In the past 8 years, two major events have totally soured me on anything that bills itself as a “transformation”. The first one happened back in 2008, when Barack Hussein Obama was elected president. His mission, stated boldly before the American people during his campaign, was to “totally transform America”. He basically was dissatisfied with the way the United States was founded and had developed, and he did his level best, in his eight years in power, to bring that about. From his first “apology tour”, to the fight to socialize the medical care industry with Obamacare, to the tight leash on the banking industry with Dodd-Frank, he succeeded fairly well. And we, the American People, are still feeling the adverse effects of that success.
Excuse me, but America did not need to be transformed, and we are now a demonstrably weaker, less-satisfied, and less-capable country. More and more ordinary citizens have felt the yoke of Big Government ruling their everyday lives. The US economy has been hobbled by more intrusive regulations, and no, you were NOT allowed to “keep your health plan” or “keep your doctor”. Millions of self-employed and small business owners lost their medical plans all at once, and were forced to purchase unwieldy, very expensive, “approved” plans that did not meet their needs.
Barack Obama learned very well from his Communist father that America was a nasty place, where black people were mistreated at home, and abroad; and other countries were beaten down by that terrible US foreign policy. He did his best to make the majority of Americans (those of us who are white and US-born) feel guilty for oppressing all those downtrodden (illegal) immigrants.
So that ‘s the first Transformation that has made me cringe whenever I hear the word, and prevented me from ever again supporting anything that bills itself as transformation.
The second major event took place at my place of work, a medium-sized company that makes items for the aerospace industry. In late 2014, the company hired a new chief executive, who came from a huge conglomerate. With him, he brought other executives, and a big plan to totally transform our factory to make things more efficient and profitable. In October of 2015, our plant underwent a “total transformation” of the factory floor and production processes. The plant was basically shut down for what was supposed to be a week and two weekends, but ended up as two full weeks, and minor shutdowns over the next year. We employees were issued safety gear (hard hats, vests, steel-toed galoshes, safety glasses), and were directed to help move things around where needed. I spent a day helping pull up carpet tiles, but mostly stood around and watched. Oh, and the Customer Service department, while we were destroying and rebuilding the factory (while not engaging in any production), was in a conference room taking new orders from our customers at normal lead time. No mention of the factory shutdown-they were basically lying to our customers about when their parts would be ready. More on that later.
Those high mucky-mucks from the head office were convinced that they knew exactly how to run our factory, and they changed everything with NO input from us peons. Big noisy machines, which had been behind a wall, were brought out into the main factory, so production employees who assemble small parts now had huge machines right next to them. The ambient noise level in the factory rose by 100%, and many of us were forced to wear earplugs so we could hear ourselves think. Production procedures were altered so operations were done in different order, and components that used to be stored close to the production areas were moved back to the main stock room.
Well, funny thing, that total transformation was a fiasco. Production levels suffered, on-time delivery plummeted, and we had a bunch of unhappy customers. Many of the new production procedures had to be reversed when they were found to make the process worse instead of better. And now, two years later, some of those big noisy machines are being moved back behind the wall! Over the past two years, dozens of employees quit the company, and those of us who are left are forced to take on more and more of their work.
So you can see why anything that is billed as a total transformation makes me frown these days. Sorry, but no photo challenge this week. I have had enough of transformation.