In February, 1941, the daily expenditure for the war was estimated roughly in millions of dollars as follows: Great Britain, 53; Germany, 28; United States, 20; Italy, 10; Japan, 3; Canada, 3. ( Economic Notes, March, 1941)
Political opponents strong for national defense openly charge Mr. Roosevelt with using the world situation to insure a third term. His defense of expense leads some to question if this expense is not for defense of the New Deal. The Boston Herald, May 27, editorially says,--"If he will only realize that a President must be elected this year and that some criticism of his methods is inevitable, and if he will extend to other citizens the same respect for unselfish and patriotic motives which he expects them to extend him, all will be well."
"The President's speech to Congress was undoubtedly the most brilliant piece of political strategy and the most adroit use of a given situation that have ever been seen in this country", says Villard in The Nation, June 1. "Roosevelt has a veritable genius for timing, for seizing upon an event and exploiting it to the full for his administrative or political purposes. His speech was in many ways a typical Rooseveltian performance--embarking the country on a huge economic program before the proposal had been thought through. I have reason to know he is worried greatly by the fear of foreign invasion."
The above explains perhaps why Roosevelt announces, "I am a pacifist", why he speaks with emotionally aroused sincerity in terms of large abstractions, 'morality', 'religion', 'saving civilization', and would down 'evil' at any cost, as would Cromwell or a Torquemada.
Republican opponents were elated at the announcement of increased taxation necessary to meet the administration's huge appropriations. "If anything can defeat Roosevelt next November this will do it", one House leader was heard to say. ( Paul Mallon, May 29)(1)(2)
Willkie, as early as May 20, predicted the President's defense funds would run to 5 billions, and asked, "Why was it that Mr. Roosevelt . . . failed to get his money's worth for the $7,000,000,000 already spent on defense?" Taft charges, he has "failed to develop an Army and