I've always found best results come from filing to a nearby VOR or intersection, then to a VOR or IAF for my destination airport. For example, departing Beech Field in Wichita for the Beechcraft Heritage Museum at Tullahoma, Tennessee, I file KBEC-PNC (the Ponca City VOR) - SYI (the Shelbyville VOR) - KTHA.
Rarely does doing this strategy take me more than a few miles out of my way, and it lets me pick a route to stay out of the frequently hot MOAs east of Wichita. It gives me something nearby to aim for just after takeoff, in case I need help with situational awareness in a busy or abnormal situation. And, chances are pretty good I'll want to aim for an IAF for the destination regardless if I'm flying IFR, and if it's VMC I'll get the visual when I get there anyhow. So helping "the system" helps me as well, sequestration or not.
I certianly hope the delay and "unusual" routing was not intentional. Remember, it wasn't the FAA doing this to make a point, the FAA layoffs themselves were done as a result of Congressional action (perhaps to make a point).