Thursday, May 01, 2008

Inane McCain

There's a new quality guru in the house, Senator John McCain. He knows better than to ask why five times to get at the root cause of a problem. The I35W Bridge in Minneapolis, MN collapsed not because of weight or a design problem. No, the weak link in the chain was not a support plate, but Congressional earmarks! John McCain didn't need to ask why once. He simply offered a line that supports his campaign platform.

"The bridge in Minneapolis didn't collapse because there wasn't enough money," McCain told reporters while campaigning in Pennsylvania. "The bridge in Minneapolis collapsed because so much money was spent on wasteful, unnecessary pork-barrel projects."

John McCain's comment seems part of the trivial many vs. the vital few, concepts taught by Dr. Juran? There you have it, leadership without knowledge. As Dr. Deming said, "Will they ever learn?" McCain followed up by saying in effect, it's management's job not to know. Might we get another President who drives in fear and delegates blame? I don't think our country could survive twelve years of bleedership.

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