Economy & Budget

Who the hell is “Julia,” and why am I paying for her whole life?

In the new Barack Obama campaign piece The Life of Julia, voters can “Take a look at how President Obama’s policies help one woman over her lifetime — and how Mitt Romney would change her story.” It is one of the most brazenly statist pieces of campaign literature I can ever remember seeing.

Let’s, for the purposes of this post, set aside the misleading generalizations regarding policy in the ad (no one is innocent on that account, obviously). What we are left with is a celebration of a how a woman can live her entire life by leaning on government intervention, dependency and other people’s money rather than her own initiative or hard work. It is, I’d say, implicitly un-American, in the sense that it celebrates a mindset we have — outwardly, at least — shunned.

It is also a mindset that women should find offensively patronizing. When they’re old enough, I hope my two daughters will find the notion that their success hinges on the president’s views on college-loan interest rates preposterous. Yet, according to the “Life of Julia,” women are helpless without the guiding hand of Barack Obama.

Julia can enroll in a Head Start program to help get her ready for school. Because of steps President Obama has taken to improve the program …  Julia can take the SATs because she was trained by the useless “Race to the Top” program, yes, implemented by President Obama …  During college, Julia undergoes surgery, which is thankfully covered by her insurance due to parents’ coverage until she turns 26 … thanks to Obama.

Julia works as a full-time web designer, and thanks to Obamacare, her health insurance is required to cover birth control and preventive care, “letting Julia focus on her work rather than worry about her health…”

…because children are bad for your health, obviously.

And so on and so forth.

Julia then has a son named Zachary (who has no father around, as far as I can tell) and we can start the entire storyline again.

Finally, Julia retires. “After years of contributing to Social Security, she receives monthly benefits that help her retire comfortably, without worrying that she’ll run out of savings…

This allows her to volunteer at a community garden.”

If you think Social Security benefits allow you to live your retirement without worry, you deserve Barack Obama.

Most decent people believe that government should be there to assist and help those who find themselves in legitimately rough or desperate circumstances. But an adult Julia, from what I can tell, does not qualify.

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  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/FMIRTPU6GG45JTTTMLLHZHL3QQ David

    Dependency; opiate of the masses.

  • http://4chan.org/b Coolface.jpg

     I had forgotten about Obama’s stash. Tremendous.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LZ7I57GJZPAJOZGTOJDJH2PD2E Joe

    “Dependency breeds subservience” – Jefferson

    He meant it as a warning, Obama sees it as an instruction manual.

  • Desdemona Mekonen

    what is truly sad is that many women will actually fall for this…. i rather work 2 jobs than spend one day living like Julia…oh wait, i already do…. nonetheless, this kind of election time garbage makes me sad and at times repulsed by our government 

  • Tom Water

    I didn’t like the part where Julia is travelling overseas and Obama issues an order and she is assasinated by a drone attack, without even a warrant.  Opps – it was a mistake!  but she got all those benefits when she was alive….so no complaints!

  • Tom Water

    Or the part when Julia is attacked and beaten by an angry mob of poor americans because they believe, wrongly, that she is a member of the “one percent”…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3MZBJLJ7JZH4R56DTHCQHKW24E Violetta d

    Who is Julia? what is she,
    That we shouldst funding send her?

    BTW, is there a Winston for this Julia, so she can try to rebel against the party, or is she already hopelessly brainwashed into loving Big Brother?

  • Jay Keenan

    If all of the Julias decide to have their babies “under Barack Obama…” he’s going to be one busy POTUS.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000884371975 Retha Miller

    What a crock….if women buy this I have a bridge to talk about…..geesh sad part is you wouldn’t believe how many women will buy into this. You would think that feminist would be up in arms. Someone shake this julia person up she is having a nightmare.

  • http://www.rcantor.com BobC

    The father’s identity is clearly stated. It says, “Under President Obama Julia decides to have a child.”

  • Tom Water

    As julia lay wasting away from malnuitrition, she was fundamentally confused.  “But the Supreme Leader just announced that wheat production was up 25% – how can we be starving?”  Just then the government Emergency assistance squad broke down her door.  “Thank god you are here!” Julia cried.  The squad leader brought over a tray of food, then halted just before reaching Julia.  “What did you say?  Thank who?”  Another squad member came forward, exchanged a glance with the squad leader and drew out his sidearm.  Julia was confused, “What?  Why do you ask?  Am I to die of starvation?”  The armed squad member advanced, smiled sadly and said  “Of malnuitrition?  Citizen Julia, the good news is No.”  BANG.

