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Editorial: With apologies to my granddaughter, Julia ...
About politics and other thingsMay 9, 2012 | 1,640 views | 3 comments
I begin by apologizing to my granddaughter, who happens to be named Julia.
Julia is a beautiful name and my granddaughter was named for her sweet great-grandmother Julia Kolodziej. Unfortunately, the Barack Obama campaign has hijacked the name “Julia” by bestowing it upon a fictitious female character who can do nothing without the benefits of the federal government.
“Take a look at how President Obama’s policies help one woman over her lifetime--and how Mitt Romney would change her story,” reads the opening frame of the website http://bit.ly/obamajulia.
The fictitious Julia is one dependent girl -- nothing like the Julias that I know. Obama’s Julia begins by attending Head Start at age 3. Presumably without Head Start, she would have been a failure at life. Julia’s story jumps to age 17 on the second cartoon sequence on the website, which is “Paid for by Obama for America.”
Under President Obama, 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 Obama. His new college- and career-ready standards mean that Julia can “take the classes she needs to do well.”
This is an affront to all intelligent, capable, independent women in America. Is this all that so many generations of women’s liberation hath wrought? That without government, girls and women can achieve nothing?
The story continues when the fictional Julia qualifies for “President Obama’s American Opportunity Tax Credit -- worth up to $10,000 over four years,” and also receives a Pell Grant to help put her college education “within reach.”
Because of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, we are told, Julia will be able to get equal pay as she begins a career in web design. After graduation, she is able to pay her federal student loans because of Obama’s low interest rates and will be able to make her payments “on time every month, keeping her on track to repay her student loans.”
Life is so beautiful -- under Barack Obama -- as Julia works full time now as a web designer, and, thanks to Obamacare, her birth control is covered, allowing her to “focus on her work rather than worry about her health.”
By age 31, she decides to have a child, and throughout her pregnancy, “she benefits from maternal checkups, prenatal care, and free screenings” under the new Obamacare.
Eventually, her son enrolls in public schools made great by President Obama, and by age 42, Julia starts her own web business, thanks to the Small Business Administration loan, “giving her the money she needs to invest ... .” She can even hire employees, create new jobs, and help grow the local economy.
Praise be to Obama.
Jump to age 65 when Julia “happily” enrolls in Medicare, which will take care of all her medical care and prescription drugs. One can see the fictitious nature of this story since Medicare is not expected to be solvent that much longer.
Conveniently, however, the Obama/Biden fantasy does not continue beyond age 65 or they would have had to address the unpleasant issue of what to do for Julia when she is too old to be productive in society. They would have had to explain why, under Obama’s vision of health care, that by a certain age, taking painkillers may be a better option for her than surgery, regardless of her zest for life.
Obama explained this in a community forum in 2009 when Jane Sturm asked about her own elderly mother, who needed a pacemaker.
Despite her mother’s joy of life, which likely is double that of many half her age, President Obama explained that in such situations: “I don’t think that we can make judgments based on people’s ‘spirit.’ Uh, that would be, uh, a pretty subjective decision to be making. I think we have to have rules ... . End-of-life care is one of the most difficult sets of decisions that we’re going to have to make.
“At least we can let doctors know -- and your mom know -- that, you know what, maybe this isn’t going to help. Maybe you’re better off, uhh, not having the surgery, but, uhh, taking the painkiller.”
Poor Julia. She is unsuspecting of what lies ahead for her under Obamacare. She begins life full of hope, turns her future over to the federal government, and in the end is told to take painkillers.
Such is life under Obama.
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