The Way Things Were, 1950 to 1980
The “remember when...” stories that circulate on the Internet always seem to have a reactionary bent. It's as though the authors miss the days when women, children and minorities “knew their place.” I have rectified this problem by listing the truly good things of life that existed before greed, corruption and megalomania came to predominate in the 1980s.
It was normal to get a good paying union job just out of high school.
That same job would last until you got your pension.
It was normal for working people to expect a higher living standard each decade.
Mail was delivered to your door, the post office was open on Saturday and it cost four cents to mail a letter.
Most shops were down town and were owned by local people who you knew as friends and neighbors.
Manpower Canada actually found you a job.
Rent was only 20% of your income and that was at minimum wage.
You could camp in provincial camp sites for free.
Museums and art galleries were free.
The government provided hundreds of maps and publications for dirt cheap or free.
Sales tax was only three percent and it went to pay for our hospitals.
Most consumer goods came from Canada and were well made,
Most common food items were grown in your region.
Children walked to school.
Obesity in children was very unusual.
Children would be away all afternoon, who knows where, and no parents worried because there was still a community.
Corporations and the privileged minority paid their share in taxes.
Governments still believed in service.