A Hell of a Mess !

RobWin

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A Hell of a Mess: Observations by Lee Iacocca

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, competence, 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 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 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 bobble head on Fox 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 1970s 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 horseshit and go to work. Let's tellem all we've had enough.

Excerpted from "Where Have All the Leaders Gone? (Copyright) 2007.
 

GGW Laurie

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A Hell of a Mess: Observations by Lee Iacocca

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, competence, 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 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 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 bobble head on Fox 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 1970s 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 horseshit and go to work. Let's tellem all we've had enough.

Excerpted from "Where Have All the Leaders Gone? (Copyright) 2007.
.....how true rob i bolded some of the statements i agree 100% with.....laurie
 

GaryWatson

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A Hell of a Mess: Observations by Lee Iacocca

So here's where we stand:
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.

Excerpted from "Where Have All the Leaders Gone? (Copyright) 2007.

Yep, maybe true. But standing still is better than going a mile in the wrong direction. History - "His Story" If you want to create a better future, learn from your past. Vietnam-Iraq.

Before wwII, this improved & continues to improve the lives of many

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The get up and go attitude is good only if it is a move forward. See reaction to 911

To cut a long story short

"In my youth I was a worker like you. And in my heart of hearts, I have remained what I was then."
 

RobWin

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Yep, maybe true. But standing still is better than going a mile in the wrong direction. History - "His Story" If you want to create a better future, learn from your past. Vietnam-Iraq.
Before wwII, this improved & continues to improve the lives of many

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The get up and go attitude is good only if it is a move forward. See reaction to 911

To cut a long story short


Yea Gary, I believe that is what he is saying in his first sentence of the text:

We're immersed in a bloody war with no plan for winning and no plan for leaving.
 

GaryWatson

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OK,
True socialism doesnt work it leads to laziness.
True Capitalism doesnt work it breeds manipulation.
Nationalism or Patriotism leads to racism.

Parts of the three work but a balance is needed.

Socialists need an incentive to work harder
Capitalists need to contribute to a bigger goal other than themselves (health care).
Nationalists need to realise and respect other cultures.

Most of the authors issues could have been dealt with if this was taken into consideration. Looking back to our history and using it as a guage to predict our futures, I highly doubt it.

Personal greed dictates politics & its very difficult to get into a powerful position without bending over a desk and bending your morals
 

RobWin

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OK,
True socialism doesnt work it leads to laziness.
True Capitalism doesnt work it breeds manipulation.
Nationalism or Patriotism leads to racism.

Parts of the three work but a balance is needed.

Socialists need an incentive to work harder
Capitalists need to contribute to a bigger goal other than themselves (health care).
Nationalists need to realise and respect other cultures.

I do agree, all of those are valid points Gary...you're singing to the choir on that one

Most of the authors issues could have been dealt with if this was taken into consideration.

I really think you are missing the point of the excerpt. Here again is his last paragraph of the article where he sums it all up:

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 horseshit and go to work. Let's tell’em all we've had enough.

Basically what he is saying here is that all of us Americans are good and damn well fed up with our politicians and the way they have been handling things....plain and simple !

Looking back to our history and using it as a guage to predict our futures, I highly doubt it.

Where the hell does he do that in the article ?

Personal greed dictates politics & its very difficult to get into a powerful position without bending over a desk and bending your morals

That's exactly what he is talking about...
 
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