Former host of ‘Dirty Jobs,’ Mike Rowe, showed concern regarding Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” policy. He expressed his doubts over the policy that Trump so loves, in a segment with Tucker Carlson on Fox News this Monday.
When Carlson asked Rowe if he was shocked to see how popular Trump’s policy was turning out to be, he said no, however he did show a little nervousness about it for a couple of reasons.
“First of all, I’m not sure I really understand it, to be honest, I mean I’m not a lawyer and it’s an Executive Order and it’s full of a lot of fine print. Secondly, and more importantly, it feels like it might be a shortcut. And as my pop used to say, ‘shortcuts lead to long delays.’ I don’t know if it is or if it isn’t.”
“If the executive order makes things more fair,” he continued, “if it does something to clamp down on uh, currency manipulation and whole lot of other things I also really don’t understand, it feels like happen in the global economy that disadvantages our country then I’m all for it.”
“But if it’s one of these things that is going to ultimately bring about some unintended consequences, I get nervous,” Rowe added.
“Look, I’m nervous about the minimum wage because I think when we raise it to hurry up to get to an endpoint,” he explained. “It’s like that wack-a-mole game. Something else pops up somewhere else and it’s like rent control. And I want an environment where the companies who are most responsible for hiring are dramatically encouraged by the market to keep the business here. And if we get ahead of ourselves, and make it by fiat, or some kind of mandate, I just figure that mole is gonna pop out of another hole and we’re gonna have to wack it.”
Rowe further elaborated that his doubts were the result of his understanding about what American consumers prefer to buy, even if they say they want to buy and hire American.
“Look, once upon a time, in another life, I had a deal with the blue jean company,” Rowe said. “And part of what I wanted to do was give the consumer a really clear choice between jeans that were made in America, and jeans that were made overseas. And they were identical, these jeans. I mean I could show you the research one day if you’re into it.”
“But it was remarkable how the price difference was everything,” he continued. “Until those two jeans, the American-made and the overseas were the identical same price, there was absolutely no push, no incentive for the consumer to buy American.”
“So it’s not just the worker, and it’s not just the boss, it’s us,” he concluded.
Rowe is a popular advocate of hard work, a virtue that he believes has been forgotten in the modern American society. He recently also spoke to Carlson about how modern American culture subtly scorns and undermines the value and dignity of hard work.