Mike Rowe on US Economy: We're Spoiled

Posted: Dec 28, 2016 8:45 AM
Mike Rowe on US Economy: We're Spoiled

Former “Dirty Jobs” host Mike Rowe told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson in an interview that aired Monday that there are plenty of job opportunities out there but people don’t realize it.

These jobs, he told Carlson, are in the skilled trades, such as welding, HVAC, and plumbing—and in some of these fields people can make $140,000 per year.

When asked why people aren’t actively seeking these opportunities out, the Fox host wondered if part of the problem was with “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,” he added, “they don’t see the dignity in welding, maybe. Is that part of the problem?”

Rowe agreed, but also went on to explain part of the problem is that we’re spoiled

“I think that may be part of the problem,” Rowe replied. “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 said that’s what they discovered on “Dirty Jobs” and also suggested it may’ve had political implications, too.

“That’s also why, to some degree, the election turned out the way it did,” he said.

“When you pay attention to big chunks of people who typically are ignored, interesting things happen.”