Petitions.Whitehouse.Gov: No to Death Star

According to The Next Web, The White House has responded to a petition submitted to its We the People website instructing the government to secure funding for and building a Death Star by 2016. Unfortunately, the answer is no and the Obama Administration has outlined several reasons why it’s not going to happen — in a rather amusing way.

On President Obama’s citizen participation website, Petitions.Whitehouse.GOV, over 35,000 people signed a petition to fund the development of a Death Star.  According to White House policy on petitions.whitehouse.gov, any petition with over 25,000 signatures will receive consideration and a response.  The White House officially responded with a resounding NO to funding the design, development, and deployment of a Death Star.

It’s reasons:

  • 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?

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