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Posted 24 March 2020 - 10:53 AM

Mike Rowe: Coronavirus Crisis Could Be 'Most Compelling Case for Capitalism That We've Seen in Our Lifetime'
The Western Journal
By Joe Saunders
Published March 23, 2020 at 1:34pm
Federalist Papers

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Mike Rowe has spent a career teaching Americans about the important things in life.

On Fox News "Fox & Friends" Monday, the former "Dirty Jobs" star said the coronavirus crisis could teach the world about one of the United States' most important contributions to it — the inventiveness and adaptability of American capitalism.

While leftist critics such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plead with President Donald Trump to assume virtually dictatorial powers to deal with the crisis, Rowe pointed out that American businesses are stepping up already.

After co-host Brian Kilmeade asked Rowe what "corporate America" should be doing, Rowe — an author and veteran television host — pointed to what's going on around the country already.

"Obviously, this is not a — it shouldn't be — a political thing. And I don't want to make it a political thing," he said.

"But my answer to your question in general terms is, this virus, we're going to see what capitalism is really all about.

"We have these big conversations about what direction the country is headed and what direction the country ought to be headed. This is a chance, unlike anything I've ever seen, for corporate America to step up and do what the government simply can't do."

Rowe cited companies such as GM – which last week announced plans to ramp up production of ventilators — and 3M — which the financial website StreetInsider reported has doubled its production of respirators – as examples of capitalism responding.

"We have these big conversations about what direction the country is headed and what direction the country ought to be headed," he said.

"This is a chance, unlike anything I've ever seen, for corporate America to step up and do what the government simply can't do.

"Obviously, the government has the primary role in this, but I don't think they can do it alone."

Check out the interview below.

As is usual with any Rowe appearance, the whole thing is worth watching, but the Kilmeade question comes about the 1:25 mark.

Literally anyone familiar with the history of the country's greatest achievements knows that it was the country's strong capitalistic structure – one that rewards efficiency and advancement – that has made it possible for the United States to overcome its challenges.

"I'm looking at distilleries who are now making hand sanitizers," Rowe told the "Fox & Friends" crew.

"It's big and it's small. It's micro and it's macro.

"It's everybody doing what they can in a way that I think could ultimately make about the most compelling case for capitalism that we've seen in our lifetimes."

Maybe it will be a lesson new generations will learn the way their predecessors did.

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