Congressman blames U.S. unemployment crisis on iPad

In the rambling manifesto Jackson claims that the iPad is responsible for killing thousands of American publishing and retail jobs. He claims that Americans are losing their jobs to workers in China.

This video is completely over the top.

In it U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson Jr (D-IL) blasts Apple and Steve Jobs claiming that the iPad is responsible for killing thousands of American jobs.

In the rambling manifesto Jackson claims that the iPad is to blame because it enables anyone to easily download books and newspapers. Thus everyone who works at bookstores (i.e. Borders) or the publishing industry will lose their jobs to workers making iPads in China.

“Why do you need to go to Barnes & Noble? Buy an iPad and download your newspaper, download your book, download your magazine.” He went on to talk about plans to Chicago State University’s plans to create a “textbookless” campus by giving incoming freshman students iPads.

The most ironic part? Jackson himself is an iPad owner.

Peter Cohen already made all the salient points about why Jackson has completely lost it -- I just wanted to add the video.

What are your thoughts on Jackson's remarks?

Tip: Business Insider

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