Student group builds “debt clock” on Plaza

Stuart Smith

Young Americans for Liberty, a new student group at Colorado State University, built a “debt clock” using a number from

According to Andrew Walter, a member of the CSU chapter of Young Americans for Liberty, the clock is meant to bring attention to the issue of U.S debt.


“We’re trying to raise awareness of how big the national debt is and how much it’s increasing and the fact that what we are spending in D.C. is not sustainable,” Walter said. “We’ll go bankrupt if we continue on this path.”

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CSU students Andrew Walter and Zachary Taylor set up billboards with the national debt number to raise awareness of the national debt in the United States (Julia Trowbridge | Collegian)


The goal of this, Walter said, is to start the conversation about smaller government, what it means and how the U.S. government can do better.

The event also acted as a kickstart for the group, who are currently working to be approved by SLiCE.

Young Americans for Liberty is a national group, started in 2009 after the presidential campaign of Ron Paul. Walter said there was an active chapter at CSU several years ago, but it disbanded after its leadership graduated. Now the group is being brought back and Walter hopes they will grow to hundreds of members.

Walter said the group has plans for making itself and its purpose known on campus.

“We hope … to bring speakers onto campus (and) have larger debate-type meetings where people can discuss politics openly,” Walter said.

Zach Taylor, co-president of the CSU chapter of YAL, said one major issue the group will fight for is free speech.

“(You’ve seen people) attacked on other campuses just for saying their views,” Taylor said. “So we’re really making people aware that’s not okay and that we stand up for people’s right to speak, no matter what it is.”

Other issues that the group will support, Taylor said, are other First Amendment and Second Amendment rights. Taylor also added that the group will advocate for liberty and a small-sized government view on campus.


According to its website the mission of Young Americans for Liberty is to “identify, educate, train and mobilize youth activists committed to ‘winning on principle.'”

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