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Apple's Job-Killing Progress



April 18, 2011 – Comments (7)

U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr. on 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, ... this new device ... 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."

No, Congressman. That's not job-killing. That's progress. There's a difference. We didn't sit around lamenting the invention of the automobile (or its subsequent role in developing mass production) because all the buggy-whip manufacturers would now go hungry. We didn't cry for the VHS tape producers when DVD overtook that format, and eventually wiped it from the face of the earth. And we didn't set aside time in the U.S. House of Representatives to talk about the oh-so-sad demise of ice-cutters when refrigeration systems became commonplace.

This is progress. We either keeping working towards it, or some other country will. We either embrace change and adapt, or we will be stuck on a downward spiral until we become the country to which others outsource their manufacturing.

Apple's iPad did not stop me from going to Borders. Having to drive 12 miles, fight parking lot traffic, dealing with uninformed teenage "help" who don't know Vonnegut from Melville...and paying list price for a single book that measures 2-inches thick stopped me from going to Borders.

Being able to access an even larger bookstore from the comfort of my living room, and having dozens (or even hundreds) of books with me at any given time in a device that measures a fraction of that single book is not job-killing. It's enabling. It enables me to read more. It enables me to buy more: more books, more music, more movies, more applications and games. I can purchase faster. I can make wiser decisions about my purchases. And, I can purchase more cost-efficiently.

Progess should not be feared, Congressman. Borders killed Borders. Their lack of foresight into what the future held for consumers left them with no plan to adapt.

7 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On April 18, 2011 at 4:51 PM, L0RDZ (90.51) wrote:

What idiots actually voted for Jessie's seeds ????

Those fools came to my school once... omg what morons... if only abortion was available.

 He should change the name from Junior to IDIOTA

 more suiting that moronic fool...




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#2) On April 18, 2011 at 5:51 PM, whereaminow (< 20) wrote:


Exactly! +1 job-killing rec.

David in Qatar

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#3) On April 18, 2011 at 6:00 PM, mtf00l (43.62) wrote:

You say what didn't happen however I prognosticate that it did.  There just wasn't 24/7 media coverage back then...

Other than stated above I totally agree!

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#4) On April 18, 2011 at 6:29 PM, smartmuffin (< 20) wrote:

Agree with mtf00l.

Didn't all the guilds in England fight the assembly line and replaceable parts all the way?  They knew what it meant.  Nothing has changed.

Now if only progress could eliminate JJ's job...

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#5) On April 18, 2011 at 10:40 PM, rd80 (95.05) wrote:

I wonder how many jobs have been created developing apps and content for tablets and other portable devices. 



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#6) On April 18, 2011 at 11:51 PM, checklist34 (98.57) wrote:

thoughts off the cuff on technology of all kinds:

1.  its cet parib deflationary, for the reasons rep jackson gave

2.  it creates wealth by enchancing efficiency, but tends to concentrate that wealth at the upper end of the income brackets.  To the inventors/sellers the spoils perhaps.  good for steve jobs, sucks for the guy at the newspaper factory, etc.

Someone eventually steps in to hire up available labor to do something new is I guess how we have always progressed even in the face of technology?

All the handouts in society and the generally very negative attitude of labor make this harder?

anyway, just off the cuff thoughts

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#7) On April 19, 2011 at 12:20 PM, PeteysTired (< 20) wrote:

"A few short weeks ago I came to the House floor after having purchased an iPad

Why do I have this thought running through my mind that he didn't actually purchase it with his own money?

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