Four years ago the Fair Tax movement helped power Mike Huckabee to a win in the Iowa caucuses. The former Arkansas governor embraced the scheme and all of its absurd assumptions –the Constitution could be amended to repeal the 17thAmendment, senior citizens wouldn’t mind having many of their assets devalued overnight etc—and reaped the political benefits.
The Fair Tax has lost a lot of its initial appeal over the past four years as closer looks revealed the scheme’s many flaws and its tricke- up math. (Full disclosure: I am the co-author of one of those analyses, The Fair Tax Fantasy, with Hank Adler.) There are still enthusiastic proponents, like my pal Neil Boortz, but the energy in the movement and their numbers are greatly diminished, with much of the earnest zeal to strike a blow at the bloated federal government absorbed into the much broader and far more serious Tea Party agenda of reform.
But the Fair Tax’s impact on Iowa in 2008 should alert MSM to the possibility of similar grassroots efforts having enormous consequences in the relatively small confines of an early caucus state, and also in the early primary states of New Hampshire and South Carolina. This year the organizational candidate to play that role is StrongAmericaNow.com and its demand for the application of Lean Six Sigma to every corner of the federal government.
On Saturday Mike George’s plan for Iowa begins to unfold in earnest at the Deficit Free America Summit at the Polk County Convention Complex. George is one of the creators of Lean Six Sigma, and the engine behind StrongAmericaNow.comwhich is the organization pushing the GOP presidential candidates to get very serious about deficit reduction very fast. Lean Six Sigma is a widely used and often very effective process for reducing waste and increasing efficiency and thus productivity in business settings and sometimes even in government and the not-for-profit world.