I have been reading an old book entitled "The Age of the Moguls" by Stewart H. Holbrook. It contains a series of vignettes about the lives of the moguls of the 19th century, especially the gilded age. What a dishonest bunch of cheats they were. Issa is a throwback I fear. The Waltons too -- cornering the market, buying government favors, here a senator, there a diplomat, there a seat in the House.
Issa would have been right at home in the Gilded Age. I think we are going through the second Gilded Age. Except this time, the railroads and steel mills are being built outside the US.