Bruce Bartlett’s Wayback Machine

I’ll leave it to the economists to discuss Bruce Bartlett’s contention about what should constitute being poor. But something that he said was so laughable, that I’m suprised an editor let it through (oh wait, it’s Townhall…they’ll let anything through):

When I grew up in the 1950s, only the wealthy owned color TVs, clothes dryers, stereos, dishwashers and disposals. These were all considered luxuries. We got by with black and white TVs, hanging our wet cloths on a line to dry, washing dishes by hand and throwing our potato peels in a pail instead of down the drain. So did most other middle-class families. Not even the wealthiest people owned microwave ovens, VCRs or computers.

Possibly because in the fifties the now common Time Machine, which we now take for granted, was not readily available. After all, the the fifties era rich folks would have had to travel to 1967 to purchase the first home microwave introduced by Amana. Later they could have stopped by 1975 to pick up their Altair 8800 computer kit, and then, I guess, hung around two more years to grab them one of those VBT2000 VCRs from RCA (VHS tapes might have been a bit limited.)

Yeah, times was tough back in the day.

Now you’ll have to excuse me while I go pull my flying car into my anti-gravitational geodesic heliport…



Yeah. Like I would tell you....