(Video: Fox News)
Mike Rowe, host of Fox Business’ “How America Works” and former host of Discovery’s “Dirty Jobs,” had some strong words for the inflation that is currently plaguing the American economy.
Speaking on Fox News on Monday, Rowe spoke about the “transitory” inflation that is currently affecting millions of working Americans. Rowe warned that the media, taking their cue from the administration of President Joe Biden, is attempting to whitewash to Americans both the impact and duration of inflation.
Still worse, Rowe said that the media is trying to “gaslight” Americans into believing that what is happening isn’t reality, such as rising prices at the gas pumps.
“We’re in a world where people are doing things that we can see, but we’re being told that that’s not happening … And when you start to stack those things up, it’s enough to make you look over your shoulder and think, you know, am I being punked, right?” he said on “Fox News Primetime.”
Rowe went on to speak about a “skills gap” he perceived in America, where managers are having difficulty finding candidates possessing skill sets needed for non-entry positions. According to ManpowerGroup’s studies, America is currently experiencing a “talent shortage” that is the highest it’s been in 10 years, which Rowe addressed during the segment:
“We talk [on the Fox Business show] about the skills gap. You talk about $1.7 trillion in student loans and we talk about 10.4 million open positions right now. And every day somebody goes to my little Facebook page and says, ‘Mike, no, no. The skills gap is a myth. It’s not real’ … 10.4 million? It’s real. There are millions of people who are either lacking the skills or the will to take advantage of the opportunities that are on the table. And that’s why I’m narrating ‘How America Works’ tonight on Fox Business … at 8:00 p.m. My shows feature real people doing real jobs that are really in demand who have prospered as a result of learning a skill. It’s really simple. We don’t do second takes. We give an honest look like a fly on the wall of what work looks like, and it’ll make you feel better whether you want to get your hands dirty or not.”
All of this ties into a difficult economic picture for both workers and employers, where lack of suitable talent translates into struggling businesses that sell fewer goods and therefore employ fewer people, which also fuels price inflation to cover the lack of mass sales.
The “transitory inflation” is a sore subject, dividing many in the media itself as the White House tries to do damage control, with press secretary Jen Psaki trying to convince CNN’s Jake Tapper that inflation is actually a “good thing.” The New York Times then tried to take up this line, but was largely panned on Twitter:
“Here’s why something bad is actually good because we’re a bought and sold rag.”
— WiZecraX (@wizecrax) September 8, 2021
When CNN tried to do a more honest take on the financial struggles of a family in Texas regarding the cost of buying food and how inflation has made their lives more difficult, other left-wing media elites furiously tore into CNN (not noted for its conservative, supply-side economics.) Given that many on the left portray themselves as champions of the poor, and favor regulation of the economy, the notion that a liberal Democratic president is presiding over something that harms the poor the most (the rich can likely far better absorb higher prices and find a way to make do) has caused considerable dissension in the ranks.
Regardless of any attempts at gaslighting or whitewashing, it will be impossible to conceal the effects of inflation from the Americans who don’t live in a bubble and actually have to pay for their goods and bills themselves, with their own money.
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