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'Star Wars' Vs. White House: Should the U.S. Build Its Very Own 'Death Star'?

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There is a great disturbance in the Force. Well, at least there are a lot of dedicated “Star Wars” fans that are freaking out that the White House rejected a petition that they’d signed to build a real life “Death Star” by 2016. The 34,435 people who signed the official plea argued that the undertaking would “spur job creation in the fields of construction, engineering, space exploration, and more, and strengthen our national defense.”


But Paul Shawcross, Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget, shot a few holes in the Rebel Alliance’s plan. For one he noted that the project would be against the Administration’s position against blowing up other planets.

He also pointed out that construction would cost an estimated $850 quadrillion. And then he asked “New Hope” fans, “Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a “Death Star” with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?” All good points that even C-3PO couldn’t debate.

He also used his response to point out that we already have a pretty great spacecraft hovering above Earth called the Space Station. Sure, it’s no Millennium Falcon. But no one really needs to make the Kessell Run in less than 12 parsecs these days, do they? What do you think: Should the U.S. build its very own “Death Star”?

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  • LawMan5150 2013/01/16 17:56:35
    Yes
    LawMan5150
    +8
    The cost would be much less because of the new executive order by the emperor imposing slave labor again. And by outsourcing many of the jobs to Droids.

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  • Jim 2013/01/22 09:01:14
    Yes
    Jim
  • crzbaby420 2013/01/20 13:40:28
    No
    crzbaby420
    screw the administration right now.
  • vio-sonne 2013/01/20 07:39:02
    No
    vio-sonne
    No, it's too expensive, but it would be cool to actually build one just to be able to say we could do it. But no using it for causing death.
  • wildemanne 2013/01/18 19:22:43
    No
    wildemanne
    +1
    man you gotta be a rethuglican, why on earth would we send the death star to destroy the planet of our enemies when we live here too idiot grow a brain before you ask these grade school questions
  • ibsteve2u 2013/01/18 17:43:02
    No
    ibsteve2u
    +3
    I almost voted "yes" out of political pragmatism...about the only job creation ideas the Republicans will go along with are those which are designed to kill people in bulk.
  • wildemanne ibsteve2u 2013/01/18 19:23:34
    wildemanne
    +1
    right on the money, even if they destroy themselves in the process
  • MoNyOh 2013/01/18 15:28:17
    Yes
    MoNyOh
    think about turism... i will sell a kidney just to visit the death star!!!
  • al 2013/01/18 14:42:22
    Yes
    al
    I think I just pissed my pantsuit. Not yeah but hell yeah!!!
  • SUPREME COSMIC POWER, (SCOPO) 2013/01/18 12:21:33
    Yes
    SUPREME COSMIC POWER, (SCOPO)
    Why not? It is nothing in comparison to the other WMD and other exotic weapons in their arsenals that have never been made public
  • JackoClubs 2013/01/18 10:51:44 (edited)
    Yes
    JackoClubs
    +1
    Why not? We already have an evil Emporer and an Imperial Senate .
    I'm going to assume that the petition was a joke, right?
  • wildemanne JackoClubs 2013/01/18 19:29:55
    wildemanne
    what about our commie loving house of reps? that waste our tax dollars trying to repeal laws 35 times that are APPROVED BY THEIR LEADER OF THE SUPREME COURT? i guess you enjoy deficits because morons like you keep voting them back in there?? didja kno theres a whole buncha check boxes that have names of other more qualified men & women for the same offices???? oh yeah, the gay hating woman hating sounds like the gay republican party {doesn't it?} doesn't like humans who are better suited for work they either waste money frivolously or give it to the oil co. THEY SAY HELL WITH AMERICAN VOTERS!!!!
  • JackoClubs wildemanne 2013/01/19 01:30:31
    JackoClubs
    No, that doesn't sound a thing like the Republican party, but you sound like a typical Democrat.
  • ☆Hitler was a community org... 2013/01/18 08:17:02
    Yes
    ☆Hitler was a community organiz☆
    what?...wait...I thought they already did?
  • Emi 2013/01/18 06:50:04
    No
    Emi
    All I wanna say is - do something unique, your style, and creative.
  • MOMMA THOMAS 2013/01/18 06:01:55
    No
    MOMMA THOMAS
    +1
