Does 'Julia' really have a fulfilling life?
“The Life of Julia” is the Barack Obama campaign’s picture essay
on how government works for you (at least, if you’re a woman). Each
slide shows a particular program that affects Julia at a different stage
in her life. The slide text describes the program, gives credit to
Obama either for creating it or extending it, and says how his
presumptive opponent would cut or drop it. This hypothetical woman goes
to college, then to work as a Web designer. Somewhere along the way, she
needs an operation. (What for?) At age 31, she “decides” to have a
child. (Who is the father? When did she get married?) At 42, she starts
her own business. At 65, she enrolls in Medicare. (Does Obama mention
that he cut Medicare to pay for Obamacare?) At 67, she retired, knowing
that Social Security somehow will not run out of money.
Julia’s parents bear only oblique mention, and her hypothetical
husband, none at all. Her son bears mention only because he, too, takes
something from the government. This is deliberate and calculated. Julia,
in effect, has no husband, nor parents either. She is a ward of the
state, and even the wife of the state.
Rich Lowry of National Review, and Michelle Malkin of Hot Air, have each shown that “The Life of Julia” does not work. Lowry says
flat-out that the programs that Julia “benefits” from, do not work as
advertised. Whatever any program gives, real life takes away, if it
lasts at all. (To take one example: any help the government gives to
help a student pay for college, will only enrich the college. How? The
college will raise tuition, knowing that the government will pay! And pay, and pay.) Malkin does Lowry one better. She gives example after example of real women who do not
see the benefits that “Julia” sees. (By the way: she includes herself,
as she has every right to do.) Malkin also accuses the Obama campaign of
lying. The campaign implies that without government, Julia would have no help at all, from anyone.
Part of that is that Julia might as well have been an orphan, and
almost certainly had her son out-of-wedlock. The other part is that the
campaign ignores, or denies, the kind of support that Julia can find privately.
And even if it did work out the way Obama says it does: what kind of life is that? Is this what everyone should look forward to? Shall the government really take care of you from the cradle to the grave?
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