Anyone who's ever had a large sign prepared knows that it takes several days, perhaps weeks, to prepare them -- to design them, have them professionally printed, etc. -- then to distribute them to where they are needed. How is it the federal government had the signs ready to go up at all the entrances to national parks and federal buildings on October 1 unless this shutdown was planned in advance?
As a former technical writer, I know that the production of those signs took at least a couple of weeks. As a retired trucker, I know a big operation when I see one, and delivering those signs took TIME, as in a week or more, unless the federal government contracted the delivery of those signs to FedEx!