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Olga and Julia: Moochers of the World Unite!
Townhall.com ^ | May 5, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell

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 that’s 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. She’s 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 here’s 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.

The European Version of “Welfare Cuts Are Racist”

There’s 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 today’s 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 council’s 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, I’m not sure I follow the chain of reasoning. Maybe it’s 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, it’s a bit silly to say that long-overdue restraints on big government somehow are the same as racism. But don’t listen to me. I’ll 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. I’ve 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 there’s definitely a form of “social stigma.”


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1 posted on 05/05/2012 3:57:07 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Much like our very own shanikwa and paco?


2 posted on 05/05/2012 5:00:03 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (B B)
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To: Kaslin

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.


3 posted on 05/05/2012 5:02:55 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Kaslin

Obama Destruction:

- 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


4 posted on 05/05/2012 5:27:34 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: Kaslin
I'm sure Obama would like to be President that long. Julia must love her father figure Barry who is the reason for all things good. Excuse me, I have to throw up now.
5 posted on 05/05/2012 5:58:54 AM PDT by jdsteel (Give me freedom, not more government.)
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To: Kaslin
Julia decides to have a child. THERE IS THE PROBLEM RIGHT THERE! LET HER PAY FOR IT!!!
6 posted on 05/05/2012 6:46:58 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Kaslin

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.


7 posted on 05/05/2012 6:51:15 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Kaslin

The “Party of the Working Class” has become “The Party of the Shirking Class”.


8 posted on 05/05/2012 8:46:18 AM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class!)
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To: Kaslin

Why people glorify having the Government take our money and then give it back to us I will never understand.


9 posted on 05/05/2012 1:39:53 PM PDT by 4Liberty (88% of Americans are NON-UNION. We value honest, peaceful Free trade-NOT protectionist CARTELS)
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To: Kaslin
Obama titles his second term "For Ward!" Make us all wards of the state.

The czars and fetters of his first term were bad enough.. but this is ridiculous!

10 posted on 05/05/2012 9:35:02 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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