Monday, November 4, 2013

A few thoughts on ACA...

Listening to a congressional hearing last week via radio on the way to guess? Quick lunchtime shopping break to relax my brain and all I hear is “why don’t you know how many people have signed up? Are eligible? How many signed up and are using a plan in October? How come you don’t know? You should know. How come you can’t answer this?”

Maybe my retail background can be of some assistance in explaining the reporting time issue, which I call the “I need instant gratification to prove to my constituents that I’m doing something here in DC, and I love to hear myself talk” issue.

When a national chain store, say Nordstrom, wants to know how their entire US-based chain did for the month of October, it takes AT LEAST two weeks. Two weeks? Who has two weeks? Why does it take so long?!?

In this case, let’s look at each individual silver Nordstrom tree, rather than the entire Nordstrom forest. Let’s look at just one store: Each and every department in that store has to tabulate October sales and report those sales figures to the management office/store manager, who then must double check those numbers. Once those are reviewed several times for accuracy, that individual store manager funnels their final sales report to their district manager. The district manager then must double check each of her/his numbers for every store they are responsible for, then send those reports further up the funnel to the corporate HQ. Lots of number crunching Lots of time.

Let’s flip this over to ACA. Once you sign up online, you are supposed to “shop” for a plan and (hopefully) sign up for one. So thousands enter one “funnel” then are broken up into several more funnels. It takes each of those separate funnels time to tabulate solid numbers, which they then send back up the funnel. The “funnel manager” must double check, ok, quadruple check, these numbers, then compare it to what was projected, in order to know if the ACA online sign up/registration is on track or not. Lots of number crunching. Lots of time.

I could be completely off base here, but if I was sitting in a congressional hearing and asked those same questions I mentioned earlier, I wouldn’t speculate. I’d give the facts. Let’s not blast what we don’t know until we know it folks.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Stronger visuals needed in this campaign ad!

President Obama’s latest campaign ad, “Important,” attacks Romney on women’s health issues. 

While the ad’s message definitely resonates, this Politico in Stilettos would have implemented stronger visual elements to reaffirm the message that, if elected, Mitt Romney would drag the progressive voice of women today by their ponytails back to the 1950s. 

Why is this ad showing women speaking in front of stereotypical 1950’s locations like a house or in what appears to be a kitchen? If you’re going to say Romney would drag us back, have a female CEO say that on camera. Show the images of what life was like for women in the ‘50s. Have the female CEO say how she is so appreciative for women like her mother to have paved the way so she could be where she is today, and how Planned Parenthood was there for her and she will fight to ensure it’s there for her daughter. Taking away a woman’s right to choose is unacceptable, Romney’s plan to demolish Planned Parenthood is unacceptable and Romney as President is utterly unacceptable. 

Also, what’s up with the name? Yes, this is a significantly “important” issue to women, but let’s put a little more thought in to it. 

Make no mistake about it, I am NOT bashing the President at all. I just think his campaign ad firm should have put a little more thought into this ad. 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

50 Shades of… Raese? Hardly!

I cannot help but assume the New York Times bestseller “50 Shades of Grey” must have had some influence on John Raese and his campaign team. On the second-time Republican U.S. Senate candidate’s website homepage, there are two videos. The top YouTube video, which is lengthy at 3:39, has shots featuring the candidate’s butt and crotch area in a pair of light denim jeans.

Does the man who thinks "We need 1,000 laser systems put in the sky” have poll results that say he needs to target a certain female age demographic? Did he and his campaign team feel that hopping onto the 50 Shades “Mommy Porn” wave would move numbers? Does he actually think West Virginians will find his derriere appealing? 

Trying to put myself in Raese’s alligator Gucci loafers...

Christian Grey

John Raese

Ridiculous Wealth
Extremely Handsome
Sharp Dresser
 As long as my gold Rolex is on
Owns several homes
Definitely in the top 1%
 You bet I'm the top 1% 
Owns an Airplane
Looks good in worn-looking jeans
 Check out my butt again! 

Nope, can’t picture it. Slow that twitching palm and keep on dreaming Raese. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

No 2 Manchins About It!

There won’t be two “Manchins” appearing on the primary ballot this election cycle, as House of Delegates member Tim Manchin, Senator Joe Manchin’s cousin, bowed out of the race.

