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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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By Argon18 on 4/18/2011 7:34:27 PM , Rating: -1
typical left-wing flip-flopper. doesn't have a clue so he makes something up... then changes his mind. how do these rejects get elected anyhow?

RE: douche
By crazyblackman on 4/18/2011 7:46:32 PM , Rating: 2
How amusing it is to hear you say that, Mr. Gingrich. Don't you have a Hannity interview to do somewhere in Tea Party Land?

Go away now. Off you go. Bye,bye.

RE: douche
By DNAgent on 4/18/2011 8:24:10 PM , Rating: 5
Oh please, this guy isn't "left wing," he's just an idiot. Putting a portable gaming system in the hands of every schoolchild in this country would totally improve scores! Angry Birds scores, anyway... :-P

RE: douche
By MechanicalTechie on 4/18/2011 9:02:04 PM , Rating: 3
How right you are! A nation of Angry bird champions... just have to convience your boss to allow you to play while your flipping burgers at Maccers!

RE: douche
By Raiders12 on 4/19/2011 10:03:28 AM , Rating: 2
Very true. Maybe they will actually solve sudoku, that would at least be mentally stimulating.

I guess it would be beneficial if you just load equation solving software, verbal read-back software, or other apps to take the effort out of school.

At $400 a pop, about 75 million school children...$30 billion. For Ipads. Get this clown out of here!

RE: douche
By Belard on 4/20/11, Rating: 0
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