Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Iacocca speaks

"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 the bums out!"

So says Lee Iacocca, the man who headed Ford in the 1970s and Chrysler in the '80s. It comes from his book, Where Have All the Leaders Gone?

Where indeed? I cast my mind back 35 years to the early debates about climate change and clean energy for cars. Iacocca's voice is audible now. Where was he then?

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