The 'good old days' were expensive!
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#1 Dec 14, 2009
your so full of Sh$$#T The cost of living today is WAY HIGHER that it was in the 50s or even the 80s When I was in COllege in the early 60s I could actually live on my mimimum wage job (plus tips)
try that today
#2 Dec 14, 2009
I got my 1980s 25" Zenith console tv repaired for $180.00. It still looks good with my decor, too.
#3 Dec 14, 2009
You are comparing apples to bananas. In 1927 and 1898 we were on the gold standard, I think between $19 and $30 an oz. today gold is over $1,000 an oz. After 1933 we went on the silver standard. Silver is about $18 an oz. Now rework the figures with the curency of the time. Not this worthless paper we use now.
P.S. You can't compare the train set either, they in no way resemble the one I got in 1952.
#4 Dec 14, 2009
Do me a favor and check out the classified ads in that 1940 San Bernardino Sun. How much were houses? One could buy a decent home for $1000. That would be $15,600 in today's money. Good luck finding one today. Detroit, perhaps.
So yes, SOME things are cheaper now, especially with the influx of cheap Chinese goods. But the rest of the stuff makes up the difference and then some. It takes 2 wage earners to make ends meet, whereas it took ONE back then. True, I wouldn't know personally. My generation was known as "latch key children" whose babysitter was cable TV. And we wonder why kids are so messed up these days. It's only getting worse.
#5 Dec 15, 2009
Education, health care, transportation, energy, housing, and some of the other big necessities in life are all so much more expensive than they once were.
These areas need to be addressed with targeted reforms and more innovative models.
#6 Dec 15, 2009
I agree with Michael, Hesperia & Matt.
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