It certainly must come as a great relief to taxpayers that the White House has said no to a Star Wars-like “Death Star” after an actual official announcement said it would cost $850,000,000,000,000,000 – that’s 850 quadrillion, the level that comes after trillion.
The White House announced Friday night that it will not build a Death Star for job creation and a “strong national defense,” as petitioned by more than 35,000 signatories. Any group can launch a bid behind just about any cause on the White House petitions page. More than 25,000 signatures will draw an official response.
In a both detailed and very amusing response, Paul Shawcross, chief of the Science and Space Branch of the Office of Management and Budget, outlined why the U.S. government cannot build a Death Star:
- 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?
The tongue-in-cheek response would flatter Star Wars fans everywhere with references to the legendary movie franchise from George Lucas. Shawcross went on to talk about the International Space Station and other notable inter-stellar research initiatives.
“Even though the United States doesn’t have anything that can do the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, we’ve got two spacecraft leaving the Solar System and we’re building a probe that will fly to the exterior layers of the Sun. We are discovering hundreds of new planets in other star systems and building a much more powerful successor to the Hubble Space Telescope that will see back to the early days of the universe.”
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Read the White House response.