He reminds a person of conservative firebrands. He says what you’re thinking. Liberals hate him because they know he’s right. Mike Rowe called us a quilt. Liberals like to use the word interconnected. Well, America fits that description. If you’re going to call one sector “essential” and another “non essential”, that quilt is going to unravel or bunch up in odd ways. Americans instinctively understand this so there’s the sense something isn’t right.
Mike Rowe of the hit TV show “Dirty Jobs” sees and does some of those crucial jobs. He spoke with Dana Perino on “The Daily Briefing”, saying there really is no difference between the two distinctions if you’re talking the economy.
“There’s something tricky with the language going on here, because with regard to an economy, I don’t think there is any such thing as a nonessential worker,” Rowe said. “This is basically a quilt…and if you start pulling on jobs and tugging on careers over here and over there, the whole thing will bunch up in a weird way.”
FEE President and Economist Zilvinas Silenas wrote an article Mike spoke of. “Allowing politicians to decide which businesses and products are ‘essential’ is an invitation for disaster,” Silenas observed. “If we continue to deny these businesses the ability to do the one essential thing they are best at—providing goods and services to millions of everyday Americans—we risk more than unemployment or recession of stock price plunge. We deprive ourselves of the best resource—our people—during the time of need.”
Rowe is one of many to point out we’re all essential
You find that out as soon as a particular sector is shut down. Politicians probably also know instinctively how to make sure their own paycheck is taken care of. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer made sure her wallet still gets filled while others face starvation. She’s allowing lottery ticket sales while forbidding purchases of seeds that people could use to grow their own food.
Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney noted the same thing Mike is alluding to. Some industries remaining open have more to do with municipal budgets than with protecting from COVID-19.
Industries picked have turned out to be destructive
The economist Leonard Read brought up in “I, Pencil” that you can’t shut down one industry without it affecting another. A person can’t make a simple pencil on their own. It takes many people working in different industries to put one together. The Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce pointed this out to Gov. Tom Wolf.
If a governor shuts down industries that will affect his or her bottom line, you’ll likely hear the need to return to work. Andrew Cuomo recently admitted to needing people back to work. Tax receipts maybe affecting his paycheck.
Economist Antony Davies and political scientist James Harrigan noted why food distribution problems are happening. “We cannot declare one business ‘unnecessary’ without, by extension, declaring unnecessary every other business that relies on it, and every business that relies on those businesses,” Davies and Harrigan write. “Food is necessary, and because of that delivery trucks are necessary, and because of that engine fuses and wiper blades are necessary, and because of that plastic packaging in which fuses and blades are sold is necessary, and on and on.”