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Mike Rowe: U.S. Manufacturing Impacts ‘Mood And Morale of The Country’

By Eric Scheiner | January 13, 2017 | 4:14pm EST

TV host Mike Rowe says when it comes to manufacturing “you can’t underestimate the impact on the mood and the morale of the country and this idea of digging back in and actually making things again.”

Rowe was asked about President-elect Donald Trump’s plan to implement a “border tax” on business that move manufacturing outside the U.S. during an appearance on Fox & Friends Friday.

“I truly believe that you can’t underestimate the impact on the mood and the morale of the country and this idea of digging back in and actually making things again. It’s very, very good,” Rowe said.

 “But I do think maybe it doesn’t make perfect sense to penalize companies who don’t break the law, who are simply acting in their own best interest. I’m not an economist, but it seems there are always unintended consequences to whatever policy you put in,” Rowe cautioned.

“I don’t have anything against a company who doesn’t break the law who decides it’s in their best interest to make their products elsewhere any more than I would fault somebody who files for unemployment insurance who’s legally qualified to get it even though they might not actually need it.”

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