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  • Lee Iococca Speaks Out about America

    http://www.nolanchart.com/article3512.html

    Lee Iacocca speaks out about America

    Lee Iacocca is the man who rescued Chrysler Corporation from its death. He's now 82 years old and has a new book, here are some excerpts.
    by Kipper Mathews
    (Libertarian)
    Sunday, April 20, 2008


    These words by Lee Iacocca are excerpts from his new book and have been circulating the net lately. I couldn't help but spread the word as his opinions are my feelings as well.
    I am not taking any responsibility for their accuracy, I'm just passing on the information received.

    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 ! ( see the ten C's in his book )

    Leaders are made, not born. Leadership is forged in times of crisis. It's easy to sit there 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.'
    *Syria becomes the 7th predominantly Muslim country bombed by 2009 Nobel Peace Laureate Barack Obama—after Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Libya and Iraq

  • #2
    Go fuck yourself, Lee. You fucking hypocrite.

    Moon

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    • #3
      I don't know moon - outside of not really having a plan to do better - he's pretty much on the money.
      Turning the other cheek is better than burying the other body.

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      • #4
        Oh, so it wasn't U.S. Government money that rescued Chrysler?

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        • #5
          corporate gangsters
          Uh, Lee?
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          "This is a heavyweight bout indeed."--John Rooney, Oct. 27, 2011

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          • #6
            He sounds bitter
            Be passionate about what you believe in, or why bother.

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            • #7
              He's still alive?

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              • #8
                I'd rather take advice from Jack Welch.

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                • #9
                  I would wish that Lee Iaccoca be run over by a K-Car, but it would probably stall out before reaching sufficient speed to do him any harm.

                  Moon

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Moon Man View Post
                    I would wish that Lee Iaccoca be run over by a K-Car, but it would probably stall out before reaching sufficient speed to do him any harm.

                    Moon
                    I'm not sure a K-Car would stand up to a collision with his fat ass (not to mention his ego) even if it could reach sufficient speed.

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                    • #11
                      Isn't he the guy famous for getting the government to bail out the least inspiring of the Big Three?

                      Oh, and didn't he slash jobs and benefits when taking over Chrysler?
                      His mind is not for rent, to any god or government.
                      Pointless debate is what we do here -- lvr

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                      • #12
                        To be somewhat fair to Lido, and this doesn't in anyway indicate I am in favor of what did happen, he only got guarantees on the loans from the government. The money actually came from elsewhere...And Chrysler did repay those loans early...

                        And yes, he did slash jobs and benies...seems it was necessary. Kinda what the others are doing now.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by lazydaze View Post
                          To be somewhat fair to Lido, and this doesn't in anyway indicate I am in favor of what did happen, he only got guarantees on the loans from the government. The money actually came from elsewhere...And Chrysler did repay those loans early...

                          And yes, he did slash jobs and benies...seems it was necessary. Kinda what the others are doing now.
                          Okay, now I remember something about that.

                          But he produced some of the shittiest cars ever manufactured when he ran Chrysler.
                          His mind is not for rent, to any god or government.
                          Pointless debate is what we do here -- lvr

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Moon Man View Post
                            Go fuck yourself, Lee. You fucking hypocrite.

                            Moon
                            ++

                            Lee Iacocca is a cock. Here's a guy who "saved Chrysler" by doing what every other "White Knight" does - firing a bunch of people. Here's a guy who "took only $1 in salary" while helping himself to a hundred million in options. Here's a guy who basically ran a personal campaign to convince America that Chrysler had figured it out, that they were about quality now - and then he sold the K cars, some of the shittiest cars ever produced in America.

                            Lee Iacocca is the fucking king of undeserved reputation.

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                            • #15
                              "And if I had a million dollars, I would by you a K-car (a nice reliant automobile)"
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                              "This is a heavyweight bout indeed."--John Rooney, Oct. 27, 2011

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