  • wolfie773

    Yes, there is a great deal about what Julia “gets” but nothing about the folks forced to pay for it.  I missed the panel where jobless Julia is 22 and $200k in debt from college loans, the unemployment rate is 15% and Julia is already living on the dole, in her parents’ (sorry, her single mother’s) basement.  That’s a more realistic outcome for little Julia than what King Obama is selling.

  • eewell

    “Julia” was probably Obama’s first composite girlfriend.

  • nascofmd

    Unfortunately,
    the squad member did not “smile(d) sadly” … he was just fine with
    the outcome. “The Revolution does not need historians” (V. Lenin) …
    or librarians or musicians or artists, unless you serve their cause

  • KL7006

    Can you show me where I can get this $9.00 a month birth control?? Because I have not found it anywhere! With my insurance I still pay $40.00 a month for birth control.  I agree that there was no point in her hiring an attorney and that she could have found another resorce to help her get her birth control for an affordable price. But dont make it sound like birth control is as cheep as a 6 pack of beer.

  • Independent54321

    The $9 a month number came from research following the Sandra Fluke testimony.  

    From the Weekly Standard, 2/28/12:

    “Birth control pills can be purchased for as low as $9 per month at a pharmacy near Georgetown’s campus. According to an employee at the pharmacy in Washington, D.C.’s Target store, the pharmacy sells birth control pills–the generic versions of Ortho Tri-Cyclen and Ortho-Cyclen–for $9 per month. “That’s the price without insurance,” the Target employee said. Nine dollars is less than the price of two beers at a Georgetown bar.”

  • teapartydoc

    I started getting the new print version of HE a couple of weeks ago.  NOW I understand how it is you are able to put together a bigger, better paper.  I can tell just by the number of comments here that this web version probably pulls in a lot of advertising, and in all likelihood it is subsidizing the print version.  Good for you.

  • markinalpine

    “she’s already married to the state”
    AKA Government Whore.

  • Jeff Trujillo

    Seriously?  “Because children are bad for your health, honestly.”  So she doesn’t want children and wants to focus on her career – and you mock that??  Also – I’m guessing that the insurance that is “providing” the contraceptives and preventative care is insurance “Julia” (or her parents) has/have paid premiums for on a monthly basis, so, even though the service might be “free” with no copay, she is still paying on a monthly basis FOR insurance that besides the contraceptives and preventative care, she will probably not use.   And Julia’s son, “Zachary?”  Is that Julia’s fault the father isn’t around?   Should Julia have had an abortion so that the “entire story” would NOT repeat itself?  Everything written in this article is absolutely hypocritical  and disparaging to women.  I can’t wait to  pass this around – it will make the women in America even more ready to vote out all the radical Republicans trying to bring us back to the Stone Age!

  • markinalpine

    “how to make a whore moan”
    Thats a very old joke, and the punchline was “don’t pay her,” which was what I was thinking during the whole Colombian Exposition of 2012.

  • lissmth

     Price doesn’t matter.  Aspirin works better anyway.

  • Sweetrae aka: LeAnn

    Julia better pray to God that she doesn’t develop cancer in her 60′s or 70′s because unfortunately for Julia, there are shortages of chemo drugs and the HHS has deemed a couple of them “unproven and too expensive” for use on advanced breast cancers, colon cancers, and certain forms of lung cancers. They deemed that the estimated life extension using these drugs doesn’t warrant the cost. Oh really, tell that to the woman or man who just wants an additional 3yrs,5yrs, 10yrs to see their children graduate high school, collage or the birth of a grandchild before leaving this earth.
    Welcome to government run health care. You parasites who smoke, eat crap, and are morbidly obese and derive your existence on government, just wait until you develop some life threatening disease and are informed that given your lifestyle and expected outcome are not very good, so here’s some pain pills and we’ll set you up with an end of life counselor.

  • http://twitter.com/mr_bob_colorado Mr_Bob_Colorado

    To Liberals, this kind of “care” of the clue-less (not the helpless) is religion. That is why Liberals are shown on average to give a tiny fraction to charities (who help people UP) as compared to conservatives.  Actually helping people means getting your hands dirty. Its so easy to feel good about yourself helping people by voting liberal, then they don’t have to write a check, or help someone directly…that is why they can’t handle the truth that these programs actually hurt people rather than help. 