McKinley, a freshman Republican member of the House of Representatives may not have any challengers right now, but he may end up with opposition in the General Election.

Since congressional redistricting was shot down by the Supreme Court, McKinley could oppose Shelly Moore Capito this coming November.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Withholding Information from Voters? You Should Get the Boot!

As Americans, our first Amendment gives us freedom of speech. This Politico in Stilettos whole-heartedly believes that it is the responsibility of those we elect be our voice in government to speak the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth about what actions are taking place to help solve the problems we face.

Withholding information, especially positive information, is unacceptable. If someone knew there was a Chanel sample sale and specifically withheld that information from me, I would give them the boot (a Louboutin boot that is)!

Some of our elected officials are taking initiatives to get to the bottom of West Virginia’s most serious issues, like the prescription drug problem. Thanks to one senator’s request, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin created the Substance Abuse Advisory Council that consists of a comprehensive group of stakeholders to take a 360-degree approach to finding solutions to the drug problem.

This is an enormous step forward that a delegate failed to be mentioned at a recent town hall meeting.

Why would any elected official fail to tell their constituents that positive steps are being taken and that solutions are on the horizon?

Monday, September 12, 2011

Rick Perry: the GOP’s Lady Gaga?

Since Fashion Week is taking place in New York right now, I just couldn’t help myself…

What’s the one thing an aspiring designer’s collection can do to stand out in a sea of fabric on the runway? The same thing a candidate to can do to stand out in a sea of political hopefuls: Be audacious.

Texas Governor Rick Perry scares the stilettos off me, but the one thing I must give my nightmare’s campaign consultants credit for is his audacity. Since announcing his candidacy, he has the most outlandish, unfathomable, and outrageous sound bytes of any candidate I can remember.

From calling social security a “ponzi scheme” to not believing the federal government plays a role in our childrens’ education, to even questioning whether or not the President is patriotic, his audacious quotes continually get his name mentioned on the news, virally over dirty martinis and in office break rooms across the nation. His brazen, rash comments are so over the top, they’re news (although they haven’t landed him in the same situation as John Galliano, yet…). If he wasn't audacious, I wouldn't be blogging about him right now. You don't see me blogging about John Huntsman, do you?

The only thing I can compare his words to are Lady Gaga’s performance ensembles!

So whether you’re in fashion or politics and need to stand out, one thing will always hold true: Be audacious!

Friday, September 9, 2011

The President's Necktie

A lavender-blue, wide necktie that hung almost perfectly straight drove the President’s message home to this fashion-savvy politico. The color echoes that of the early morning dawn, or the rebirth of the American Dream to the citizens of the United States of America.

“Americans do not care about politics – they have real life issues,” our fearless leader confidently claimed last night, and he’s right.

The average person does not care about politics, they care about their families and themselves. One key example that President Obama pointed out was that parents are postponing retirement to send their kids to college, my parents fall into this shoebox, which is just one in a few million that could take up the entire Mall of America.

He referenced the baby boomer vision of the American Dream, and put the responsibility of bringing it back on the Armani-suited shoulders of the elected officials of Congress.

I sharply disagree with one of Chuck Todd’s comments last night about the President’s American Jobs Act legislation plan. Todd said there’s a marketing plan, but what he doesn’t see is a legislative plan to “ram rod” this bill through the House and Senate. Chuck, not only do I disagree with your opinion, I really disagree with your tie.

What Obama’s speech inspired me to do was tweet, call, write, blog, and email my elected officials to make them vote for the President’s legislation. If we Americans put enough pressure on the members of Congress that represent us, it can pass. Yes, there’s a full-swing Presidential Primary going on in the Republican Party right now, but, “we can’t wait 14 months.”

Politics is the art of compromise, and what the President implied he was proposing is a piece of legislation that both parties can agree on because it involves several compromises on issues.

I challenge every single person who reads this blog to not judge a shoebox by its cover and to read the American Jobs Act. If you support it, call the elected officials who represent you and are supposed to have your best interest at heart and tell them to support it too.

On a side note, what was Hilary wearing? And Mr. Speaker, you consistently disappoint me in your tie selection. From your St. Patrick’s Day green tie to the cotton candy-colored blob you wore last night… It’s always a fashion fail for you.