Obama turns down a death star

January 13th, 2013 at 9:23 am by David Farrar

The White House has a policy of responding to any online petition that gets more than 25,000 signatures. This one got almost 35,000.

Those who sign here petition the government to secure funding and resources, and begin construction on a Death Star by 2016.

By focusing our defense resources into a space-superiority platform and weapon system such as a Death Star, the government can spur job creation in the fields of construction, engineering, space exploration, and more, and strengthen our national defense.

I would have thought the left would be fully in favour of this, as the ultimate fiscal stimulus. It would create jobs for every American!

The Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget has responded:

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.

Actually they are working hard to spend more than ever. They could just print some more money to pay for it!

The Administration does not support blowing up planets.

Heh. Not even Pluto which isn’t even a real planet now?

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10 Responses to “Obama turns down a death star”

  1. krazykiwi (9,186 comments) says:

    We’re working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.

    I call bullshit on that one!

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  2. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    Which part of the cutting spending and raising taxes won’t help reduce the US deficit?

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  3. Than (473 comments) says:

    The obvious solution is to build a Star Destroyer instead. More affordable, and better suited to America’s strategic goals.

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  4. CJPhoto (221 comments) says:

    You missed the third reason they gave and probably the most important.

    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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  5. Rodders (1,755 comments) says:

    Something to blast an asteroid might be worth considering. But what would happen if it was destroyed by an asteroid?

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  6. duggledog (1,556 comments) says:

    I knew this would be good.

    CJPhoto @ 9.59, hilarious

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  7. s.russell (1,642 comments) says:

    Actually, a Death Star would have limited use from a national security point of view. No-one is going to be intimidated by a threat to blow up Pluto, and you can’t credibly threaten to blow up your own planet (something the US can do already with all those ICBMs).

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  8. wat dabney (3,756 comments) says:

    U.S.S Keynes

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  9. hamnidaV2 (247 comments) says:

    “I would have thought the left would be fully in favour of this” – I disagree. From my experience, it is mainly right wingers who are into all that Star Wars and Star Trek stuff. I flatted with one once, he spent all his time painting little models instead of attending lectures. He now works in IT.

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  10. Lance (2,655 comments) says:

    @ham ‘n’ eggs 2 at 8:37am

    WTF?

    That’s the most fucked up comment you have ever made, and that’s saying something.

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