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Lee Iacocca speaks out

Remember Lee Iacocca, the man who rescued Chrysler Corporation from
it's death throes?
He's now 82 years old and has a new book, and here are some excerpts.


Lee Iacocca Says:

'Am I the only guy in this country who's fed up with what's happening?
Where the hell is our outrage? We should be screaming bloody murder.
We've got a gang of clueless bozos steering our ship of state right
over a cliff, we've got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we
can't even clean up after a hurricane much less build a hybrid car.
But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads
when the politicians say, 'Stay the course'

Stay the course? You've got to be kidding. This is America , not the
damned 'Titanic'. I'll give you a sound bite: 'Throw all the bums out!'

You might think I'm getting senile, that I've gone off my rocker, and
maybe I have. But someone has to speak up. I hardly recognize this
country anymore.

The most famous business leaders are not the innovators but the guys in
handcuffs. While we're fiddling in Iraq , the Middle East is burning
and nobody seems to know what to do. And the press is waving 'pom
-poms' instead of asking hard questions. That's not the promise of the
' America ' my parents and yours traveled across the ocean for.
I've had enough. How about you?

I'll go a step further. You can't call yourself a patriot if you're
not outraged. This is a fight I'm ready and willing to have.
The Biggest 'C' is Crisis! (Iacocca elaborates on nine Cs of leadership, crisis being the first.)


Leaders are made, not born. Leadership is forged in times of crisis.
It's easy to sit t here with your feet up on the desk and talk theory.
Or send someone else's kids off to war when you've never seen a
battlefield yourself. It's another thing to lead when your world comes
tumbling down.

On September 11, 2001, we needed a strong leader more than any other
time in our history. We needed a steady hand to guide us out of the
ashes. A Hell of a Mess. So here's where we stand. We're immersed in a
bloody war with no plan for winning and no plan for leaving. We're
running the biggest deficit in the history of the country. We're
losing the manufacturing edge to Asia, while our once-great companies
are getting slaughtered by health care costs. Gas prices are skyrocketing,
and nobody in power has a coherent energy policy. Our schools are in
trouble. Our borders are like sieves. The middle class is being squeezed
every which way. These are times that cry out for leadership.

But when you look around, you've got to ask:'Where have all the leaders
gone?' Where are the curious, creative, communicators? Where are the
people of character, courage, conviction, omnipotence, and common sense?
I may be a sucker for alliteration, but I think you get the point.

Name me a leader who has a better idea for homeland security than making
us take off our shoes in airports and throw away our shampoo? We've spent
billions of dollars building a huge new bureaucracy, and all we know how to
do is react to things that have already happened.

Name me one leader who emerged from the crisis of Hurricane Katrina.
Congress has yet to spend a single day evaluating the response to the hurricane,
or demanding accountability for the decisions that were made in the crucial
hours after the storm.

Everyone's hunkering down, fingers crossed, hoping it doesn't happen again.
Now, that's just crazy. Storms happen. Deal with it. Make a plan. Figure out
what you're going to do the next time.

Name me an industry leader who is thinking creatively about how we can restore
our competitive edge in manufacturing. Who would have believed that there
could ever be a time when 'The Big Three' referred to Japanese car companies?
How did this happen, and more important, what are we going to do about it?

Name me a government leader who can articulate a plan for paying down the
debit, or solving the energy crisis, or managing the health care problem.The silence
is deafening. But these are the crises that are eating away at our country and milking the middle class dry.

I have news for the gang in Congress. We didn't elect you to sit on your asses and
do nothing and remain silent while our democracy is being hijacked and our greatness is being replaced with mediocrity.What is everybody so afraid of? That some
bonehead on Fox News will call them a name? Give me a break.
Why don't you guys show some spine for a change?

Had Enough?

Hey, I'm not trying to be the voice of gloom and doom here. I'm trying to light a fire. I'm speaking out because I have hope. I believe in America . In my lifetime I've had the privilege of living through some of America 's greatest moments. I've also
experienced some of our worst crises: the 'Great Depression', 'World War II', the 'Korean War', the 'Kennedy Assassination', the 'Vietnam War', the 1970s oil crisis, and the struggles of recent years culminating with 9/11. If I've learned
one thing, it's this:
'You don't get anywhere by standing on the sidelines waiting for somebody else to take action. Whether it's building a better car or building a better future for our
children, we all have a role to play. That's the challenge I'm raising in this book. It's a call to 'Action' for people who, like me, believe in America . It's not too late, but it's getting pretty close. So let's shake off the crap and go to work. Let's tell 'em all we've had 'enough.'
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"...You might think I'm getting senile, that I've gone off my rocker, and
maybe I have..."

No maybe about it! What bothers me is how fast the Kookbergers here will pick-up on anything remotely resembling disrespect for the President of the United States of America. Even though that gutless-wonder Iaccoca doesn't use his name, no one can miss what that Kookberger has-been is trying to do. I'm more ashamed of the kookbergers here trying to capitalize on his senility than I am of that old fart trying to recapture his youth. What a bunch of losers...

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Ah, so the K in K-Car stands for Kookberger!
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Lee Iacocca is clearly a man of great wisdom.

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Lee Iacocca is clearly a man of great wisdom.
And great senility...

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"...You might think I'm getting senile, that I've gone off my rocker, and
maybe I have..."

No maybe about it! What bothers me is how fast the Kookbergers here will pick-up on anything remotely resembling disrespect for the President of the United States of America. Even though that gutless-wonder Iaccoca doesn't use his name, no one can miss what that Kookberger has-been is trying to do. I'm more ashamed of the kookbergers here trying to capitalize on his senility than I am of that old fart trying to recapture his youth. What a bunch of losers...
Sucking Bushcock on an internet forum is a sign of a weak mind. Constantly sucking Bushcock on an internet forum is a sign of a weak mind, coupled with senility. Just because you can't remember the last time you sucked Bushcock on the internet doesn't mean it is appropriate to start all over again, and again and again.

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Hard to believe, but could the next President actually be worse?
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Hard to believe, but could the next President actually be worse?
Obambi and probably even McCain would be worse!

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