Skip to comments.Olga and Julia: Moochers of the World Unite!
Posted on 05/05/2012 3:57:05 AM PDT by Kaslin
Back in 2010, I declared that Olga Stefou was a symbol of everything thats wrong with the Greek welfare state.
She was one of the protesters and if the story captured her thoughts accurately she displayed an unlimited entitlement mentality. Sort of helps one understand why this cartoon is so accurate.
Now we have an American version of Olga. Her name is Julia, and she is just as much of a moocher.
The good news, though, is that Julia is only a make-believe leech. Shes been created by the Obama campaign to show how big government can provide cradle-to-grave handouts.
The full series can be found at this link, and heres a screenshot of the handouts that Julia might take at age 31.
Poor Julia is getting mercilessly mocked as everything from a deadbeat to a New Soviet Woman. But I realize my circle of friends, acquaintances, and contacts are not a representative sample.
So I do wonder whether this new gimmick from the Obama campaign will be successful. If it does work, it will show that this Chuck Asay cartoon was depressingly prescient. Heck, this cartoon about government as Santa Claus also will be accurate.
Theres occasionally silly and dishonest demagoguery in America by those who want to equate small government sentiments with racism. The most infamous example from recent years were the malicious accusations that anti-Obamacare protesters used racial epithets.
And one of my first blog posts that actually got some attention dealt with the tortured assertion that the Obama Joker-socialism poster somehow was racist.
The same type of careless rhetoric exists in Europe, as seen by these excerpts from a report in todays EU Observer.
EU austerity measures are helping to feed racism and intolerance, according to a report by the Strasbourg-based human rights watchdog, the Council of Europe. In its annual survey out on Thursday (3 May), the councils European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), said welfare cuts and shrinking job opportunities are factors behind the recent rise in intolerance and violence directed at immigrants and other vulnerable minorities. Some vulnerable groups such as the Roma, the largest ethnic minority in Europe endure popular social stigma despite national and EU-level rhetoric on equal rights.
Even by left-wing logic, Im not sure I follow the chain of reasoning. Maybe its the whole English-as-a-second-language thing, but the article seems to say that welfare cuts are leading to intolerance. In the United States, by contrast, the left reverses the causality and says that welfare cuts are the result of intolerance.
Regardless, its a bit silly to say that long-overdue restraints on big government somehow are the same as racism. But dont listen to me. Ill defer to Walter Williams on the topic.
The one semi-accurate part of the excerpt is the part about the Roma what Americans would call Gypsies. Ive been in several nations with large Roma populations and had many conversations about their status and almost universally find that white Europeans feel hopelessness and resignation about Roma populations. No actual malice is expressed, but theres definitely a form of social stigma.
Much like our very own shanikwa and paco?
As much as I’d like to be able to laugh at, ridicule, deride and condemn Obama’s plans for the American Citizen (i.e., ANY third-worlder who wants to live here for the price of a vote), I cannot shake my fear of contracting something deadly whilst visiting the site.
- 5.6 million more people and their families on Social Security Disability since he took office
- 14.6 million more people on Food Stamps under Obama
- 41% increased spending on direct Welfare payments under Obama
When I was in Greece it seemed that there were gypsies everywhere, at least in the towns that attract tourists, pestering people for money. There were also panhandlers who did not appear to be gypsies, but it would be easy to see why negative stereotypes of gypsies would develop.
The “Party of the Working Class” has become “The Party of the Shirking Class”.
Why people glorify having the Government take our money and then give it back to us I will never understand.
The czars and fetters of his first term were bad enough.. but this is ridiculous!