First Came The Promotion of American Jobs …

Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs fame had the audacity to record a commercial for Walmart. The spot is about reinvigorating American manufacturing and Walmart’s promise to purchase $250,000,000,000 –two hundred and fifty billion dollars!– worth of American made goods over the next ten years. Mix Mike Rowe, Walmart and the celebration of hard work and then watch the hate flow. Yeah, you will be annoyed, but you will love how Rowe responds.

Here is the commercial, narrated by Mike.

Then came the idiocy …

Here is some of the hate, fresh from Mike’s Facebook Page.

Sean Murray says,

        “I thought you were good person. But I just saw your AD that WAL-MART paid for. Your a corporate suck, Rowe.”

Then came Mike Rowe, all muscled-up from hard work and keen of mind like the self-made millionaire he is …

Mike Rowe can still lay down some intellectual whoop-ass, even half naked in filth

Mike Rowe can still lay down some intellectual whoop-ass, even half naked in filth

Then, we fell in a deep, dude love for Mike Rowe. Check out his absolutely stellar response and then click over and like his Facebook page, where you will find Mike’s amazingly patient, logical and correct responses to the train load of stupid that landed itself on Mike’s page–here is a tiny sampling as Mike Rowe responds to Sean.

Well hi there, Sean. From ‘good person’ to corporate suck in 60 seconds! That’s gotta be a record! Let me explain something. Better sit down, as the truth may shock you. Ready? I make my living on commercial television. Not television. COMMERCIAL television.

         That means I appear in television shows with commercials, paid for by corporations. I also produce television shows with commercials, paid for by corporations. I sometimes narrate television shows with commercials, paid for by corporations. And occasionally, I appear in the television commercials themselves, also paid for by corporations. No matter what your job is Sean, if you work in commercial television, the money all flows from the same place. And no – it’s not the advertisers or the corporations that pay the bills. It’s you, Sean. The viewer. Just like the customer in a Walmart, the viewer on the sofa programs the airwaves by deciding what to watch and what to buy. In other words, you’re the boss.

         Don’t get me wrong – I would never imply that your decision to watch a Corporate Spectacle like the International Olympic Games on a Global Network owned by one of the largest Conglomerates on Planet Earth makes you a “corporate suck.” But I might wonder – given the purity of your own position – why you ever liked me in the first place.

         (To be fair, I got my start on a home shopping channel, selling crap in the middle of the night to a narcoleptic crowd of nocturnal lonely-hearts, so I’ve had 25 years to get comfortable with the parasitical nature of my professional identity. Perhaps you’re just getting started?)

Oh, Yeah … The Part About A Shrinking America

When Americans can get their man-panties in a bunch because a working man promotes work, America is really shrinking. Nations that don’t value work, that mock it and deride are nations on their way to the fast flush. But, folks like Sean and others who make fun of hard work should shock exactly no one. After all, our own President’s political party–the one over which he has 100% control–says the greatest thing about ObamaCare is that more people can now quit work and sponge off of their neighbors.

From Americans for Prosperity a "shadowy conservative group" who is so "shadowy" they run memes with their logos on them.

From Americans for Prosperity a “shadowy conservative group” who is so “shadowy” they run memes with their logos on them.

 

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48 comments
BrianRagle
BrianRagle

As usual, it seems the point was missed.  I don't see anyone bashing or putting down "work".  What I do see are some people who are surprised that Rowe doesn't let ethics get in the way of a paycheck, that or he is ethically okay with the manner in which Walmart conducts business.  As proud as Rowe is of his humble beginnings and the value of labor, it seems surprising that he would accept a paycheck to shill for a company widely considered to be among the worst in the country where treating its labor is concerned.

Doug Schane
Doug Schane

The holy trinity the leftist despise, Wal Mart, The Koch Brothers, and Fox News. lol

dudley
dudley

Possibly, buy there could be another answer, it's possible that some companies have realized they won't be able to sell as much if We continue to keep losing more jobs.

Also the quality of a lot of foreign made products really are bad and a waste of our money, I know I have complained to manufacturers, I'm sure others have too...maybe they are getting fedup with complaints.

Joe
Joe

I guess my question reguarding Walmart..is why is it so successful, is it because consumers want the products that Walmart brings to the marketplace, I'm not protecting Walmart, but it's We the people that buy the goods, and we the people that Elect the officials that permit the trade, I would guess if we built a Store across the street from Walmart, that sold only American Made Products by Solid Americans that were all Union backed, and we were given the choice to only buy American or shop price, The Marketplace will speak Volumes as to what we want in our country, Or Maybe it already Has.........

