Former “Dirty Jobs” host Mike Rowe was interviewed by Tucker Carlson on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” to discuss the biggest problem facing the American job market. According to Rowe, it’s simple: “We’re spoiled.”
Rowe discusses how in certain parts of the country, skilled hands-on jobs like welders can make as much as $140,000 a year. He references his own organization called Profoundly Disconnected Foundation, which “rewards people with a passion to get trained for skilled jobs that actually exist,” (i.e. welders).
Carlson inquires why more Americans do not seek out more jobs such as welding: “Maybe one of the barriers, really, are the people guiding them in schools at the secondary level are all liberal arts and poetry majors – not that there’s anything wrong with that. They don’t see the dignity in welding, maybe. Is that part of the problem?”
Rowe then gives a spot-on explanation as to why Americans are not seeking these professions:
“I think that may be part of the problem… We’re also spoiled in that wonderful way that any advanced society becomes when they flip the switch on and they don’t pause for a second to say, ‘holy crap! I can’t believe the lights came on again.’ … We’re not properly gobsmacked by the reality of the situation we live in. Consequently, the people who are on the front lines of those jobs are by and large transparent.”
He then accredits Americans recognizing this reality with the election of Donald Trump:
“We certainly saw that on Dirty Jobs. Honestly, that’s why that show worked. That’s also why, to some degree, the election turned out the way it did. When you pay attention to big chunks of people who typically are ignored, interesting things happen.”
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