Mike Rowe, the creator and host of the Discovery Channel series "Dirty Jobs", is an outspoken advocate for the American worker and for greater investment in infrastructure: everything from highways, to freight and passenger rail systems, to transit, bridges, pipelines and tunnels. Rowe says, "America's infrastructure is the connective tissue that keeps society out of the ditch."

Rowe was in Washington, D.C., recently to help the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) launch "I Make America", a national grassroots campaign to promote U.S. manufacturing jobs through infrastructure investment and passage of export agreements. In this video, Rowe shares his unique perspective on work life in America and how many of the nation's problems are symptoms of an unwillingness to get dirty.