Sunday, April 26, 2015

Senator Elbert Guillory Promotes Republicans as What’s Best for Black People

Graphic originally posted on Republican Thinker
and shared by Guilorry on his FB page.
Elbert Guillory is a Louisiana State Senator. He began his political career as a Republican, became a Democrat, and became a Republican again. He received national attention by doing all he can to convince blacks to vote Republican. He claims it’s what’s best for black people.

It’s nonsense, and nothing could be further from the truth.

But beyond calling it nonsense, Guillory’s picture graphic reference to the King, which I disappointingly encountered on my Facebook feed with endorsements from family and friends, is a reference to Obama, who Fox News has consistently referred to as King.

But at the heart of the matter, Guillory’s mission is to convince black voters that they’ll be better off with a Republican President and Republican controlled Congress. Unarguably, Republican ideology supports plutocracy, and even oligarchy. So, if Republicans win in 2016, the rich are only going to acquire more wealth while greater income inequality will continue to grow.

Furthermore, Guillory, like his Republican colleagues, believes that trickle-down economics works, which historically is not true.

Ronald Reagan televised address from the Oval Office, 
Courtesy of the Reagan Library
President Reagan in the 80s
set the stage for Reagonomics. It’s the supply-side economic theory better known as trickle-down economics that has since reigned supreme. It’s the notion that tax benefits and other government benefits given to corporations and people with upper-class incomes indirectly brings prosperity to the middle-class and uplifts poor people out of poverty. “A rising tide lifts all boats,” as many Republicans like to say.

But, if that was true, after about 35 years in practice, why do we still have vast income inequality and unprecedented poverty. As a result of trickle-down economic theory “… [we] now have in America the most unequal distribution of wealth and income of any major country on Earth and the worst inequality in America since 1928.”

It’s obvious that if voters vote in 2016 for a greater Republican majority in Congress and a Republican in the White House, the needy are going to receive little assistance. Healthcare insurance will return to the private sector as it was prior to the Affordable Care Act. Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, including Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs, will be in great jeopardy, and as many government functions as possible will be privatized. Moreover, Republicans are hell-bent on decimating public education through privatization. So, we can expect an accelerated effort to make education with incentives via the lure of profit that will lead to an elimination of the public school system.

It’s obvious that supply-side economics doesn’t work. What does work is demand-side economics. It’s the demand for goods and services in an economic environment where everyone has the ability to pay for goods and services. That’s what drives the economy and benefits all.

The Republican ideology of the Elbert Guillorys in America is not what’s best for blacks, whites, or anyone else.

Copyright © 2015 Horatio Green