Liberals think they have Marco Rubio right where they want him, after “fact checking” him on how much philosophers vs welders make. It didn’t take Mike Rowe long to hop on Facebook and destroy any argument they thought they had, while pointing out what most of us know…liberal “fact checkers” don’t “check” “facts” as much as they manipulate a few stats for their ideological purposes. Like certain symbols made out of human feces.
And no, we don’t think we over did the scare quotes.
Based on these “revelations,” Rubio’s assertion that “welders make more than philosophers” is being dismissed out of hand. Interestingly, no one has pointed out that last year, philosophers earned a combined total 1.6 billion dollars, whereas welders earned a combined total of $34 billion. Nor have I heard anyone explore the differences between mean wage vs. median wage, and the vastly different number such a calculation would yield, given the disparate size of each group, and the impact of high-earning outliers, particularly among the philosopher cohort. I suppose I could do all that here, but really, what’s the point? Numbers can always be twisted and turned to make whatever case the speaker wishes to drive home.
Rowe’s right, which is why it’s important for all of us to do a little digging of our own. If you want to get to the bottom of something, follow the money. Do not sit somewhere lofty extolling the moral virtues (or lack thereof) of money or the theory of money, then complain about not having any. Follow the job demand and money will follow you. How’s THAT for philosophy?
Here’s the part that sounded like it could have been an endorsement for Rubio. Rowe doesn’t say “I endorse Marco Rubio,” but he does seem to endorse a major part of Rubio’s platform…which coincidentally, is also a major part of Rowe’s platform. It’s a platform which needs more support from common-sense people, because it’s a good one:
I’m glad Rubio said what he said, because I know for a fact that employers are clamoring for welders. And I also know with certainty that a talented welder who is willing to go where the work is has an excellent chance to earn a six-figure salary. I have no idea if the same is true for a philosophy major, but I can assure you of this: an excellent welding program will cost a lot less than a Philosophy Degree from an excellent university. I can also tell you that the classified section of today’s paper is conspicuously void of openings for “Experienced Philosophers.” “Experienced Welders” on the other hand, appear to be in high demand everywhere.
As much fun as waxing on sage points is, most of the time people need practical stuff, not pretty words. Not that there’s anything wrong with pretty words. Of course liberals hate people being employed, that’s the real truth here (read How President Obama Ran ‘The Gap’ Out of Business). They’d much rather you sit in a coffee shop surrounded with books and welfare choices (thus being dependent on government, constantly voting Democrat) than using fire to weld things, resulting in fat stacks of cash with zero government dependency.
This isn’t Mike Rowe first rodeo into liberal talking points. Be sure to check out that time Mike Rowe told entitled leftists to “Get over themselves.”