The Long Version

Retired broadcast journalist. Blogging helps scratch the itch. Recovering exRepublican – Sober and still Conservative.

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Planning a Government Shutdown

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Now that the government shutdown is over and we’re back to arguing about more important things like “is $600 million too much to spend on a website?” something has been bugging me.

Government Shutdown SignsHave you wondered how it was that within 8 hours of the shutdown professionally printed signs of all shapes and sizes saying “This Park (facility, etc all with custom logos) Closed Due To Government Shutdown” appeared all over the country by the thousands?

What’s so odd about that you say?  Well consider this.  People who work in the government will tell you nothing gets done in Washington DC in 8 hours.  NOTHING.

They are all too familiar with requisitions, bidding, awarding contracts for anything and everything including printing thousands of closure signs.  It’s a time-consuming process with bean-counters and bureaucrats every step of the way.  The simplest request, they will tell you, takes months, not weeks, days, or hours.

A-sign-announces-that-the-Statue-of-Liberty-is-closed-2327220These signs were designed, specifications determined, then requisitioned. Bids would have been posted and then vetted, after which contracts awarded. That’s how the Federal government works.

The materials were then ordered, produced, and distributed via US Mail or freight companies.

It is my position then that this shutdown was planned and orchestrated well in advance of the actual shutdown date.  Considering what our friends employed by the federal government suggest, this shutdown was planned for and expected months ago.

For those of you saying, “Maybe they just used signs left over from the last shutdown?”  The last shutdown was 17 years ago and many of the things that were shutdown this time, parks, memorials, monuments, etc., were not shutdown back then.

No this was a planned event and I challenge any good investigative journalist out there to get on the paper trail. Find the work orders, contracts, and companies who printed all those signs.  The tax dollars spent on those signs should have a paper trail a mile long and if you can get on it and follow it my bet is it leads right to the White House.

The Democrats planned and perpetuated this shutdown.  That’s my premise.  Someone show me it isn’t viable.

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