Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL) is taking some ribbing in the blogosphere for a rant against the job-killing iPad on the floor of the House, in contrast to his effusive praise of another Apple device as a jobs engine just last month. However, if you listen to a fuller context of his remarks, he’s actually not slamming the iPad or the iPod, but our consumer economy for not retaining a manufacturing base.
Jackson does, indeed, describe what he believes are the job-killing effects of the iPad, specifically the closings of brick-and-mortar bookstores like Borders, and on the Jims and Pams of the world (although he doesn’t mention Dunder Mifflin by name). Admittedly, the first half of the clip plays like one of those 70s future-shock rants about how robots are going to take all of our jobs, but Jackson’s real criticism is of the fact that the jobs that are going to replace the ones lost to technology are not in America.
While The Blaze points out that Apple is a net job creator in America, there’s really no way to quantify whether they create more jobs than the advancing technology kills, but that’s beside the point. Jackson isn’t railing against the march of progress, but rather, our failure to keep up.
h/t The Blaze
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