The times they are a 'changing.

 --Bob Dylan

During World War II, the government created a large bureaucracy to control the price of almost everything sold in the United States. Controls included the use of all raw materials, allocating them first for military purposes. Just about anything in the marketplace—all types of metals, nuts and bolts, wiring, food, and chemicals—came under government control. If a company wanted to manufacture a product, it had to get permission to do so, and if granted permission, it was told how many it could make. Many products not deemed crucial to the war effort were banned, with officials not allowing them to be manufactured. If you ran a company that made airplanes or guns, things ...

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