    COST IS TREMENDOUS! ....THINK WE (THE 47%) HAVE SOME BILLS TO PAY FIRST!
  • Miles 2013/01/18 05:30:15
    No
    Miles
    As much as I love the Star Wars series we have no need, money and technolgy to build to build it. oh and time table is unlealistic...I remember how we clamered for a space shuttle to be named the Enterprise so they named the first ship which turned out to be grounded test model never to fly into space.
  • Magus BN-0 2013/01/18 02:46:18
    No
    Magus BN-0
    +3
    A fleet of Star Destroyers would be much more efficient.
  • MentalGopher 2013/01/18 02:13:57
    Yes
    MentalGopher
    +3
    We should give the inmates things to do between conjugal visits.
  • roger.tafel 2013/01/18 01:29:39
  • mae 2013/01/18 00:59:11
    Yes
    mae
    Yes. By all means. Be Sure to leave your complete name, address, and other requested personal info. Also, be sure to leave a comment. Go ahead. Speak your mind. Sign those Petitions. Make Homeland Security's job easier, and permanent.
  • max robinson 2013/01/18 00:57:14
    Yes
    max robinson
    why not obama getting pooped on this is what i think of obama
  • Little Miss Monster 2013/01/18 00:17:46
    No
    Little Miss Monster
    +1
    I agree with the petition being rejected. First of all, there is the deficit--there are better things to be spending our money on. Second of all, we should be trying to get along as a globe, not building weapons to keep barriers up between countries so that we're always on-guard. The Death Star would just intimidate people (its purpose, I know) and then again there is the one fatal flaw which would enable it to be very easily overtaken and destroyed. Also, who would control the Death Star? If it got into the wrong hands, it would be a very grave mistake indeed.
  • marky 2013/01/18 00:11:55
    Yes
    marky
    because China will be building one as we speak
  • Scourge Mathews 2013/01/17 22:32:28
    Yes
    Scourge Mathews
    +1
    Then we could be the strongest in the galaxy. Next to the Disney empire by then..
  • SW 2013/01/17 22:10:35
    Yes
    SW
    +1
    How can we afford NOT to!
  • Tylurr 2013/01/17 19:37:28
    No
    Tylurr
    NO country needs that kind of power. That is the WORST idea I've seen in my life.
  • billanator 2013/01/17 18:31:26
    No
    billanator
    No enough slave labor and no droids/clones.
  • Bailey C 2013/01/17 17:41:35
    Yes
    Bailey C
    But to save costs they should. Just build a robot that can self replicate using space junk, after a few months of replication there should be enough for then to transform into a Death Star... Quite simple really...
  • Cal 2013/01/17 17:36:37
    Yes
    Cal
    It. would. be. awesome.
  • metalformer 2013/01/17 16:52:05
    No
    metalformer
    I am a Science Fiction geek and would love to visit such highly-technological installations but I guess building something like that would not be feasible or wise. With so many megalomaniacs and loonies, is better NOT to give them too many "toys" to play their "star wars" with.
  • LawMan5150 metalfo... 2013/01/17 17:44:01
    LawMan5150
    Stop with the reality man. It hurts my brain!
  • irish 2013/01/17 16:34:36
    No
    irish
    haven't seen any alien invaders yet have we?
  • ☆Hitler... irish 2013/01/18 08:21:33
    ☆Hitler was a community organiz☆
    yes...all over Texas Arizona and southern California
  • irish ☆Hitler... 2013/01/18 12:47:38
    irish
    bah! if aliens want to visit they wouldn't be flying by . ufo cartoons
  • Alfred 2013/01/17 16:30:31
    Yes
    Alfred
    +3
    It's called the Federal Reserve System, and they've used the Jedi Mind Trick on us for over 100 years, saying "You will believe that we are the only way to run an economy:" While they leave us with an empty shell of an economy, they will live happily ever after, laughing all the way as they watch the entire thing implode.
  • Bronar 2013/01/17 14:56:11
    No
    Bronar
    +2
    Who shared this with me....you are on notice.
  • AdWhois 2013/01/17 14:39:57
    No
    AdWhois
    +1
    I would never want to give obama the power to blow up an entire planet in one click.
  • Luke AdWhois 2013/01/17 16:10:03
    Luke
    +2
    Point taken..he's already shown his willingness to kill Americans.....
  • Jayla 2013/01/17 14:37:36
    Yes
    Jayla
    And we can create jobs for people forever locked in the star wars era , to recreate star wars battles and what not lol and it has to be a tourist attraction , I'd totally go there and visit !!!
  • BRIAN B Jayla 2013/01/17 18:46:07
    BRIAN B
    +2
    AND OBAMA WOULD MAKE A GOOD DARTH SIDEIS

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