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"Forty years ago, a waitress could afford college."

True enough as attractive loan programs like NDSL were available. Such programs need to be resurrected and made more available, along with various flexible payment programs (NOT "free college").

"A school teacher could support a family of four on one income."

I suppose this might have been true somewhere, but I lived in a very low-cost area and no way was that true even fifty years ago. In fact, many teachers with children had working spouses and/or side jobs.

"A bank teller could own a home."

I can't comment directly on this, but high school education folks acted as tellers and treated about as well as cashiers so I doubt it.
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