Your ever curious reporter ran across an interesting statistic today.
Back in the 1950's and 60's North American workers saw their paychecks, and prosperity, go up and up from one year to the next.
Then, as the 1970's dawned, something strange happened. Wages, and our standard of living flat-lined, and has stayed that way ever since.
(Of course this doesn't mean that the rich have suffered the same fate bunky!)
Here is a chart of wages since the mid point of the 20th century, adjusted for inflation and earning power!