"If we were to eliminate that Italian side from our results, Fiat would do more."
- SERGIO MARCHIONNE,CEO of Italian automaker Fiat, saying the company would be better off without Italy and its balky unions; Fiat has been in tense negotiations with unions over its plan to shut down a factory in Sicily next year
"Their oversight is just too extreme. That's why our 10-year loan, we paid it back in three years. We couldn't stand the government. The bureaucracy kills you."
- LEE IACOCCA,former Chrysler CEO, urging Chrysler and General Motors to pay off their federal loans as quickly as possible to avoid government interference
"So what? Aren't you entitled to reject a deal?"
- PHIL GOLDSTEIN,a hedge-fund manager, scoffing at President Obama's criticism of Chrysler creditors who refused to accept a government-brokered deal for the automaker to avoid bankruptcy
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