Mike Rowe

Newt Gingrich: Mike Rowe has incredible Labor Day insights on the importance of labor and American workers

I am particularly excited this Labor Day weekend to share with you my conversation with someone who has come to personify the work ethic, the legitimacy of work, and the need for everyone to understand and appreciate that labor itself (and the people who do it) are critical to our society. I’m talking about Mike Rowe, who was host of the Discovery Channel’s hit show “Dirty Jobs” and now hosts the podcast “The Way I Heard It.” Mike is a busy man. He also runs a foundation – the Mike Rowe Works Foundation, to provide scholarships to students entering the skilled trades. And he has just written a book, which is also called “The Way I Heard It.” So I was honored this week to have him on “Newt’s World” to talk with me about his personal story of how becoming reconnected with work and skilled labor changed his life forever. When Mike was young, he idolized his grandfather, who was a master tradesman. As Mike told me, his grandfather could build a house without blueprints and fix or create virtually anything. Mike grew up believing that he, too, would grow up to build things and follow his family trade. However, as he put it, “the handy gene is recessive.” When he reached his early 20s, Mike realized he did not have the natural talent required to do what his grandfather did, and so he went to community college, university, and later entered the media/entertainment industry. However, a single call from his mother concerning his grandfather’s health changed Mike’s life in fundamental ways and set him on his current course. It still colors nearly everything he does. I hope you will listen to this week’s episode, because Mike shared with me the touching story about how “Dirty Jobs” came into existence. It was initially Mike’s homage to his grandfather, but it turned into a profound and deep respect for all people who work hard every day to help our civilization function. But this was just one story that Mike shared with me. He also talked about his high school chorus teacher (who was also a Golden Gloves boxer) who cured Mike of a stutter by forcing him to audition for theater. He told me how that ultimately led him to fake his way into the Baltimore Opera (yes, Mike also sings opera). This was one of the most fascinating episodes I have recorded. Mike was incredibly candid, and we had an interesting conversation about how we as a society have lost our connection with skilled labor and trades. Labor Day is the perfect time for us to reflect and join Mike’s effort to reconnect and fix our relationship with work. It’s also the perfect day to pause and appreciate the millions of people who get up every day to keep America (and the world) running.

Mike Rowe is one of those real genuine great guys.  And, he gets it.  Thanks to Speaker Newt for sharing this with us. Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Dr. Newt Gingrich, PhD is the host of the “Newt’s World” podcast and author of the New York Times bestsellers “Understanding Trump and Trump’s America.”  Happy Labor Day!    🙂

Mike Rowe: Revival of auto manufacturing ‘goes right to the national identity’

Actor Mike Rowe praised plans by two major automakers to invest in American manufacturing, telling Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Monday that the issue “goes right to the national identity.” Rowe spoke with “Tucker Carlson Tonight” the day after Fiat Chrysler announced it would invest $1 billion into two U.S. factories, a move the company said would create 2,000 jobs. Last week, Ford abandoned plans to build a $1.6 billion auto manufacturing plant in Mexico, a move Rowe described as a “big, fat victory.” “Look, it’s not just jobs,” Rowe told Carlson. “And when I say that, I don’t mean to minimize it at all, but there’s just something … larger at work here, and it has to do with our identity, it has to do with what it feels like when we’re actually making things as a country.” Rowe, best known as host of the Discovery Channel show “Dirty Jobs,” which ran for eight seasons, said that the lesson of that program was “the value that comes from getting your hands on a thing and always knowing how you’re doing because you’re a part of some kind of process.” Rowe conceded that cars built in Mexico were likely to be cheaper in the U.S. because of the low cost of labor south of the border. “At some point we have to ask ourselves … who are we? What do we do other than buy things that other countries make on our behalf?” he added. “Eventually, when the bottom falls out, it’s like [the 2006 movie] ‘Idiocracy,’ [where] we don’t know how to hang a picture any more, much less make a car.” Rowe concluded the interview by dispensing his advice to young job-seekers. “Get a skill that’s in demand, that’s really in demand, that can’t be outsourced,” Rowe said. “Plumbers, steamfitters, pipefitters, carpenters, mechanics, those men and women right now … can pretty much write their own ticket, and so, again on a micro- level, I see a lot of reasons to feel really optimistic.”

Agreed!!  I saw that interview last night with Mike, and he was inspiring…and spot on.  Excellent!!