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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?

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