Death Star Petition Meets White House Goal

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.

Tracy Bloom
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Tracy Bloom left broadcast news to study at USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. There she eventually became deputy editor of Neon Tommy, the most-trafficked online-only college website in…
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