Julia was a great 1977 movie, winning three Oscars and starring Meryl Streep
Julie and Julia was a wonderful 2009 movie, starring Meryl Streep
Julia 2012 is an Obama video production, featuring a composite Julia, and starring President Obama, but not Meryl Streep. President Obama apparently likes composite women.
The composite Julia is featured at various ages of her life 3, 17, 25, 27, 31, 37, 42, 65, 67
Each slide starts out “Under President Obama …”
Julia at age 3 enters Head Start, ignoring the studies questioning the effectiveness of the program.
“At age 17: Julia takes the SAT and is on track to start her college applications.” Her high school is part of the Race to the Top program implemented by the President. What about high school counselors, SAT prep courses? Did the President take the SAT for Julia?
She enters college at 18, qualifying for the President’s American Opportunity Tax Credit of $10,000 over 4 years. Tax credits existed prior to his administration and are little or no benefit to the economically disadvantaged.
Julia at 22 in college undergoes surgery, covered by ObamaCare which keeps her on her parents’ coverage till 26. Of course, prior to ObamaCare she would have been on her parents’ policy until 25, so ObamaCare doesn’t matter. We are assuming that her parents still have an independent health insurance policy, presumably through work if they still have a job and if the employer offers health insurance. Most colleges offer independent health insurance today, but their numbers may be shrinking as well because of the extra costs of ObamaCare.
Julia at 23 starts her new job as a web designer, benefitting from the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Of course, discrimination in pay based on gender was already illegal, but let’s not get too picky. Take note that the President picked her job for her. She also seems to have spent 5 years in college, perhaps because courses weren’t available due to budget cuts at public universities.
Julia benefits at 25 by lower interest rates on student loans and capping repayment on income-based income levels. Of course, if she’s in the 50% of recent college grads who are unemployed, she doesn’t have to worry about the cost, interest or repayment rates on her student loans.
At 27 Julia has enjoyed 4 years as a web designer and benefits from the mandatory birth control and preventative care of ObamaCare. She could also get birth control pills for $4 at WalMart.
Julia decides at 31 “Under President Obama” to have a child. Who’s daddy – an unnamed father, an unknown sperm donator, the President?
Julia’s son Zachery starts kindergarten when Julia is 37. Isn’t 6 a little old for kindergarten?
Julia starts her own business at 42 courtesy of a Small Business Administration loan, which probably means she did not qualify for a private loan. She supposedly benefits from the President’s tax cuts for small businesses, but wait till she encounters the bureaucracy and high taxes that confront small business.
Julia enrolls at 65 in Medicare, qualifying for the preventative care and prescription drugs she needs. Medicare is bankrupting states today. I’m staying on my employer’s plan as long as I can.
Julia holds off social security until 67 when her monthly benefits “ help her retire comfortably, without worrying that she’ll run out of savings,” which “allows” Julia to volunteer at a community garden. Didn’t she ever buy a house with a garden and lawn of her own? Is there a compost pile at the community garden? Is there no private property “Under President Obama?”
Obama’s Julia is not a liberated woman. She is dependent on a man, the President, for her success in life. No reference is given to her grandfather, father, brother, husband, or significant other.
Is the Life of Julia also devoid of any sense of personal responsibility on the part of Julia?
By way of contrast with a truly inspirational speaker, we have these soaring, uplifting remarks from President Kennedy’s famous inauguration speech in 1960:
“And so my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”
President Obama’s “Julia” illustrates the emerging, ongoing, characteristics of the President – narcissism, his liking composite women, and the emerging cult of personality.
Politically it represents a fundamental transformation in the American spirit, from one of personal independence and self-reliance to formalizing the culture of dependency on the government. He has even outlined the statist’s ultimate goal, weaning a child from her parents and family to the state.