Jesse Jackson Jr. has been crying, believe it or not, that the iPad is directly responsible for killing off thousands of American jobs in the area of paper books, book stores, newspapers, magazines, text books and other industries that Americans have been traditionally employed to produce.
After reading about Mr. Jackson's concerns last night I'm not too sure if I would go so far as calling Mr. Jackson "ignorant" as does Gizmodo and BusinessInsider, but I do believe that he's going a little overboard here and, most likely, all in order to just score some political points at home.
The truth of the matter is that if the iPad was manufactured in America rather than China, then American high wages and other associated costs, including those involving government red tape, would probably result in the iPad becoming so expensive that no one could afford to buy one, including Mr. Jackson, in the first place!
Even though Americans could easily produce iPads just as good, if not even better than the Chinese can, they simply can't produce them at the low cost that the Chinese sweat shops can. Just as Mr. Jackson's ranting is more about politics then the iPad, also for those same political reasons he won't be conveniently telling us how that for every job lost due to the iPad, newer high tech jobs are being similarly created in America in the engineering, design, sales and advertising, as well as other fields!
So, is the iPad really killing off American jobs?
The answer is a resounding NO!
True, some jobs are going to be lost, but that has always been the case when old industries are replaced with newer ones. This has been true in the past; this will be true in the future as well.
In conclusion, even though Mr. Jackson's belly-aching is just a lot of political hot air, if he truly wants iPads manufacturing jobs going to Americans rather than the Chinese, then he and the nation as a whole, has to adopt a new and better work ethic, one that is more-or-less similar to what the hard-working Germans and Japanese exhibited after the war, and who's workers where willing to put the good of the nation above that of their own.
And that's my 2 cents 4 this Monday, April 18, 2011