May 8, 2012
This week, Obama’s campaign launched “The Life of Julia”, a cartoon interactive website and self-described lesson in how President Obama’s federal government programs continually rescue one woman over her lifetime, and conversely, how (the not-yet-nominated GOP candidate) Mitt Romney’s policies would negatively affect her life.
One can only wonder what dimension of reality Obama’s latest condescending propaganda effort is referring to, where an aging ‘Julia’ is basking in a life of government entitlement programs and a life of privilege. One hint might be that, coincidentally, “Julia” is a character out of George Orwell’s novel 1984. Moving on…
Thanks to Obama, at age 3, Julia is enrolled in a government (ahem, taxpayer) funded Head Start program which will help her prepare for kindergarten. In a matter of seconds, this presentation has now covertly limited its audience to those below the poverty line. For those who don’t know, ‘Head Start’ was initially created as an eight week summer camp program in 1965 as part of Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty”. Head Start today touts itself as a multi-year curriculum that can begin as early as birth continuing to age six for families whose income is determined to be at or below the federal poverty level. In reality, Head Start is merely an introduction – the first step in a life of social entitlement in America.
On the HHS Head Start website, a PDF titled “Recommendations for a Head Start Program” describes types of children enrolled into Head Start:
“Many of these children have been totally neglected in terms of health evaluations and services since infancy. The listing below indicates highly desirable evaluation elements, but inclusion of particular elements should generally be at the option of the community. The Office of Economic Opportunity should request some common types of data as a result of evaluations for the purpose of assessing general problems among the poor.”
While many will debate about the inherent value of providing early education programs to any child regardless of income or socio-economic status, to this day there has been only one scientific study analyzing Head Start’s long-term results. The study was released by the U.S. Department of Health and Humans Services in 2010. Based on the results found in the study, The Heritage Foundation’s, David Muhlhausen Ph.D. and Dan Lips, reported that
“Head Start has had little to no effect on cognitive, socio-emotional, health, and parenting outcomes of participating children…..Given this strongly negative evaluation, Congress should reconsider spending more than $9 billion per year on a program that produces few positive lasting effects. Furthermore, instead of creating yet another new federal preschool program at a cost of $8 billion, Congress and the Obama Administration should focus on terminating, consolidating, and reforming existing preschool and child care programs to better serve children’s needs and to improve efficiency for taxpayers.”
Perhaps Obama’s advisers should have read the HHS report before exaggerating the successes of another failed education program.
No slide is presented from age 4 to age 16 but we can assume that at some point Julia was given the CDC government recommended – or more likely a free government HPV vaccination given at her junior high school sometime between the age of 9 and 12 – without the knowledge or consent of her parents.
In this brave new world, Julia must also still ask her parents for permission to go on a school field trip, but once she is twelve, she now has the legal right to decide on her own, again – without the knowledge or consent of her parents, and to procure her birth control products in school and also to seek treatment of STD’s in her new sexually active liberal life.
At age 18 (Obama still sitting in as President), Julia can now prepare for her first semester of college. The presentation boasts of the $10,000 tax credit over four years that Julia’s family can claim from the “American Opportunity Tax Credit” but the slide fails to mention that she must choose between taking the education tax credit or taking the deduction for tuition and fees (likely a significantly higher deduction than claiming the tax credit) as a tax deduction but not both.
Fast forward several years later into Julia’s life, she’s now 25 (Obama still in charge) and somehow still under the President’s administration, she’s had surgery and has miraculously paid off all of her student loans. She’s even landed a job as a web designer before graduation. What the slide show fails to report is that the National Student Loan Default Rate has doubled since 2003 and at 8.8%, is at its highest in over 20 years – and those numbers are expected to rise. The likelihood that this young woman can afford to pay off her loans is remote at best. As is her ability to secure full-time employment during college while carrying a full course load. But these realities matter very little in Obama’s brave new socialist world.
According to Andrew Sum, Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University, nearly half of all recent college graduates are either under-employed or unemployed – with both numbers steadily increasing. Data compiled by Sum between September 2010 and January 2011 reflects approximately 1.94 million recent graduates as under-employed. In 2000, 75% of college graduates held a job that required a college degree, compared with 60% in 2011. This number has increased significantly in the past decade.
Unfortunately, under employment is not captured by the unemployment rate, which is why the number of jobless increases on a weekly basis, but the reported unemployment rate from the Bureau of Labor Statistics magically keeps decreasing. Fortunately for Julia and her fairytale life, these real life facts do not enter into the picture.
At age 42 (Obama is seemingly still in office), Julia obtains a SBA loan and starts a small business. At 65, she enrolls in Medicare and at 67 she retires and receives a monthly benefit that allows her to live comfortably without tapping into her savings. She also volunteers in the community garden as all private gardens have been banned. But it gets even better…
Other than the reference to Julia’s family being able to claim a tax credit for her education, there is no other mention of a family structure in her government-designed life. There is no father figure when she is a child, no college sweetheart and no marriage, even though she is seen putting her child on the school bus at age 37. The Obama campaign is clearly blotting out the “traditional” family structure in place of single parent households ever more reliant on government handouts.
Could this be the template for the government’s new social engineering program?
The last slide of this presentation was left on the cutting room floor:
It shows Julia at age 68, when she realizes that all of her social security checks have bounced, Medicare is bankrupt, her life savings is gone through inflation and she has to move in with her son.
Watch as leading economist Peter Schiff translates modern-day reality in Julia’s charmed life as a government serf:
HHS “Recommendations for Head Start Program”
Health and Human Services Impact Study on Head Start Program 2010.
Heritage Foundation “Head Start Earns an “F”: No Lasting Impact for Children by First Grade
12 Year Olds Can Get HPV without Parental Consent in California
Report on National Student Loan Default Rate
Center for College Affordability and Productivity