Did anyone besides me wonder how the feds got all those signs printed and distributed far and wide, including to all the national parks and cemeteries overseas only eight to 10 hours after the government shutdown?
I have worked in the government on and off for 40 years. During that time, I became quite familiar with requisitions, bidding, awarding contracts etc. It is a time-consuming process with bean-counters and pencil-necked bureaucrats every step of the way. The simplest request takes months, not days or hours.
In less than eight hours after the shutdown, miraculously, professionally printed 3-by-4-foot signs appeared all over the country by the tens of thousands saying, "This [park, facility, etc. with custom logos] closed due to government shutdown." There has not been a government shutdown in 17 years. These signs were designed, specifications were determined, signs were then requisitioned, bids were posted and vetted, government contracts were awarded. The materials were then ordered and the signs manufactured then distributed via U.S. mail or freight companies.
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This shutdown was orchestrated and planned well in advance at least six to eight months ago. Millions of tax dollars were appropriated and spent in this process. There is a paper trail a mile long leading directly to the White House.