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“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. 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.”
“Chicago State University, in my congressional district, in freshman class , they’re not being given textbooks any longer. They’re all being given iPads as they enter school. President Wayne Watson hopes to have a textbook-less campus within 4 years where at this State University they no longer have textbooks. Well what becomes of publishing companies and publishing company jobs? What becomes of bookstores and librarians and all of the jobs associated with paper? Well, in the not too distant fitter, such jobs will simply not exist. Steve jobs is doing pretty well. He’s created the iPad. Certainly it’s made life more efficient for Americans, but the iPad is produced in China! It’s not produced here in the United States. So the Chinese get to take advantage of our first amendment value. That is, to provide freedom of speech through the iPad to the American people, but there is no protection for jobs here in America…”
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