Kathryn Hassig
Kathryn Hassig

I could never afford my own insurance and had to work to get it. Now my employer has canceled insurance for part timers and I can't even afford Obamacare.

Rich
Rich

It's sad that the corporations like Wlamart have to do the stimulating of the economy because this whitehouse is stashing trillions in their platters instead of helping the US.

carl mennare
carl mennare

Where do people get the idea that Walmart closed any factories in America. Corporations that are publicly traded position their factories wherever they bottom line is the best. So if labor costs and shipping costs and regulatory costs and all the other costs are cheaper in a different country, then that is where they will go. Walmart's job is to sell products to Americans at the lowest price possible. This is a huge benefit to millions of Americans every day. It allows us to save some of our dollars that may be needed elsewhere. When Walmart has an item like say a shirt made for them, they start with a quote process, eventually they find out that American industry has priced itself out of the market(Textile Unions). If it truly bothered people then why do they shop there and work there everyday? People complain about Walmart paying such a low wage, well people still work there and if they quit there are plenty of others willing to take the job, so it must not be that bad. Face it, with the economy the way it is right now any job is better than no job and it is an employer's market. Don't look for corporations to do any massive hiring anytime soon either, as long as the threat of being replaced looms they can increase the workloads on the employees thereby eliminating the need for a new higher.

Harvey Melton
Harvey Melton

that he does, i too was raised by old fashioned parents with old fashioned values. such as a solid work ethic, and not being afraid to get your hands dirty and doing whatever it takes to support your family and working my way up from the bottom.

Jim Allen
Jim Allen

The people that bitching about Mike are those who Obama told they don't have to work anymore and the Government would take care of them. Wal-Marts commercial raises fears that again Obama lied to those who believe in Government support and wouldn't have to work again. what a sick bunch of losers.

MAV
MAV

Excellent add! I have been laid off three times in my lifetime, and I didn't whine nor ask for a hand out. It was me, me who pulled my pants back up and tried again...was it easy? NO! But by the grace of God I did it...No one is going to tell me where I can work, or which company is not to be considered because of some ideological bent on someones mind...If Walmart gives me the opportunity to provide for my family I will work there...for my family! That is my responsibility, to provide for my family! Not yours, the government, or some special group who thinks a company is not fair. Give me a break, stop the winning and get to work!

EK
EK

Insurance portability would solve the problem of someone being FORCED (?) to work for insurance. Obamacare FORCES ME via increased taxes, to pay for their choice to not work for insurance.

I too started my own business, without having the government pay me or underwrite my costs associated with doing so. I want to exercise my right to NOT underwrite the costs associated with YOU starting your own business or deciding to not work.

Walmart is a business. They will purchase product that hits the PRICE:VALUE ratio required by their customers...us! When we believe their price for the value (quality) is too high, we vote with our wallets, and go elsewhere. (Look at what happened to Woolworths, Kresgees, and where K-Mart/Sears may be headed.) Their sales decline, their stock values (yes, Walmart IS on the stock market!) decline and your pension funds, which probably include some Walmart stocks, decline. Your pension fund sells the Walmart stocks, and Walmart finances decline more. Walmart goes out of business. People lose their jobs; your pension fund lost value; and you probably have less money left to pay for other products. This is YOUR choice and I defend your right to make it.

On the flip side, if WE like the PRICE:VALUE of Walmart goods, we buy more, at that price, (thereby saving money to buy other goods elsewhere), the value of Walmart stock increases, our pension plans increase, they hire more people who are willing to work (Walmart holds no gun to their heads--and this IS a great starter job site for our youth) for the wages offered, and the cycle continues.

So far as "China" is concerned, production moves to the lowest potential cost at the lowest acceptable worker "sophistication" (knowledge/experience/capability/reliability/productivity-wage rate). Made in China costs are actually dramatically increasing; production is moving to less expensive areas. This process has been ongoing for centuries. If you don't like it, vote with your wallets, but do a complete life cycle analysis of just such a decision. But, if you are a Nieman Marcus shopper, please don't try to tell me not to spend my money where I can afford to...I can't afford Nieman Marcus. Respect my right to make my decision!

David Frith
David Frith

I am guilty...guilty of not supporting the American Worker by purchasing goods that were not made by an American, whether it be in a Walmart or a Costco, or a local convenience store. Now is the time to act, America. Stop supporting the non-American businesses and buy American, or we become a forgotten possession of a third-world country who owns us and that feeds us more BS than what the libtard left is doing now. Wake up America, vote them out and lets take back what is rightfully ours. I am and I remain...

