"We are on plan."
- DANIEL AKERSONCEO of General Motors, on the car company's first-quarter profit; GM made $3.2 billion, more than triple what it earned in the same period last 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
"I believe we could lose General Motors by the end of this month."
- RON GETTELFINGER,United Auto Workers union president, who was among automakers pushing for a $34 billion bailout from the U.S. Senate on Dec. 4
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