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Old 11-24-2010, 12:38 PM   #1
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Would you believe that Lee Iacocca is 82 years old and is still kickin' butt?

Check out his latest rant.

Just as true today as it was when his book first came out. He was, and still is, a brilliant businessman! Often we need to be reminded of Iacocca's words.

Remember Lee Iacocca, the man who rescued Chrysler Corporation from its death throes? He has a new book, 'Where Have All The Leaders Gone?'.

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 tax cheating clueless politicians trying to steer our ship of state right over a cliff, we've got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we can't even run a ridiculous cash-for-clunkers program without losing $26 billion of the taxpayers' money, much less build a hybrid car.

But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say, 'trust me the economy is getting better ...'

Better? You've got to be kidding. This is America, not the damned, 'Titanic'. I'll give you a sound bite: 'Throw all the Democrats and Republicans out along with Obama!'

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 Afghanistan, Iran is completing their nuclear bombs and missiles 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 C's of leadership, with crisis being the first.)

Leaders are made, not born. Leadership is forged in times of crisis. It's easy to sit there with thumb up your butt 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. Instead, what we got was a rehabed drunk that wanted to be a "war president". A hell of a mess, so here's where we stand.

We're immersed in a bloody war now with no plan for winning and no plan for leaving .... But our soldiers are dying daily.

We're running the biggest deficit in the history of the world, and it's getting worse every day!

We've lost the manufacturing edge to Asia, while our once-great companies are getting slaughtered by health care costs.

Gas prices are going to skyrocket again, and nobody in power has a lucid plan to open drilling to solve the problem.This country has the largest oil reserves in the WORLD, and we cannot drill for it because the politicians have been bought by the flea-hugging environmentalists.

Our schools are in a complete disaster because of the teachers union.

Our borders are like sieves and they want to give all illegal's amnesty and free health care.

The middle class is being squeezed to death every day.

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.

Everyone's hunkering down, fingers crossed, hoping the government will make it better for them. Now, that's just crazy ... Deal with life.

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?

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 gangsters in Congress. We didn't elect you to turn this country into a losing European Socialist state. What is everybody so afraid of? That some bonehead on NBC or CNN 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 1970's oil crisis, and the struggles of recent years since 9/11.


Time to elect leaders that can fix the problems, and I don't see any on the horizon.
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Old 11-24-2010, 12:49 PM   #2
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Iacocca for President!
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another chain email making the rounds.
Its not 100% true
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Old 11-24-2010, 01:55 PM   #4
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It's also nearly as old as George.
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Old 11-24-2010, 02:17 PM   #5
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another chain email making the rounds.
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Someone emailed me and told me that their version was slightly different than the version that was emailed to me (the one I posted).

I like old Lee, however, if it were not for the federal government saving his ass during his "leadership" at Chrysler Corp., that outfit would have been long gone many years ago.
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1979 - Chrysler goes hat in hand to congress.
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another bullshit artist
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Where have all the K cars gone?
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Iaccoca is a shill for the administration, bought and paid for.

I've seen several versions of "Lee's rant" over the years, even if it is his words, fuck him, he had a chance to be a leader in '88, '92, or even '96.

Fuck him, even if I can agree with parts of that chain mail.
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Where have all the K cars gone?

they were chrylers answer to the vega and pinto
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Lee is so ethical that he became a Coquille Indian so he could open a casino in Coos Bay. Oregon.

Lee was part of the problem, not part of the solution.
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another bullshit artist

true dat
in 1969 he told Smokey Yunick,that he could build 69 boss 429 rustangs that only weighted 2500 lbs
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Lee is so ethical that he became a Coquille Indian so he could open a casino in Coos Bay. Oregon.

Lee was part of the problem, not part of the solution.

wonder if Lee would care to play cowboys and indians?
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Uhhh, ok. Shoot the phucking messenger, but what about the words themselves? What's there to disagree with there?
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Uhhh, ok. Shoot the phucking messenger, but what about the words themselves? What's there to disagree with there?
The words are spot on.
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