Brian
Brian

Some of these comments are also comical, if not for the fact the were so sad at the same time. So what I'm being led to believe by reading them is this; people are no longer boxed into a specific job simply because of the need for group health coverage, they are not free to do whatever they want and take advantage of more affordable health care coverage which is funded by a socialistic paradigm?

So, that means while the rest of us who do not necessarily feel boxed in by our current employment, and are satisfied with our health coverage; are now subjected to ever more increasing rates and out of pocket expenditures for this coverage do the changes associated with the governments health care policies. AND, on top of that, are forced to even more taxes to assist in funding a program for the benefit of everyone else.

Yeah, makes so much sense to me.

Sherry Jones
Sherry Jones

I don't suppose anyone, in all the slamming of Wal-Mart, has considered that maybe the CEO and BOD finally woke up to the damage being done in this country by the vast import of cheap Chinese products. It is possible that the company has heard all the negative talk, listened to what was being said, and realized that it was in their best interest, in the long run, to do what was necessary to change the public image. I know, sounds insane, because everybody knows that no one ever changes their position on anything, so no company would ever do something like that, right?

Sharon Manbeck-Freeman
Sharon Manbeck-Freeman

No one ever had to work a job they hated just for insurance. People were always free to buy their own private insurance. I was doing it since 1993, but since 2014, it is no longer a choice. It is a requirement.

Mike Rowe's answer to the naysayer won't wake people up because of their unwillingness to think for themselves and just go with the flow of whatever new liberal hatred against certain people and companies takes place, but he's exactly right. You can tell them because they use the exact verbiage from the latest "news" reports.

A Broome
A Broome

Did anyone criticize Bob Dylan for hawking Chrystler during the super bowl? I don't think Mike Rowe has ever pretended to be anyone but who he is, but whodathunk Bob Dylan?

Dan Sadowsky
Dan Sadowsky

Mike was doing good until the Obamacare crack. Mr. Rowe is successful and became a one-percenter—good for him. Why in heck that requires you to be a hater? I don't know.

Mike clearly doesn't understand what the CBO report means, but he jumped to the meanest, stingiest, hating-est conclusion. The CBO report was more nuanced than Mike (and any Republican) can handle. It means (and this is of course the CBO's informed speculation) people who are only doing their jobs because it provides them with insurance are likely to leave those jobs to do whatever they like. That could mean—just as speculatively—they are free to take Mike's job, or even Lou Dobbs'.

Wal-Mart for all its greenwash and publicity stunts, still screws the average worker as much as it can while enriching Walton family beyond imagination. Mike knows what side his bread is buttered on—so what?

Nathan Myers
Nathan Myers

Mike Rowe is a good man but Wal-Mart has helped close many of the factories Mike talked about. I worked at Kent Sporting Goods a company that made life vests and the biggest such company in the U.S. Wal-Mart told our union shop that if if the company wanted to sell to them they would have to close. Kent's was one of the biggest employers in the area and the biggest in town but as of 2005 all jobs were shipped to China at Wal-Mart's request. I know the people that own the company probably should have just said no but we would still be out of jobs. This is not an isolated incident, Wal-Mart has done the same to many American companies in the name of savings.

BuzzPo
BuzzPo

Amen, amen and amen.

cliff householder
cliff householder

Mike Rowe in my opinion makes more sense than any of our elected officials in DC!!

DonaldHammond
DonaldHammond

@BrianRagle Do you watch tv? Then you are part of the "problem". That is what Mike is saying. Mike did the commercial promoting WORK and you are against that. Seems obvious you must either be on welfare or some other form of gov't assistance. Wal-Mart is actually one of the better companies but you haven't done your homework so you wouldn't know. Start looking at ANY company and you will see that they have to do what they do to survive. Just Wal-Mart is big and thus must be evil. But, as Mike points out, you watch the tv shows that Wal-Mart sponsors so you are feeding the "evil" giant. The only way to get away from supporting those "evil blood sucking" corporations is to not watch tv, not go to movies, not buy video games. The list goes on. If Wal-Mart is really that bad, then how do they survive? People are obviously buying stuff from them or they would be belly up. Do you buy stuff from K-Mart, Wal-Mart, Sam's, Costco etc etc etc? If you do, then you have no room to complain. When I don't like a company or tv show or whatever, I don't give them my patronage. As in don't shop there, don't watch the tv show, and so on.


