How did we manage to have it all in the years after the Second World
War--car, house, health care, affordable education, Social Security,
rising wages, leisure--and where did it go? If anyone knows, please tell
California. Things seemed to be going so well here a half century ago:
unemployment rates just above 3 percent, swimming pools in every
backyard, baseball teams poached from Brooklyn, matchless public
schools and universities, and swift new highways. Good jobs were
available to nearly anyone who came, and nearly everyone did.
It all seems awfully remote.