I’ve held between 35 and 40 jobs in my life. I started working when I was 14 and have maintained a job steadily (with the exception of a semester in college and six weeks during a move to another state) since then. Most of my life, I’ve had two or three jobs at once. Only by joining the Navy have I been able to focus on one career.
When I read the story of Jhaqueil Reagan of Indianapolis, Indiana, I knew the details before I reached the end. I’ve been blessed by a couple of Art Bouviers (from the restaurant Papa Roux) like Jhaq has. These are great Americans. We work in this country.
On a related topic, I serve with a Navy civilian who started interviewing for weekend retail jobs. If the furloughs happen (due to sequestration), she will not be able to weather the 20% pay cut. And she must sell clothes to make ends meet.