Several weeks ago, I wrote about an awsome petition posted on the White House’s official site We the People that asked for America to build a death star. Because that petition gained 25,000 signatures within a certain time limit, the Obama Administration has to respond to it. Well, sure enough, they did – and in a pretty hilarious way.
The cool thing about these petitions is that if there is a response given, it is usually written by a member of the administration that has some expertise in the area. In this case, the man who responded is Paul Shawcross, Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget. The following reasons were some of what was behind the decision to not build the Death Star:
- 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?
It’s good to see that at least some people in our government have a sense of humor. Read the entirety of Mr. Shawcross’s response here.