About Me

In writing the "About Me" portion of this blog I thought about the purpose of the blog - namely, preventing the growth of Socialism & stopping the Death Of Democracy in the American Republic & returning her to the "liberty to abundance" stage of our history. One word descriptions of people's philosophies or purposes are quite often inadequate. I feel that I am "liberal" meaning that I am broad minded, independent, generous, hospitable, & magnanimous. Under these terms "liberal" is a perfectly good word that has been corrupted over the years to mean the person is a left-winger or as Mark Levin more accurately wrote in his book "Liberty & Tyranny" a "statist" - someone looking for government or state control of society. I am certainly not that & have dedicated the blog to fighting this. I believe that I find what I am when I consider whether or not I am a "conservative" & specifically when I ask what is it that I am trying to conserve? It is the libertarian principles that America was founded upon & originally followed. That is the Return To Excellence that this blog is named for & is all about.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

A New Year's Look Back To 1955

Thanks to a subscriber to ReturnToExcellence.net for sending us this reminiscence from 55 years ago from 1955.  I also refer you to the blog to click on "Classics" on the left hand side & check out A Hundred Year Look Back that was originally presented by the Historian & posted on 1/9/07.  It provides a similar look @ 1906.  We'll have to wait until 2065 to see what someone posts for this year.  Happy 2011.
"1955 CHEVROLET And The Conversations That Went With It"
    Comments made in the year
 (That's 55 years ago!) 

'I'll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way
they are, it's going to be impossible
To buy a week's groceries for $20.00.

'Have you seen the new cars coming out next year?
 It won't be long before $2,000.00 will only buy a
used one.

'If cigarettes keep going up in price,
I'm going to quit.
 A quarter a pack is ridiculous.

'Did you hear the post office is thinking about
charging a dime just to mail a letter

'If they raise the minimum wage to $1.00,
Nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store.

'When I first started driving,
Who would have thought gas would someday cost 29cents a gallon..
Guess we'd be better off leaving the car in the garage.

'I'm afraid to send my kids to the movies any more.. Ever since they let Clark Gable get by with saying
It seems every new movie has either HELL or DAMN in it.

'I read the other day where some scientist thinks
it's possible to put a man on the moon by the
end of the century.
They even have some fellows they call astronauts
preparing for it down in Texas .

'Did you see where some baseball player just signed a
contract for $75,000 a year just to play ball?
It wouldn't surprise me if someday they'll be
making more than the President.

'I never thought I'd see the day all our kitchen
appliances would be electric.
They are even making electric typewriters now.

'It's too bad things are so tough nowadays..
I see where a few married women are having to work
to make ends meet.

'It won't be long before young couples are going to
have to hire someone
To watch their kids so they can both work.

'I'm afraid the Volkswagen car is going to open the
door to a whole lot of foreign business.

'Thank goodness I won't live to see the day when the
Government takes half our income in taxes.
I sometimes wonder if we are electing the best
people to congress.

'The drive-in restaurant is convenient in nice weather,
But I seriously doubt they will ever catch on.

'There is no sense going to Lincoln
 Omaha anymore for a weekend,
It costs nearly $15.00 a night to stay in a hotel.

'No one can afford to be sick anymore,
At $35.00 a day in the hospital it's too rich for
my blood.'

'If they think I'll pay 50 cents for a haircut, forget it.'







  1. And I recall that when my dad was hospitalized at Barnes, a leading hospital in St Louis, we were appalled that his private room cost $30 per day!

  2. whoever sent you this information, certainly has a very, very good memory. I don't remember things that only happened 1-2 years ago. This person has a very sharp memory. It shows growing older does not hamper your memory.

  3. Happy New Year Doug! I enjoyed reading about 1955....gives me hope that we'll survive today's non-sense!

  4. The look back to 1955 was hilarious to me. In that year, I was 27 years old with a 4yr and 1yr old daughters. To be honest, I don't remember complaining about the economy at the time. What people forget is that it's all relative. Though we were making a fraction of what people are making today, we always managed to put some of our money into savings. In addition, there was less STUFF to buy and what you did buy was paid for in cash. That all changed with the advent of credit buying. The worst thing to happen to to us was the advertising slogan "Buy now, Pay later" and we are paying through the nose now.