IRVINE — Four-foot tall pieces of plywood painted with black numbers counting out the more than $14 trillion national debt were lined up in a walkway at UC Irvine Tuesday morning.
Many students walked past, many ignoring the four men telling them that the debt breaks down to about $130,000 per American.
"Can you blame them for not getting involved in politics?" asked Senior Filip Sola, 22.
Sola joined three others from the UCI chapter of the Young Americans for Liberty to try to show their peers how serious the national deficit is with a "debt clock" as well as gather signatures on a petition asking Rep. John Campbell (R-Newport Beach) to do something about it.
The local chapter was one of 100 nationwide this week to hold campus protests about the national debt, said chapter President Matt Eggleton, 18.
"We believe both the Democrats and Republicans are spending too much and not taking it too seriously," Eggleton said "We agree with a lot of [Campbell's] ideals, but we want him to be more of a doer than a sayer.