A colorado man decided last November to use our government's "We the People" website to en"force" a jedi-inspired petition. The website lets anyone start a petition of their choosing and if it gets 25,000 signatures in 30 days, the White House has pledged to respond.
So, some guy who goes by John D petitioned the Obama administration with this "empirical" idea:
"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."
After getting an astounding 34,435 signatures in the allotted time period, a response was awarded.
So, last friday, Paul Shawcross, chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House's Office of Management and Budget wrote a very detailed answer to the petition and titled it, "This Isn't the Petition Response You're Looking For." Here is a piece of his response:
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 rest of his response was absolutely brilliant so be sure to take a look.
Also, a month after this idea was brewing, someone else decided to start a petition to build a full-size Starship Enterprise from the Star Trek series. There's still time to sign this one so if you want to put in your two cents in, check it out.
Honestly, I think we should go smaller for our next petition. How about the hoverboard from Back to the Future or KITT from Knight Rider. Let's do this!