I have worked in the Federal 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.  You can bet there is a paper trail a mile long leading directly to the White House.

The Government is way slower to get things like this done than private business people I hope this sheds some light on our shutdown for you.

Do not underestimate what Obama and Democrats are willing to do to the American people to further their own political agenda.

------former government worker