Political Circus: Congressman no fan of the iPad
April 18th, 2011
12:33 PM ET
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Political Circus: Congressman no fan of the iPad

Washington (CNN) - Politics is serious business - but not all the time.

Wonder what Steve Jobs thinks ...

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is taking on Apple's popular tablet, the iPad, saying it's "killing jobs."

"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, ... this new device ... is now probably responsible for eliminating thousands of American jobs," the Illinois Democrat said Friday on the House floor (here in a video posted on RealClearPolitics).
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  1. Rev Mkell,

    Ahhh? Then why did you buy one dummy? But then if we only bought American we wouldn't have much!

    April 18, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  2. Fair is Fair

    The idiocy of this man further proves that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

    April 18, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. ConservaFascists/FUBAR

    I agree somewhat with Rep. Jackson's statement. However, we live in an age of technology and businesses will need to learn how to operate in this new age. That's why it's imperative not to be cutting education spending when that is what is needed for American prosperity in the future.

    April 18, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  4. Scott

    He's a hippocrite. He says that thousands of jobs would be eliminated, and he bought one anyway. Would you do someting like that?

    April 18, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  5. keith

    Just another thing for the black establishment to say is a problem....surprised he didn't say it was race based

    April 18, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  6. Andrew

    Let me ask you, if the Ipad and other apple products were never produced in the United States to begin with (only designed in CA), how does it kill jobs? It didn't take away any existing jobs because making that Ipad didn't offer any jobs in the U.S. to begin with.

    April 18, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. Geez

    Wasnt he the one that said everyone should have a laptop and Ipod?

    April 18, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  8. gt

    if jackson was born in the 1920 "s he would of hated cars..and and love horse drawn buggies...

    April 18, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  9. Dan

    How this guy got to be a congressman?????

    April 18, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  10. Brian

    Who knows, maybe he is short on campaign funds and wants Apple to "fork over" some funds to get him to stop the bad press??

    April 18, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  11. Four and The Door

    So is it better to have 100 retail employees and truck drivers and printers working than to have 5 people making a living programming and writing applications for the tablet computers? No it is not. That's not how economics works. The country with the efficient economy will always do better. 5 getting the work of 100 done is more efficient. We should be welcoming this in our economy. The other 95 people will then be available for contributing to the economy in other ways.

    April 18, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  12. Rick in OP

    "this new device ... is now probably responsible for eliminating thousands of American jobs,".

    Similar statements were made in the past by morons like Rep. Jackson about the following:

    Fire
    Wheel
    Books
    Internal Combustion Engine
    Train
    Automobile
    Airplane

    April 18, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  13. John K.

    Unbelievable!
    The son is actually DUMBER than his father. I did not think it was possible.

    April 18, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. John Albertson

    I agree with some of what Jesse Jackson, Jr. has to say. I don't hate the iPad but he is correct about it killing jobs. Technology has been killing jobs (and creating some) since the beginning of time. Jesse's comments are a perfect example of how capitalism holds back technological advancement. I used to work for a chemical company that developed a organic and non-toxic wood waterproofing treatment back in the 70's. It wasn't economically viable to bring it to market because CCA, which contains arsenic and poisons ground water, was cheaper to produce. Wind and solar energy aren't as economically viable either, so we'll continue to poison ourselves with nuclear energy and burning fossil fuels.

    April 18, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |