You are not signed in (Login or Join Free)   |   Help
Sploofus Trivia
Trivia GamesCommunityLeaderboardsTournaments
You are here:  Home  >>  Chat Forums  >>  The Salty Dog  >>  View Chat Message

View Chat Message

Pages:  1    

Cjar855  (Level: 134.2 - Posts: 838)
Tue, 8th Apr '08 12:07 AM


Excerpts from Lee Iacocca's new book

This is a wonderful piece of writing and thinking. I wonder who he
is going to vote for? I don't see any of the current candidates who
would fit into this profile of a leader.

Remember Lee Iacocca, the man who rescued Chrysler Corporation from
it's death throes? 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
'pompoms' 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 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 so me 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
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."

Make a "real contribution" by sending this to everyone you know and
care about......our future is at stake!

Surreyman  (Level: 272.4 - Posts: 2771)
Tue, 8th Apr '08 6:19 AM

Seems Britland has the same disease, too.

Our supposedly socialist new PM's latest Budget robs the poor to pay the rich, and very few are complaining.

And that's just for starters .........

The true leaders of previous decades seem to be an extinct animal.

Rictic  (Level: 144.7 - Posts: 90)
Tue, 8th Apr '08 6:22 AM

And everything Lee says, applies to the U.K. as well...Frightening.

Kaufman  (Level: 267.9 - Posts: 3941)
Tue, 8th Apr '08 8:10 AM

Graham Chapman was right. You Brits are all individuals!

Bobbsey  (Level: 158.3 - Posts: 252)
Sat, 12th Apr '08 4:39 AM

surreyman, have you seen this website the guys name is john james harris. the link was sent to me by a relative. ive often had thoughts like this guy, but never acted on them, id like to see h ow it pans out for him.

Surreyman  (Level: 272.4 - Posts: 2771)
Sat, 12th Apr '08 7:35 AM

Totally unknown in the UK as far as I know.
Seems a bit weirdo.

Pages:  1    

Copyright © 2003-2017 Sploofus Holdings LLC.  All rights reserved.
Legal Notice & Privacy Statement  |  Link to Sploofus