“The Life of Julia” is an interactive slideshow from Barack Obama’s reelection campaign that portrays a woman living her whole life reliant on government programs. In so doing, it inadvertently exposes the cyclical effect that government “help” can produce.
Meet Julia, a girl who is automatically put into the system by being placed in the Head Start program, which costs almost 10 billion dollars a year and a tragic waste of taxpayer money. We then see her educational integrity diminished due to the need for education reform. We follow Julia through some medical issues which are financially overbearing due to the lack of competition between health care providers. The story follows her to giving birth to a son, who has a difficult time thriving in a world that is weighed down by the debt burden left to him by his mother’s generation. What is interesting about this story is how Julia becomes truly indoctrinated by the system that has inadvertently hindered her. It gives her just enough to “help” yet still leaves her dependent.