May 3 2012

Has Julia Ever Been to the Post Office?

Karin Agness

The Obama campaign released The Life of Julia, an infographic detailing how women will supposedly benefit from President Obama's policies from ages 3 to 67.  Website visitors are invited to,"Take a look at how President Obama's policies help one woman over her lifetime-and how Mitt Romney would change her story."  According to the campaign website, "From cracking down on gender discrimination in health care costs to fighting for equal pay, President Obama is standing up for women throughout their lives."

In Julia's life, government is the solution--providing tax credits, student loans, health care and more.  

Policies that lead to government interactions are promoted in Julia's story.  For example, qualifying for a tax credit for college is praised. (There is, however, no recognition that there would be less of a need for federal programs providing tax credits if taxes were lower in the first place).

But has Julia ever been to the post office?  Mailing letters at the post office is one of my most recent interactions with a service provided by the government.  It was not a positive experience.

I agree with Hadley that women should reject this type of marketing which treats women as if we want to depend on government and as if greater government dependence would be good for us.

Through Julia's story, the President promotes more government interaction, involvement and intrusion for women.  This is not the path to greater economic security, freedom and happiness for women.

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