If we actually adjusted the cost of (American) living to account for the fact that a family was bigger just after WWII than it is today, that "mom" usually stayed at home, and that "dad" worked about 40 hours -- and that now; 1). families are smaller, 2). both parents work (and sometimes put in more than 40 hours each or work multiple jobs), and that the percent of "family income" for housing, food, fuel and other commodity items is greater, we'd realize that we have less "leisure time", the average person is expected to work much longer in their life (or not be able to retire at all), we'd have to ask ourselves some serious questions about "quality of life".
For the "99%", (of Americans) life seems to mimic the failure of Sears' slogan -- "The Good Life at a Great Price".
Nice site to read up on Sears: [searsarchives.com...]