  • political_proxy

    Never heard of contraception or personal responsibility?
     
    Morality?Pride?Self sufficiency?Planning a future includes knowing who the people one engages with sexually are thus allowing for intelligent decisions to be made.Life  is an action leads to consequences (good or bad) reality. Unfortunately, so many feel they should not be held accountable for their reckless actions and any undesirable results.The let Big Daddy Gov take care of everything, all will be ok mentality you share with so many others is a complete disgrace. You may not see it but millions of other do.

  • Ed Aranda

    Just some food for thought – I’ve seen lots of people take advantage of the social services, living off the system for generations and teaching their kids to do the same. This is an undeniably terrible cultural problem that our nation faces and intervention is NEEDED. However, looking at my father’s situation as a case study tells another side of the story that I think many people overlook because it doesn’t fit in to their ideology. 

    He grew up very poor. His parents got divorced at a young age and his mother was left alone to raise him and his two siblings. She worked a minimum wage job, but didn’t have the skills, or means to acquire the skills that would enable her to make a better life for herself and her kids. My dad and his siblings received some financial help from their father, however they relied on government programs to help put food on the table and clothes on their backs. They relied on public education to teach them reading, writing, math and science. Team sports helped them integrate socially with their peers. Despite coming from a poor family, my father was able to get good enough grades to attend a top university, graduate in 5 years (took 1 off to work) and work his way up the corporate ladder until he just about reached the top, all the while building a healthy home and a stable upper-middle class lifestyle for me and my mom.

    I can’t help but think that none of that would have been possible if some government programs hadn’t been available for my grandmother when she was raising my dad. It gave them just enough to stay on their feet, preventing my dad from falling victim to hunger and homelessness. Public schools enabled him to prove his intelligence and work ethic to the world so that he could become employed and later work his way to the top.

    Maybe he is the exception and not the rule; I get that. And you can’t ignore his father’s influence, who helped instill good values, even though they didn’t see each other more than once a week.  But for every person (or maybe every five people) we see perpetuating a lazy and dependent lifestyle from generation to generation, there just has to be one like my Dad, who saw government assistance not as a “golden teat” upon which to latch himself, but as an opportunity to make his own life better than that of his mother’s.

    And I thank him for doing so, because I surely would not have been born had he grown up expecting any less of himself.

  • Yashmak

    This is the advent of the entitlement plantation becoming an open policy, rather than something only whispered about behind closed DNC doors.  The left has deemed the general public now finally ill-informed enough that they can no longer recognize that they are being bribed with their own tax money.

    I hate to be all doom-and-gloom, but the great minds which forged our nation recognized this phenomenon as the inevitable death knell of democracy.

  • Ed Aranda

    I think it’s pretty clear who is the troll here. And it’s not Jocelyn. Have you even been reading her posts? I don’t see a single mention of abortion until you chimed in. And if contraception is now considered murder, you better lock up every guy who’s ever blown his load into anything other than an unprotected vagina.

  • Thucydides_of_Athens

    You forgot to mention that Julia will have to eat dog after she retires on her miniscule Social Security benefits, to supplement the food she can smuggle out of the “Community Garden”

    But then, everything will change in Year Zero….

  • k j

     The problem for oBummer is those same female voters that went for him last time have been supporting their stuck-at-home-without-a-job-prospect twenty-something kid(s) for the past 4 years.

    “Mom” may have to re-think her politics a little this time around. If she doesn’t, she deserves exactly what she will reap – another 4 years of supporting her adult children.

  • Maximus_Legitimus

    obama is effectively setting the stage for such an outcome…..if he is re-elected he will build it and they will come, for us, the self employed and other tax paying non-union producers.

  • Borghesius

    Your dad, and you, are examples of something that is the more important issue that the Julia story has as a disturbing subtext.  I don’t think any conservative minds aid given to people who are in need, through no fault of their own, but who are determined to make the most of themselves and climb out.  Your description is that:  Your grandmother worked, got some aid from the (although it would have been better for them if hey had been been able to work it out and had 2 adults in one household providing), your dad worked through college.  He got out of Public school what he put into it.  Eventually, they climb out;  it’s a hand up not hand out.

