Trump’s push to boost jobs and increase economic growth is fueled by a massive infrastructure plan to fix roads, bridges and other aging problems in the US.
Yet Mike Rowe believes there’s one major problem with instigating the infrastructure plan, according to The Blaze. Millennials who need work, aren’t going to take the jobs because they’re not the ones they want.
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It was during an interview with Chuck Todd that Rowe revealed the issues facing Trump’s trillion dollar infrastructure plan to improve the US and create jobs. Todd started the interview off asking if Rowe was disappointed that the infrastructure plan hadn’t already been implemented.
Rowe responded that he was disappointed, but not surprised. “Yeah, I think I am, a little bit, but I’m not shocked because the thing I noticed about the last administration that actually does have something in common with this one is a kind of, there’s a tendency to talk about job creation as if there’s a giant trained workforce standing by, waiting to fill jobs that get created.”
He talks about how he wrote to former President Obama saying, “Look the idea that 3 million shovel ready jobs are going to be created sounds great, but from what I’ve seen our country does have a bit of a dysfunctional relationship with regard to the shovel.”
Discussing Trump’s plan, Rowe added, “So before we say poof, here are the jobs, we need to talk about the aspirational element and the practical reality of whether anybody is standing by to do the work.”
Todd points out the oddity facing employment in America, that based on the numbers it shouldn’t be as bad as it is. “Why can’t we connect, because there are about I think 7 million unemployed – for the 6.2 million unfilled jobs?”
Rowe believes part of that reason is our society’s insistence on youth to get a college education to get a job, when it may not even be necessary. “6.2 million jobs are available as you and I speak, the vast majority of them do not require a four year degree. So why are we still talking as if the best path for the most people is the most expensive path, it just doesn’t add up.”
He also believes that Americans are unwilling to travel to new locations to obtain employment. “We have become curiously and distressingly sedentary, and you’re absolutely right when we talk about the numbers, the thing we always leave off is the geography. Because again, we kinda presuppose that people will go where the work is. I don’t know when that became anathema, but it did.”
He said many Americans have expectations too high for work and are ignoring jobs that could solve their financial problems. “And so in terms of expectations that aren’t realistic, now among them is not merely the availability of the job of my dreams, not merely the availability of a job that pays me what I believe is fair, but the existence of that job in my zip code.”
While the infrastructure plan would generate a lot of jobs, Rowe is right in that it may not necessarily solve the issues of unemployment. Millennials who’ve recently received a four-year degree and are looking for their dream job may be unwilling to relocate or obtain employment doing manual labor, even if it would solve their unemployment and financial woes.
The point Rowe was trying to make and what this article hopes to demonstrate is not that a person wishing to become a doctor shouldn’t go to medical school and try their best to do so, but rather, there’s nothing wrong with that student using a shovel to pay off their school expenses while they’re trying. Part of America’s greatness is the willingness and perseverance of most people to support themselves–not rely on a government or community to do it for them.