Politician Blames Apple For Ruining World

Just last week:

Congressman stands by his proposal: An iPad for every student

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) said he stood-by a proposal he made last week that could result in the federal government providing an Ipad for every student in the nation, despite a barrage of criticism he has suffered from the media in recent days.

“Let me be clear about a few things,” Jackson said, brandishing both an Apple iPad and an Amazon Kindle on the House floor. “These devices are revolutionizing our country — and they will fundamentally alter how we will educate our children.”

And now this week:

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Blames The iPad For 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, 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,” Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL, Chicago) said on the House floor Friday afternoon.

Borders is closing because it was run into the ground by a moron Suit like you!

No wonder this country is doomed.

These idiots in office can’t recall what they say one week to the next!

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7 responses to “Politician Blames Apple For Ruining World

  1. Gerry Kent

    Did you see his speech or are you just regurgitating an out of context quote from another “teaparty” website? His speech was focused on the loss of jobs due to the outsourcing of tech jobs to other countries. He wants American companies to create jobs in the U.S. He is not against the iPad, he is against the high unemployment rate in the US and the loss of production to other countries. You may not support his ideas but at least report them accurately and intelligently.

    • mikecane

      Did you read the quote?

      • gkent

        Geez, Maybe YOU need to read more than his quote that was taken out of context. My mistake was assuming that you could actually comprehend that his speeches do not contradict each other.

      • mikecane

        Did he say this or not? “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.”

  2. John

    I’ll give a half hearted defense of Mr. Jackson. We usually don’t elect these people for their genius but for their responsiveness. So if they say dumb things from time to time I don’t mind as long as they correct themselves soon after.

    I’m of two minds about giving kids computers of any kind. I think a couple hours a day exposure to electronics is OK, but developing brains, bodies, minds need tactile contact with the real world. They need to be out experiencing weight, light, texture, size, smell, speed, running, waiting, roughness, smoothness, matte, gloss and so much more. iPads are great but they provide abstractions if the real world. Kids need to walk in snow, not just read about. They need to get out and play hide and seek or tag in the real world, not in a video game. Those real world experiences will inform them as they progress in life and become wrapped up in the abstractions we use as mental tools.

    • Amen to that. The other day I saw an ad for “High Definition TV”. I don’t watch TV at all, and haven’t got a set, but if I want High Definition I can get it with 3D at the same time, free of charge, and with the bonus of some fresh air and exercise, merely by going for a walk.

      Mike, reconsider your craving for AirPlay, or whatever silly name Apple have dreamed up for that gizmo!

      • mikecane

        I see I should have nipped this in the bud before your own reply, Richard. The same thing was said about television in the 1960s. I guess the generation of disgusting joggers that developed from then are what, just a minor mutant strain? And before TV, the same thing was said about books. Really, I don’t see a lot of people outside wondering what that world “out there” is.

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