Its as if more than 34,000 petition signers cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced!
The White House announced that they were rejecting a petition for the government to build a Death Star class space station as a means of stimulating the economy and replacing nuclear weapons as the ultimate national security deterrent. At a price tag estimated around $852 quadrillion and the need for a work force in the millions to build and man it the project is a Keynesian infrastructure stimulus dream!
Build a Death Star’ petition clears threshold for Obama response“The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense,” writes Paul Shawcross, chief of the science and space branch of the White House’s budget office. But “the Administration does not support blowing up planets.”
Plus, Shawcross points out: “Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?” (Cue speculation that China has built an X-Wing fighter).
And with the price tag estimated to run at least $852 quadrillion, Shawcross says, “we’re working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.” (Hmmm, so the stimulative impact of government infrastructure spending does not balance out its cost? That might come up again as Obama clashes with Republicans this Spring over how best to reduce the national debt.)
White House answers Death Star petition: No.