    The Julia story is a celebration of government dependence.  It stands Kennedy on his head: “Ask what your country can do for you.” It is spending on programs that have been shown not to have any effect (head start), programs that have negative effect/oppression (Race to the Top), programs that allow colleges to raise tuition beyond the ability for anyone like your father to pay for it by themselves anymore (student loans, Pell grants), for a job that college is only marginally needed for (Web design) which may not even exist in 20 years, and all of this ignores the fact that we don’t have the money.  

    TOO MANY JULIAS MEANS THAT THERE IS NO MONEY LEFT FOR PEOPLE WHO NEED IT.  He is using your money not to make life better, but TO BUY VOTES.  

  • Ed Aranda

    Holy crap, are people even reading what you wrote?! You clearly stated that you pay for your own contraception.

  • k j

     Help Julia, The Compressed, Vote for ME.

    Doesn’t roll off the tongue as easily as “nohope & chains”, but oBummer could give that a try as his slogan this time ’round.

    He’s so desperate, he might.  :-)

  • Maximus_Legitimus

    I don’t know, but if Sandra performs what Monica Lewinski performed on clinton, she could probably get $20.  Deduct the $9 for the first one and the balance is all profit.  That’s a business with a profit margin many times greater than Exxon’s.

  • GPZ550

    I think Julia should be made to show her long form birth certificate.

  • k j

     Their die-hard support doesn’t have to logical (in fact, can’t be, since everything they believe about R fearless leader is based on a mirage anyway).

    But when the money finally runs out and the free rides end, their die-hard support will turn into a die-hard reality.  Sad, but inevitable.  As George Santayana observed, “those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it”

  • Ed Aranda

    What you wrote makes a lot of sense; I agree. However I think (and maybe I’m off base here) there are too many people who feel that the solution is to completely eliminate or privatize all public social programs, including the school system. I believe the key is not to destroy these things entirely, but to devise a way to identify those who abuse it and give them ultimatums with real consequences.

  • Borghesius

    So this is a amazingly powerful bit of narrative in reaching out to the young female vote…

    But what good is it that a man gain an election, but the country lose its soul?  It is a marketing campaign, and it is based on omission of truth, free candy, your teeth will be whiter, your life sexier, hip job, only one perfect kid.  Looking at the narrative, we are complaining not that it won’t work, but that it is evil.  Our objection is this set of promises will lead us and the rest of the world to untold misery because we are going to crash our own economy and by extension most of the world’s.  

    After spending a fair amount of your career in marketing, you probably know plenty of campaigns that are dedicated to making people act against their own best interest.  For you to say that Obama is the “vastly superior product” when in fact he is ALL MARKETING (something you should have seen through instantly) tells me you are disingenuous.  

  • Borghesius

    Yes.  You are talking about Republican lead welfare reform from the 1990′s (which Obama and the democrats completely dismantled), having accountability in the school system (which would happen with school vouchers causing more parental involvement and Union reform) and attention to whether programs actually do what they claim to (Head start, race to top).  Should everyone be forced to pay for birth control and abortion (so women don’t have to worry about their “health”) when the health consequences of these items (STD’s, depression, cancer, stokes, heart attack, and allowing consorting with irresponsible men) are also dire?  Every day, I hear stories of “boyfriends” beating women, beating children.  I’m guessing that your grandmother had the sense to avoid that and devote her life to her children.

    I agree with you. 

  • rdman_VietVet

    HaHa… unless you’re being facetious, the “problem” is with the Marxist utopian wet dreamers like Moore, Sean Penn and other Fidel/Hugo/Obama sycophants.

    Hugo went to Cuba for, according to Moore, the finest ObamaCare-style medical care in the world and is still croaking (kicking the bucket).

    Fidel left his “finest ObamaCare-style medical care” and went to Spain for his medical care which, by any measure, does not measure up to US medical care… pre-ObamaCare, that is…

  • Madame_deFarge

     Indeed, what happened to all those old time feminists, married for 30 years but then who weren’t supposed take a penny of filthy alimony if their lives and those of their children depended on it?  You were supposed to have everything equal…including supporting yourself without help.  What they forgot was to fight for equal pay first.  Of course, most of the East Coast privileged feminists were financially well off to begin with…no factory workers or secretaries there.

    I received an email yesterday from an old acquaintance questioning some of my facebook posts.  He thought “after GWB, Obama was ‘so refreshing’ and therefore voted for him.”  Could we hook him up with one of those women who thought it would be so nice to have a black Bogus POTUS? 

  • Madame_deFarge

     Government has replaced Prince Charming…or so they think.

