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White House Replies to Secession, Death Star Petitions
Posted on Jan 13, 2013
The White House’s responses to several petitions by various states to secede from the rest of the country and another one that sought to build a Death Star by 2016 carried the same answer, but in radically different tones.
First off, the White House formally rejected the pleas in the past few days. That shouldn’t come as a big surprise. But while the Obama administration issued a tongue-in-cheek reply to the Death Star petition, it delivered a more serious message for the secession ones, calling for Americans to unite.
In answering the secession requests, Jon Carson, director of the Office of Public Engagement, acknowledged that “democracy can be noisy and controversial” but stated that “as much as we value a healthy debate, we don’t let that debate tear us apart.”
From the official response:
On the other hand, the White House clearly did not take the Death Star petition seriously, and probably for a good reason: With a price tag estimated at $850,000,000,000,000,000, the debt-plagued U.S. government can’t really afford it (at the moment anyway). But take heart, “Star Wars” fans. The administration had a few other good reasons for not giving you the answer you were seeking.
According to the response, written by Paul Shawcross, chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget, a Death Star isn’t on the horizon because “The administration does not support blowing up planets.” OK, fair enough. Shawcross also added, “Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?” Admittedly, he makes an excellent point there. How much did the Empire spend on Death Stars, only to see them both ultimately destroyed?
Shawcross then used the rest of the petition to laud what America’s space program already has achieved:
In order to elicit a response from the White House’s We the People site, a petition must garner at least 25,000 signatures—something the aforementioned pleas easily achieved.
—Posted by Tracy Bloom.
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