The Politics of Rearmament Guns or Butter or Guns and Butter? June—December 1951
We are fighting for freedom which means our free way of life. It will serve us little good if in the fighting for freedom we become regimented.... Therefore, we shouldn't go too fast in our rearmament as to cripple our economy. We are like a boa constrictor swallowing a donkey.
Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander,
NATO, October 2, 1951. 1.
From here on out, arms output should come ahead of absolutely everything, until the minimum goals of military strength are in being. We must have the courage to put guns ahead of butter.
Senator Lyndon B. Johnson, November 24, 1951. 2.
If the first six months of 1951 witnessed the Herculean task of organizing and tooling up the great American production machine, the last six months of the year saw a general slackening of that effort as the military situation in Korea stabilized and the effects of the overall mobilization program began to have deleterious effects on the economy. In____________________