Saturday, 19 January 2013

Building a Death Star?

As many of you will know, any petition with over 25,000 signatures has to be officially responded to on the White Houses's 'We the People' website. A petition boasting over 34,435 signatures asking for a Death Star to be completed by 2016 appeared recently, and I found the government response very amusing.

In a post titled "This isn't the petition response you're looking for," Paul Shawcross, Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget, outlined a few reasons why construction of a Death Star simply isn't in the best interest of America. A few of his points:

1. The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. America is working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.
2. The administration does not support blowing up planets.
3. Why would they spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that could be exploited by a one-man starship?

Other famous petitions include a petition for President Obama's impeachment, federally legalized marijuana, secession appeals, to deport CNN’s British-born, progressive host Piers Morgan, and a nationalized Twinkie industry.

White House now requires ‘We the People’ petitions to have 100,000 signatures for an official response. When the administration first established the petition system in September 2011, Obama’s aides promised that any petition with 5,000 signatures would receive a formal written response from White House officials. That threshold was raised to 25,000 for 2012. However following a series of popular, provocative and disrespectful signature drives by Obama's critics, the White House have now quadrupled the amount of signatures needed to elicit an official response.