Mike at least is honest about how he makes a living and where the money comes from. I bet if you have a job and posted where you work, we could rip it apart too. If you don't work. Don't complain. Enjoy the free ride while it lasts.

PaulPrice
PaulPrice

@Doug Schane but they still shop there dont they? they still add to the profit margin of that wich they can not stand!

PaulPrice
PaulPrice

@Joe American made is better quality and is more expensive so people want to make $15 and hr to flip burgers and buy cheap items from overseas hmm doesnt add up does it? then complain because the big corperations that bring in and sell these cheaper products are making so much profit! i personally say we go back to a time befor cash and use the barter and trade ways if you do not produce a service or product to trade for someone elses product or service you simple go without!

DavidCarroll1
DavidCarroll1

@Joe Not too many decades ago, there was a big campaign to Buy American. This campaign was driven mostly by unions. Americans obviously decided to shop for value. Consequences happened.

PaulPrice
PaulPrice

@Kathryn Hassig so in other words thanks to ACA you are without insurance and will be fines or taxed as a punishment? hmm interesting how that works since the ACA was hailed as the best thing since sliced bread by dems. while we couldnt know what was in it till we passed it right?


PaulPrice
PaulPrice

@Rich actually its the American people who are to blame! we had a good thing going when we purchased what was produced here but then we got too greedy and wanted it chaper so corperat America said ok you want it cheaper but wont produce at a cheaper rate so we will buy from those who are cheaper and sell toyou even though you will have no cash left! people need to refuse to buy imported goods and reinvigerate the economy here by producing and purchasing American made items and services! that is the only way it will work and to be honest its common sense but we being as greedy as we are make it seem too hard!

DavidCarroll1
DavidCarroll1

@David Frith Remember back in the 80s when Japan owned us?


PaulPrice
PaulPrice

@Sherry Jones i agree but you know as well as i do that we as Americans will continue to buy the cheaper products (imported) and walmart will once again be forced (by us the consumer) to back out of buying American (higher quality and priced) products! especially if the minimum wage doubles! double their cost equals double or triple our cost! but greedy us cant see past our wallets!

Sledge1998
Sledge1998

As a matter of fact, yeah. Dylan got completely slammed in the media and social media for "selling out" and doing that super bowl commercial for Chrysler. Try to keep up.

TH
TH

Great point! Absolutely terrific.

Ted Hallett
Ted Hallett

Who are these screwed WalMart employees? I know a number of WalMart employees personally and not one of them feel they are being screwed by WalMart! Furthermore, they all are compensated well above minimum wage in addition to benefits.

TH
TH

Did we mention the shrinking of America? Dan Wrote: "The CBO report was more nuanced than Mike (and any Republican) can handle. It means (and this is of course the CBO’s informed speculation) people who are only doing their jobs because it provides them with insurance are likely to leave those jobs to do whatever they like." Dan, you can replace the word insurance with another word or phrase and thereby see that, not meaning any offense, you have bought the sweet, wet dream of socialism. Here, let us show you. "The CBO report was more nuanced than Mike (and any Republican) can handle. It means (and this is of course the CBO’s informed speculation) people who are only doing their jobs because it [allows them to feed their families / save for retirement / be a productive member of society] are likely to leave those jobs to do whatever they like." Dan ... it is not anyone else's job to take care of you. If you quit a job knowing other people will be forced to care for you, then you are a weight upon society. It requires no nuance to see that, just basic knowledge of behavioral science. You remember science, dontcha?

PaulPrice
PaulPrice

@Nathan Myers and you do not see that it is us the consumers that choose to buy the imported cheaper versions of the product? wal mart provides a service and we buy it! you want a cheaper price on something then you have to know that it is not American made! thats just common sense! so wal mart does what we all expect them to do keepprices lowwwwwwww by buying thing from production plants at a lowwwwwwwww price! what have you done to promot the mom and pop stores of your community that are down home America? have you personally refused to purchase anything not made in the USA? i bet cha that computer yourposting from has many parts if not all from chna! i bet your clothing is from overseas! the problem with the American mindset is we want big money but we dont want to part with it to support our own. we want to make big bucks and spend as little as possible right? well why should we expect or demand that the corperations act or think any differently? 

Ted Hallett
Ted Hallett

WalMart does exactly what it's customers demand. It is not WalMart that sends jobs off shore, it is it's customers. Amazing how ignorant the general population is to one of the simplest business principles, supply and demand!

Karen Hocking
Karen Hocking

A big reason manufacturing jobs went south?! Unions!! Not Walmart Nathan! Sorry!

