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Jesse Jackson Jr. Blames Unemployment on the iPad … Huh?

With one black political dynasty, the Kilpatricks, torn asunder in Detroit, we have to also wonder about viability of the one trudging along in Chicago.

With Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., a de facto politician for decades, trying to repel some repulsive accusations in an inflammatory lawsuit by a homosexual ex-worker, Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., exhaled some inane comments about the cause of unemployment that had many doing a double take.

Congressman Jackson claims the iPad was “probably responsible for eliminating thousands of American jobs.”

As inane and questionable as that statement is, it is a 180-degree turn from last month’s exaltation of the iPad as a genius invention. Then he said that the iPad was “revolutionizing” the country and that it would “fundamentally alter how we will educate our children.” At that time, Jackson aspired to make the iPad available “for every student in the nation.”

What could have inspired the type of spin that would have made Michael Jackson and Prince jealous?

Railing against his former friend, the iPad, even further, Jackson cited Chicago State University’s initiative to create a “textbookless campus within four years.”

“What becomes of publishing companies and publishing company jobs?” Jackson asked the House. “What becomes of bookstores and librarians and all of the jobs associated with paper? Well, in the not-too-distant future, such jobs simply won’t exist.”

He also took issue with the device’s production overseas: “The iPad is produced in China. It’s not produced here in the United States. There is no protection for jobs here in America to ensure that the American people are being put to work.”

Jackson’s curious invectives against the iPad as being culpable in America’s unemployment crisis doesn’t look intelligent nor rational when you fail to include Wall Street corruption, bank greed, the criminality that decimated real estate, and the     corporate scandals that took down iconic companies as co-conspirators in the country’s current plight.

terry shropshire




1 Comment

  1. Uncle Chuck on April 19, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    But he DID get YOUR attention, huh! That’s what politicians do.