On Friday, Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-Ill.) took the House floor and lambasted Apple’s iPad, saying the tablet was “probably responsible for eliminating thousands of American jobs.” Jackson expressed general
outrage over the potential of a paperless society that the iPad threatens to create. “What becomes of publishing companies and publishing company slots online jobs? What becomes of bookstores and libraries, and all of
the jobs associated with paper? Well, in the not-too-distant future, such jobs simply won’t exist,” he said.
The congressman, who earlier in the speech admitted to being an iPad owner, criticized Apple CEO Steve Jobs for producing the tablets in China, which he believes is contributing to the nation’s unemployment
problem and preventing the nation from achieving “sustained full production.”