Pining for the 1950's

The Democrats of late seem to be pining for the "Ward Cleaver" economy of the 1950's, lamenting that a) the middle class is worse off today financially, b) it takes two income earners to "survive" today rather than one and c) the middle class faces more risk without any additional reward.  Rather than refute all this mess in detail yet again, I will leave you with this quiz, via TJIC, from Tamara K:

1) The balance on Ward Cleaver's three most frequently used credit cards is?

Does Wally have an Xbox3 hooked to a flatscreen TV in his room, or is
he making do with an old Play Station hooked to a hand-me-down 19" Sony?

In addition to electricity, water, and the telephone, the Cleaver's
largest monthly bill is: a. Cellular Service, b. Cable TV, c. Broadband
Internet Access, or d. Late Fees At Blockbuster.

4) The Cleaver's timeshare is in: a.) Destin, or b.) Gatlinburg.

5) June's bread maker was made by: a.) Sunbeam, or b.) Krupps.

The amount of money Ward loses annually playing Powerball, Online Slots
at home, and Texas Hold 'Em on vacation in Branson, Missouri is: $____
(Round to the nearest dollar.)


  1. Bearster:

    You forgot one:
    The largest share of the Cleavers' tax bill goes to:
    1a) local property taxes not including special district assessments
    1b) special assessments
    2) user fees on utilities and other services
    3) city income tax
    4) state income tax
    5) federal income tax
    6) other payroll taxes not covered above
    7) hidden in the higher cost of fuel, food, airline tickets, etc.
    8) sales tax
    9) other

  2. mith:

    This quiz didn't make much sense to me, which is odd since I think I'm part of the target audience. My family would no doubt be considered middle class, we're getting by just fine on a single income, and none of these question really apply to us at all.

  3. Dan:

    Another missing question:

    On average, how many times a week did June speak to her parents in Arizona via telephone?

  4. Craig:

    What kind of cars did June and Wally own?