While his father has been in the news for less than flattering allegations, Jesse Jackson Jr. is making headlines for his less than conventional theory on the nation’s jobless problem.

Friday, in a speech on the House of Representative’s floor, Jesse Jackson Jr., (D-IL) gave his thoughts on how Apple’s iPad was “eliminating thousands of American jobs.”

In a typically impassioned speech, Jackson, outlined his case against Steve Jobs’ brainchild:

“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…”


While Jackson’s speeches are often entertaining to watch and his pseudo-buyers remorse is interesting to say the least, we’re not sure exactly what point he was trying to make. Sure, the iPad eliminates the need for some of the services provided in neighborhood bookstores but as Business Insider points out:

“…[Jackson] ignores all the wealth the iPad has created in America, and the fact that there are all kinds of other jobs that have been created around the iPad, and he ignores that just about every single technological innovation in the world has experienced a similar dynamic.”

While he seemed to be making a connect-the-dots point, Jackson’s stance on the iPad really seem uninformed and a narrow focus in the middle of the national budget debates.

What are your thoughts on Jesse Jackson Jr. iPad speech Clutchettes? Share your thoughts!

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  • slyfox

    Why do so many want to kill the messenger. I agree with Congressman Jackson. Not only did the new technology affect Borders, but libraries are closing, books and dictionaries are becoming unneccessary to many. The ipad and other electronic devices have created job losses. So did the cotton picker, the automobile, the tractor, etc. These changes cause job losses across industries.

    The truth does not hurt us, it should help us to build a more giving, creative society along with these lifestyle changes. But until the many who are immediately affected negatively by these progressions, are able to catch up, it implores us to provide a safety net for those so effected. After all, in order for new technology to be created, it received support of tax payers through government financial support of research in space, sattelite engineering, etc. Those who create the new technologies have benefitted financially from the welfare of ordinary americans. They have been supported by the government to create the new technology through all americans tax dollars. Contrary to the beliefs of the libertarians, the cult followers of Ian Rand, the Tea Partyers, etc., they did not accomplish this innovation alone. We all provided our blood, sweat and tears, and the money to pay for the technology.