Under Barack Obama, an online petitioning platform has been added to the White House’s website allowing anyone with a computer the opportunity to petition Obama’s administration to take any action they wish. After drafting a petition, you’re given 30 days to obtain 25,000 signatures from other individuals who think you’ve got a good idea. Should you get that much support, your petition will receive an official response from the White House.
One such petition asked that a Death Star be constructed for the purpose of spurring job creation and strengthening our national defense. And by the miracle of social networking it received the 25,000 signatures required for a response. Someone using this kind of tool to play a practical joke or make a stupid proposal isn’t all that newsworthy or surprising, but the White House response is hilarious:
This Isn’t the Petition Response You’re Looking For
By Paul Shawcross
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?
However, look carefully (here’s how) and you’ll notice something already floating in the sky — that’s no Moon, it’s a Space Station! Yes, we already have a giant, football field-sized International Space Station in orbit around the Earth that’s helping us learn how humans can live and thrive in space for long durations. The Space Station has six astronauts — American, Russian, and Canadian — living in it right now, conducting research, learning how to live and work in space over long periods of time, routinely welcoming visiting spacecraft and repairing onboard garbage mashers, etc. We’ve also got two robot science labs — one wielding a laser — roving around Mars, looking at whether life ever existed on the Red Planet.
You can read the original petition and the full response by clicking this link.
Thanks to Reason and Politics for the heads up. It’s good to find a political story you can laugh about.