Jesse Jackson, Jr. blames the iPad for ‘eliminating thousands of American jobs’

On Friday, Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-Ill.) took the House floor and lambasted Apple’s iPad, saying the tablet was “probably responsible for eliminating thousands of American jobs.”

Jackson expressed general outrage over the potential of a paperless society that the iPad threatens to create. “What becomes of publishing companies and publishing company jobs? What becomes of bookstores and libraries, and all of the jobs associated with paper? Well, in the not-too-distant future, such jobs simply won’t exist,” he said.

The congressman, who earlier in the speech admitted to being an iPad owner, criticized Apple CEO Steve Jobs for producing the tablets in China, which he believes is contributing to the nation’s unemployment problem and preventing the nation from achieving “sustained full production.”

However, Jackson’s recent rant on the iPad seems to contradict statements he made just last month.

“How many people would be put to work building roofs and designing classrooms and providing every student with an iPod and a laptop?” Jackson said during a March 2nd House floor speech.

Clips comparing Jackson’s sudden change of heart on Apple products are below.



  • RationalRabbit

    That was the funniest video I’ve seen in a while!

    Ha Ha! You’re a scream Jessie! That was good … really … that was good!

    What? He was … serious?

    Kill the iPad! Save the environmen … uh … Kill the iPad!

  • rballan

    Sounds to me like Jackson is playing the victim card again. In an earlier era, Jackson would be railing against the fledgling auto industry for destroying the buggy industry, or the oil industry for destroying the whaling industry, or light bulb manufacturers for destroying the candle industry.

    This is a situation where govt needs to keep its nose out of private industry. What Jackson is attempting to do is stifle innovation. An industry that can’t keep up with competing industries needs to die and its workers go off and find other jobs that are more stable.

  • Remie

    Just another attention seeking Jackson (negative attention is better than no attention at all in their minds.)

  • TiredofW8ting4Superman

    Obviously these geniuses don’t know how many American companies design and manufacture the parts inside the iPads.

  • citiman

    Every time a politican opens his/her mouth, I wonder how, in this once great Nation with all the intelligent, hard working individuals, do fools like Jackson get elected?????

    • ghost

      Because useful people do useful things. JJ is a thornbush (Judges 9:8-15).

  • dummyliberals

    Hey JJ, shut up so you don’t sound so stupid! Or better yet, go find you some fat, ugly white woman to keep your pea-brain occupied!

  • mundakal

    Jies and the car companies did for his father and brother, he will shut up when he gets a dealership – he wants some moolah!!!

  • ghost

    Someone should erect a paper mill behind his house. Those things smell awful.

    • 1TrueOne55

      They used to have a few in Everett, WA where I used to live an it smelled like rotten eggs when they were running. And why didn’t he talk about the whaling industry and the oil lamp industry since I am sure a lot of people of dark skin were a part of that industry as well. When things “Fundamentally Change” there is the pain of leaving something behind.