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    This Isn't the Petition Response You're Looking For

    This Isn't the Petition Response You're Looking For
    By Paul Shawcross

    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?

    However, look carefully (here's how) and you'll notice something already floating in the sky -- that's no Moon, it's a Space Station! Yes, we already have a giant, football field-sized International Space Station in orbit around the Earth that's helping us learn how humans can live and thrive in space for long durations. The Space Station has six astronauts -- American, Russian, and Canadian -- living in it right now, conducting research, learning how to live and work in space over long periods of time, routinely welcoming visiting spacecraft and repairing onboard garbage mashers, etc. We've also got two robot science labs -- one wielding a laser -- roving around Mars, looking at whether life ever existed on the Red Planet.

    Keep in mind, space is no longer just government-only. Private American companies, through NASA's Commercial Crew and Cargo Program Office (C3PO), are ferrying cargo -- and soon, crew -- to space for NASA, and are pursuing human missions to the Moon this decade.

    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.

    We don't have a Death Star, but we do have floating robot assistants on the Space Station, a President who knows his way around a light saber and advanced (marshmallow) cannon, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which is supporting research on building Luke's arm, floating droids, and quadruped walkers.

    We are living in the future! Enjoy it. Or better yet, help build it by pursuing a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field. The President has held the first-ever White House science fairs and Astronomy Night on the South Lawn because he knows these domains are critical to our country's future, and to ensuring the United States continues leading the world in doing big things.

    If you do pursue a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field, the Force will be with us! Remember, the Death Star's power to destroy a planet, or even a whole star system, is insignificant next to the power of the Force.

    Paul Shawcross is Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget
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    Why would you pretend to be worried about the defecit now? So planets are safe but not third world countries? Fatal flaw? So now you are against bad ideas...oh! The space station...wait you mean the one that we cannot fly to on our own adn have to hitchhike with the Russians. Basically they are taking credit for private industry doing what they no longer wanted to do, reach space. More than America is discovering all the planets you are taking credit for. The President doesn't know his way around a light saber! he doesn't like self defense. That is what his SS is for and why the left doesn't like the public arming themselves. What we are living in is not called "the future" it is called "economic uncertainty coupled with crushing debt" at best. I would like to go to college and get a degree in one of those fields but to do so would place me under massive debt, no thanks. If the President knows that science and space are "...critical to our country's future" then we kill NASAs budget? Yes I agree that the power of the Death Star is inferior to the power that DC wants to have over us.
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    ^bro why do u hate america so much

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stoked View Post
    Sirkickyass was right and I was wrong. President Obama won by well over 20 E.C. votes. This will have to do till he says what he wants me to put as my sig or avatar.
    lol nvm i get why now.

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