Why people like to compare past households with present day households to suggest the economy was better in the 50's, 60's is incomprehensible. They're apples and oranges. The economy was not better, the standard of living was lower. At no time in the history of the United States has there been a time when the average citizen has been as materially wealthy as they are now. We don't build 1000sq. ft. mid-century modest homes, we build 2000+ sq. ft. McMansions. We don't drive those unreliable, antiquated tanks on wheels, nor is there just one per family. Today the average passenger car would be seen as fit for the 1/10th of the 1% back then. Today the average person owns vastly more cloths and of that those of materials that would have been exclusive to the elite. Imagine sitting down in the evening to a 15" manual-tune grayscale VHF tube TV the size of a significant chest of drawers today. People back then couldn't even comprehend the existence of the personal electronics the average person owns today let alone possessing them themselves. The quality and kinds of food readily available and affordable today would be seen as scandalously extravagant. The service industry of which everyone presently avails themselves was bit a tiny mote of what it is today. These comparisons can be made for nearly all facets of life with great similarity of result.
To suggest that people would be better off with the economy of the 50's and 60's is preposterous. If we lived now as we did then, then Walmart would absolutely be the employer of bourgeoisie.
Meet Bob, gross annual income $0, net -$50,000 (medical bills). He took a product promoted by the producer of some of his favorite videos promising to add an extra 3 inches. Now he's suffering from an embolism and renal failure and is unable to work due to his condition. Meet company Long Member LLC., gross annual income $250M, net $180M makers of the product Bob took.
Care to guess what'd happen should Bob decide to get frisky in between dialysis visits and try to lawyer up.
Thanks for the history lesson, and even now each branch has their own mechanical birds. That however says nothing about the Air Force and its relationship to the Constitution. Perhaps we should likewise eliminate 12 of the 16 agencies in the National Intelligence Community since they likewise do not have a parent branch of the military of which is enshrined in the Constitution. Lets chop off the FCC, FDA, USDA, Dept. of Health and Human Services, Dept. of Education, and all the others not given charter or permit in the Constitution. We obviously don't need them since they're not in the constitution.
Let's be the anemic, impotent isolationists we once were as was prescribed in the Constitution. I fathom that shall go very nicely for us.
Hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance? -- Charlie McCarthy