A big selling point of President-elect Donald Trump's campaign was bringing more jobs — particularly manufacturing jobs — back to the United States.
When Ford and Fiat announced plans to keep jobs in the US, Trump cheered:
And the President-Elect wasn't the only one cheering their decisions. Mike Rowe sat down with Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Monday to talk about the reasons that America needs manufacturing jobs:
"Living in a country that actually makes things is part of the American experience.
There is value that comes from getting your hands on a thing and always knowing how you're doing, because you're part of a process."
Rowe explained that on a certain level, building things was a part of the American identity:
"At some point, we have to ask ourselves, if you just keep extrapolating, who are we? What do we do other than buy things that other countries make on our behalf?
And eventually, when the bottom falls out... It's like 'Idiocracy,' you know, that movie...
We don't know how to hang a picture anymore, much less make a car."
And while Rowe noted the ongoing conflict between what's best for the consumer and what's best for the worker, he did offer a simple piece of advice to individuals who might be struggling in today's job market: “Get a skill that's in demand and that can't be outsourced.”