Sunday, September 9, 2012

Star Of Television Show Dirty Jobs Mike Rowe Posts An Open Letter To Mitt Romney

Mike Rowe, the funny but hard working host of the television show, Dirty Jobs has posted an open letter to Mitt Romney. Here's an excerpt from that letter: 
Though schizophrenic and void of any actual qualifications, my resume looks pretty impressive, and when our economy officially crapped the bed in 2008, I was perfectly positioned to weigh in on a variety of serious topics. A reporter from The Wall Street Journal called to ask what I thought about the “counter-intuitive correlation between rising unemployment and the growing shortage of skilled labor.” CNBC wanted my take on outsourcing. Fox News wanted my opinions on manufacturing and infrastructure. And CNN wanted to chat about currency valuations, free trade, and just about every other work-related problem under the sun. 
In each case, I shared my theory that most of these “problems” were in fact symptoms of something more fundamental – a change in the way Americans viewed hard work and skilled labor. That’s the essence of what I’ve heard from the hundreds of men and women I’ve worked with on Dirty Jobs. Pig farmers, electricians, plumbers, bridge painters, jam makers, blacksmiths, brewers, coal miners, carpenters, crab fisherman, oil drillers…they all tell me the same thing over and over, again and again – our country has become emotionally disconnected from an essential part of our workforce.  We are no longer impressed with cheap electricity, paved roads, and indoor plumbing. We take our infrastructure for granted, and the people who build it. 
Today, we can see the consequences of this disconnect in any number of areas, but none is more obvious than the growing skills gap. Even as unemployment remains sky high, a whole category of vital occupations has fallen out of favor, and companies struggle to find workers with the necessary skills. The causes seem clear. We have embraced a ridiculously narrow view of education. Any kind of training or study that does not come with a four-year degree is now deemed “alternative.” Many viable careers once aspired to are now seen as “vocational consolation prizes,” and many of the jobs this current administration has tried to “create” over the last four years are the same jobs that parents and teachers actively discourage kids from pursuing. (I always thought there something ill-fated about the promise of three million “shovel ready jobs” made to a society that no longer encourages people to pick up a shovel.)
You can read Mike Rowe's entire letter HERE
Mike Rowe is absolutely correct. American used to be a country that made things. We used to be a country where hard work was done in the fields under a hot sun or in a factory where machines and men banged and clanged on wood, steel and other items.America valued farming, mining, manufacturing, cleaning, or drilling.  If America wants to get back on track, we need to encourage these industries to grow and expand. That means reducing burdensome regulations and lowering taxes so that business can hire workers to do these jobs. Quite frankly, we also need a national discussion on  private sector unions since they can also hinder productivity, competitiveness, job creation and profits. 
We also need to encourage society to value this kind of work and not disparage it. This kind of dirty work takes humility, strength, dedication and brains to do. It is not stupid work. Its common sense work. It is honorable work. It is American work. 
This is what made America strong and competitive. If we want to make America work again, we need to get America to work. 
This article was cross posted from the blog Conservative Samizdat.

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BOSMAN said...

To bad Mike doesn't write Obama another letter telling him to CLEAN UP his act.

All kidding aside, Mike NAILED IT!

Can't get them fingers dirty, think what it would do to my keyboard while I look for work...and calluses, they just don't go with texting all day long.

Ohio Joe said...

Good post! Another illustration of the Europeanization of America.

Machtyn said...

Mike Rowe, in another interview, stated he did send Obama a similar letter in 2009. He never received a response.

Machtyn said...

Oh, you said "another letter." I suppose Mike Rowe doesn't want to waste his time in sending another ignored letter.

Donald Taylor said...

Nice job Mike, and great post on MikeRoweWorks--very thoughtful and helpful for America.

Please invite Mitt to come and work with you on some dirty jobs--once a week (in the swing states) from now until the election. He might agree to do it.

I thought of this idea some time ago, before reading your post. It really would be great. You would find that Mitt knows how to roll up his sleeves and work. He's an old-guy, so he probably can't do a full days work, because it takes strong men (and strong women) to do some of America's most important jobs. But I think Mitt would be willing to work with you, shoulder to shoulder, and not just talk.

cimbri said...

Wages have been driven down for these dirty jobs by immigrants. We need to freeze immigration in order to lower the unemployment rate and raise wages. Just do it.

Rosa said...

Good Job Mike.Keep on sending Obama letters. Maybe he will get the hint
Thanks Mike Rowe for standing up for the USA. We need to bring our jobs back to the US. Will Pray for a good out come in upcoming election