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Vacation Over Duty: The Absurd Reality of Our Current Congress

Hey folks,

Let’s cut to the chase. Speaker Johnson just hit the pause button on Congress, sending everyone off on a two-week vacation. Yes, you heard that right. With the specter of a government shutdown looming and Ukraine’s urgent need for aid hanging in the balance, our esteemed House decided now was the perfect time for a break. This isn’t just disappointing; it’s downright negligent.

Remember the endless saga last fall? The one where Congress played musical chairs for the Speaker’s seat while the country waited on edge? Well, fasten your seatbelts because we’re in for another round of “Who Can Be the Most Irresponsible?” With a mere two days left upon their return to avert a government shutdown, House Republicans are seemingly unfazed, predicting a “partial shutdown” as if it’s just another day at the office.

Here’s the harsh reality: This isn’t a game. The stakes are people’s lives—hard-working Americans who rely on government support like SNAP or WIC, who will now have to explain to their kids why there’s not enough food on the table. It’s the thousands of government employees, some from our own backyard in CO-04, who are staring down the barrel of furloughs or working without pay. 

We’ve seen this show before. We know how it ends. The last shutdown saga dragged on for 35 painful days, drained $11 billion from our economy, and left countless American families hanging by a thread. Yet, here we are again, courtesy of the MAGA playbook that prioritizes chaos over duty.

But here’s the kicker, folks. This isn’t just a rant. It’s a rallying cry. Because this November, we have a shot at turning the tables. We have a chance to send a message that we’re done with the theatrics, done with leaders who choose vacation over valor, and done with representatives like Lauren Boebert, who’d rather stand with party extremists than with the American people.

I’m running because it’s high time we had someone in D.C. who remembers why they’re there—to serve the public, not their own interests. We can flip CO-04. We can reclaim the House. But more importantly, we can restore sanity and service to our Congress. We can make sure that never again is a government shutdown used as a bargaining chip in a game where the only losers are the American people.

So, I’m asking you, can you chip in? Can you help us take back control and ensure that our government works for us, not against us? It’s time to roll up our sleeves, get to work, and show MAGA that their time is up.

Let’s do this, together. Because together, we’re unstoppable. Let’s flip this seat and get Congress back on track. Our country deserves better, and it starts with us.

Semper Fi,

Ike McCorkle

Combat Wounded, U.S. Marine Corps, Retired Democratic Candidate for CO-04