But on the Web, it was Julia, not Michele, who was getting the attention. In the first frame of “The Life of Julia,” 3-year-old Julia is enrolled in Head Start to help her get ready for kindergarten. Under Romney, the graphic asserts, the federal budget “would cut programs like Head Start by 20 percent, meaning the program would offer 200,000 fewer slots per year.”
Never mind that Romney has not said he would cut Head Start by 20 percent. That’s an extrapolation the Obama camp makes, on the assumption that Romney would cut domestic spending equally across the board.
As Julia goes through life, she gets a good public education because of Race to the Top, receives a Pell Grant to attend college, has surgery as a young adult under her parents’ health insurance, gets a loan from the Small Business Administration for her Web startup, and so on, all the way into old age, where a still-functioning Medicare and Social Security help her retire comfortably. Free of worries, she volunteers at a community garden.
We’re left to imagine that in the presumed Romney dystopia, senior-citizen Julia is eating cat food and living in a cardboard box, because, the graphic states, “under Romney, Julia's benefits could be cut by 40 percent.”