The Obama campaign recently introduced a web tool, Julia, which capitalizes on the so-called war on women currently raging in the United States. Users are introduced to Julia at age three, and are allowed to cycle through images and text at various ages in her development and adulthood. The goal is to allow people to see how this supposedly ordinary female, Julia, will be positively affected by Obama’s policies, while being negatively impacted by Romney’s policies should he take office as president.
There are a few things about Julia that are problematic if she is to represent the average American female, and Obama and his crew want you to believe.
We are first introduced to Julia at age three, and we are told she’s about to enter kindergarten. It’s obvious that she is not a person of color, so how can she possibly represent the American female in her entirety? In 2009, 65.2 percent of females in the United States were non-Hispanic whites. So that means that Julia does not represent the 34.8 percent of American females who were non-whites.
The next thing we noticed is that Julia skips from age three to 17 with no mention of what happened during those years in between. Why? Because, it was smooth sailing for Julia. She didn’t have to worry about going to school hungry or other social problems that might impede upon her education. Julia didn’t have to worry that her school lacked the resources–book, computers, etc.–she needed to succeed academically. There were no younger siblings or even a child of her own that demanded attention duing that time. Her parents’ financial concerns were not an issue for Julia.
At age 17, the dialogue mentions that Julia is about to take the SAT and that her high school is part of the Race to the Top program, implemented by President Obama. Funding has always been around for SOME schools. The issue is that those funds are not applied equally, such that some schools are shafted out of the money needed to effectively educate children. The Race to the Top program awards schools on the basis of overall performance, including that of teachers, administrators, etc. This continues to reward the schools on the basis of criteria which those with higher socioeconomic statuses are able to attain more readily–schools in poor areas have less chance to be rewarded under programs like this. Of course, Julia didn’t have to worry about this, because she must have gone to one of the better schools in the country.
We learn that at age 18, Julia’s family qualified for the Hope Scholarship Credit, which awards up to $2,500 per year for four years of college. According to the U.S. Department of Education (2009-2010), the average 4-year public college education costs $15,014 per year, while a private college education costs $32,790 per academic year. So, this leaves deficit of at least $12,514, which Julia and her family are responsible for.
Obviously, Julia and her family had no problem making up this difference, but how did they do it exactly? What happens when you don’t have the money or income? The only option for those who can’t make up the difference is to take on massive amounts of debt that will take the average student YEARS of income they’re not even guarantees to make to pay off.
We’re told that Julia’s surgery at age 22 was luckily covered under her parents’ health insurance, thanks to Obamacare. Taxpayers helped to pay for Julia’s surgery, because her parents could afford health insurance. Meanwhile, the student whose parents couldn’t afford health insurance doesn’t get the surgery and could very well die.
And just like in all perfect fairy tales, Julia graduated from college. We’re told that, thanks to Obama, “Julia’s federal student loans are more manageable since President Obama capped income-based federal student loan payments and kept interest rates low.” Why should there be a policy to manage student loans? Let’s look at the root cause–why is the cost of education so high? Why not reduce the cost of a college education if it’s so vital to financial success? Well, we all know why it is… Wall Street and colleges and universities make a TON of money from Americans’ desire for a college education. And, they need Julia to “make her payments on time every month” (just as the dialogues tells us Julia does) so that the well-oiled, education-for-profit slave machine can keep steamrolling over unsuspecting prospective college students.
By the time Julia is 37, she has a 5-year-old son who is in kindergarten. And much like her own story, we’re told that little Zach’s school is great “because of President Obama’s investments in education and programs like Race to the Top.” What about the public schools in other neighborhoods? Do they have better facilities and great teachers? Probably not–they’re probably still the same, or worse. Let’s call a spade a spade–Julia’s kid goes to a nice school, because she lives in a nice area and those property tax dollars fund that school better than the ones in the run down areas of town.
Fast forward to Julia at age 65, when she enrolls in Medicare. We’re told that Romney would end Medicare as we know it, leaving Julia with just a voucher and added healthcare expenses. But, can we really believe that Obama would leave Medicare in tact? Every time there’s a bargaining chip needed, he tries to throw Medicare under the bus. The sad truth is that both of them will probably destroy Medicare by 2016.
Finally, we’re told that at age 67, “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.”
Now what’s wrong with this picture? First of all, Julia paid into retirement for all of those years, and she can expect to collect on average 13 years worth of benefits as a white woman. However, if Julia was a Black woman, she’d only receive on average eight years worth of payments. This disparity is the result of the gap in life expectancy among the different races.
Julia is not every woman, she is the woman Obama would like you to believe is every woman. She is the woman Obama wants you to hope to be, but she’s definitely not every woman–not even close!
The Version Of Julia You Will Probably Never Hear About
Now, that you’ve heard all about Julia and what a wonderful life she had, let us introduce you to Jamila. You see, Julia is not the only female affected by Barack Obama’s policies. Due to the imperialistic conquests of the United States regime, women all over the world are impacted by the drone strikes and suffering U.S. sanctions cause on the average women in other countries. This is Jamilia’s story…