Who Says Wonks Can’t Have a Sense of Humor?

Think they can’t have a little fun at the White House? How about this Official White House Response to a citizens petition “to Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016”?

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

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?
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The rest of it is pretty good, too. Why not give it a read?

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  1. MaryA
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    Love their comment about the Kessel Run and 12 parsecs — still my favorite unit of "time"!

    More seriously, I also loved that DARPA's into research to build Luke's arm and quadruped walkers (if I'm thinking of walkers that help humans — and other folks! — get around). I mean, DARPA did pretty well with that internet thing-y; imagine what they could do for assisting injured vets if they put the muscle of their money into it!

    And — gadzooks! — how do you even SAY $850,000,000,000,000, 000? Is that $850 trillion? I don't usually look at numbers that large (especially in the form of money!)

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