in many ways, at least economically, you boomers did get to experience a more charmed culture & life from ike thru the late '60's.
not only did the vietnam war, inevitable civil rights strife & watergate corruption later tear away at the seams of tranquiltiy, but it was also the debt, oil shortages & stagflation that would reek more havoc. the stability of the ike & jfk years was framed by the economic health of the nation. your right, cost of living was dramatically better as oppossed to today. people got much more for their dollar (even inflation adjusted) then today. manuf hadnt been outsourced & wages hadnt been diluted. inturn, communities were also safer. as long as you were willing to work, one could find a really decent standard of living in many diverse parts of the nation.
we have more material things now, but a lot less quality of life in re to the stress & double income it takes to acquire them as opposed to the era you point to. it was in some ways an ideal time to come of age (race issues aside), at least before '70 when things started turning more nasty.
I always dug, queen of the highway on morrison hotel. I always thought jim summed it up pretty well in re to the idealistic side of the era & generation he grew up w/. Even w/ the danger and disillusion the song implies happening before & much soon to come, it does seem those old enough got to capture a nice bubble of idealism & prosperity from the '50's thru the '60's.
hope now, we're not down the funnel end of that whirlpool w/ no hope back up.
American boy, American girl,
Most beautiful people in the world!
Son of a frontier Indian Swirl,
Dancing into the midnight whirl-pool naked, Formless.
I hope it can continue a little while longer