UPDATE: Mike Rowe testifies before Senatecomments (8) May 12th, 2011 in Blogs
On May 10th, TV star Mike Rowe who hosts and produces the popular Discovery Channel show Dirty Jobs told the Senate Commerce committee that if we don't start respecting the folks who fix, build, and clean up our stuff, our country will be in big trouble. He described his grandfather who was a builder and plumber and the occasion when the the 12-year-old Mike Rowe flushed the toilet only to have the contents reemerge in the bowl. His grandfather came over to investigate and asked the boy to join him in the yard with a pick and shovel. By the end of the day the waste line was replaced and the toilet was back to normal. He described it as "one of my favorite days ever."
30 years later a similar thing happened, so Mike called the landlord and went to work. By the time he came home that night, the toilet was fixed and he never even met the guy who did the work. He realized that most folks are completely disconnected to the skilled trades people who make our comfortable lives possible. Mike went on to say that the lack of respect for these workers has prevented many important jobs from being filled in a time of otherwise high unemployment.
I love Mike's show and I admire his amazing gift to keep the content funny and entertaining without disrespecting the folks he works with. And his important work before the Senate only reinforces my admiration. Good job, Mike. I hope they listened.
You can read the whole testimony here.
Yesterday (5/16/2011), Mike posted a video on CNN's website discussing "America's dysfunctional relationship with hard work" and why he felt it was necessary to testify before the Senate Commerce commitee on the subject. Check it out.
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