Take this for what it’s worth, but it’s going around the e-mail grapevine. Whether this has any veracity to it or how relevant it is we can’t say, but it does present an interesting question…
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 by U. S. Mails or freight companies.
This shutdown was orchestrated and planned well in advance at least 6-8 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.
That’s something which ought to be at least investigated, don’t you think? Otherwise, statements like this from former Navy SEAL Ben Smith will only gain purchase…
We find it peculiar that the #SpiteHouse cavalcade went into place almost immediately after the shutdown began, and when the Republicans began to give away their demands and attack each other and the GOP leadership started trying to sue for peace we immediately began to hear demands to bust the sequestration caps. The Republicans are getting a pretty hard rap about this shutdown, but it sure doesn’t seem that the Obamites are all that fired up about making any concessions to end it.
Just a little something worth thinking about.