A petition on the White House web site garnered the required 25,000 signatures that should demand a response by President Obama.
Those who sign here petition the United States government to secure funding and resources, and begin construction on a Death Star by 2016,” the petition reads.
“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.”
Some estimates put the cost of doing so at around $852 quadrillion, roughly 13,000 times the gross domestic product of the entire Earth—even when factoring in the savings of not putting any guardrails around any of the facility’s seemingly endless number of bridges, spans, shafts and pits.
‘Build a Death Star’ petition clears threshold for Obama response
There is actually a lesson here, and a serious point to this petition.
Wars, such as WWII, when funded on the books, not off the books like Bush did, create an “artificial stimulus” of the first order. They pull the people together, they generate jobs. This is exactly what happened at the end of the 1930’s into the 1940’s. The stimulus of WWII ended the depression quite effectively. The problem is, our masters of the universe will only vote for such a stimulus for war. Somehow, doing so becomes heresy when the target of the stimulus is peace time recovery, and will cover things like the 2.2 dollars in crumbling US infrastructure; or record continuing unemployment; or record levels of poverty and hunger; or the ongoing destruction of the middle class.
Bush and Cheney ran their wars by stealing 1.6 trillion dollars from the Social Security Fund. Much of that money went into the war profiteering activities of their good buddies in the military and private security industry. Billions of dollars went to Iraq and Afghanistan as airlifted bales of cash, which have simply disappeared and never been accounted for.
Despite that, the Social Security fund has yet to operate in the red, and will not for at least another decade. But the oligarchy are trying to avoid having to pay back the loan by now pretending Social Security and Medicare are welfare “entitlements”. Of course they are entitlements. We paid payroll taxes into them. They are insurance funds. But they are trying to make entitlement a buzz word equivalent to welfare. Now we old folks are all welfare queens wanting to suck off the public teat. Actually, I just want the benefits of two insurance funds, Social Security and Medicare, that I paid into on every paycheck since I was a teenager.
The wealthy elite of this nation are doing everything in their power to prevent a resurgence of effective government, because it will bring regulations on business to throttle their criminal activities, and decelerate their efforts to reduce the middle class to wage slaves; and will slow down or reverse the massive transfer of wealth to the 1% that has occurred over the past 50 years. Things are pretty bad when 140 people own as much wealth in the United States as the lower 150 million people. But that is precisely where we are as a nation. As Politico’s fact check of Michael Moore’s assertion concluded:
… as of 2009, the net worth of the nation’s 400 wealthiest individuals exceeds the net worth of half of all American households.