Patrick
Patrick

WalMart isnt the job killer buddy, the unions are. Unions were formed to combat serious wrong-doings of the coal companies in the past, and continued to do the same for many industries, but somewhere along the way lost sight of their true purpose, and greed took over. When it's too costly to hire union, you just dont hire... or you find the labor somewhere else (overseas in most cases).

josh
josh

not siding up with walmart by any means but your specific illustration shows a lot of resentment toward walmart, some toward your company but none toward the shoppers at walmart that demanded a lower cost option, and absolutely none toward your union that prevented your company from cutting cost to keep at least some it's people employed. a lot of people and I do mean PEOPLE are to blame for the problems in this country it's not entirely fair to assign all of it to one company/group/person and fairness, equality, and an all around pat on the back is what we're after isn't it?

Thorne Kontos
Thorne Kontos

Sorry Nathan, but singling out Wal-Mart as the root of all evil is a poor way to look at it. There are plenty of other companies, not to mention their Democratic and Republican political enablers, that are equally as guilty.

BrianRagle
BrianRagle

@DonaldHammond @BrianRagle How am I "against work"?  Please quote me saying any such thing.  As for voicing my opinion or having room to complain, yeah, I can do that and have all the room I need.  Do I watch TV?  No, and haven't in years.  And I do my homework, indeed, and companies with which I don't agree on an ethical level, I avoid wherever possible.  Your language is laced with absolutes and pretty clear binary thinking.  The old "with us or against us" mentality.

Jonathan
Jonathan

TH, Dan never said he wanted anyone to take care of him. He said people don't want to rely on their job to have affordable insurance. For that statement, you insinuated that he is a socialist that wants to quit his job and live on the dole, which is precisely what 90% of conservatives say when you disagree with them. (Good job living up to the stereotype.)

It may come as a surprise to you, but most people work to survive, not because they particularly enjoy their jobs. A lot of people would much rather be in different jobs or start their own businesses, but can't do either because they rely on their group insurance policy at work. In fact, many of these people hate their jobs, but they do them anyway because they can't risk losing their insurance. Ask your trash collector if the loves his job, or if he's only doing it for the benefits. Now, tell him he doesn't have to rely on his crappy job for health insurance any more and see how long it takes him to find another job that he doesn't hate going to everyday.

James
James

Exactly. The union is out of control along with the liberal elite.

PaulPrice
PaulPrice

@BrianRagle @DonaldHammond if you dissagree why is it only "when you can" that you avoid shopping at places you do not agree with policies of? that is a very ignorant way to be! maybe you should learn from vegans they dissagree with the way animals are treated so they 100% refuse to purchase or consume any product that comes from animals! you dont like corperate america so refuse to add to their profit do without their services and products 100%! its as easy as that! oh but then your life may no be as easy or simple poor poor you!pfft  people like you is whats wrong with america we complain and bitch about things that we add to! grow up and take a stand for what you believe in!

TH
TH

Hi Jonathan - Thanks for your note! I did not accuse Dan of being a socialist, I said he had fallen victim to the "sweet, wet dream" of socialism and I believe he has. To wit, if you think it is the role of your neighbor--me, perhaps--to pay your bills while you under go a life experiment, then you have bought that dream.

I have started six businesses. In each of those occasions, I either worked a day job while building the business at night (and twice went for a year without paying myself a dime, while paying other people until revenue caught up), or, later when I had made some money, invested hundreds of thousands of dollars of my own money (and I am not "rich") to boot-strap until I got investment from venture capitalists. When I funded it myself, I kept 100% of the equity. When I brought in capital, I gave them a percentage. At no time did I ever--ever!--take money away from anyone else to fund my life experiments.

So, since you appear to believe I should be forced to under write other people's life experiments, what percentage of their businesses do I get? 10% or, like a venture capitalist, more like 25%?

Life is about creating priorities and sometimes one is forced to delay gratification. If you work because you have to, you are like 90% of people. I have been so poor I have sold blood and never--not once--did I consider the idea that the government should force you to pay for my time spent playing in rock bands or writing books.

One our our political parties wants Americas dependent upon government. I find that unconscionably evil.

CSM
CSM

TH--I agree with what you say but unfortunately there are at least 2 political parties that want to control Americans, not just one, and I find that beyond unconscionably evil.

TH
TH

Thanks, CSM.Unless we want anarchy, someone needs to be in control. My wish is that people who do not crave, and don't really want public office--remember George Washington?--would recognize the danger America is in, bite the bullet and go straighten things out. But, as you indicate, there are two parties who only want insiders playing with insiders.

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