If President Obama is intent on raising taxes and increasing spending, it stands to reason we should at least get a Death Star out of the deal.
Star Wars fans have started a petition on the White House website asking President Obama to begin construction on a Death Star by 2016. The petition is part of the “We the People: Your Voice in Government” program, which promises that any petition that meets a minimum signature threshold will be reviewed and responded to by the Obama admnistration.
The petition, titled “Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016,” states “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.”
As of December 6, nearly 6,000 people had signed the petition. However, it must receive 25,000 signatures by December 14 to receive a response from the White House, so many Jedi must get on the ball to get things going.
In February of 2012, students at Lehigh University estimated what it would cost to build a Death Star in current American dollars. The estimate was $852 quadrillion dollars. That is 852 followed by 15 zeros. A quadrillion is a thousand trillion, and $852 quadrillion is approximately 13,000 times the world’s current GDP. It would also take hundreds of years, potentially, to extract enough iron from the earth and build the thing.
It may seem like an impossible task, but NASA isn’t doing anything right now, and for the President, a fully armed and operational battle station would be a more fitting tribute than a spot on Mt. Rushmore. For Obama, who more than doubled our national debt to over $16 trillion in less than four years, it seems like a project worthy of his spending levels. Plus, what’s a few quadrillion in the name of government stimulus?
Victor Medina writes for Yahoo News and his political blog WhenLiberalsAttack.com. His other writing credits include The Dallas Morning News and SportsIllustrated.com. He has served as a Dallas County election judge and on the Board of Directors of The Sixth Floor Museum. You can follow him on his blog, VictorMedina.com or on Twitter at @mrvictormedina. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. To be notified of future stories by Victor Medina, click the SIGN UP or SUBSCRIBE button at the top of this page.