Sometimes the price of having a government that listens to the people is having people who suggest the construction of a Death Star. You see the White House website has a page that allows U.S. citizens to start petitions for any issue they feel the President needs to address. John D. of Colorado created one asking the people in charge to consider building a Death Star. From the petition:
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.
But does anyone actually look at these petitions? If a single one gets more than 25,000 signatures in a month, the White House has to review it. It’s currently at 23,500 and has until December 14 to get the rest – and you know it will because you’ve met Star Wars fans. I hope that whoever has to look at these petitions has enough sense to not spend much time on it.
Keep in mind that an estimate from earlier this year stated that building a Death Star would cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $852,000,000,000,000,000. Given the trouble with the fiscal cliff, I don’t think anyone has that kind of money hidden in a sleeve. Heck, I don’t know if we could even afford the Lego version of the space station.