Salmonella — It's What's For Dinner, Thanks to Obama

Seven days into the government shutdown, the feds are faced with an opponent much bigger than wheelchair-bound veterans: a salmonella-laced chicken outbreak across 18 states.

For the second time this year, Foster Farms has been linked to an outbreak of salmonella. As part of the government shutdown, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) does not currently have the personnel to combat a multi-state outbreak. There will be no cross-state consultation or lab work done until the end of the shutdown as it is currently constructed. Luckily for the federal government, I'm a solutions-oriented guy and have figured out a way we can swing excepting this money to the CDC and stop this outbreak from harming any more people. Let's stop making the shutdown hurt more than it's supposed too.

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the National Park Service (NPS) have "Barry-caded" open-air monuments, something that was not done in the 1995-96 shutdown. They've guarded the WWII memorial and have tried to prevent people from pulling over and viewing Mount Rushmore. All of this surely cost more than leaving the open-air monuments available for all to see without a federal employee working the informational booth. Websites have been shutdown with no regard to cost or whether their program was still being run, like the Amber Alert system. A federal employee was also taken off furlough to put the Amber Alert website back up following political backlash despite no appropriations bill being passed.

Let's send these NPS officials home with these computer programmers who seem to be at the beck and call of the OMB's political agenda and pay the CDC the money it needs to combat the salmonella outbreak. If you don't want to do that, at least stop pretending this shutdown is about saving money when the OMB has instructed websites be pulled regardless of cost, and the government is barricading open-air parks and guarding them to stop "trespassers."

There's no excuse for this to be happening and there's no excuse as to why it can't be solved. Stop playing games with our health.

How likely are you to make Mic your go-to news source?

Mike Mulraney

Media Coordinator in New York State. University of Scranton '12. Former campaign advisor. Social media veteran of federal campaigns. Two-time College Republican President, Founding Member Young Americans for Liberty - University of Scranton Chapter, Former Op-Ed writer for The Aquinas and Save Jersey, former host of The Spectrum on 99.5 WUSR FM.

MORE FROM

Hillary Clinton says Republicans will be the "death party" if they pass health care bill

Hillary Clinton spoke out against the Republican's proposed bill on Twitter.

It's time to redefine the clitoris, according to sex education experts

"Words matter. They shape and mold our ideas and beliefs about our purpose, our bodies, our self-worth and our place in the world around us."

Al-Jazeera becomes a target amid Qatar diplomatic crisis

Gulf states are demanding the broadcaster be shut down.

5 blocks of London apartments to be evacuated over potentially flammable cladding

800 North London apartments will be evacuated following a fire inspection that turned up evidence that the buildings could be unsafe.

Tomi Lahren wants to rally women to her side after criticizing feminists and "pro-choicers"

"My view on abortion is not black-and-white," Lahren said.

These 5 states are drafting laws to limit protests on college campuses

The legislation is intended to protect free speech on campus.

Hillary Clinton says Republicans will be the "death party" if they pass health care bill

Hillary Clinton spoke out against the Republican's proposed bill on Twitter.

It's time to redefine the clitoris, according to sex education experts

"Words matter. They shape and mold our ideas and beliefs about our purpose, our bodies, our self-worth and our place in the world around us."

Al-Jazeera becomes a target amid Qatar diplomatic crisis

Gulf states are demanding the broadcaster be shut down.

5 blocks of London apartments to be evacuated over potentially flammable cladding

800 North London apartments will be evacuated following a fire inspection that turned up evidence that the buildings could be unsafe.

Tomi Lahren wants to rally women to her side after criticizing feminists and "pro-choicers"

"My view on abortion is not black-and-white," Lahren said.

These 5 states are drafting laws to limit protests on college campuses

The legislation is intended to protect free speech on campus.