death starNerd alert! A group of die-hard Star Wars fans (is there any other kind?) recently sent the White House a petition to start building a Death Star by 2016. The petition garnered 34,435 signatures, and since the White House will give official responses to petitions with 25,000 or more, they responded.

It should be noted that the "nerd alert" reference above doesn't refer to the fact that a Death Star petition was created, it refers to the White House's hilariously geeky response. And we thought politicians had no sense of humor.

The official rejection letter to the Dark Star plea, entitled, "This Isn't the Petition Response You're Looking For", was issued on Friday on the White House's official site. In the letter, Paul Shawcross, Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget, gave a pretty cogent argument against the building of a Death Star, stating:

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?

Shaw has a point. Especially after this fiscal cliff business, a Death Star does seem like a rather ostentatious expense. This raises one question, though: How much would a Millennium Falcon cost to build? Petition Number 2, guys?

Would you like to see a Death Star built?


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