Saving rubber for the war (1942).
President Bush has kept taxes low, insulating American voters from the costs of war. Why? Because many Americans never regarded the war in Iraq as a necessary war and most have come to regard it as a colossal mistake.
During WWII, Americans accustomed to the sacrifices of the depression put up with rations on foods, gasoline and other materials. They believed that they must do whatever is necessary at home and abroad to win because they were convinced that the war was necessary.
The president didn't pretend that victory would be painless. The leadership didn't crow about cakewalks and flowers being tossed at victorious soldiers before the war had even begun. The president didn't don a flight suit as a prop and declare mission accomplished before the fight had even begun. The President didn't react to the killing of American soldiers by egging on the opposition with taunts of "bring it on" as he sent thousands of Americans into harm's way.
Four years later, this war has cost thousands of lives and taken an emotional and physical toll that will be felt for decades. The economic cost has also been enormous, while respect for the United States (if we can still speak of such a thing) has been greatly diminished around the world. And, more Arabs than ever see the United States as an enemy. Bush did not bring the war to the enemy who attacked us on 9-11. He gave that enemy a better recruiting tool than even they could have ever imagined.