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A U.S. Death Star?




Given his recalcitrance during the ongoing deficit debate, it’s clear that U.S. President Barack Obama comes from the Emperor Palpatine school of negotiating.  Which is probably why it’s a good thing he doesn’t have his own Death Star … at least not yet.

An effort to change that is in the offing.  In fact a petition posted to the White House website urges the federal government to “secure funding and resources, and begin construction on a Death Star by 2016.”

Seriously …

“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 petition states.

Wow … talk about hitting all of the “pro-business,” neo-con sweet spots.  Anyway as of this writing, the document has received 1,493 signatures – well short of the 25,000 required for the White House to acknowledge it.

Believe it or not, students at Lehigh University recently calculated how much it would cost to build a Death Star.  According to their research,  the steel for the structure – which has a diameter of 140 kilometers – would cost $852 quadrillion.  That’s 13,000 times the world’s current gross domestic product.  It would also take 833,315 years to produce that much steel – based on current production levels.

Clearly such figures won’t discourage Obama – or Congressional “Republicans” – from moving forward with the project.  After all, both major parties have committed to a tax-and-spend philosophy that’s itching to add a few more zeroes to our national debt.

What better excuse to do that than a Death Star?

UPDATE – For those of you interested in a better Star Wars analogy for our federal government’s excessive spending, click here.