U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. blames Apple iPad for killing thousands of American jobs

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL), who admits to owning an iPad, blames the Apple Inc. product for ‘eliminating thousands of American jobs,'” Real Clear Politics reports.

A few short weeks ago I came to the House floor after having purchased an iPad and said that I happened to believe, Mr. Speaker, that at some point in time this new device, which is now probably responsible for eliminating thousands of American jobs. Now Borders is closing stores because, why do you need to go to Borders anymore? Why do you need to go to Barnes & Noble? Buy an iPad and download your newspaper, download your book, download your magazine. – Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL, Chicago) from the House floor, Friday, April 15, 2011

RCP reports, “Ironically, it was only last month that Rep. Jackson was promoting the Apple iPad and Amazon on the House floor.”

Full article, with the video, here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]

152 Comments

    1. You’re not a racist, you’re a moron. And if you actually believe that the Democrats are to blame, you’re a moron and an imbecile. The whole system is broken. Anyone who is paying even the slightest attention can see that. There’s an article in this morning’s New York Times entitled “G.O.P. Pushes to Deregulate Environment at State Level”. That’s pure, unadulterated insanity. So go ahead—hide your hed in the sand and throw stones at easy targets.

      1. He threw. You bit. Thanks for tossing in an unrelated to the published topic reference. Still, it was a dumb thing for the representative to say regardless of who he is, or what party he is from, and THAT is the point. Now if we could all focus on the content of the message, that would be great. Thanks.

        1. I would submit that it is exactly this desire to compartmentalize one’s life and, most especially, to filter out anything beyond the narrow scope of one’s immediate attention that allows this outrageously unacceptable state of affairs we are all currently faced with in America (whether we pay any attention to what’s really going on or not) to continue unchallenged and unabated. Many, many people won’t realize that the ship is sinking until they run out of air. What to do?

        2. Jessie is right! The iPAD may well cost thousands of jobs. However, the same could be said of Henry Ford. Just think of how many buggy whip manufacturers he put out of business (not to mention the buggy manufacturers themselves).

          Now a case can be made for doing some of the iPAD work in the US. It would have to be automated to the point where few production workers were required in order to contain costs or they would be too expensive to buy.

          1. Stop using oil and electricity. There would be much much much more work for everyone in farming and unemployment would be zero. Keep improving productivity with computerized devices without reducing human population and we will continue to get rising unemployment or underemployment. It’s pretty logical.

            1. OT!
              Sad to say, the core cause of most of humanity’s problems these days is overpopulation.

              We went past the sustainable carrying capacity of the Earth back in the 1960s or earlier. We knew about it then and buried both the data and conclusions. Meanwhile, the problem only gets worse.

              But short of Red China’s crazy and nasty solution, how do we as a species stop increasing our population?

              And no, I have zero belief in the nonsense being foisted that humanity will naturally converge its population level to a steady state. I’ve seen no believable data to prove than myth. Human population continues to grow geometrically across the planet. Only in very few areas, among relatively few cultures, has population growth slowed. I don’t know of anywhere that it has leveled and stopped.

              End of OT!

      2. Yes, by all means, have the government “regulate” the environment, that will save us all :-b

        Insanity is believing that such programs exist for anything other then moving money to government “worker’s” accounts.

        1. Do you honestly believe that crap? The EPA was signed into law by Richard Nixon! The air over Los Angeles and other cities across the country is cleaner, and we are HEALTHIER because of environmental controls.

        2. Insanity is also believing that dismantling what little actual protection the environment receives from our corrupt form of government can possibly make anything better except the bottom lines of the wealthy mega-corporations that will undoubtedly benefit from further deregulation. Let’s not forget that the environment we’re talking about is not only a beautiful wilderness—it’s the human life support system.

      3. Both Republicans and Democrats are destructive polarizing morons. Anyone who doesn’t weigh each issue on it’s own merits and not automatically subscribe to some idiotic party line is a complete moron. Sometimes you might be left of center and sometimes right. They used to call this “Common Sense.”. The party system is broken and doesn’t work and nether party is what they used to be.

        We now return you to your regularly scheduled Apple news…

      1. I guess I’m a “horrible person” then. BTW, UK Ted, if you really are from the UK, WTF is up with you?

        And for that matter, WTF is up with the anger in this country? The inflamed rhetoric? The tea party fear mongers?

        Hell, why don’t we just head for the civil war everyone is driving toward and get it over with?

        And BTW (and I’m just as guilty) – why don’t we stick to Apple news on this site? Sick of the political diatribes.

        1. Bring it on Smurf. We’re not backing down. You commies are out to destroy the US, we are here to stop you starting with first and foremost using your own tactics right back against you. You Marxists need to “compromise” meaning do it our way. Low lives.

    2. Yeah, because the Republican jobs plan is to put more people out of work, make their lives more miserable, ship our jobs overseas, and reward the assholes on Wall Street who f—ed up the global economy. “Country First!”

      1. Tommy Girl, everything you posted is the opposite of reality. Democrats have utterly destroyed the economy with all of their failed and miserable policies. Fanny, Freddie, Dodd, Maobama, Reid, and on and on. Forcing banks to make risky loans. Look at every area of the country controlled by democrats for decades, complete all out disasters. When has a poor person every given you a job you jack ass. Get the effing government out of our hair and let the economy shine. We’re on to you commies and we will vote your asses out and put a stop to this nonsense.

    1. let’s not forget the plight of the whip & buggy makers… (never mind, they’ve all gone into fetish gear)… oh, wait! that’s part of the point. as technology evolves, the workers either adapt or perish. the brick & mortar book sellers were in trouble w/the rise of the internet & amazon. newspaper classified revenue was mortally wounded by craig’s list. the old business model is not viable, the new business model is still developing…
      & politicians of all stripes just say what they think we want to hear…

      1. Exactly. Let’s not concentrate on the jobs lost with the iPad “killer” competition, but at the additional jobs created around the iPad ecosystem, and all the jobs facilitated by those companies who equip their workers with iPads.

      1. Deadly coal???? WTF??? You are sick. Get some help. Coal and oil are responsible for you being able to post on this website idiot. You think solar and wind are going to provide enough power to the people. I’m all for better technology and power sources but there aren’t any yet.

  1. Chip of the old block and about as smart.

    Has junior learned how to shake down companies with threats of crying “racism,” yet?

    Hello, Hymietown?

    1. Me thinks the reports that Apple is increasing it’s spending for Lobbyist in Washington DC has caused Jr. to find a reason to mouth off about Apple. I’m sure Apple’s Lobbyist are now aware of Jr.’s banking information and the extent to which they are expected to “contribute”.

  2. Congresscritters are immune from prosecution for libel for what they say on the floor of the House or Senate. This lack of accountability is excellent reason to assume by default that anything they say is a lie.

    1. Not to mention the entire iOS developer ecosystem. A lot of people are learning new skills and working hard to make a go at that. Hardly a job-killer. Better to have the skills to program computers than to stock bookshelves, IMHO. But I will miss browsing through stacks of books. So far, I find it hard to get a feel for the content and quality of a book in electronic format, and the plethora of readers is a PITA. All print publications work pretty much the same, with e-readers, not so much. We need a national standard. Some of the e-reader UI features are about as bad as a book publisher deciding to bind the top edge of a book, rather than the left.

  3. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL), who does not own a combine harvester has denigrated Massey Harris for eliminating thousands of farm jobs by eliminating reapers, thrashers, horse handlers, and slaves.

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