Who’s The Knucklehead, Mike Rowe?

Photo by John Fischer via Flickr.com
Photo by John Fischer via Flickr.com

Mike Rowe, the star of “Dirty Jobs,” expressed his Republican leanings when he insulted Bernie Sanders for a tweet suggesting the government should pay for the college education of U.S. citizens as a way to lessen the costs of incarceration.

Mike Rowe wrote,

“I wonder sometimes, if the best way to question the increasingly dangerous idea that a college education is the best path for the most people, is to stop fighting the sentiment directly, and simply shine a light on the knuckleheads who continue to perpetuate this nonsense.”

Rowe is upset with the idea of the federal government paying for college educations and is responding to tweet sent by Senator Sanders. In his rant, he takes the position not everyone wants a college education and asks, “Is it possible that Senator Sanders doesn’t realize the number of college graduates with criminal records?”

Mr. Rowe is referring to a tweet from Bernie Sanders he found offensive. Bernie tweeted, “At the end of the day, providing a path to go to college is a helluva lot cheaper than putting people on a path to jail.”

It would seem Mike Rowe is unaware of a recent study preformed by Ohio State University on this very topic, showing there is hard evidence supporting Bernie’s tweet. Rowe has used what is becoming the standard for attacking Bernie Sanders. Unable to find a “real” fault to attack, he has chosen to insult Senator Sanders by taking statements (and/or tweets) out of context and going on an angry rant.

This is the position taken by most Republican presidential hopefuls. They are using emotions, rather intellectual themes, to attack their opponents. This tactic works on a small portion of the population, but, generally speaking, most adults living in the United States are capable of intelligent thought, and do not make decisions based on emotional reactions.

Bernie Sanders is a self-described democratic socialist, and has sought to bring attention to the way free education is provided by other countries, Sweden and Norway being his favorite examples. So there is no confusion, Bernie supports free tuition at public colleges and universities.

With the understanding that a college education does decrease the odds of criminal activity, per the Ohio State study, the question then becomes, is Michael Rowe a knucklehead?

Keith D. Foote

Keith is also a freelance writer. He has written an alternative physics book titled the Ultra-Space Field Theory, and 2 sci-fi novels. Keith has been following politics, and political promises, for the last forty years. He gave up his car, preferring to bicycle and use public transport. Keith enjoys yoga, mini adventures, spirituality, and chocolate ice cream.

5 thoughts on “Who’s The Knucklehead, Mike Rowe?

  • December 17, 2015 at 8:38 am
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    Don’t be mean about Mike Rowe, he’s just got a lot to learn about Bernie’s policies and how they won’t add to the debt and where our real debt comes from. And he makes a point about how we do focus on general education and not anything on trade jobs and their schools. That’s a societal silliness though. Attacking him in this way will just make Mike more defensive and ultimately lead anyone who likes him to think negatively of Bernie as well.

    • December 17, 2015 at 12:52 pm
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      I don’t think this article was particularly mean. OTOH, Mike calling people knuckleheads when he clearly hasn’t bothered to actually research their positions on the issues he’s criticizing is certainly not nice.

  • December 17, 2015 at 11:44 am
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    Rowe is a millionaire repuglican SCHILL.

  • December 17, 2015 at 3:38 pm
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    The question is, who cares what Mike “TV personality” Rowe thinks? Is intelligence required for his job? No, nice teeth and hair are. So why don’t we talk about what educated people think about Bernie Sanders’ education plan? I mean, do we listen to Mike Rowe when wondering how to plan foreign policy or put a payload into orbit or cure a disease? When we do, get back to me.

    • December 17, 2015 at 4:49 pm
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      Don’t forget about Rowe’s wonderful narrating voice. He’d be as popular as Morgan Freeman if it weren’t for all the ‘reverse racism’, or something.

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