White House declines petition to build a Death Star

Death Star

The “We the People” petitions that can be created on the White House website have become incredibly popular in recent months. Through this site, a user can submit a petition and elicit a response from the White House once it has crossed the 25,000 signature threshold.

The site picked up recognition because of petitions created asking the White House to let states peacefully secede after President Obama won re-election in November. Other petitions that have been created include calls for the White House to legalize marijuana, allow Americans to opt-out of ObamaCare, and to support the NRA’s “National School Shield” prgogram.

There have also been some humorous and rather asburd petitions created. But perhaps the best one was the petition urging the White House to build the Death Star.

The petition, which garnered more than 34,000 signatures, stated, “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 White House recently responded to the petition in pretty clever fashion. Unfortunately for Star Wars fan, it doesn’t look like the Death Star will be built any time soon:

The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn’t on the horizon. Here are a few reasons:

  • The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We’re working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.
  • The Administration does not support blowing up planets.
  • Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?

Knowing this response would go viral because they played Star Wars references so well, the White House used the opportunity draw attention to NASA and to play up Obama’s support for science.

During his press conference yesterday, President Obama said, “The government is a big part of this economy.” That really shouldn’t be the case, but it is thanks to neverending bailouts, the 2009 stimulus bill, and increasing government involvement in healthcare. Throughout the course of his first term, President Obama has insisted on spending an inordinate amount of money on projects under the guise of “job creation.” Of course, the results of this wasteful spending hasn’t translated into economic growth.

But Keynesians rest on the premise that government spending drives growth. They should be upset with the White House over this. Paul Krugman, who complained that the size of the 2009 stimulus wasn’t large enough, once said that an alien invasion could end our economic slump because it would ramp up government spending. After all, in Krugman’s world, death and destruction lead to economic stimulus. This Death Star thing is right up his alley!

This is obviously an extreme example, but if we’re to believe absurd notion that government spending drives job creation, why wouldn’t the White House want to build the Death Star?

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