Do they know of what they speak? For example, Corporate and individual tax rates were much higher. The middle/working class never had it better, one family member worked whereas the other stayed home and did other work to compensate for not having a job. Work was valued, which allowed one family member to make enough earnings... Now, yes, I'm omitting some details... But so are the people who use the "go back to the 50s" in a pejorative sense since the 1950s had bad social issues to go with good economic ones, for which there is absolutely no correlation. (So 65 years later, we have much better social issues but worse economic ones. But to make a correlation would quickly be disputed and debunked.) So the next time people talk of the 1950s, add some context. Or say "1850s" if you want to cover all issues. Thanks!