I awoke to a hilarious new trend on Twitter surrounding a digital/fake American citizen named “Julia” that was featured on BarackObama.com detailing how awesome life would be if Obama were re-elected this upcoming November. Hence, shaping the narrative of the President’s new “Forward” re-elect slogan. It also details how she is on the verge of a dismal existence if Mitt Romney were to be elected president. While this powerpoint presentation is meant to illustrate a stark contrast between the president and his presumptive Republican opponent, the dystopia Team Obama depicts is grossly inaccurate and fraught with hyperbole. For example, “at age 65 Julia enrolls in Medicare.”
Under President Obama: Julia enrolls in Medicare, helping her to afford preventive care and the prescription drugs she needs.
Under Mitt Romney: Medicare could end as we know it, leaving Julia with nothing but a voucher to buy insurance coverage, which means $6,350 extra per year for a similar plan.
I understand that the shaping the narrative around Republicans getting old people would mobilize the geriatric brigade, but sadly, neither Congressman Ryan or Mitt Romney are the enemies of Medicare. It is Mr. Arithmetic. The system is simply not able to sustain itself due to increased longevity spawned by competent medicine. As I’ve stated in the past, this is a great human achievement, but it’s also incredibly expensive. Our current system will fail to cover Medicare recipients’ hospital bills by 2024. However, all is well if Obama is still on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue because everything falls into place with his boyish charm.
When “Julia” retires at age 67 and begins receiving Social Security, the narrative of “Obama good and Mitt bad” is reiterated again.
Under President Obama: Julia retires. 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.
Under Mitt Romney: Julia’s benefits could be cut by 40%.
Again, people are living longer, and the system’s original parameters are fiscally unsustainable with our county’s future demographic projections. For example, when Social Security was instituted under FDR, the average time between retirement and death was two years. That figure has increased by two decades. Additionally, the fastest growing segment of our population are the “very elderly,” people who are people 85 or older, who will total more than the combined populations of New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles by 2050. Moreover, today, tomorrow, and every day for the next two decades, 10,000 baby-boomers will be eligible for Medicare and Social Security benefits. George Will has discussed this problem ad nauseam, and it’s about time that President Obama takes notice. By 2025, there will be a paltry two workers per retiree, which is staggering, considering it used to be fourteen workers per retiree in 1950. That is only if we can assume a steady influx of immigration into this country. Where is that mentioned in your little slideshow, Team Obama?
Conservatives should mock this 6th grade presentation of the two Americas we will be voting on come November. It’s an utterly sophomoric presentation since Obama’s record doesn’t provide much hope (no pun intended). Kevin Williamson delivered a rather hilarious repudiation of this “Julia” slideshow on National Review writing:
10 years: Trapped in a failing and dangerous public school, Julia (another Julia, not the dead one) is terrified and miserable. Under the Obama administration, protecting the government education monopoly from competition and accountability is almost as sacrosanct as abortion. School-choice programs are severely constrained or eliminated. Julia falls behind.
57 years: Julia (different Julia, not one of the dead ones) has been paying very high taxes for most of her life, mainly to support three federal programs: Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. In fact, the payroll tax diverts about 12 percent of her income — income she might have saved — into the entitlements. Under President Obama, stubborn refusal to reform these unsustainable entitlements means that the programs have to be radically cut or entirely eliminated, and Julia and her whole generation get hosed in spite of the fact that they have been taxed for decades under the phony promise that they were “paying into” the programs. The only alternative to massive cuts was an 88 percent increase in all federal taxes, which already have been rising to offset costs from Obamacare, which were wildly underestimated.
88 years: Julia (different Julia) passes away in 2022. And she got out just in time: Policies adopted by the Obama administration sent the national debt to $71,000 per person and climbing.
In all, this magical mystery tour is the personification of Mitt’s warnings about Obama’ s government-centered society that tramples individual liberty and makes every citizen dependent on government for everything from health care to toilet paper. In every slide, it details a fake woman and her warm, cuddly relationship with big government programs (I think Julia took some Soma) that will ruin us financially, but you don’t get that impression due to the hyper-emotional text and lack of facts and numbers on the “what Obama would do” section. In addition, Dana Loesch aptly pointed out this rather embarrassing flaw in their narrative:
OH: “Does anyone else notice that Obama is president for all of #Julia ‘s life?”
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) May 3, 2012
In all, if stick figures are part of the Obama push to sway independent voters, 57% of which think America is generally fair and are concerned about the debt, the size of government, and blame Congress for the legislative intransigence, then he will miss the mark on this one. The flawless campaign operation we witnessed in 2008 is starting to look like its success rested on a bed of hot air. Oh wait…that’s exactly what happened.
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