Interesting Question. Was the Shutdown Planned Months Ago?

This is from a long term Government Employee:

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 8 hours of the shutdown, miraculously, professionally printed 3X4 foot signs appeared all over the country in 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 U.S. Mails or freight companies.

This shutdown was orchestrated and planned well in advance at least 6-8 month 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.

Having been a government contractor, I can assure it takes more than 8 hours to execute a government contract and distribute the results across the nation.


About Russ Steele

Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.
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One Response to Interesting Question. Was the Shutdown Planned Months Ago?

  1. Dena says:

    You are 100% right when the government plays by the rules but I suspect in this case they didn’t. In this shut down the government was spending more money to close things than it would have to keep them open. I suspect what happened is sometime in the last two weeks they hit petty cash and did this with little paper trail. Signs don’t cost that much and with the large amount of government waste it would be possible to cover up so well that only a detailed audit would uncover it. The government produces signs all the time so just change the text and print a few more, They already have contractors in place and the need of the moment overrides the need to follow the rules.

    Honestly, do you think this administration is able to think that far ahead?


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