The White House's nerd-delighting Death Star petition response - The Week Paul Shawcross, Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget, outlines a few reasons why construction of a Death Star simply isn't in the best interest of the country. A few of his points: 1. 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. 2. The administration does not support blowing up planets. 3. Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that could be exploited by a one-man starship? Shawcross ends with a call for star-gazing youngsters "to pursue a career in science, technology, or math-related field" to ensure the United States' position as a space leader. "Remember," he concludes, "the Death Star's power to destroy a planet, or even a whole star system, is insignificant next to the power of the Force."