The 20 Hour Work Shifts
She works three 20 hour days each week. That isn't to say she only works three days a week. She works six days in what must seem like an eight day week crammed into six. She was a waitress/cook at Steak-n-Shake when I met her the other night, one of her two jobs. Taco Bell being the other. And no, that isn't her pictured above but it could be.
The lady I mentioned above isn't the exception. She is the rule. I recently met a mechanic at an auto parts store. He juggles four part-time jobs to keep afloat. I know another lady that works full-time at a hospital all day then turns around and spends another shift at a daycare. I can add a teacher I know who holds down a part-time gig at a liquor store because teaching doesn't pay the bills.
When politicos and economists talk about job creation here and an improving economy, what they fail to mention is that they count a part-time job as a full-time one while failing to recognize most people need to be working at least two jobs to keep at even keel. They also fail to mention those jobs don't pay the bills and pretty often are a misery unto themselves.
Is the economy better than it was during the Great Recession - which was really a depression but we just won't call it that for that implies the system failed, which it did - but of course it is better. Then again, that isn't saying a lot.
So while Silicon Valley hires its own buses and and touts Apps we don't really need while making housing too expensive for the people serving them; and while Wall Street is extorting money from pension funds and through fake bank accounts while collecting their bonuses, a new generation is growing up with an economic reality not seen for a century or better. How they react to it and the long-term consequences are yet to be felt.