HASHTAG #sixsigma

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


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