In March, Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL) pushed his idea to amend the Constitution to guarantee an iPad, Kindle or Nook for every school child in the United States. In the intervening month, something must have happened to change Rep. Jackson's mind about Apple's tablet device.
According to a report from Real Clear Politics, Representative Jackson is now blaming the tablet device for "eliminating thousands of American jobs." He pins the closing of Borders and a decline in book sales at Barnes & Noble on the iPad and similar tablet devices. On the House floor on Friday, in remarks about the seeming inability of the current Congress to focus on America's unemployment problem, the congressman stated the following:
"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."
As he continued his remarks, he noted (correctly) that the iPad is manufactured in China, not in the US.
What say you American people, do you think the iPad is killing jobs in the US, or is the honorable gentleman off track?