Lee Iacocca Says it All

March/12/2011 15:01PM
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Friends, 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’s now 82 years old and 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 with this so called president? We should  be screaming bloody murder! We’ve got a gang of tax cheating  clueless leftists 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 out, along  with Obama!’
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… 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 skyrock 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  healthcare.

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, and  more important, look what Obama did 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 Chicago 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.

Make your own  contribution by sending this to everyone you know and care  about. It’s our country, folks, and it’s our future. Our future  is at  stake!!

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 liberal 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?

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