LEAN SIX SIGMA
DESCRIPTION Perhaps the most shameless marketing ploy in the history of co-opted modern politics, here the candidate essentially says that he or she will continue to promote trademarked business-streamlining principles, and to eliminate the national debt by 2017. As a kicker, Republicans are being asked to sign a blue document stamped with an American flag, promising "to attend two days of training on the Lean Six Sigma method . . . prior to my inauguration."
MESSIAH The marketing wiz behind this stunt is MIKE GEORGE, a Texas business consultant and military advisor who founded Strong America Now, a nonprofit organization with a seemingly impossible mission: to end the deficit without raising taxes. George appears to command a remarkable amount of power over certain candidates, particularly Tim Pawlenty, who regularly props Six Sigma on the stump.
WHO SIGNED Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Gary Johnson, Tim Pawlenty
ELECTORAL REPERCUSSIONS Vice-President Mike George.
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