The Obama campaign's slideshow The Life of Julia is worth a look. James Taranto, David Harsanyi, and John Podhoretz all have good responses. There's a certain serf-like, dependence-encouraging, self-reliance-sapping element to the Julia slideshow that probably explains why it has struck such a nerve. Some of the criticisms of Mr. Romney are not even accurate — the Obama slideshow, for example, warns that Mr. Romney will double interest rates on student loans, but Mr. Romney has expressed support for extending the current low, subsidized rates. There's probably some truth in the idea that at some points in people's lives they benefit more from the government and at other points they may benefit less. But it's a long distance from "ask not what your county can do for you" to "look at all the free goodies the government is giving you."