Do you know Julia?
She hit the scene Thursday and is here to save the Obama campaign against big, mean, Mitt Romney.
“The Life of Julia” is a 12-part slideshow posted on the official Obama/Biden campaign website Thursday, that illustrates an American girl trying to maker her way through life encountering at each stage a situation where things would be seemingly much easier with the policies of Barack Obama, as opposed to Mitt Romney. The slideshow doesn’t resist in taking jabs at “The Romney/Ryan budget,” giving thanks to Obamacare for allowing 25-year-olds to stay on their parents insurance, and knocking Mitt Romney’s decision to support the Blunt Amendment–“Which would place Julia’s health care decisions in the hands of her employer.”
As in, force her employer to take on the additional costs of covering her birth control.
Since its release the glorified powerpoint presentation has predictably been a hot topic of discussion among political commentators.
“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),” Human Events’s David Harsanyi writes in his column Thursday “Who the hell is ‘Julia,’ and why am I paying for her whole life?”
“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.”
“Obama is setting forward a vision contrary to the American tradition of self-sufficiency–a welfare state that runs from cradle to grave, ” James Taranto writes on WSJ.com, going on to slam the slideshow for its presentation of Julia as a mother, never mentioning whether or not the composite girl got married.
“‘The Life of Julia’ is an insidious attack on the institution of the family, an endorsement of bureaugamy even for middle-class women,” Taranto writes.
The “Real News” panel Friday was also unmoved by “The Life of Julia.”
“We always talk about the cradle to the grave society,” Andrew Wilkow said Friday. “Here it is.
“The choices that we are being given under this dynamic are either central planning or Nihilism.”
Matt McCall noted that the $10,000 grant to Julia for college from President Obama’s American Opportunity Tax Credit featured in the ad, which Mitt Romney would allow to expire, is not much to celebrate considering how far $2,500 a year will get you with today’s tuition ranging from $40,000 to $50,000 a year.
“Ten thousands dollars, I hate to break it to you President Obama, is not going to change her decision (to go to college),” McCall said.
As the discussion progressed through the stages of Julia’s life, it became clear that while the ad art may only be so-so, “The Life of Julia’s” message is a fantastic illustration of the entitlement society which conservatives stand against.
“At no point do we see Julia taking control of her own life,” Wilkow noted.