FISCAL: $100,000,000,000 Guess

Franklin Roosevelt's new budget may have been the wildest guess in U.S. history. He asked Congress for a whopping $100 billion, but what the Government would actually spend was surrounded by ifs, hedged by whens. The ifs & whens all depended on the month and year when Germany is beaten.

The invasion chief himself—General Dwight D. Eisenhower—had already said that S (for Surrender) Day will come for the Nazis in 1944. But Franklin Roosevelt was being deliberately pessimistic. His request for $100 billion assumed that Hitler would still be fighting in full fury...

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