Okay, for those of you who don’t know, Darrell Issa is the richest member of Congress. He’s basically the congressperson for San Diego. He’s worth like $450 million. But he was not born wealthy!
He was born to a working class family in Ohio. He dropped out of high school to join the Army. After being discharged, he went to Kent State and was in the Reserves. But, more importantly, during these years he was, on a number of occasions, accused of committing Grand Theft Auto (i.e. he allegedly stole cars). His brother also committed (and was convicted of) selling a car that Issa then reported stolen.
Eventually, Issa took over a company that made car alarms. And that’s where he made his fortune! On anti-theft devices for cars! This is the greatest thing I have ever heard in my life. Why has there not been a movie made about the life of this man?
When I posted this on Facebook, someone was like, “Oh yeah, he’s real shady, committed fraud, etc, blah.” Whatever, yo. Whatever! We’ve elected multiple former CEOs of Goldman Sachs to high office in this country. These’re people who swindle, defraud, and impoverish folks on a massive scale. In contrast, Darrell Issa is small potatoes. His crimes aren’t massive swindles: they’re the stuff of folk-herodom! I am so into it.
He’s also one of the most contentious and conservative members of Congress: mostly for the way he’s used his chairmanship of a government oversight committee as a way of going after the Obama Administration. To this, I say…cool. That makes it even better.
When some blue-blood like George W. Bush does all this conservative stuff, it’s intolerable. But when Darrell Issa does it, there’s something much more intriguing about it.