Earlier today many of us got into a discussion about jobs, America’s youth and education as part of a discussion on Patrick George’s post about the future of car sales in America.

That discussion reminded me of recent testimony given by Mike Rowe to a Senate panel.

In the testimony Rowe says America is so disconnected by how things work that they look down on the people who do understand how those things work and make a living building and fixing those things.

People hand over their keys to a mechanic and play Angry Birds until it’s finished.


Sure, things are more complicated today, but I agree with Rowe here; fewer people care or are curious about how things work and even fewer care less about how to fix them.

Rowe goes on to say that society has shamed the very notion of technical skills and blue collar labor to the point people just don’t want to learn the skills any longer. While that may be hard for many car enthusiasts to understand, I’m sure we all have friends that if presented with a tool of any sort they’d be utterly clueless what to do with it.

This hearing was held over two years ago. If you have a chance, sit down and take the time to watch it.


It’s an interesting take on America’s perspective of labor.