‘Price of safety is devastating’: Mike Rowe breaks down why long-term lockdowns doomed to fail

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TV show host Mike Rowe, known as the working man’s hero because of his appreciation for hard work and common sense, is certainly not among the Americans who believe that safety concerns outweigh anything and everything else.

Speaking on Fox News’ “The Story” this Friday, the former “Dirty Jobs” host and current “Six Degrees with Mike Rowe” host was asked how he feels about the coronavirus pandemic improving and lockdowns slowly going away.

Rowe replied by stating that he feels like America’s leaders are finally beginning to embrace the balanced approach that he’s been recommending from day one.

“I think in a general way, we’re starting to understand the importance of balance again. Six, seven months ago, I remember when Andrew Cuomo said … no measure, no matter how draconian, could be deemed unwise if it saves but a single life,” he explained.

Listen to the full discussion below:

(Source: Fox News)

“I got a lot of flak when he said that because I did jump in, and I said wait a second, that is a safety-first way of thinking, and deep down we’re not a safety first society. We can be for short periods, but eventually, people get bored of being terrified,” Rowe said.

In multiple interviews back in May, including one on Fox News’ “The Daily Briefing,” Rowe slammed New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for pursuing “draconian” lockdowns at the expense of his constituents’ mental and financial well-being.

“Safety obviously is very, very, very important, but the notion that nothing in the country is more important than staying safe, that’s not something commonsensical people embrace,” he said on Fox News at the time.

“That’s something you hear from people who are trying to sell you something, or politicians who are trying to get reelected. We have to get away from the cookie-cutter bromides and platitudes and start dealing with one zip code at a time,” he contended.


His attitude about safety hasn’t changed.

Now we’re starting to see that the price of safety is devastating,” he said Friday.

As an example, he pointed to President Joe Biden’s safety-based attacks on the fossil fuel industry, which he believes poses a danger to the planet.

“What’s happening right now in my view in the energy industry is really the thing that I think we ought to be focused on, because there feels to me, and there feels to a lot of people I talk to on a day-to-day basis, a concerted effort to wage a kind of war against energy. And it’s not a war we can win, especially with regard to fossil fuels and all of the jobs that are wrapped up in that industry,” he said.

“I don’t mean to sound like an apologist, but I know of no greater investor in alternative energy than the fossil fuel industry,” he continued. “If we don’t get people who wear yoga pants and rely on plastic keyboards to understand the relationship that we all have and the way that everything is connected with all elements of our work force, I’m afraid we’re going to just keep pushing that boulder up the hill.”

Bringing the discussion back to safety, host Martha MacCallum noted that America wasn’t built on this safety-obsessed mindset. Rowe agreed.

“It’s something that most sensible people know intuitively. Risk is the only four-letter word that truly matters. It’s the thing that impacts and informs every decision we make, from driving a car to walking around without a mask or with one mask or maybe two masks. But why stop there? Why not three or four?” he asked.

It could certainly happen.

We’re starting to see that if you elevate the business of staying alive to the very, very top of all things, then the only thing you’ll ever do is stay alive. You won’t go anywhere. You won’t try anything. You won’t build anything,” Rowe continued.

So anything less than safety first feels glib and irresponsible, but the truth is that most people on the front lines of work, most people who raise a family, most people who get in their car and drive anywhere understand that there’s a bargain in all things, and all things are connected,” he said.

More-so than most people realize. The working man’s hero went on to recount how a garbage man had pulled him aside last spring to warn him that lockdown policies were going to lead to a shortage of the glass vials needed for a COVID vaccine.

“A garbage man pulled me aside six months ago and said, you wait, if we get a vaccine, wait till you see what happens to the glass vials. I said what are you talking about?” Rowe recalled.

“He said the recycling factories have been shut down. We’re not going to have the glass to make the vials. The bottleneck is not going to be where you think. It never is. The garbage man was right. The garbage men are always right,” Rowe said.

Indeed, it appears they are.


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