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Under President Obama, the White House has added a "petition" section to their website. Anyone can make a request; if it gets at least 25,000 "signatures", the WH promises to respond.

On November 14, "John D" of Longmont, Colorado petitioned the government to:
Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016.

Those who sign here petition the United States 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.


The response is hilarious:
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?
The reply goes on to note many of NASA's existing programs, along with various private sector space initiatives.

Sense of humor and sense of wonder. Well done!
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