Monday, October 14, 2013

From Inside the Beltway Barricades

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 eight hours of the shutdown, professionally
 printed 3 X 4 foot signs miraculously 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
These signs were designed, specifications were determined. Then the signs
 were requisitioned. Bids were posted and vetted,  and, finally, government contracts
 were awarded.  Thereafter materials were ordered, the signs were manufactured, and 
then distributed by U.S. mail or freight companies.

This shutdown was orchestrated and planned, and preparations for it were made well in advance -- at least 
6 to 8 month ahead of time.  Millions of tax dollars were appropriated and spent in the
process.  There is a paper trail a mile long leading directly to the White

People do not realize just what we are dealing with. 

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