The Obama 2012 campaign has kicked off with less than a bang, and is offering something that may go down as the worst political infographic ever: "The Life of Julia."
Drawn in mid-50s USSR mental ward blue, pencil eraser salmon, and baby vomit yellow, the infographic illustrates the high points in its titular character's uneventful life. It's unlikely that the infographic's creator and the rest of the Obama campaign perceived the irony that they'd named the "heroine" Julia, just like Winston Smith's faithless lover from 1984.
The "Life of Julia" is a bland, dully-illustrated children's book version of Orwell's 1984. Julia is friendless, lacks brothers or sisters, appears unmarried, and all her parents contribute to her life is health insurance. Big Brother also does not appear, although he's probably spying on Julia through one of the numerous small, circular objects depicted in most scenes.
What would Julia have done without Obama-Biden 2012? Here's what she would have missed:
No Head Start
No Race to the Top Program
No American Opportunity Tax Credit of $10,000 or unstated Pell Grant amount
No Ability to Have Unspecified Surgery on her parents' health insurance at age 22
No Ability to Sue Her Employer Under the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
No Ability to repay student loans on time
No free birth control that enables her to concentrate on work
No free prenatal and maternity care for her child conceived at age 31
No school bus or schools for her son Zachary when he starts kindergarten
No SBA loan to start her own business
No Medicare at age 65
No Social Security at age 67
Everything about this infographic is bad. It's dull, sad, and vaguely chilling in that someone actually found it inspirational, or had some hope that it would entice or interest anyone. It isn't that the Republicans are threatening to cut all these programs (hardly), thereby destroying Julia's pathetically-dull and unappealing life, it's that the Obama campaign is trying to indicate that only with Obama will these life-sustaining benefits be offered. I don't even think those free birth control pills are out there yet. As for Julia? She needs to get a life.