Political Headlines January 12, 2013: White House Declines Death Star Undertaking, Cites Budget Constraints

POLITICAL HEADLINES

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OBAMA PRESIDENCY & THE 113TH CONGRESS:

THE HEADLINES….

White House Declines Death Star Undertaking, Cites Budget Constraints

Source: ABC News Radio, 1-12-13

Last month an online petition to the White House site We the People that called for the construction of the Death Star from the Star Wars movies surpassed the 25,000 signature threshold required to initiate an official response. Citing national security and the number of jobs the initiative would create, the petition gained 34,000 signatures.

On Friday Paul Shawcross of the Office of Management and Budget, showed he was up for satire and responded in kind, issuing a tongue-in-cheek address to the demand for a space station capable of obliterating entire planets.

“The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850 quadrillion. We’re working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it,” OMB’s science and technology officer wrote, using figures drawn from Lehigh University business students….READ MORE

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