Petition authors looking to submit a request to the White House to dissolve the IRS or outlaw patents on naturally occurring molecules are going to have to work a whole lot harder in order to garner an official response from the White House.
Moving forward, petitions filed on WhiteHouse.org’s We The People will need to snag 100,000 signatures in thirty days in order to garner an official response from the Obama Administration. The previous requirement was a mere 25,000 signatures, which was a lot easier to garner and required little effort. The amount required has quadrupled.
Apparently the White House is not interested in dealing with silly petitions like creating a Death Star (although, 80 years from now that could be seen as a serious topic). The increased signatures will “ensure we’re able to continue to give the most popular ideas the time they deserve,” says Macon Phillips, the White House’s director of digital strategy, in a blog post written yesterday. “This new threshold applies only to petitions created from this point forward and is not retroactively applied to ones that already exist.”
Petition creators are going to have to put a lot more work in promoting their petition moving forward. In essence, this requires that actual hard work will be put into this petition. Creating a petition, posting it to reddit, and praying it will go viral will no longer work with this increased threshold. Actual interest must now be garnered.
The Obama Administration originally launched the online petition platform in September 2011. Since its launch, the platform has become a great venue for citizens to bring up serious issues like gun control, how patents are distributed and maybe even have a little fun with it by suggesting the Death Star be built, which was met with a light-hearted response from the White House on Friday. Yes folks, we, unfortunately, aren’t going to be seeing a Death Star built. The White House may have brought up a variety of “major issues” on constructing it, but let’s face it, the real issue is that George Lucas is going to want 50% of the Death Star’s profits.