From Aging Well, by George Vaillant. The Inner City study followed a group of Boston area men throughout their lives. The men, mostly from working class backgrounds, were born between 1925 and 1932.
When reinterviewed at age 67, one Inner City man was asked about how his parents had supervised him. He earnestly replied, “Oh, they really made us go to school, and back in that era, you know, elementary school, you would go home for lunch. My mom would have a hot meal waiting for me. And I would spend an hour or so with her, then I would go back to school. No foolish stupid buses or these cold, dumb lunches that they give you today. My mommy took care of these things. Didn’t let the State worry about it.
“Maybe that’s probably one of the reasons I have a lot of resentment toward liberals; I don’t want to get into no political thing with you, but I don’t like liberals. The left liberals especially.” The interviewer asked, “Was your family poor?” “Ah, no,” came the answer. “I would say we were probably lower middle class back then.”
The original record revealed that when this man was one year old the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (SPCC) had been called in. They noted that the subject had rickets (a disorder of malnutrition) and “the house was dirty and in disorder.” When he was 16 the interviewer noted that his parents “harped on how little aid they were getting from Welfare.” Selective amnesia at 67 allowed him to feel in control. He needed no help from liberals; he had never needed help from liberals.