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  •  From someone who DOES work 3 jobs ... (3+ / 0-)

    I said this earlier when this topic came up in an open thread ...

    I am working three jobs in order to (1) pay common bills like rent and utilities, (2) have decent healthcare that, in case of an emergency, I won't go bankrupt, (3) pay my student loans, and (4) save money for emergencies/retirement/new car/house/whatever it will be needed for.

    The full-time retail job pays for the bills and healthcare plan I receive from my part-time manufacturing job, the manufacturing job pays for my student loans, and my part-time standardized test scoring job gives me the money I can save for the future. I work over 90-hours a week when my seasonal scoring job is in session (I can't have 3 jobs consecutively, I just am not that strong of a person...).

    None of my jobs are "consulting jobs" like Paul Ryan's was.  I do physical labor anywhere between 70 and 90 hours.  I congratulate him if he actually did all three at once (assuming his consultant job required some significant portion of his time).  But working over 40 hours a week should not be the golden standard in America.  If that is the American "dream", then what is the American "nightmare"?

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