  • Madame_deFarge

     Don’t you remember the woman at their convention who in grateful tears, said Obama was going to pay her mortgage, her gas, her car payment, etc., from his slush fund.?

  • dadavis65

    If you have a script you can get it at any drug store. Low income? Try Planned Parenthood.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Anderson/1439072834 Daniel Anderson

    I would have told them to watch what they say about freedom-loving, self-sufficient people in my house!  If they don’t like it, they can hit the road!

  • Suzannah Rowntree

    “Who is Julia?”

    I’m not sure, but I’m beginning to suspect she’s been exported as our Prime Minister here in Australia. Does this mean you want her back, America?

  • Christine Castro

    I was really starting to look forward to the glorious new utopia until the end. I am not going to end my life doing something so lame like “volunteering” at some garden until the meat wagon hauls my dead carcass to the compost heap.

    If she ended up doing something cool like competitive snake charming or building killer fighting robots – then I might consider joining the welfare state…until then I am not interested. Gardening..pah

  • Christine Castro

    Hey government cheese is delish…here try some….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EXOHFWFEQCUQ6VALLPRCDW4SVU Linz

    You are way too kind.  Unfortunately, I’ve asked long-time friends to leave my house and don’t come back for doing the same thing.  Unfortunate for them, not me…..I have no need for friends with the IQ of a doorknob.  I say…….get rid of those in your life who refuse to accept reality…….they are a drain on my life and spirit………family or not.

  • Steven Chavez

    You’re all missing a major point: OBAMA IS PRESIDENT FOR DECADES in this scenario.

    Who needs elections when in Obama’s dream world, he’s THE DEAR LEADER and FIDEL CASTRO rolled into one. No commercials and no campaigns. One man runs, one man gets 100% of the vote. He makes his own rules and laws leaving no need for Congress. Hell, you don’t even have to think since one man does all the thinking for everyone.

    The Washington Monument, Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials, will be torn down to make way for THE OBAMA MEMORIALS.

    Obama actually thinks in his DELUSIONAL WARPED MIND that his policies will just be too good for us minions to ever repeal and that his EVERY WORD will outlive the Pyramids. OOPS, A PYRAMID, rivaling the Great Pyramid, will be built on the Mall so the WORLD can worship him forever.

    “LONG LIVE JULIA!”

  • Stratosaurus

    After seeing the movie, “Idiocracy”, I can see the slide into stupidity accelerating exponentially.  We’ll be there in a LOT less than 500 years.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OIRSIZYCFPWB4I5GUE7VICVLLI Victoria

    She cant afford to buy a dog, so it will have to be a stray dog, stray chicken, roadkill.  I guess she has to learn how to hunt.

  • Formally_Worried_Independent

     Obama the great divider has split this nation so badly it will take decades to heal. This is almost as bad as America during the time of the civil war, brother against brother, I just hope he is defeated 2012. The citizens that rely on government handouts are the violent masses that will revolt when America gets set right again when obama is voted out and we fix all his stupid policies.

  • Formally_Worried_Independent

     I’ll take that wager, dems are so mixed up I wager it will be gender reassignment surgery so “it’s” life partner will be comfortable with “it”

  • Formally_Worried_Independent

    I must admit I didn’t read Julia’s story, I figured her being a dem she moved to Vegas and became a hooker.

  • http://www.facebook.com/madalyn.parrish Madalyn M. Parrish

    I think that’s BS. What makes you think everyone born into poverty wants to stay in poverty!? That’s ridiculous! I was raised on food stamps yet I certainly have lofty ambitions to get off of them, but I wouldn’t be able to afford college without grants and scholarships, i.e., the trust of richer people’s money! All my close friends are in the same boat, were born poor and on welfare but are working to fulfill their dreams and become independent. What gives you or anyone else the right to partition people into a box of idiocy, drugs and laziness. I’m mixed, was raised on welfare and I’m certainly not on crack, an alcoholic, a whore or any other vile thing you elitist pigs suggest. Seriously, kindly **** off.

  • http://www.facebook.com/madalyn.parrish Madalyn M. Parrish

    Wow, I don’t know how I, a liberal, ended up HERE, but woah. Jake, when did she EVER mention abortion!? You totally went off the handle, her statements have been honest and logical while yours come across as bat**** insane. You’re jumping down her throat for no reason, calling her a baby killer when it seems obvious that she has killed no babays, What is wrong with you?