Mike Rowe, former host of Discovery Channel's "Dirty Jobs," said Monday that the reason the U.S. job market is suffering is not for lack of opportunity, but because American workers are just "spoiled."
During a discussion with Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Rowe explained that his organization, the Profoundly Disconnected Foundation, helped fund one young man who is now a welder in North Dakota making a $140,000 salary.
Rowe said that, though he kept hearing reports of joblessness across the country, when he would go perform "dirty," blue-collar work for his television program, he would often see "help wanted" signs along the way.
After hearing about the lofty pay and the need to workers, Carlson wondered why more Americans aren't seeking blue collar jobs.
"Maybe one of the barriers, really, are the people guiding them in schools at the secondary level are all liberal arts and poetry majors, not that there's anything wrong with that," the Fox host said. "They don't see the dignity in welding, maybe? Is that part of the problem?"
Rowe, known for his willingness to do any just about any job that needs to be done, agreed with Carlson, telling the anchor that is at least part of the problem. However, the crux of the issue, in Rowe's mind, is "spoiled" American culture.
"We're also spoiled in that wonderful way that any advanced society becomes when they flip the switch on and they don't pause for a second to say, 'Holy crap! I can't believe that lights came on again,'" he said.
"We're not properly gobsmacked by the reality of the civilization we live in," he continued. "Consequently, the people who are on the front lines of those jobs are by and large transparent."
In fact, the former "Dirty Jobs" host went on to say that's precisely why his Discovery Channel show was such a hit: "When you pay attention to big chunks of people who are typically ignored, interesting things happen."