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 years.
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 House.People do not realize just what we are dealing with.