Thursday, September 27, 2012

Politics is a Dirtier Job

My beloved spokesman for the working man, Mike Rowe, went to the dirtiest job ever, the campaign trail. His point was that anyone willing to listen to real men who do real jobs really building things need to be heard. And he was, heard.

As I said in I Am No One and Its Been Confirmed when you are no one in America your voice is one lost. If no one can hear you scream in America you are a 0% a no one. I had written a letter to Michelle Obama and copied my two Senators, Murray and Cantwell. Senator Murray responded but then did nothing more. Thanks, I think.

Mike did not "endorse" Mitt Romney but he was there speaking for those who are the zero percenters, the 47%, the 99% who may or may not even have a job, let alone a dirty one, but he does get that we sometimes need cooks, bottle washers and other assorted labor that builds and creates jobs in ways often not recognized nor respected. At least he was heard and that is better than not. Whom Mike votes for is none of my business nor influences whom I do or do not vote for. The point is that he has a right to speak and and a right more importantly to be heard. Thank you Mike.

Mike Rowe lends ‘dirty jobs’ cred to Mitt Romney in Ohio, but no endorsement


Mike Rowe, host of the television show "Dirty Jobs," joined Mitt Romney during a campaign stop at American Spring Wire in Bedford Heights, Ohio, on Wednesday.
Mike Rowe of The Discovery Channel's reality hit "Dirty Jobs" lent Mitt Romney some working-class cred in Ohio on Wednesday — but no official endorsement.

His appearance with Romney grew out of an open letter the TV star wrote the Republican candidate about his effort to remove the stigma from manual labor.

"If you read the whole thing, I'll vote for you in November," Rowe promised in his missive, which pushed for a "national conversation" about the way American society treats some crucial career paths like "vocational consolation prizes."

Rowe noted that he wrote a similar letter to Obama 2009, but didn't get a response.

When the Romney campaign tweeted a photo of the candidate reading the letter on an iPad, Rowe tweeted his own surprised reaction: "Holy crap! He read it…"

In introducing the TV star at a manufacturing roundtable discussion, Romney pre-empted the jokes about Rowe's "dirty job" for his campaign.

"Mike Rowe, as you know, is — well, he's a guy who has made a name for himself by doing things other people don't want to do — really ugly, dirty jobs, like standing with a politician," Romney quipped, getting a laugh from the crowd.

Mike Rowe tweeted his surprised reaction to proof that Mitt Romney read his letter: "Holy crap! He read it…"With recent polls showing Romney trailing President Obama in the key battleground of Ohio, Romney was touring the Buckeye State to woo working-class Americans like the ones featured on Rowe's show.

But despite Rowe's promise to pull the lever for Romney, the GOP candidate clarified that his appearance at the Bedford Heights event didn't amount to an endorsement.

"He's not here to endorse me," Romney said, "he's here to talk about his ideas about how to help America create more jobs."

Rowe, who is also a pitchman for Ford Motor Co., repeated the same points from his letter when he took the stage at Romney's Ohio event.

"I personally and honestly believe that we have unintentionally disconnected ourselves in a really fundamental way from the most important part of our workforce," he said. "I'm talking about the men and women who do the kinds of jobs that make civilized life possible for the rest of us."

Mitt Romney and Mike Rowe rolled up their sleeves for a tour of American Spring Wire's factory floor.Rowe also recalled spending "a very long day in the middle of July" in Ohio working with the Department of Transportation's road kill cleanup division for his TV job.

"You'll be pleased to know, Ohio, that you do in fact have a road kill cleanup division and they are excellent at what they do," Rowe said. "You'll also be pleased to know the road kill itself here in Ohio is second to none, both in volume and variety."

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