Mike Rowe is “nervous” about President Trump’s executive order on keeping jobs in America, despite his staunch support of blue-collar workers across the action.
The former “Dirty Jobs” host is worried that Trump’s “buy American, hire American” executive order “feels like it might be a shortcut.”
“If the executive order makes things more fair, if it does something to clamp down on currency manipulation and a whole lot of other things … then I’m all for it,” Rowe said on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Monday.
“But if it’s one of these things that’s going to ultimately bring about some unintended consequences, I get nervous,” he added.
Trump followed through on campaign promises with his order requiring the U.S. government to purchase American-made goods and restricting companies that attempt to hire foreign labor.
According to a recent ABC news and Washington Post poll, 73 percent of Americans approve of the President’s efforts with the executive order.
Rowe admitted he did not completely understand the order and is worried that the U.S. economic policy is looking like a game of Whack-A-Mole.
“I want an environment where the companies that 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’s going to pop up out of another hole and we’re going to have to whack it,” the television host and narrator said.
Rowe recalled his own experience to market American-made blue jeans in his thoughts on how he would encourage consumers to buy U.S.-made goods.
“It was remarkable how the price difference was everything,” he said.
“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,” Rowe noted. “So, it’s not just the worker and it’s not just the boss, it’s us.”
Rowe suggested the country take “an inward look” and criticized the “social war on work” that creates a climate where consumers will pay $425 for a pair of distressed jeans covered in imitation mud.
“It’s like jeans for people who don’t have dirty jobs but want you to think they have a dirty job,” he said. “As a country, what the hell are we doing, man?”
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