January 11th, 2013

me at star

This Isn't the Petition Response You're Looking For

Under President Obama, the White House has added a "petition" section to their website. Anyone can make a request; if it gets at least 25,000 "signatures", the WH promises to respond.

On November 14, "John D" of Longmont, Colorado petitioned the government to:
Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016.

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.

The response is hilarious:
The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn't on the horizon. Here are a few 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?
The reply goes on to note many of NASA's existing programs, along with various private sector space initiatives.

Sense of humor and sense of wonder. Well done!

Originally posted at http://edschweppe.dreamwidth.org/156696.html - comment wherever you please.