Mike Rowe on Taxpayer-Supported College Loans

"I get a little curious about it when it gets to a trillion dollars."

"If we are lending money that ostensibly we don't have to kids who have no hope of making it back in order to train them for jobs that clearly don't exist, I might suggest that we've gone around the bend a little bit," says TV personality Mike Rowe, best known as the longtime host of Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs, in this ReasonTV interview excerpt.

You can watch ReasonTV's full in-depth interview with Mike Rowe here.

Aprrox. 1 minute. Hosted by Reason's Nick Gillespie. Cameras by Meredith Bragg and Joshua Swain. Edited by Bragg. 

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Editor's Note: At one point, Rowe says that college costs have risen over 500 percent the rate of inflation. According to the Department of Labor, college tuition costs have increased over 500 percent in nominal dollars since 1985, not 500 percent the rate of inflation. Read more about the increase here.

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  • Crusty Juggler||

    Better narrator? Mike Rowe or Morgan Freeman?

  • ArbutusJoe||

    Floy Lilley

  • Swiss Servator, Alps avast!||

    Alexander Scourby

  • ||

    Paul Lynde

  • ArbutusJoe||

    Boris Karloff or Burl Ives ('tis the season)

  • mariaroze||

    my friend's mom makes $63 an hour on the computer. She has been out of work for seven months but last month her payment was $18465 just working on the computer for a few hours. Go to this web site and read more http://www.cash29.com/

  • Vampire||

    Your friends mom is most likely lying to you. If 63 an hour were that easy, everyone would be on that site.. She might be doing other peo...er...things for 63 dollars an hour, but I doubt it's typing for a few hours on a computer. :0P

  • David Wall||

    George Guidall is the best in the business--books on tape.

  • SQRLSY One||

    Not to worry about not being able to find a job in your major, no matter how poorly you pick your major… You can always get a college job as “Professor of Ethnic Studies About Stuff that White People Like”.

  • GregMax||

    It's just one more government redistribution scheme that voters don't give a shit about. The issue isn't "how to fix the student loan" situation . . . it's how do you fix stupid voters?

  • Mokers||

    If you don't like Mike Rowe already, start listening around 15:40.

  • Cdr Lytton||

    THAT is how you do fan service.

    (15:40 in the in-depth version above)

  • AlgerHiss||

    Judge Smails had it correct:


  • LIFE.time.opertunity||

  • shamalam||

    Mike Rowe did a Dirty Jobs episode at a company that I helped start. The show was filmed in Northern California at an abandoned vertical mine shaft that my company closes to the public. The mine was closed with a foam plug about ten feet thick and then covered over with about four feet of dirt. Mike worked with Ed ("safety Ed"). I wasn't there, but it looked like a lot of fun.

    Mike just seems like a really cool dude that you would enjoy hanging out with, and that is the secret to his success, I think.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    Somebody linked to Rowe's blog a while ago; it was a piece about honest work and creating value. I was so impressed, I forwarded it to my dad and my brother (who has two sons in college).

    I never paid much attention to him before, but I'm a fan. I still don't watch the show, though.

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    Some of the shows are pretty interesting, although it's obvious most people wouldn't pick these jobs given the choice--which I think is Rowe's whole point. He wants us to realize that a highly industrialized society requires people willing to get their hands dirty to keep it running.

    It's refreshing because there's not a hint of condescending "white professor's burden" that you hear when academics pretend to give a shit about the working classes.

  • BoscoH||

    Money quote: "Approach your craft like a tradesman, and by that I mean, like a freelancer."

    For all the crap over all the years The Jacket has had to put up with the whole Cosmotarian critique, this simple sentence has to have made it all worth it. Tell me I'm wrong, Nick!

  • ||

    When's Deadliest Catch coming back?

    Rowe. Yeah. My wife loves the guy.

  • BakedPenguin||

    Good interview. Would rec.

  • David Wall||

    Mike Rowe is spot on about the trade jobs.

    I did selection and training for maintenance and machine operators in manufacturing for many years. We would recruit heavily the bright, mechanical high school kids who, nevertheless did only so-so academically in school--often times they were athletes. Invariably the ones who would work out, would quit to go to college because their girlfriend, mother, family in general convinced them they could "do better". These were good jobs that lead into supervisory and high skill jobs paying high 80's and 90's if the kid (25-30 year-olds) were willing to work hard and apply themselves. Couldn't get these young guys to stay.

    Industrial maintenance guys are gold to a factory. They are the ones that really keep these places going (think MacGyver Types) and these guys get into 6 figures very fast if they are good. They can name their ticket.

    I'm tellin' ya.

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  • RishJoMo||

    IM not sure I like where that is heading.


  • LIFE.time.opertunity||

  • kdr1972||

    Here is a little secret. Some colleges offer the exact same degrees as expensive colleges
    but charge a fraction of the cost! A list of them can be found at www.DegreesAnywhere.com

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