It’s good that amidst the doom and gloom in the newspapers that occasionally you read an article that makes you smile.
Paul Shawcross (Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget) was the man tasked with responding to the petition, which he declined with all the seriousness the petition deserves:
“…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?”