Darrell Issa: Government Shouldn’t Protect Dinosaur Industries


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Congressman Darrell Issa, a Republican from California showed up at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas  last week and he had a lot to say about the government’s role when it comes to technology entrepreneurs — mostly that it should stay the heck out of the way.

When talking about disrupted industries Issa said, “First of all, it’s not our job to protect dinosaur industries.” He said the large companies with large teams of lobbyists always come to Washington begging for protection, but they have to deal with competition, he said.

In a wide ranging interview, Issa said that he comes to shows like South by Southwest and the Consumer Electronics Show, not just because he was once in the car alarm business, but because he believes it’s important for him and his fellow lawmakers to get out of Washington and listen to entrepreneurs and hear about their…

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