but most of all we had unity and we knew that rationing was a necessity.