Here at Constitution.com we’ve come to love Mike Rowe.
His no-nonsense, politically incorrect perspective on life has helped to shape the American debate over several important issues, including skilled labor and education.
However, his latest comments may cause some concern among his Republican-leaning fans because Rowe voiced some concern about the President’s new “Hire American, Buy American” policies.
When Fox News’ Tucker Carlson asked Rowe what he thought about the new presidential policies, Rowe responded that he didn’t understand the entire policy but there were some reasons to be concerned.
“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 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.
Look, I’m nervous about the minimum wage because I think when we raise it to hurry up to get to an endpoint. 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.
Look, once upon a time, in another life, I had a deal with the blue jean company, 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. 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.”