White House rejects “Death Star” petition
Forced to respond to a petition pushing for the federal government to "Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016," the White House dashed the dreams of the 34,000-plus Star Wars fans' who signed it: "The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn't on the horizon."
The response, by Paul Shawcross, Chief of the Science and Space branch of the OMB, wrote that the White House will not be building a Death Star, for several 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?