Guest post by "Friend of a Friend"
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.
In less than 8 hours of the shutdown, miraculously, professionally printed 3-by-4 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 by the USPS or freight companies.
Likewise with all of the government websites that instantly flipped over to landing pages that read "due to the lapse in federal government funding, this website is not available."
Millions of tax dollars were appropriated and spent in this process.
Let me repeat that: millions of your tax dollars were spent preparing for this.
There is a paper trail a mile long leading directly to the White House.
Hat tip: Heisenberg.