Official White House response to petition: Begin construction of a Death Star by 2016

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? […]

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/response/isnt-petition-response-youre-looking
Cf. http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=5046178