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Setting the Bridges to Nowhere to the Torch

By Jon Miller Published on November 17th, 2005

It’s been a good week for Lean government. First Senator Joseph Lieberman says he will bring a “little of your Kaizen attitude back to the United States Senate” while visiting a factory doing Lean manufacturing in Connecticut.
Then there was the U.S. Navy’s renewed commitment to kaizen through a merger of their four AIRSpeed programs.
Now there’s news that the infamous bit of Transportation Bill pork called “bridge to nowhere” has been set to the torch. The funds will remain in Alaska and Senator Ted Stevens will not resign as he threatened to.
Thanks to all of you who read my blog entry and took a minute to e-mail their representatives in congress.
In the same San Francisco Chronicle article Republican Representative from Arizona Jeff Flake reminds us in that “there are thousands of earmarks in the bill that are just as excessive” as the one that was successfully stopped. There’s more work to do.
Let’s remain vigilant against waste of all kinds.

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