Lee Iacocca Stirs it up

From Lee Iacocca’s new book, “Where Have All the Leaders Gone?”

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 cours.”

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!

I’ll go a step further. You can’t call yourself a patriot if you’re not outraged.

iacoca.jpgAnd that’s just the first page.

Not what you’d expect from a former car company executive! The last quarter of the book gets a bit maudlin, but the first three quarters is a sprawling, plain-spoken assessment of the state of America, from Iacocca’s point of view. He takes on government (and voter apathy), the car industry (why are the US companies so behind on hybrids?), business ethics, healthcare, education, and immigration. It’s a quick read, I ran through it in a 4 hour flight, but gets you thinking.