U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson Jr Blames iPad for Job Loss

And we wonder why Congress can’t get anything done. U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. spoke in the well of the House of Representatives and lamented against the iPad:

“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,”

This is the problem with too many politicians. They believe innovation, while it is disruptive, is bad for America. Congressman Jackson, if we followed your logic, we would not have most of the modern conveniences that have actually fuel our economy, not crippled it. Also, you may want to consider getting your facts right. Borders did not go bankrupt because of the iPad. Borders went bankrupt because it could not compete in a world where their closest competitor, Barnes & Nobles, has been able to both innovate and compete against the real brick and mortar bookstore killer… the Kindle.

According to Reuters, Borders went bankrupt because:

Its inability to garner significant online business and its near absence from the growing digital books market have made it difficult for Borders to compete with larger rival Barnes & Noble Inc and online retailer Amazon.com Inc.

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4 responses to “U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson Jr Blames iPad for Job Loss

  1. Someone needs to tell Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. this is how a business either dies or gets better with its competition and tech. You see iPad is not to blame here it should be the business that is slowing dieing that has not have a plan for growth or develop a product that is inferior to the cometitor. Then this might be a reaction to his favorite store closing. My thing is some members of congress needs to take some business classes and maybe they will learn something.

  2. That is the first time I have heard the existence of iPad being cited for destroying jobs.
    Maybe making it in China, utilizing Japanese components has mitigated job creation in manufucturing, but that is a whole other can of worms.

  3. Think about it businesses goes to China due to it is cheap labor. No one here in America can come close to compete with cheap low wage earners (remember we have unions that helps drives up the cost of labor). Unions has help kill the business here in America do not believe me look around and see what they have done in the years past. Eastern Airlines what killed that company was when the pilots went on strike. Look at what unions works complain about most of all which is money and benefits.

  4. Before there were unions of any standing, the US was pretty protectionist though, particularly from 1861 to 1912. So fear of job loss dates back some time (heck, a key reason Illinois and California became non-slave states was to remove competition from slave labor; they both considered and possibly passed bans against residence by blacks too I believe).

    If there were no unions, the US workforce on paper would still lose out in a comparison of nominal labor rates to to China, since China’s nominal per capita income at market rates is something like 10% of the United States (US – ~47,000; China – 4,328 according to wikipedia, which I don’t usually like to cite).

    Of course, putting IP at risk, mishandling tansitions (change management) and effectively ramping up an operation in China, failing to satisfy metrics on quality or other standards of a market, diluting perceptions on value, in-country corruption, etc. could present significant hidden costs.

    Otherwise, I thought about 10% of the private sector was unionized, although that may encompass “concentrations” in key manufacturing fields (say steel, auto, aerospace, etc.).

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