Since the White House has been taking online petitions to the government, there have been many that are just plain weird. One of the most popular was the petition for the government to begin construction of a Death Star. It garnered 34,435 online signatures, and the official White House response has been posted, by Paul Shawcross, Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget.
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?