With all the bad things going on in our world, Republicans are determined to focus on classified document related to President Biden. James Comer (R-KY), who is now chair of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, has opened an investigation into classified documents-on Biden, not Trump. According to the Hill, he has asked for visitor logs, security information, and donations to China. Keep in mind that this is one of the same men who downplayed Donald Trump’s taking of hundreds of classified documents. By most accounts, approximately two dozen documents have been found in President Biden’s think tank office and his home. Richard Sauber, who is special counsel to President Biden, told CNBC: “The documents were discovered when the President’s personal attorneys were packing files housed in a locked closet to prepare to vacate office space….” President Biden used the office “periodically” from 2017 until he announced his run for president in 2020. The documents were obviously there-they were found there-but they were also obviously not being used by the president for any reason.
Alternatively, Donald Trump left the White House with over 100 classified documents and tried to prevent the DOJ from confiscating them. Unlike Biden, he obviously had some use for them in mind, and they were mixed in with his personal belongings as if he needed to refer to them periodically. The holding of classified documents is not a good thing, no matter who is holding them, but trying to compare President Biden’s documents issue to Trump is like comparing apples to grapefruit. They are not at all similar. Republicans such as Comer and Jim Jordan, however, are taking this opportunity to try to paint President Biden in a bad light, even as they continue to ignore what Donald Trump did. Republicans are on a crash course of trying to destroy what’s left of this country. While they focus on something that is already being investigated, they have put conspiracy theorist Marjorie Taylor Green on the Homeland Security Committee of all places. Adding insult to that injury, George Santos is going to the Small Business and Science committees. Perhaps he can teach small businesses how to make money by lying and cheating. The very nature of these appointments is beyond ironic.
Meanwhile, Republicans are determined to fight any proposals lifting the debt ceiling, which will be disastrous for the U.S. Many believe that Republicans are eyeing social security and Medicare as bargaining tools-programs depended on and paid into by retired and almost-retired Americans. The Hill reported that experts believe the failure to reach a deal on the debt ceiling “could plunge the world into recession and a financial crisis.” We can’t afford for that to happen, regardless of what Republicans think about social security and Medicare. If they want to steal money from hardworking people who were forced into a retirement plan not of their choosing, let them go for it. They had better think long and hard before they start trying to take money from people who never asked to be part of the system.
Shirley is a former entertainment writer and has worked in the legal field for over 25 years