Mike Rowe: ‘We’re being treated like children … there’s no such thing as a non-essential worker’

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Mike Rowe insists that there is no such thing as a non-essential worker with the U.S. economy on the verge of cratering, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

In a recent interview with Glenn Beck of The Blaze, the former Dirty Jobs host seemed to be calling out New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,  both Democrats, who appear to be disdainful of unemployed Americans to some degree.

Mike Rowe provided this warning amidst the coronavirus outbreak and the subsequent response by the government:

“Over all of this…looms the concept of essential work. In COVID, in an economy like this, when you take 26 million ‘nonessential’ workers out of the equation, what happens? The whole thing collapses under its own weight. I would suggest to you right now that there is no such thing as a nonessential worker when it comes to the economy.”

In reference to Cuomo, however, Rowe noted that he has nonetheless been a champion of essential workers for 20 years.

Americans have been clamoring to get to back to work despite the disproportionate and draconian stay-at-home orders from mostly blue-state governors.

“You want to get work? Go take a job as an essential worker. Do it tomorrow,” Cuomo dismissively declared after a back and forth with a reporter at a late-April press conference.

The former Dirty Jobs host on the Discovery Channel, Mike Rowe went on to star in a similar reality show on CNN called Somebody’s Gotta Do It. He now hosts an online show called Returning the Favor.

Rowe has long been a champion of the skilled, so-called blue-collar trades — which offer in-demand, high-paying jobs — that actually produce something tangible rather than encouraging high school students to pursue an expensive liberal arts degree with no real job prospects at the end and resulting in graduates being buried in loan debt.

Through his mikeroweWORKS Foundation, he awards scholarships, among other things, awards scholarships to men and women who seek training at trade schools across the country rather than getting on the four-year college diploma track.

Last year, reacting to the “Varsity Blues” scandal, Mike Rowe opined that the real scandal was the exorbitant cost of higher education. He suggested that obtaining a credential after four years on campus has little do with a person’s character or work ethic.

Grassroots protests against heavy-handed shelter-in-place edicts continue to spread across the country as Americans demand the right to go back to work.

“Most of the country is gonna come through this with the realization that we’re being treated like children. And we’re being fed platitudes…by people who want us to look at them as parents. And when that lands, things will change,” Mike Rowe predicted during the interview.


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