Death Star Petition Meets White House Goal
Posted on Dec 13, 2012
May the Force be with them. A petition on the White House’s We the People site calling to secure funding and resources for the creation of a Death Star has gotten the 25,000 signatures it needs to elicit a response from the Obama administration.
As BuzzFeed noted, “The White House petition is now quite operational.”
Here’s what the official petition calls for:
Those who sign here petition the United States government to secure funding and resources, and begin construction on a Death Star by 2016.
By focusing our defense resources into a space-superiority platform and weapon system such as a Death Star, the government can spur job creation in the fields of construction, engineering, space exploration, and more, and strengthen our national defense.
The petitioner makes a solid case for the building of Death Star: job creation; defense; American superiority in outer space. Sounds pretty good, right?
However, at an estimated cost of $852 quadrillion—roughly 13,000 times the gross domestic product of the entire world—a Death Star may be out of reach financially for the budget-strapped U.S. government.
So clearly Admiral Ackbar would say it’s a fiscal cliff trap.
—Posted by Tracy Bloom.