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 Iococca'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
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
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
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?
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
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 illegals amnesty and
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
Name me a government leader who can articulate a plan for paying down the
debit, or solving theenergy 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
LET'S GET THE ROOKIE OUT OF THE WHITEHOUSE!!!
NEVER TRY TO TEACH A PIG TO SING. IT WASTES YOUR TIME, AND IT ANNOYS THE PIG