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Friday, April 11, 2008


Remember Lee Iacocca, the man who rescued Chrysler Corporation from it's death? He 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 !

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 debt, 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.'

**Couldn't have said it better myself....I agree with him.


Anonymous said...

Amen to that! - Karen

Brenda said...

So true! But as I read this part,
"Everyone's hunkering down, fingers crossed, hoping it doesn't happen again. Now, that's just crazy. Storms happen."
it came to my mind that folks hunkering down and hoping it doesn't happen is exactly the reason Katrina was able to bring New Orleans to her knees. They knew it was going to happen, it was just a matter of when and just needed the right storm.

Joy T. said...

I second the first commenter...Amen to that!

Jen said...

my first thought was "AMEN!", so to comments karen & joy i say "DITTO!"

Simply Jenn said...

Why the heck isn't HE running for president? He's one of the few who really sees the problem.

CrystalChick said...

Hello! I wandered over here from Fiwa's blog and saw this post and loved it!!! I tried to do a political rant a little while back but it wasn't so to the point and spoken as well as his.
And then I scrolled down your page and saw that you make cards too!!! Oh they are nice. The black/white thank you is cool. Good work. Girl after my own heart! :)
Peace, Mary

Anonymous said...

Lee's words are quite thought provoking. No doubt, the last couple of American leaders have not been like some of the great ones in the past.

dawn said...

I think the culture of our countries has been forged by the concept of 'the government will take care of us'. Much of that is forged by people letting the powers that be implement laws and regs telling us how we have to do things. It has developed over the years with public education, to make the masses of children cookie cutter images. It has become more that way with regulations from seatbelt laws and can't sell milk from your dairy cow, or even give it away to people. These things are increasing (and aren't all bad), but people are doing less and less thinking on their own. I believe it will only get worse. Now I am doing the doom and gloom. People don't have the means to take care of themselves in a disaster and they are not prepared for it and in the end, "The government didn't act fast enough, or didn't do enough". That is not reality, but society has grown into it in the last 150 years.