Thursday, May 3, 2012

Life of Julia; More Like the Life of Riley

Julia, one of Obama's latest composite women, is featured on Obama's re-election campaign site.
We start at the age of three when Julia heads off to head start.  Too bad for her that studies show that it doesn't work and it  is nothing more than a very expensive taxpayer-funded daycare facility.  The following is from The Brookings Institute, hardly a bastion of right-wing thinking.
 The study demonstrated that children’s attendance in Head Start has no demonstrable impact on their academic, socio-emotional, or health status at the end of first grade. That’s right. If you were a mother who lost the lottery, couldn’t get your child into Head Start, and had to care for her at home, she was no worse off at the end of first grade than she would have been had she gotten into Head Start.
We then progress to start of school thru graduation, and because of Obama are so much better than they will be if Romney takes the helm.  Wait, Arne Duncan had this realization of late:
 “I can honestly say we’ve seen as much, if not more, reform in states that didn’t get a nickel from us than states that did – it’s been fascinating.”
So in other words we are spending $70B a year federally on education and the states do as well as or better than the federal government.  That is money well spent by the feds, wouldn't you say?

We then can move onto the college years.  Julia can feel better because of the cut in federal loan interest rates.  They of course were not offset by any cuts in other places in the budget, but hey that is only a problem when republicans have tax cuts.  No biggie, because the student loan debacle isn't another bubble waiting to burst.  The experts on that are all wrong.

In college Julia has to have surgery.  Obama lists her age at 22 and lucky for Obamacare will force insurance companies to cover her on her parents insurance.  You see they think that republicans don't send their kids to college.  If she is a full-time student 22 and under she was already covered by her parents insurance.  Or if whatever reason she wouldn't be covered her college offers very low-cost insurance plans that would have covered her surgery.  Details, details.

Now, Julia goes out and gets herself a job.  She is covered by the Lilly Ledbetter act for equal pay.  Obviously she isn't working at the White House under Obama, because he doesn't pay the women equal pay.  Oops.

Julia is paying her student loans at the lower interest rate.  Good for her.  Again, nothing offset those costs, but hey Julia is better off today. It is her children who will pay for that lower interest rate down the road.

At 27 Julia isn't ready to have children and her job is not required to cover birth control.  This is just another segment of the imaginary war on women.  If she is paying less on interest for her student loans, she could afford the $9 for the birth control pill.  He also forgets to mention that her (and mine, for that matter) insurance rates are higher because of the "free" stuff she is getting.  But she gets to think they are free.

Now at 31 Julia is finally ready to start her family.  Prenatal care is included in her policy.  Because someone with insurance before Obamacare had all kinds of problems getting prenatal care.  Again, republicans never had babies (remember, we don't like sex) and don't know that there was no rash of insured individuals unable to get prenatal care.  More of the imaginary war on women.

Julia's kid is ready for school now and Race to the Top has solved all the education problems in our country.  See above on how it is not having any effect.  She must not be living in Chicago with their 50% dropout rates.

Julia is now ready to start her business and those evil republicans are going to do away with the small business administration.  Because we all know that republicans aren't very friendly with such organizations as The Chamber of Commerce or anything like that.
Time flies and Julia is now ready for Medicare.  He says it is the republicans that are going to slash it.
The Trustees of the Medicare program have released their annual report on the solvency of the program. They calculate that the program is “expected to remain solvent until 2024, the same as last year’s estimate.” But what that headline obfuscates is that Obamacare’s tax increases and spending cuts are counted towards the program’s alleged “deficit-neutrality,” Medicare is to go bankrupt in 2016. And if you listen to Medicare’s own actuary, Richard Foster, the program’s bankruptcy could come even sooner than that.

Now Julia is ready for Social Security.  Her benefits are going to help her live comfortably.  But only if he is in office.  Since there are no years listed with "Julia", we don't know if she will actually will get her payments since the lockbox has long since been raided and we no longer have enough workers to cover the costs.  But hey, details.

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