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After wanting an iPad for every U.S. schoolchild, Jackson now says the iPad is killing jobs for Americans

Just last month, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) created a proposal that would provide an iPad for every student across the United States in an effort to guarantee all Americans the equal right to an education. Now, Jackson is quickly turning against the iPad, saying it is killing jobs. 

In the beginning of March, Jackson proposed the idea to amend the Constitution so that every American has a chance to obtain an equal education, and under this amendment, he suggested that the federal government provides an iPad, Kindle, or Nook for every child in school in the U.S.

Jackson even praised the iPad and devices like it on the House floor. He noted that the iPad and other similar gadgets are "products of the First Amendment," and that they maintain the rights of the First Amendment. 

"Let me be clear about a few things," said Jackson. "These devices are revolutionizing our country - and they will fundamentally alter how we will educate our children. Yes, there will be a cost, but if we can find the money for the wars, if we can find the money to bail out Wall Street, certainly we can find the money to educate our kids at an equally high-quality level."

Now, only one month later, Jackson is changing his tune entirely. On the House floor this past Friday afternoon, Jackson threw the iPad under the bus and opted for a more negative viewpoint on the device's influence. 

"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," said Jackson. "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." 

Jackson went on to express concern for publishers, libraries and paper companies that are being affected by the iPad. According to Jackson, Chicago State University is introducing iPads to freshmen in an effort to achieve a "textbookless" campus in a four-year period, which will also hurt publishing industries. 

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Is the man Stupid?
By MechanicalTechie on 4/18/2011 7:18:58 PM , Rating: 5
Seriously??.. an iPoo to augment education.. what part of insantity island does this man come from??

Hard work, dedication and respect for academic literacy is the only way to raise the national IQ

America's obsession with celebrities a contributing factor why a vast majority think they can sing/act their way to is so undervalued. Wake up China is fast approaching!!

RE: Is the man Stupid?
By The Raven on 4/18/2011 11:11:18 PM , Rating: 5
what part of insantity island does this man come from??
Crazy Cove...where his father serves as viceroy.

The 'apple' doesn't fall far from the tree as far as stupidity goes here.

RE: Is the man Stupid?
By MechanicalTechie on 4/18/2011 11:21:16 PM , Rating: 2
hehe nice :)

RE: Is the man Stupid?
By marvdmartian on 4/19/2011 9:11:14 AM , Rating: 2
Only, I believe, in this case, the NUT didn't fall far from the tree (though I understand why you used Apple LOL).

RE: Is the man Stupid?
By theapparition on 4/19/2011 12:44:09 PM , Rating: 2
There are crazy ranting fools everywhere. Hard to throw a rock now and not hit someone who's completely nutty.

However...........this nut was elected . That means people decided it was a good idea to put him in a position of power.

That's all you need to know why not all people should vote.

RE: Is the man Stupid?
By 91TTZ on 4/19/2011 11:39:43 AM , Rating: 2
Hard work, dedication and respect for academic literacy is the only way to raise the national IQ

Hard work and dedication don't change your IQ. It's mostly inherited. In fact, a slacker deadbeat child from parents with a high IQ will be more likely to have a high IQ himself than someone who works hard but had parents with a low IQ. It's mostly an inherited trait.

RE: Is the man Stupid?
By MechanicalTechie on 4/19/2011 7:31:36 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sure there some truth to that, but all of us had some ancestor that was a complete meathead, but we pushed ourselves to be better. Coming from a low IQ background is a disadvantage, but its not an excuse to be accept it and continue to be backwards.

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