The White House Death Star petition has been officially denied in an amazingly detailed and specific answer by Paul Shawcross. The amusing, educational and informative denial is called "This Isn't the Petition Response You're Looking For." It provides a perfectly logical explanation and plenty of supporting arguments explaining why the United States will not be constructing a Death Star at this time.
From "This Isn't the Petition Response You're Looking For" by Paul Shawcross, Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget:
- The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We're working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.
- The Administration does not support blowing up planets.
- Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?
According to a Jan. 12, 2013 report by E! Online, "the 'We the People' online petition program started under President Obama to give citizens the opportunity to influence policy." However, the White House never could have imagined the people would ask them to build a Death Star.
The White House Death Star petition "Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016" managed to accumulate nearly 35,000 signatures since Nov. 14, 2012. That's 10,000 more than the required number of signatures to trigger a response by the White House. Here is the entire original petition, in its entirety:
"Those who sign here petition the United States government to secure funding and resources, and begin construction on a Death Star by 2016.
By focusing our defense resources into a space-superiority platform and weapon system such as a Death Star, the government can spur job creation in the fields of construction, engineering, space exploration, and more, and strengthen our national defense."
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