1940's an adult could support the family without government assistance. 1950's an adult could advance the family with a second adult working at least part-time. 1960's same holds true with some families needing government assistance. 1970's requires both adults to work in order to get ahead, more require government help. 1980's both adults work to maintain a standard of living. 1990's both adults work with a reduced standard of living, second job helps to get ahead. 2000's kids move back home, adults may not have jobs, government assistance everywhere.