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article imageIs Barack Obama's 'The Life of Julia' web slides cradle-to-grave?

By Andrew Moran     May 5, 2012 in Politics
Washington - Is presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney starting a war against women? A new slideshow from the re-election campaign of President Barack Obama looks at the Life of Julia to see how his administration has helped Julia from the ages of 6 to 67.
Who is Julia? Is she an administration official? Is she a member of the President Barack Obama re-election team? Is she a Democrat running for Congress? No, she is the star of a new web slideshow called “The Life of Julia,” which looks at how the president’s administration has helped Julia from when she was born to when she hits her winter years.
The president has gone on both the offensive and defensive in this slideshow against former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. In the slideshow, Obama iterates both his administration’s accomplishments and what Romney proposes, including the Paul Ryan budget plan.
It starts when Julia is just three years old. Under the president, Julia enrolls in the Head Start program to prepare for school, which the administration claims “will start kindergarten ready to learn and succeed.” In the same slide, it accuses the Romney/Ryan budget to cut programs, such as Head Start, by as much as 20 percent.
14 years later, Julia turns 17 and her high school is part of the Race to the Top program that means she can take the necessary classes for her to do well in college. President Obama alleges that Romney and Ryan will cut funding for public education “to pay for tax cuts for millionaires.”
Julia is now 18 years old and when she enters her first semester in college, her and her family are eligible for the $10,000 American Opportunity Tax Credit over the course of four years. She is also eligible for the Pell Grant. The slide asserts Romney would allow the tax credit to expire and the grant’s funding would be cut.
The slideshow continues for various years until Julia hits the age of 67 when she receives monthly benefits from Social Security. “Under Mitt Romney: Julia’s benefits could be cut by 40 percent.”
“From cracking down on gender discrimination in healthcare costs to fighting for equal pay, President Obama is standing up for women throughout their lives,” the interactive timeline stated, which was sent out to supporters Thursday.
Criticism
Obama’s new campaign material has started to be criticized by Republicans, who believe it is blatant cradle-to-grave care from the government.
“All the benefits, all the wonderful things that will happen to Julia in her life if Obama is reelected!” said conservative radio talk show Rush Limbaugh Wednesday. “What it is (whether it's intended or not) is a perfect illustration of liberal cradle-to-grave care for every citizen with the government making every decision, making everything possible, and leaving nothing to chance. And, of course, a life of utopian paradise.”
The Life of Julia has also been mocked by other Republicans on Twitter.
“#Julia the 23 year old is living with her parents in the Obama economy," wrote Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.
Romney has criticized the president’s economic policies, which he says has led to high unemployment among females.
“When he says, ‘Oh, there is a war on women,’ let's bring him back to the fact that it is the real war upon women that has been waged by his economic policies,” said the presumptive GOP nominee. “Let’s hammer day in and day out what has happened under his policies, and recognize those policies, those things he believes, do not work.”
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